IFA 2018 has already met our expectations for practical upgrades and game innovations. Following a wave of introductory announcements on Wednesday, Thursday has been a great day for new products. All the day's new headlines are highlighted in bold .
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Appliances and Smart Homes From Transparent Refrigerators to Dishwashers Lifting Stands IFA often shows crazy new features in the usually handy category of appliances. IFA 201
8 has not been different. Not all of these ideas will ever see the light of day, let alone the United States, but it's still nice to know that there's a fridge out there with a built-in lazy susan.
Enough with the fools of device makers, let's get practical. We have seen a number of smart watches and mobile devices designed to help you get handsome and stylish while you do it. Google kicked off with an update of the Wear OS smartwatch platform, and many vendors already support it.
PCs and laptops
Intel's latest chip update is the basis for most of the new common PCs coming from famous brands this fall. From the world's brightest 15-inch laptop to a parade of new monitors and VR accessories, the IFA 2018 has a lot of cool new computers and peripherals on the show.
HTC, Sony, Huawei and more put the best phones ahead of wearing the titans of Samsung and Apple. From getting rid of motion to hug in extra power, the IFA 2018 phones have taken a number of approaches to stand out from the crowd.
Smart speakers are everywhere. With Harman Kardon, Bang & Olufsen and more on board, we can finally enter a phase where smart speakers generally have the sound quality to fit the built-in smart. In addition, we saw headphones and Bluetooth speakers with their own quality upgrades, including a big step in front of their rivals for Sony's noise-reducing headphones.
8K TVs, cameras and a game trone
We expect a lot more from the realm of audio technology, phones, TV, games and other categories of tech soon, but we already have a few Notes as a 8K-TV, headphones that charge themselves and an all-encompassing throne for gaming.
The second press day of the IFA 2018 rolls together. Expect much more news today, as well as Friday (LG, Huawei, Microsoft) and Saturday (Amazon) as the show's press days continue.
We update this story with more highlights as the week evolves. If you want everything we see in Berlin, check out CNET's IFA 2018 feed .
Our original IFA 2018 pre-release from August 27 follows:
IFA 2018, as most major technology stores show, will showcase a blend of new tech products that mainly fall into one of two buckets. The first bucket is the practical, more or less predictable one with iterative product updates. Here you will find the next flagship we all know come, or laptops with the latest Intel processors that appear on a regular schedule, like the tide.
The second bucket is home to all the unexpected products. I'm thinking of the fun, since it's here that you'll find things like LG Robot Pants and Segway Roller Shoe but you must also accept some frustration with all that news. You'll find a lot of vaporware here, along with exciting prototypes that will never look into the consumer market. If the bucket one is filled with most likely real things, you can go out and buy in time for your holiday this year, bucket two makes you think about what you can buy in five years, even if the product that makes you think, never want to exist.
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I'd be surprised if Amazon announced some new Alexa or other hardware products at IFA, but the odds are increasing somewhat, given that Amazon's Vice President of Smart Home Daniel Rausch delivers Amazon's first IFA keynote speech in year. At the very least, we see the common flood of third-party products that you can interact with through an Alexa voice command, as well as devices at the end of Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat and GE Solar Lamp microphone built-in.
Google has its fingers in so many pics that even without its own IFA press conference, between Chromebooks, wearables, Android mobile devices, Google Assistant products, the search giant will appear across almost all product categories on display in Berlin. Perhaps we will finally get a glimpse of Google Assistant-powered smart monitors than the Lenovo and JBL models. Given Bang & Olufsen's four or five different press sessions, it's a good bet $ 1,750 Google Assistant Speakers will also be there.
LG has placed great emphasis on the ThinQ brand AI development work this year. Despite some AI-related hiccups at the CES press conference, the company launched ThinQ as an AI platform in January. Then, earlier this month, LG announced the plan to open a AI Research Center in Canada . LG has also said that its main speech on Friday will have a heavy AI focus. How its AI effort manifests itself in real products is not clear right now, but as long as we get the robot pants, I'm happy.
Galaxy Note 9 has already landed but Samsung will still likely give its new flagship smartphone plenty of time on IFA. More exciting are some signs that appeared in Berlin, showing a 8K Samsung TV that slides out behind a sheet, "Preparing to Be Amazed by IFA." Samsung debuted it better than the 4K screen at CES already but without release date or price information, so hopefully we'll learn more here. Samsung is also usually good for a strange device announcement or two, and of course, we will look for Galaxy Home Bixby Speaker.
Aside from LG's SuitBot robotic pants), I look forward to Segway's W1 e-skating this year, although we have already taken them to a test reel . Flexible phone screen provider Royole has a show show on which we will definitely visit. Panasonic's Robotic Fridge and Bosch's X-Spect Clothing and Food Scanner were standouts of IFA 2017. We will see if they or others can recreate the magic in 2018.
Where to Find All IFA News
The best way to follow all developments from IFA this year is to keep an eye on our coverage throughout the week. You can find everything on our dedicated IFA page . You can also check IFA's press conference plan to see who presents when. Here are the conferences we follow especially closely with Berlin's start time (conversion tool here).