IFA 2016 has wrapped up in Berlin, but we’re still reeling from some of the stuff we’ve seen. From new phones to hybrid laptop-tablets and everything in between, here’s our list of the top tech we laid eyes on at Germany’s biggest tech convention.
1. Sony Xperia XZ
Lo and behold, Sony unveiled its actual flagship X-series device at IFA 2016, the Xperia XZ. Compared to the Sony Xperia X, the XZ has a refined design, and puts a serious focus on photography.
Here’s a snippet from our hands-on review:
“The 23MP sensor also comes with new white balance technology to help enhance the color of your photographs and improve fine detail (a common problem with Sony’s sensors). In a smartphone first the XZ also uses 5-axis stabilization tech to ensure your video doesn’t come out blurry.”
Sony’s latest waterproof smartphone will be upgraded to Android Nougat soon enough, and overall seems like a culmination of the best found in both the X and Z series.
- Read our hands-on: Sony Xperia XZ review
2. Asus ZenWatch 3
Asus surprised us with its round ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016, and that was before we knew that it contains the new, battery-saving Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset.
What the new innards, along with the soon-to-arrive Android Wear 2.0 will do to invigorate the smartwatch industry remains to be seen. But that uncertainty doesn’t negate the gorgeous styling of the ZenWatch 3.
If anything, the new model elevates Asus’ Android Wear smartwatch to the status of other popular circular models, like the Huawei Watch and the Moto 360. This is one to keep an eye out for.
- Read our hands-on: Asus ZenWatch 3 review
3. TomTom Touch
The TomTom Touch may not look like much more than your basic fitness tracker. And to an extent, that’s exactly what it is. But there’s one big feature that sets it apart from the rest: body fat calculations.
One simple press to the touch-sensitive button can send a harmless current through your body to determine the balance between muscle mass and fat. There’s doubt that it’s the most accurate reading you’ll find, but it’s the first time it has been implemented on the wrist.
TomTom has a reputation for dashboard GPS systems, but its knack for unique wearables has earned it a spot on the best gadgets that we saw at IFA 2016.