IFA 2016: All the news, hands-on reviews and analysis from the show

Update: What's the best tech from IFA 2016? Funny you should ask, as we've rounded up the 10 best gadgets from the show. Any surprises? We've also taken a look at IFA's weirdest tech and best wearables, which were the big theme this year.

Read on for all the news, hands-on reviews and analysis from IFA 2016!

It's time to bid farewell to IFA! The show was jam-packed with the latest wearables, phones, laptops, tablets and TVs from Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, and many more.

The official IFA 2016 dates are September 2 to September 7, but lots of tech was shown off in the days before. Some of the biggest names in the industry descended on the Messe Berlin, and we were on the ground to bring you the latest news and first-hand impressions of everything that was announced.

Read on for a complete company-by-company breakdown of the news and new tech we saw at IFA 2016, and head to Page 2 for some of our pre-show predictions.


Acer's press conference brought with it a number of laptop surprises.

Acer swift 7

The firm has announced what it's calling the 'world's thinnest laptop'. The Acer Swift 7 is the first laptop to duck in under the 1cm barrier - it's just 9.98mm in height, comes encased in an all-aluminum chassis and has a 13.3-inch IPS screen.

Alongside the Acer Swift 7, the Acer Swift 5 was also announced, a 14-inch laptop with optional touchscreen. And there was the Acer Swift 3, the more budget offering with an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor and 4GB of ram.

If convertibles are your thing, then Acer also announced the Acer Spin 7 (as well as the Spin 5 and 3). This laptop comes with a 360-degree hinge and can be used as a tablet.

Predator 21 X

If that wasn't enough, Acer has also created a 21-inch gaming laptop with a curved screen. If that wasn't enough, the gaming laptop also comes with a mechanical keyboard. The Acer Predator 21 X is one of the strangest, most wonderful laptops we have seen.

It's equipped with five fans, Core i7, and dual Nvidia GTX graphics cards to make sure you get the best out of your gaming. It also has eye tracking, so it can watch you cry tears of joy while you are using it.


You're ready for a Zenvolution, aren't you? Well, Asus sure is, as that was the theme of its press conference this year.

Asus Zen Watch 3

The Android Wear-toting Asus ZenWatch 3 is one of the first wearables to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset. This means that it has a 25% boost in battery efficiency and some nifty HyperCharge technology, which means you will be able to juice it up in no time.

As you can see from the picture, Asus has discarded the lozenge-style fascia and has made its new watch round - coming with a fairly standard 1.39-inch OLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution.

You can catch our early verdict on the flashy new watch in our hands on Asus ZenWatch 3 review.

Asus also announced a number of new monitors and this rather stylish Asus ZenBook 3. We've already seen the ZenBook 3 but this was one with an upgraded chipset - it's got Core i7 Kaby Lake CPUs inside. There was also the ZenScreen MB16AC which weighs 800g and is 8mm thin – which makes it the world's lightest and slimmest full HD portable monitor, according to the company.

Bang and Olufsen


B&O has announced a brand-new patio heater ... sorry, speaker. The BeoSound 1 is a premium portable wireless speaker that can be controlled with your smartphone and looks like a patio heater because it offers 360-degree of sound. It's also got Google Cast, AirPlay and DLNA integration.

If you want a more sizeable speaker, then there's also the BeoSound 2, which runs off the mains and contains three extra power amplifiers.

The firm also announced the BeoVision Horizon, a new 4K TV that's a bit of a carry-over from the BeoVision 14. That's not a bad thing - the Horizon will adjust to your room's environment, for one, to ensure optimal viewing. It also comes with a cheaper price, starting at £2,495 (around $3,300, AU$4,355).

Unfortunately, it still lacks HDR support, and its stands are "minimalistic" (B&O's words, not ours), but it should be an affordable option for those looking to get into 4K.


Flipping back to the wearables theme, Fitbit is making the trek to Berlin this year, though what it's packing is no longer a surprise.

Just days before IFA, Fitbit made the Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Charge 2 official.

