IFA Berlin, Europe's biggest Consumer Electronics event, takes place this week, and we've got info on all of the hot new products being launched! Not surprisingly, a lot of companies are showing off Windows 8 tablets and laptops, in preparation for Microsoft's October release of its next operating system. Giant 4K TVs are also in abundance, though with no real 4K programming available, they're largely a tease. Here are our picks for some of the most interesting gadgtets on display at IFA:
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
Following on the heels of its new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, Samsung announced the revamped Galaxy Note II smartphone. The new phone has a giant 5.5-inch display, uses Samsung's new S Pen stylus, and includes Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Among other things, Samsung also rolled out the Android-powered Galaxy Camera, and its ATIV laptops, which run on Windows 8, and include S Pen-enabled touchscreens.
- Dell XPS Duo 12
Dell and Sony both inroduced convertible laptops called Duos that will run Windows 8 and work with keyboards and touchscreens. Sony's entrant is the 11-inch VAIO Duo 11. Dell's Duo, on the other hand, goes to 12 (Dell also intoduced the 10-inch XPS 10 tablet). Both models are expected to be out in late October, and both will compete with Microsoft's new Surface Pro, which will also run Windows 8, and include both touchscreen and keyboard functionality.
- Sony Bravia KD-84X9005
Sony's 84-inch 4K LCD TV will be available by the end of the year, and in case there's still no 4K programming, Sony claims the model will upscale everything from Internet videos to Blu-ray discs to "beautiful, vibrant 4K images." While we'll have to reserve judgment on that, we can still think of a lot of things to do with a 3840 x 2160 display. Toshiba and LG also had 84-inch 4K sets on display.PastFuture, Inc. / gdgt901 Mission St., Suite 209San Francisco, CA 94103
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