Gadgets to watch for
Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson checks out some of the best devices from the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin
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SAMSUNG promised a smartwatch and beat most of its rivals when it delivered one at this year’s IFA show.
With a cheeky “one more thing” reference, the gadget on mobile division president J. K. Shin’s wrist reminded him to mention the Galaxy Gear at Samsung’s Unpacked event, with working models on display at IFA.
The watch comes in six colours, connects to the Galaxy Note 3 phone and offers a 1.63- inch touchscreen for navigation. More than mere notifications are shown on the watch, with two microphones and a number pad for making calls, a 1.9- megapixel camera on its band and compatible apps such as TripIt and eBay.
The watch only connects to one phone so far, however, and could cost $ US299 ($ 321) when it is released in the coming months.
SONY CYBER- SHOT QX10 $ 279 sony. com. au
SONY has created a new category of device with the Cyber- shot QX10. It’s a camera that looks like a lens and connects to smartphones to capture and share highquality photos.
The QX10 is the baby of the pair, offering an 18.2- megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, light sensitivity up to 12,800 ISO, and an f3.3 wideangle aperture.
The 105g device also features built- in optical image stabilisation. The lens camera comes with an adjustable smartphone attachment, but it connects using wi- fi and doesn’t need to be physically attached to a handset to beam its photos on to the screen.
It promises to work with more than just Sony smartphones too, connecting to both Apple iOS and Google Android phones.
Due mid- October.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE III Price TBA samsung. com/ au
THE industry’s phablet fairytale started with the Note in 2011. Its third offering features a larger, clearer screen ( 5.7 inches, full high- definition), a slimmer, lighter body ( 8.3mm, 168g), a faster chip and more memory ( 2.3GHz quad- core, 3GB), faster connectivity ( LTE CAT4), better camera ( 13- megapixel) and a new look.
Not only will the phone be available in three colours, but its plastic back will be replaced by a faux leather- stitched panel. In addition to hardware upgrades, Samsung has also added more software features, including a web scrapbook, virtual magazine and the ability to drag and drop content between open apps.
SONY XPERIA Z1 $ 779 sony. com. au
IT WILL only be seven months between Sony flagship phones, but its newest offering includes something that is rather special.
The Xperia Z1, due next month, will feature a 20.7- megapixel camera in its shell, with a larger, 1/ 2.3 image sensor, 27mm wide- angle lens, f2.0 aperture for low- light photography and plenty of camera apps.
These apps include one that will capture 61 photos in just two seconds, starting before you press the shutter button.
Like its predecessor, the Z1 will also feature 4G connectivity, a waterproof shell and 5- inch screen, though this one promises a better viewing experience and a 2.2GHz quad- core chip.