Entertainment, Support, and Utility

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After a forced break, this year’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) exhibition returned to its traditional site, Berlin.

As usual, it was a festival of innovations that either happened immediately or will gradually become part of our lives. Let us draw the curtain and look into several exhibits.

Mobile Gamers Alert!

Taiwanese producer Asus introduced the most powerful Android smartphones – ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro. Both models have 6.78-inch AMOLED displays, a resolution of 2448 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 165 Hz (lower frequencies can be set), maximum brightness is 1200 nits. The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 chipset is combined with 16GB LPDDRS RAM at ROG Phone 6 and up to 18GB RAM at 6 Pro, with a 256 GB or 512 GB storage capacity. The sensors have the following parameters: main 50 Mpx, ultra-wide 13 Mpx, and macro 5 Mpx. The 12 Mpx sensor is designed for selfies in both models. The 6000 mAh battery is divided into two separately rechargeable 3000 mAh sections. The system is Android 12 with a ROG UI upgrade.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

Even More Functions

Garmin introduced a smartwatch Garmin Venu Sq 2, which received an AMOLED display. Its resolution is 320 x 360 px, and the diagonal is 1.41 inches. The novelty offers body function monitoring, single-band multi-system GPS, or more than 25 sports programs. The Garmin Venu Sq 2 design uses an anodized aluminum bezel, and the watch is 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.1 mm. There are two versions: a basic one and a Music version with storage for 500 songs. The watch lasts for up to 11 days without charging in everyday use. For example, when listening to music, it lasts 7 hours.

Garmin Venu Sq 2
Garmin Venu Sq 2

Entertainment Glasses

TCL has rebuilt the NXTWEAR S smart glasses in Berlin with better characteristics than its predecessor (better sound, image, and lower energy consumption from the equipment used). Equipped with two Full HD micro OLED displays, they allow you to watch content from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This way, you can create a private cinema anywhere you go. The viewing ratio is 16: 9, the viewing angle is 140 º, and the full HD resolution refresh rate is 60 Hz. The glasses do not have their own battery; they are powered by the device used. They will come to selected markets in the fourth quarter of this year.

 TCL NXTWEAR S
TCL NXTWEAR S smart glasses

Solar Energy

Urbanista Phoenix wireless headphones use solar energy for operation, which is obtained thanks to the solar panel case. They last about 8 hours at a single charge. It takes up to 32 hours to use the energy accumulated in the case. For classic charging, you can use a USB-C input. The headphones are IPX4 certified, so they can be used even in the rain. It will delight you with Active Ambient Noise Cancellation (ANC). They will arrive in the market in the 4th quarter, and the price is set at approx. 150 euros.

Urbanista Phoenix
Urbanista Phoenix Wireless Headphones

Smart Tablet

Honor introduced the 12-inch Pad 8 with a 2K display, Snapdragon 680 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB expandable storage. The Android 12 operating system has a Magic UI 6.1 update. The front and rear sensors have a resolution of 5 Mpx. There is also support for DTS:X Ultrasound and Histen sound effects for 3D surround sound. The battery has a capacity of 7250 mAh.

Honor Pad 8
Honor Pad 8

Text: Peter Stano, photo: Messe Berlin GmbH, Asus, Garmin, TCL, Urbanist, Honor