Fitbit Flex 2

Both bands house some exciting new features. The Flex 2, for one, can be worn while swimming. The Charge 2, meanwhile, is slimmer than its predecessor, though its screen has undergone a size upgrade.

In our hands on Fitbit Charge 2 review, we found that while it's an upgrade to one of the best fitness trackers around, not much has changed from the Fitbit Charge HR. Shame.

In our hands on Fitbit Flex 2 review, we found the new pink color fun and its ability to go swimming a big plus, though the lack of a heart rate monitor still slow the classic tracker down.


Fossil Q Wander

Have slim wrists? Tired of smartwatches that are too bulky to wear? Then the Fossil Q Wander may be for you.

We slipped it on at IFA, and found the watch to be a good-looking accessory. But looks only go so far - in our hands on Fossil Q Wander review, we note that the watch still isn't exactly small, and it doesn't offer anything more than what you find in the competition. That said, it has its pluses, so it may be worth checking out if your tired of overbearing smartwatches.

Also announced was the Fossil Q Marshal. In our hands on Fossil Q Marshal review, we found the smartwatch to be a rugged yet stylish entrant into the space. Though it has some flaws - like a flat tyre screen, it also has some nice features, including fast performance.



Garmin is poised to take on GoPro with the VIRB Ultra 30 action cam. The camera sports a 1.75-inch touchscreen, can shoot 4K movies at 30fps and take stills at 12MP and 8MP.

What really makes the VIRB Ultra 30 stand out though is voice control, something GoPro lacks. Once it's on, you can tell the camera to start and stop recording video, take still photos and tag footage by uttering "remember that." You can grab Garmin's new recorder later this month for $499/£449/AU$699.



HTC unveiled the HTC One A9S at IFA 2016 and we are a little underwhelmed by it. It has taken Apple's cue of adding an S to the end of its last product but instead of giving its latest phone a speed boost, HTC hasn't changed much at all from the One A9 and has actually dialled down the specs in some areas.


Huawei Nova

Huawei came out swinging at IFA 2015 with the Mate S and G8 smartphones, plus pricing details for the Huawei Watch. This year it was a little more muted, but we still got a nice array of releases.

The first of which is the Huawei Nova. This is, according to Huawei, the 'perfect Saturday night device'. That essentially means that it's a mid-range phone that isn't going to impress your mates but will last the night and it has a great 8MP snapper for selfies.

The Huawei Nova + is, you've guessed it, a bigger variant of the Huawei Nova, offering up essentially the same phone as the Nova but the size is pushed up to a phablet-like 5.5 inches.

And then there was the Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0. We've already had this device for a while and gave it 3.5 stars. The reason: it looks good, has great speakers but it's not got much processing power so gamers should stay away. But, it is a good-looking 8-inch tablet that's also nice and light too.


Lenovo has lifted the lid on its IFA 2016 announcements, which basically consist of new laptops and tablets.

The company kicked things off by staking another 'world's thinnest laptop' claim, this time for the Yoga 910, sequel to last year's Yoga 900. At 0.56 inches (14.3mm) closed, the Yoga 910 is technically the 'world's thinnest Intel Core i convertible', but don't get too caught on semantics. In our hands on Yoga 910 review, we find this to be the most impressive model update this year.

Lenovo 910

The laptop has a 4K display option, 15.5-hour battery life (for the 1080p model), runs Windows 10, and weighs a reasonable 3.04 pounds (1.38kg). It goes on sale this October starting at $1,299 (about £991, AU$1,716).

Lenovo also unveiled the Yoga Book, a revolutionary laptop-tablet hybrid. It can run either Android Marshmallow or Windows 10, but ask for physical keys, and you won't find any. Instead, there's a capactive touch surface called a Create Pad that materializes when you need it. Plus, it supports a stylus. This means the Yoga Book can switch between laptop, tablet and a digital art tool, and you never have to press a button.

Pretty wild, right? Check out our hands on Yoga Book review for more.

Lenovo Yoga Book

There was another hybrid on show, too. The Lenovo Miix 510 will appeal to style-conscious hybrid fans as it's yet another lightweight device by Lenovo that oozes class.

