Ahead of IFA 2018, LG is already showing off at least two phones that’ll appear at the international event.
The first is the LG G7 One, which is a lower variant of the flagship G7 ThinQ, but it comes with a pleasant twist. This is LG’s first Android One smartphone, meaning it comes with pure Android and software updates straight from Google for over two years.
Its primary similarity with the more high-end G7 ThinQ is in the premium design. The G7 One comes with a metal frame sandwiched between two glass panels and offers IP68-rated water and dust resistance. It’s further promoted with a 6.1-inch 1440p LCD with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Inside, there’s last year’s flagship Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. A single 16MP camera covers the rear, while a 8MP selfie shooter heads the front. A decent 3000mAh battery powers all this.
Other noteworthy features include a dedicated hardware button for accessing Google Assistant, a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC through its 3.5mm audio port, and LG’s signature Boombox Speakers.
It’ll arrive with Android 8.1 Oreo, but because this is part of the Android One program, Android 9 Pie should be just around the corner for this device. Available colors are New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue, but we won’t know the prices until IFA 2018.
Along with the G7 One comes the G7 Fit, which conveniently fits between the midrange and flagship models of LG. It doesn’t come with Android One — instead with LG’s usual Android skin — but it does have older hardware to make it more affordable.
To be specific, it owns a Snapdragon 821 chipset from 2016. Fortunately, everything else is the same as the G7 One, from the bright 6.1-inch 1440p LCD to the camera setup and battery capacity. It’s even equipped with the same Boombox Speakers, Quad DAC, and IP68-rated resistance.
There’s no exact pricing yet, but a larger storage of 64GB (with 4GB of memory) will be offered. We can look forward to two colors: New Aurora Black and New Platinum Gray.
Polaroid OneStep+ puts a modern twist to old-school photography
Don’t judge a camera by its vintage appearance
As the throwback trend continues to be popular, print photos are coming back in style. And in a time where the Fujifilm Instax line has taken the world by storm, Polaroid jumps back in to take back the crown with their latest release, the Polaroid OneStep+.
Inspired by the 1977 OneStep model, the Polaroid OneStep+ takes the classic Polaroid camera and packs it with a bunch of cool features to pull it right into the late 2010s. You can still snap a photo instantly, just like old-school Polaroids, but now you can also use a new app that lets you do fancy stuff with your camera.
Remote Trigger, Self Timer, and Noise Trigger make it so that you can get the perfect group shot even without having to ask a stranger to take it. Give your photographs more character with Double Exposure and Light Painting. And enhance the quality of your captures with Portrait and Manual mode.
Just like that, your instant photography game just got much more elevated. And apart from the i-Type film that’s specially made for this line, you can use their 600 film which gives this new and innovative little machine even more of a vintage feel. For the price you pay, I think it’d be well worth it!
The Polariod OneStep+ is available now, and you can get it for US$ 159 on their website.
Sennheiser’s new earbuds take true wireless tech to a whole new level
So many features in such a tiny object
One of the biggest names in the audio industry, Sennheiser, just announced their first entry into the true wireless game. During IFA 2018, they revealed the Momentum True Wireless earbuds — a great mending of form and function.
These earbuds use Sennheiser’s driver technology to ensure amazing sound quality, and the mix of their noise-cancellation technology and Transparent Hearing makes it possible to still be aware of what’s around you even with them on.
They’re lightweight, splash- and sweat-resistant, and have different ear tip sizes to make sure they are comfortable for everyone. These were also designed with an intuitive touch surface that lets you tap or swipe to control your music, answer phone calls, or call up your voice assistant. It claims to last about five hours but, as is with other products in the game, charge only when inside the case.
It’s amazing how all that tech can fit into as small a packaging as these earbuds. At US$ 299, they’re a bit pricey, but considering what you get for it, I think these could be an amazing daily driver.
The Momentum True Wireless earbuds will be available in mid-November, and you can pre-order them here.
GadgetMatch Awards: Best of IFA 2018
What an amazing selection of products!
IFA has had a whirlwind of amazing announcements at its show in Berlin this year, and now that most brands showed their best products, we’re finally able to give out awards for the ones that caught our attention the most.
Here we are: These are the best gadgets and tech we’ve seen at IFA 2018!
ASUS ZenBook 14
IFA became a showcase for laptops that eliminate bezels almost entirely. The ASUS ZenBook 14 is a great example of this, and even offers one of the most unique trackpads we’ve ever seen, being able to turn into a virtual numpad at the press of a button. Now that’s laptop innovation!
Huawei Kirin 980
While other manufacturers are scrambling to release their next-generation processor, Huawei beat everyone to the punch with the Kirin 980, the world’s first commercial 7nm chipset. It’s amazingly fast both in AI capabilities and real-world usage — a must-see on Huawei’s next flagship phone!
Huawei P20 Pro (Leather)
How do you make one of the best Android phones this year even better? If you ask Huawei, it’s by slapping on genuine leather to the back for an awesome new texture. The leather variant of the P20 Pro not only looks good, but will also age like fine wine the more you use it.
If you want something that can track your valuables wherever they are, it doesn’t get any better than the Huawei Tracker. It’s complete in features, from the SIM and full global navigation support to IP68 water and dust resistance. Nothing will ever get lost when this is attached!
LG 8K OLED TV
Welcome to the era of 8K! The newest super-dense resolution is coming to your next televisions, and LG is spearheading this charge. LG’s 88-inch 8K OLED TV is pretty much the pinnacle of technological advancement in the living room.
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