Tech titans have gathered in Berlin, Germany, for Internationale Funkausstellung, popularly known as IFA. And like past several years this year too, IFA is set to witness some big announcements from tech giants. Let’s take a look at the 6 phones unveiled at the event.
1.Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung has announced Galaxy Note 2, a tablet-smartphone hybrid. The device, which succeeds popular Galaxy Note, has a screen size of 5.5-inches. The device, dubbed ‘phablet’ because it can function as a tablet as well as a phone, is powered by a quad-core processor running at 1.6Ghz, has 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32 GB storage with support for SD card, 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.9MP front camera and a 3100 mAh battery.
The device will come with a stylus and a S Note app that will allow users to take notes in an easy manner. Note 2 runs on Android 4.1 – also called Jelly Bean – is the latest version of Google operating software for mobile devices.Samsung said the device would launch in 128 countries with market availability expected in October.
2.Samsung Ativ S
Samsung has unveiled the world’s first Windows Phone 8-powered phone Ativ S. Ativ S sports 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display made from Gorilla Glass 2 and runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.It has an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera; 1GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB integrated memory with a microSD card slot.
Microsoft’s next-gen Windows phone is 8.7 mm in thickness with NFC integrated and supports HSPA+ at 42Mbps. Ativ S weighs 135 gm and comes with 2300 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia T first comes with Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz MSM8960 Snapdragon processor and is powered by Android 4.0 (ICS) OS. There’s 4.6-inch Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA engine, 13MP rear camera and 720p HD video chat camera.
Sony Xperia T has 1GB RAM and up to 16 GB flash memory.
The smartphone also features One-touch connectivity enabled by NFC. Additional features include Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.
Sony says that the smartphone will be available worldwide in the coming weeks.
Sony Xperia V shares Xperia T’s OS and processor. Just like Xperia T, it runs on Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz MSM8960 Snapdragon processor and is powered by Google’s Android 4.0 (ICS) OS.
It, however, has a smaller 4.3-inch Reality display. Xperia V also features Mobile BRAVIA Engine2, which is a successor to Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Sony Xperia V has 1GB RAM and up to 8GB eMMC flash memory. There’s also a MicroSD card slot which can support upto 32GB.
Sony Xperia V also claims to offer the highest levels of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP55/57+). Additional features include Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.
According to the company, it will reach markets in fourth quarter.
5.Sony Xperia J
Sony Xperia J is the company’s entry-level smartphone. It comes with 4-inch SWVGA display made of scratch-resistant Gorilla glass and offers 5MP rear camera and front camera. The phone runs on Android 4.0 (ICS) operating system and 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Processor.
There’s 512 MB RAM and up to 4 GB flash memory. Other features include Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and Magnetometer.
Sony Xperia J is expected to hit markets in Q4.
6.LG Optimus L9
LG kicked off its product launches at IFA by announcing Optimus L9 — an addition to the company’s affordable L- Series. The Optimus L9 smartphone features a 4.7-inch IPS touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. The device comes with 1GB RAM, a 5MP rear camera and a 2,150mAh SiO+ battery.
LG has packed the device with apps like QTranslator, MY Style Keypad and QMemo. The QTranslator can read words, phrases and whole sentences in 44 languages and translate in 64 languages via scanning. MY Style Keypad on LG Optimus L9 can alter the key formation on the on-screen keypad as per the users’ requirement. QMemo is a notepad app that LG uses in other L-Style phones as well.
LG Optimus L9 is compatible with DLNA.