Best of IFA 2023: Our favorite tech from the show

IFA 2023 was full of high tech, and we got to see some of the best gadgets. Here are some of our favorites!

IFA 2023 is a big show, and many companies brought great products for us to see. We got to experience many of these things during our time at the event, and we’re here to show you some of our favorites. From gaming computers you can go anywhere to the best AR experiences, here are some of the best tech we saw this year.

Lenovo Legion Go

Mobile gaming PCs are on the rise thanks to the popularity of the Steam Deck, but Lenovo is kicking things five with the Legion Go. In short, this is a better Asus ROG Ally in every way while costing the same. Inside, you’ll find the same AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor and 16GB of RAM, but it’s everything else that really impressed us.

The Lenovo Legion Go comes with a large 8.8-inch Quad HD+ display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 165Hz refresh rate that looks impressive with 97% DCI-P3 coverage. Like the Nintendo Switch, the controller can be lost, so you can play games without touching the whole system. On top of that, the right controller works like a mouse, thanks to the dedicated stand that comes with the device.

Considering all of this will cost the same $699 as the Asus ROG Ally, we were blown away. As long as you don’t mind giving up on mobility, Legion Go could be your mobile companion when it launches in October.

Honor Magic V2

The Honor Magic V2 receives an award in our awards for the innovation it brings to the folding market. It’s the most flexible in the world – somehow smaller than the iPhone 14 Pro Max when folded – and it’s also light.

Carrying the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, up to 1TB of storage, and 16GB of RAM, this phone is as popular as any other option on the market. It is an absolute winner for its design and craftsmanship. It feels like a regular phone when folded, and has a lot of features that work around the sleek design.

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Unfortunately, we will have to wait for the Honor Magic V2 until early 2024, and it will only launch in selected European countries. The company has not announced any European prices at this time. Still, it’s nice to see something like this get off the ground.

Lenovo Legion 9i

Lenovo didn’t just make games for mobile phones. In the laptop world, the company is introducing the Legion 9i, a high-end gaming laptop that combines the power of the Legion Pro series with the portability of the Legion Slim models. This weight loss is due to the new cooling system, which includes liquid cooling for the first time in a 16-inch laptop.

Indeed, in addition to several fans and many ventilation holes, the Lenovo Legion 9i has a water cooling system developed in collaboration with Cooler Master to cool the GPU’s VRAM, which is one of the areas that tend to get hotter. For all other parts, the laptop has a vapor chamber system. This combination means that the laptop can use a maximum power of 230W and fit the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 while being only 18.99mm at its thinnest point.

It also comes with a bright Mini-LED display with a brightness of up to 1,000 nits, so the viewing experience here is excellent. Of course, all of this makes for a premium laptop, and it starts at $4,399, but there’s nothing quite like it. Like Legion Go, it launched in October.

TCL RayNeo X2

It hasn’t been heard for a long time, but smart glasses are very popular behind. TCL’s RayNeo X2 is an impressive piece of technology that covers your smartphone around the world. While you can pair it with your smartphone and listen to music, receive notifications, and more, there’s more to it. We were shown a demonstration of how someone would speak in Chinese to the wearer, and the subtitles would appear to show what they were saying, and the wearer would be able to respond. It was crazy.

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There’s a built-in camera, too, along with a microphone and speakers, and it’s a very interesting piece of technology. This is why it easily earned a place in our IFA 2023 awards.

It is not yet known when the RayNeo X2 will launch in North America or Europe, but the launch in China is happening in the coming weeks, and there are plans to bring it abroad.

Picture of TCL40NXTPAPER

TCL’s NXTPAPER technology already impressed us when it debuted on tablets for a while, but now it’s ready to come to phones with the TCL 40 NXTPAPER. This phone uses a special coating that makes it feel like paper, and as with similar technology, it’s very nice to the touch. It’s very easy on the eyes because it reduces blue emissions, making this a great phone for reading late at night. It looks like E Ink, but when I went to use it, I was surprised that everything that appeared on the screen was smooth instead of the low refresh rate you would get with a real E Ink device.

It’s not a phone you need maybe, but it’s not fighting that market. It starts at €​​​​199 in European markets, and this gives you a MediaTek Helio G88 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The display is Full HD+, and has a refresh rate of 90Hz, so the experience is solid if you’re looking for a budget phone. It will be available in September, so you don’t have to wait long if this idea sounds good to you.

Sennheiser Ambeo Mini

For powerful sound at low volume, the Sennheiser Ambeo Mini managed to impress us at the show. Its surround sound and high volume combined with six drivers make this a great addition to any home theater system. You can also carry larger ones, but if you want to save space or money, the Ambeo Mini is a good product to check out.

The Sennheiser Ambeo Mini is available to pre-order right now for $799, so if you’ve been waiting for the best music, this could be the one for you.

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Fairphone 5

Fairphone has been changing the smartphone game for a few years now, and for 2023, the company introduced the Fairphone 5. This comes with a few changes, starting with the Qualcomm QCM6490 chipset (designed for IoT and commercial applications) and the 90Hz display itself. , indeed, it looks very good. But the biggest promise is related to software, with Fairphone promising eight years of software updates, including five Android OS upgrade plans, which is amazing.

Of course, like the previous models of Fairphone, the main focus is stability and refinement. On top of software upgrades, the Fairphone 5 allows you to easily configure and change many of its components, with 11 different components available for purchase. This includes a display, single cameras, a USB Type-C port, and more. In addition, it uses 70% recycled and sustainable materials in its construction, and Fairphone promises to be net-neutral, meaning that the company recycles the same waste that the Fairphone 5 will replace.

The Fairphone 5 is currently available for €699 in European markets.

Withings ScanWatch 2

You may not have heard of Withings, but the ScanWatch 2 will check you out. It’s a watch that looks like a regular folding watch: it keeps track of all your essentials, all the time. Already in use in many German hospitals, the device has a built-in EKG, SpO2 monitor, respiratory disease tracking, sleep tracking, temperature monitoring, and activity monitoring. What’s even better is that it lasts up to 30 days after a single charge, so you can manage your needs without worrying about how much water you have left.

The Withings ScanWatchh 2 is also currently available for around €350 in selected European markets.

A light but very technical display

Granted, IFA 2023 wasn’t the biggest show in the event’s history, but there were still some great things. We came back very impressed with devices like the Lenovo Legion Go, which is set to shake up the mobile PC market, and the TCL RayNeo X2, which offers an immersive AR experience without being overwhelming. The Sennheiser Ambeo Mini also offers powerful sound for a small volume, and is a great option for anyone with limited space.

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