9-2: IFA 2016 continues – new smartphones from Huawei, Sony, ZTE, and new wearables from Withings, TomTom, Samsung, etc.


[IFA 2016] Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 820-Based VR reference platform, Snapdragon VR820. Working with Chinese ODM Goertek, the standable headset is equipped with integrated eye tracking cameras and dual front-facing cameras (6DOF), 4 microphones, gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometer sensors. (Android Headlines, Hot Hardware, RoadtoVR, 163)



Reliance Jio 4G is officially launched in India, with free voice calls and low-cost data plans. (Android Authority, Mobile Indian, Forbes, TNW)



[IFA 2016] Huawei unveils Nova and Nova Plus powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android 6.0, USB Type-C, fingerprint sensor: Nova – 5” FHD display, 12MP + 8MP cameras, 3025mAh battery, EUR399. Nova Plus – 5.5” FHD display, 16MP + 8MP cameras, 3340mAh battery, EUR429. (Android Central, Android Authority, Android Headlines)

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[IFA 2016] Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact are announced: Xperia XZ – 5.2” FHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 23MP + 13MP cameras,3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android 6.0, LTE Cat. 9, 2900mAh battery. Xperia X Compact – 4.6” HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, 23MP + 5MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android 6.0, LTE Cat. 6, 2700mAh battery. (Android Authority, Android Central)

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[IFA 2016] ZTE Axon 7 Mini is unveiled – 5.2” FHD AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 16MP + 8MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android 6.0, LTE, 2705mAh battery, EUR300. (Android Authority, GSM Arena)


Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime officially launched In Vietnam – 5.5” FHD display, Samsung Exynos 7870 processor, 13MP + 8MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, LTE, 3300mAh battery, VND6,290,000 (USD282). (Android Headlines, GSM Arena, Samsung)



[IFA 2016] Huawei MediaPad M3 is unveiled – 8.4” WQHD+ display, Huawei Kirin 950 processor, 8MP + 8MP cameras, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, Android 6.0, LTE, fingerprint sensor, dual 1W Harmon Kardon speaker system, 5100mAh battery, from EUR349. (GSM Arena, Android Authority, Liliputing)



[IFA 2016] TomTom Touch is unveiled with ability of activity tracking, location tracking with built-in GPS, and function of body composition analysis. It is priced at USD149. (Ubergizmo, TomTom, Digital Trends, YeSky)


[IFA 2016] Withings Steel HR is unveiled, the first analog fitness tracker that has heart rate monitoring, lasts for around 25 days per charge with heart rate monitoring, available in 36mm and 40mm cases, and priced at USD179.95 and USD199.95, respectively. (Android Central, Forbes, The Verge, Sohu)


[IFA 2016] WELT is from Samsung’s C- Lab uses a sensor and pedometer to monitor waistline, activity and food intake, priced at USD69. (CN Beta, Daily Mail, Samsung)


[IFA 2016] Jen Chuang, ASUS’ design center director, indicates that ASUS has a few VR options coming up really soon. The company seems to want to focus on untethered VR headsets, or perhaps even mixed-reality headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens.

Internet of Things

[IFA 2016] Sony has unveiled a new Future Lab concept called T. It is a system that turns any flat surface into a smart table that can detect and interact with physical objects. (Liliputing, Future Lab, Sanwen8, Xinmin)


[IFA 2016] JBL’s Xtreme, Pulse 2, Charge 3, and Flip 3 speakers all getting Google Now and Apple Siri voice integration, allowing these portable music makers to be used as personal assistants. (Android Authority, JBL, Android Police, Business Wire)


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