The Smartwatch descends on Berlin.
Ligo recently travelled to Berlin to take in the annual IFA tech expo (now in its 90th year).
All this week we will be giving you the highlights of what we got to see as well as going into more details with some of the most impressive tech on display.
The big guns came out early on day one with and impressive showing of the latest in wearable tech from Samsung, Sony and LG (no doubt excited to show their new wear before the apple announcement). As well as many other manufacturers. We take a look at the most exciting four.
The idea of being more connected was at the forefront of many of the major names in the industry, with the aforementioned companies all showing up with their own smartwatches early at IFA (with more turning up through the week). Each one taking their own approach to the smartwatch.
First up, laptop manufacturers Asus’ effort was a stylish android wear device called the “Zenwatch”. Packing a 1.63” AMOLED display, 512MB of RAM and a healthy 4GB of storage (for apps, photos and music). This smart watch will work with any android device (4.0 and above) and will likely retail at a £199 when it comes out this Autumn.
Next up was the Sony SmartWatch 3, also running off the Android Wear platform and third generation watch for the Japanese tech giant. Going with the almost standard size of 1.6”, Sony have opted for a TFT over AMOLED display, but with a comfortable 320 x 320 resolution. Similar to the Asus Zenwatch, the Sony has 512MB ram with 4GB storage. The processor is a 1.2 Ghz quad-core ARM A7.
Details have yet to be confirmed regarding pricing, however it is expected to release at the end of October.
LG brought their updated G-watch, the G Watch R, to the show. Coming the same RAM and storage as most current smartwatches (4GB Storage, 512MB RAM), with the only major differences being the snapdragon 400 processor.
LG have opted with a more “Watch-like” circular display, which makes it look much more like a traditional watch that many of the others, the circular display may make it a bit of a headache for programers, but shouldn’t be too hard.
Like many of the current stable of smartwatches, the G Watch R is quite large, in comparison to the average watch, this is an unavoidable requirement for smartwatches as the they need the display size and room for a decent enough battery. However, also like most smartwatches, it only lasts for about a day.
Finally we have the much anticipated Samsung Gear S (the S standing for Solo). We will go into some more detail this week regarding this device but the basics are already making us excited to get our hands on one.
This is the first smartwatch which can function without the need to pair with a smartphone (thanks to it’s own 3G and wi-fi functionality). It also moves on from the previous generation of Gear by allowing pairing with non-Samsung devices.
With a slightly bigger 2” display and resolution of 360 x 480, Samsung opted for a curved AMOLED display with this watch.
Samsung have yet to confirm pricing and release details but we will keep you posted on any developments.
There was more than just smartwatches on show at IFA, and we will bring you all the most exciting tech this week.