The Miix 510 is a 2-in-1 hybrid with a detachable display that also hits the shelves in October, starting at just $599 (about £457, AU$791). A new Yoga Tab 3 Plus, an affordable Android tablet with a 2K screen, is also hitting the scene with a $299 (about £230, AU$400) price tag.


With LG launching its V20 flagship phone on September 6 in San Francisco, it left many to wonder what exactly it would show off in Berlin. Here's what's happened so far.

Prior to IFA, LG announced a new line of Bluetooth speakers that it will feature at its booth. The PH1, PH2, PH3 and PH4 models look to be stylish accents for any setting, though we'll have to get our ears on the speakers to hear how the sound stacks up.

LG speakers

LG is also demonstrating three High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV technologies at the show, including Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) tech.

What's more, the firm says it "will be the first to publicly demonstrate HDR technology combining High Frame Rate (HFR) with HLG content." Able to reach speeds of 100/120 frames per second, the HFR demonstration will go off with help from the BBC and European Broadcasting Union. It should be fascinating.

The company is also making waves on the home front, introducing a refrigerator with a giant 29-inch, transparent Windows 10 tablet in the door. Why? Because why not.

Finally, LG also pre-announced new 21:9 curved gaming displays. We're sensing a theme with these curved monitors (see: Samsung).


Logitech Silent Mouse

Logitech has revealed what could be the most intriguing mouse ever. It's the first-ever silent mouse. The new Logitech M330 Silent Plus and M220 Silent Mouse have made sure when you press down on the mouse, not a click is heard - even though the buttons still offer a 'click feel'.

Mind. Blown.


Not to be outdone by its parent company Lenovo, Motorola has announced the Moto Z Play, its cheapest Moto Z phone to date.

Moto Z Play

Thick, long-lasting and affordable, the Moto Z Play doesn't miss out on the modular accessory train - you can even attach the Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod to its back for ultra-pro pictures. The Moto Z Play hits the US on September 8 for $408 ($17/month over 24 months) at Verizon, or $449 unlocked.



Although its press conference at IFA 2016 was mainly focused around its work surrounding smart cities and the connected home, Panasonic did include a couple of details about its home electronics offerings.

As well as teasing a new OLED TV prototype, the company also announced a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the DMP-UB700, which will be significantly cheaper than the company's first 4K player that launched last year.

We can't wait to see whether the player earns a place on our list of the best Ultra HD Blu-ray players.


Philips OLED

Philips always loves to launch a brand-new toothbrush and other kitchen-based products, but it did also wow the crowds with its very first OLED TV.

The 4K Philips 901F Ambilight set boasts HDR and an Android TV-fueled quad core processor. Make no mistake, OLED is a big step for the TV brand and we can't wait to see what Ambilight looks like on an OLED TV.

Philips also announced a collaboration with TV show The Voice, which will see the program's app take over your Philips Hue lighting system.



Qualcomm showed off some rather important bits of technology at IFA 2016. The highlight was its foray into virtual reality. In association with Goertek, the company has created a VR headset that makes use of its Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Not only that, Qualcomm has promised to take Android Wear to the next level, revealing that we should see some big chip changes in the next two years. Finally, it said the new Snapdragon 821 chip will lead to faster and longer lasting phones, which is always welcome news.


Samsung Gear S3

It's been quite a year for Samsung already, one that was recently punctuated by the debut (and almost immediate recall) of the Galaxy Note 7.

But Sammy isn't done with 2016 yet. At IFA, the company unveiled its new Gear S3 smartwatch in two variants, the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic. Here's everything you need to know about both.

In our hands on Samsung Gear S3 Frontier review, we call the smartwatch one of the most capable and attractive active-focused wearables we've seen yet. It is the active version of the Gear S3 - a rugged smartwatch with LTE connectivity that's slightly chunky, but a big upgrade on the Samsung Gear S2.

