Sony‘s mobile business might not be doing well, but that doesn’t mean they’re already giving up. At IFA 2018, the Japanese company took the floor to unveil their latest flagship phone — the Xperia XZ3. As always, it packs the best-possible specs paired with Sony’s very own technology.
The Xperia XZ3 is pretty similar to the Xperia XZ2 inside and out, but there are some changes that give the newest Sony phone an edge. First, it now has Sony’s impressive BRAVIA OLED TV technologies. It’s got a 6-inch QHD+ HDR OLED panel topped Gorilla Glass 5 and sports the X-Reality Engine for better picture quality. To complement the display, there’s still the S-Force Front Surround Sound for the stereo speakers and Dynamic Vibration System.
In addition, Sony has trimmed the screen bezels but it’s not near the likes of the iPhone X. At least it doesn’t have a notch.
There are also some improvements to the body using a chrome-coated aluminum frame. Not only that, there’s a new Side Sense Interface that recognizes touches to the frame to relay commands for UI navigation and camera launching.
Speaking of the camera, we still have a 19-megapixel Motion Eye sensor at the back that can take photos with up to ISO 12800 and shoot 4K HDR video or Full HD at 960fps. When it comes to selfies, there’s a 13-megapixel front-camera complete with beautification and portrait mode. Sony is also making their 3D Creator feature available for both cameras.
Last but definitely not the least, the Xperia XZ3 boots the freshly baked Android 9 Pie out of the box.
The rest of the Xperia XZ3 is much like its predecessor. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. There’s still the awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor at the back and wireless charging for the 3300mAh battery.
Pricing and availability details are yet to be announced by Sony. Considering how premium this is, it won’t be cheap. The phone will be available in Black, White Silver, Forest Green, and Bordeaux Red. You can already pre-order, and become the first to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4 for free.
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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