The Ab­so­luTe besT of IfA 2016

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - INDULGE -

Ahem! You may have no­ticed that al­most all my pre­dic­tions on what may be an­nounced at IFA were ab­so­lutely cor­rect. You may also have no­ticed that I am not one to dwell on such ter­rific achieve­ments and thump my chest. Just a “wow, that was awe­some” from all of you will suf­fice :)

Tak­ing things for­ward, IFA Ber­lin this year was out­stand­ing. And as proof, here’s a very quick look at what was the ab­so­lute best on the mas­sive show floor.

Fea­tur­ing some of the most eye-catch­ing prod­ucts at the just-con­cluded show in Ber­lin

Desk­tops are ugly and bor­ing g. Not any­more! This one’s mor re art than PC. Comes with a fab­ric-wrapped de­sign and a built-in 360-de­gree Bang & Olufsen speaker.


Sonny re­booted and rein­vented its smart­phone lineup andd came up with the un­for­tu­nate­lyy named XZ. But it’s a great look­ing phone with a 23MP cam­era sen­sorr, 5-axis sta­bil­i­sa­tion, plus it’s to­tally wa­ter­proof.w


This seems to do what other bands can do, un­til you press the sil­ver but­ton. Ka­boom! A full body anal­y­sis ap­pears with mus­cle and fat per­cent­ages. The jury is still out on ac­cu­racy but the fea­ture is im­pres­sive.

The world’s thinnest note­book is a looker. A stun­ning metal uni­body shell, se­ri­ous power in its svelte body, 8GB of RAM, and a 13.3-inch dis­play. All of it in less than 1 cm!


Im­prov­ing on the Yoga 900, this one is more pow­er­ful, more classy and still has that amaz­ingly roomy key­board. Not to men­tion it comes with a 4K screen and is 15mm thin.


A beaast that can chew up any gami­ing desk­top in both looks and per­foor­mance. A 21-inch curved screeen, scream­ing hard­ware and a built in eye- track­ing sys­tem. This de­vicce looks more like a mon­ster charaac­ter in a game than just a game-play­ing ma­chine.

Hold­ing this is a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence as it’s a full 15-inch lap­top with se­ri­ously pow­er­ful hard­ware, no com­pro­mise on the in­side out and still weighs in at about 900 grams.


Adding to its al­ready long list of fea­tures, the Charge 2 gets a big­ger screen, good looks, a heart rate sen­sor, a stress beat­ing breath­ing mod­ule as well as VO2 max rat­ing.


A stun­ning cir­cu­lar-shaped smart­watch with Go­rilla Glass, 4GB of stor­age, Hyper­Charge wire­less charg­ing and some se­ri­ous bat­tery life. Asus wins the smart­watch war, but maybe just for a few sec­onds.



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