Samsung Gear S3

The second iteration of the S3 looks more like a watch you would wear everyday. In our hands on Samsung Gear S3 Classic review, we noted that it was near identical specs wise with the Frontier, but just had a fancy new look.

Both watches measure 46 x 49 x 12.9mm, but the Frontier is a little heavier, at 62g, compared to the Classic's svelte 57g.

Despite rumors, Samsung didn't announce the Galaxy Tab S3 at the show. Guess we'll just have to keep waiting until the new tablet is ready to show its face.

Other Samsung innovations revealed at IFA include stuff on the home goods front, including its two-door Family Hub refrigerator for the European market. The firm also announced new curved Quantum Dot displays will be on hand, which we can't wait to get our eyes on.


Sony Xperia XZ

The Sony press conference has happened and as you would expect, there were a wide range of gadgets showcased, from brand-new noise-canceling headphones to some Xperia phones to the PlayStation VR to cameras to already-announced television sets.

When it comes to new kit, Sony unveiled two new phones. The first is the Sony Xperia XZ - its brand new X flagship. Naturally, we have already a hands on: Sony Xperia XZ review where we noted that the new phone is "a great premium handset, but not enough has changed here for phone fans to rush out and buy it on day one."

What you do get is a new refined design, camera improvements and a return or waterproofing.

The second phone announced was a compact, and we break it down in our hands on of the Sony Xperia X Compact review. Sony has always been praised for its Compact lineup and this phone is no different. We reckon it looks great, and is as premium as Sony's flagship.

We also got a chance to check out a new set of Sony cans. In our hands on of the Sony MDR-1000X Wireless Headphones review, we found the headset to be quite impressive, thanks in no small part to a few new tricks we've never seen before.


TomTom Touch

TomTom released a bevy of new devices at IFA 2016, with the focus very much on wearables. The most exciting is the company's first foray into fitness trackers.

The TomTom Touch is a rival to Fitbit's oeuvre and while it might look like any standard fitness tracker, it also calculated body fat, which is pretty cool.

And then there's the TomTom Spark 3, this is a robust smartwatch for fitness gurus who want GPS, Bluetooth capabilities and on-board storage.

TomTom also launched the usual array of sat-navs, including a bike variant, and the TomTom Adventurer which is an event more robust version of the Spark 3.



Toshiba's had a relatively low-key IFA, which isn't surprising given its exit from consumer laptops and general retreat from the consumer market. The company did announce a new SSD series, the mid-range A100.

ZTE and Nubia

ZTE has announced the Axon 7 Mini, a shrunken version of the very likeable Axon 7. We found in our hands on ZTE Axon 7 Mini review is easier to hold in one hand than its predecessor and is more affordable. However, it isn't available on all US carriers yet, which is disappointing.

ZTE Axon Mini 7

Before ZTE made its announcement though, Nubia, a sub-brand of the Chinese phone maker, had a reveal of its own.

Nubia hosted an August 31 gathering, where it unveiled the Nubia Z11. The device's 16MP rear camera takes DSLR-quality snaps, which show up on its 5.5-inch full HD display. It's backed by a Snapdragon 820 processor and has options for either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. There's also a microSD card slot.

Nubia Z11

In our hands on Nuba Z11 review, we found it to be a surprisingly accomplished phone, though one that will struggle to stand out in the crowd, especially given its price point compared to competitors, like the OnePlus 3.

The Nubia Z11 will retail in the UK and US this September, and be available for €499 (around £420, $550, AU$740). Or, you can bump up to a black-gold, 6GB RAM variant for €599 (around £510, $660, AU$890).


Withings, unsurprisingly, announced a new wearable: the Steel HR. The fashionable fitness tracker straddles the line between looking like a traditional watch while still keeping tabs on your health.


In our hands on Withings Steel HR review, we noted the company "has managed to create the first fashionable fitness tracker that packs in everything you'll need to keep track of both your health and time."

It provides basic notifications and heart rate tracking, but comes at a relatively hefty price for what you get ($179.95/£169.95/about AU$300 for the 36mm model and $199.95/£179.95/about AU$315 for the 40mm model).

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