IFA 2018 highlights
The 2018 Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin or IFA 2018 is the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. IFA 2018 took place from 31 August to 5 September, in Berlin.
The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is official
Huawei has officially unveiled its latest phablet, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. The phone sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080, a brand new Kirin 710 processor, and 4GB of RAM. The phone has a budget friendly £379 price tag and should see a release in October.
Alongside the Mate 20 Lite, Huawei also had a couple of more minor announcements. It announced it's new Kirin 980 SoC, which is expected to power the Mate 20 Lite's bigger brothers the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and an intriguingly named 'AI Cube' which combines an Alexa speaker with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi router.
Sony launches Xperia XZ3, and a host of new headphones
Let's jump straight to one of the week's big reveal at IFA: Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia XZ3. Check out our Xperia XZ3 hands-on review for our early impressions, see how it matches up to Sony's early-2018 flagship in our Xperia XZ3 vs Xperia XZ2 comparison, or relive all the action as it happened by checking out our Sony Xperia XZ3 launch live stream guide.
Outside of phones, the Japanese giant also had a number of Sony headphones to show off, including the new noise-cancelling flagships, the WH-1000XM3, its SP900 true wireless sports earbuds and its ultra-premium IER-Z1R in-ear monitors.
Finally, an 8K TV you can actually own!
South Korean tech giant Samsung may have already stolen the show at IFA, revealing at 8K TV that will actually go on sale this year. Yes, you read that right - this isn't a working prototype, proof of concept , or anything else related to technological snake oil: you're going to be able to buy the Samsung Q900R 8K TV, provided you've got deep enough pockets. The future-facing set will start hitting shelves (including in the UK, we understand) as soon as September, and we'll be getting more familiar with the set as the day progresses, so stay tuned for more!
Acer in swift slew of IFA reveals new products
Acer has gotten off to a flyer at IFA this year, revealing a host of new products across it computing ranges.
The new Acer Swift laptops are probably the headline act so far, with the Taiwanese firm slimming down its existing Swift 7, Swift 5 and Swift 3 notebooks even further as it bids to find a place in your heart (and rucksack) this year.
Then there's the Acer OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality headset. While partly aimed at businesses, we're nevertheless intrigued by the promise of a modular VR device with a detachable head strap and headphone-free audio and can't wait to try it on for size.
Elsewhere, there's new gaming gear courtesy of the company's Predator and Nitro ranges. There's some new Acer gaming monitors, but the real highlight is - for maybe the first time in IFA history - a gaming chair.
LG reveals 'world's first' 8K OLED TV in Berlin
LG has kicked off IFA 2018 with a bang, unveiling an 8K OLED TV at the Berlin showcase. Boasting a whopping 7680 x 4320 resolution, it packs more than 33 million pixels into its 88-inch frame, with the South Korean chaebol hailing its new set as the "world's first 8K OLED TV."
To our eye, this would appear to be an accurate claim. Though rival manufacturers like Panasonic and Samsung have shown off 8K TVs in the past, these tellies haven't utilised the OLED display technology that LG has helped bring to prominence in the TV world by way of excellent efforts like the LG c8 OLED.
Bang &Olufsen unveils Beosound Edge wireless speaker
Premium Danish consumer electronics company Bang &Olufsen as also started its IFA 2018 party early, treating us to a characteristically snazzy new wireless speaker in the Beosound Edge.
Developed in collaboration with noted designer Michael Anastassiades, it's a £2900 aluminum beast that can either sit on the floor like a piece of furniture, or be hung on the wall as a piece of sound-emitting artwork.
Inspired by the shape of the classic pound coin, the Beosound Edge isn't just breathtaking to ogle - it's got some seriously nifty features worth writing home about, too.
The big talking point is that you can rock it back and forth to adjust the volume, or if you prefer more traditional controls, there's a touch interface built-in to the frame. In terms of components, it's no slouch, packing a 3/4-inch tweeter, two 4-inch midrange drivers for 360-degree sound, and aa 10-inch woofer on one side. B&O also claims the Beosound Edge offers the world's 'first active bass port', which fuses two classic speaker design concepts - closed box and ported - into one, while wireless compatibility comes in the form of Bluetooth, Airplay 2 and Chromecast support.
Tech Radar's IFA 2018 awards
The TechRadar editorial team has convened following the onslaught of IFA 2018 announcements and has decided upon the most impressive bits of tech from the show. We even whipped up fancy trophies to give to the winners! Our IFA 2018 awards this year covered the gamut, from TVs to smart home gadgets and everything in between.
Best Smartphone: Sony Xperia XZ3, Best TV: Samsung 8K QLED (Q900). Best in Home Theater: Harman Kardon Citation range. Best in Smart Home: Sonos Amp, Best smart speaker: Huawei AI Cube, Best headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3, Best Wearable Tech: Garmin Vivosmart 4, Best Innovation: Bang &OlufsenBeosound Edge, Best in Computing: Lenovo Yoga Book C930.