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IFA, Europe's biggest technology show gave users a closer look at the future of innovation. The Berlin-based IFA has become Europe's CES in terms of scale and grandeur. This year's IFA had something for everyone. Samsung, Sony, LG and Asus all showcased hottest gadgets - from premium smartphones to smart wearables.
From the show area, we can some emerging trends. Not just Sony, even players like Asus and LG have big plans to promote wearable tech. Notably, Samsung put on a huge press conference to announce the Gear S, its first ever smartwatch with SIM connectivity.
The Gear S is something entirely new for the tech industry. The smartwatch can be used independently with a SIM connection of its own. Unlike Android Wear, Samsung Gear S runs on Tizen-OS.
LG also managed to showcase the second generation G Watch with a circular round shape. To be called as LG G Watch R, the new Android Wear intelligent watch is headed to select markets starting October this year.
Even Japan's Sony introduced the SmartWatch 3 and a SmartBand Talk at this year's IFA 2014. Here's a list of top 5 wearables launched at the IFA 2014. Take a closer look in the sliders below!
Samsung has added a new wearable to the Gear smartwatch range - the 3G-enabled Gear S. It sports a 2-inch curve Super AMOLED display, having a resolution of 320 x 480-pixels. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, and a 300mAh battery fitted inside. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. The 3G-enabled watch make calls, receive calls and check messages. The Gear S is water proof, just like the Gear Fit. The storage is limited to 4GB. The Gear S supports Nike + Running app, making it a full- fledged fitness centered device. Samsung also promises as many as 1000 apps on Tizen that will run on the Gear S.
If you look at the design and hardware specs, the G Watch R is considerably way ahead compared to what others are offering. As we know, the watch is running on the Android Wear platform. But unlike LG's first-gen G Watch, the new wearable has a round circular display. In fact, the screen of the G Watch R is a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED display (P-OLED) with a resolution of 320 x 320-pixel resolution. The watch uses 100 % of the display, claims LG. The G Watch R is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The device offers a 410mAh battery fitted inside. The watch is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water, thanks to IP67 ratings. A durable stainless steel case and an interchangeable leather strap enhance the overall look and feel of the G Watch R.
The SmartWatch 3 feels sporty and comes with detachable silicon straps. Notably, the intelligent watch is rugged in nature that's because of an IP68 waterproof rating. There's a 1.6-inch display with a 320 x 320-pixels. Being an Android Wear watch, you always have an option to download tons of paid and free apps. Sony has also made a special Walkman app, for its Smartwatch 3. There's a special health and lifestyle tracking app called as LifeLog. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor powered, accompanied with a 420mAh battery
The new fitness tracker, Sony SmartBand Talk, is a follow-up to the underwhelming SmartBand. The new model, meanwhile, has a 1.4-inch always-on e-ink display for power conservation and visibility in any lighting. Also, the SmartBand Talk has IP68 waterproofing, and comes in Black and White color options. Not only the SmartBand Talk acts as a fitness tracker, it can make calls/receive calls as well. As of battery life, Sony says users can expect at least 5 days of battery backup on a single charge.
The Asus ZenWatch has now become the first wearable device from Asus that's powered by Android Wear. It also features a version of the Asus ZenUI user interface developed specifically for ZenWatch. As far as the overall specifications are concerned, the ZenWatch features a 1.63-inch curved 320×320 AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and Bluetooth 4.0. The new smartwatch also comes with a bio sensor which can measure your heart rate, alongside water proof up to IP55 rating. On an overall, it's quite similar to the likes of LG G Watch and Moto 360, although the ASUS ZenWatch is a treat to the eyes.