Gadgets galore as Europe’s largest tech show opens

Robot vacuum cleaners, 3D printers and new smartphones await visitors to IFA as the technology trade show’s doors open later today.

Sony, Samsung and LG are among the tech giants exhibiting new products at the annual show, which is expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors.

The first 3D desktop printer able to print in full colour has also been unveiled by XYZ Printing and will be among the thousands of new gadgets on display at the show in Berlin.

With Samsung having announced their new Note smartphone last week – traditionally the biggest launch at IFA – announcements at the pre-show events have so far have been dominated by would-be challengers.

Early industry response to LG’s new V30 smartphone – unveiled on Thursday – has suggested the firm now offers a real alternative to Samsung’s Android phones, the current dominant force on the platform.

The phone has an edge-to-edge screen similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8, as well as high-end camera and video capturing specs.

Fellow tech giant Sony has also looked to seize the initiative with their new devices, most notably the LF-S50G, a smart speaker to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The device, which uses the same Google Assistant AI as found in the Home, includes a more powerful speaker system than its rivals but is also more expensive.

Samsung too have been busy ahead of the show, revealing a trio of health fitness-focused wearables, including two wristbands that commentators have suggested could become direct challengers to the Apple Watch.

The Gear Sport smartwatch and Gear Fit 2 Pro sports band both have enhanced activity tracking and wellness features built in, similar to Apple’s own wearable and are expected to be competitively priced.

IFA executive director Jens Heithecker said the range of announcements proved the show’s continued importance.

“IFA is all about accelerating growth and innovation, and that’s why IFA has become more and more attractive for trade visitors from around the world,” he said.

“IFA is now the most important trade show for the Consumer and Home Electronics industry, with the largest number of trade visitors and highest international attendance.”

The show runs until September 6.

The device, which uses the same Google Assistant AI as found in the Home, includes a more powerful speaker system than its rivals but is also more expensive.

Samsung too have been busy ahead of the show, revealing a trio of health fitness-focused wearables, including two wristbands that commentators have suggested could become direct challengers to the Apple Watch.

The Gear Sport smartwatch and Gear Fit 2 Pro sports band both have enhanced activity tracking and wellness features built in, similar to Apple’s own wearable and are expected to be competitively priced.

IFA executive director Jens Heithecker said the range of announcements proved the show’s continued importance.

“IFA is all about accelerating growth and innovation, and that’s why IFA has become more and more attractive for trade visitors from around the world,” he said.

“IFA is now the most important trade show for the Consumer and Home Electronics industry, with the largest number of trade visitors and highest international attendance.”

The show runs until September 6.

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