IFA is perhaps the next biggest consumer electronics show in global scale outside of North America and needless to say, electronics makers will not pass on this golden opportunity to show off their shiny new gadgets during this prestigious event. this year’s IFA sees Japanese electronics giant Sony introducing some very drool-worthy products ranging from smartphone to imaging devices to home audio system. there are so many awesome products that we could have missed if we chose to feature them individually (though we have already highlighted some over the last few days), but we are not giving any a miss and so, we decided that it is only fitting that we list them out here so that you will be in the know. all of them are worthy products that no tech enthusiasts should look past. so without further adieu, hit the jump for the some Sony gadget galore aka Sony at IFA 2013.
Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone (US$tba)
another premium device, touting Sony’s waterproof built and as always, brings together Sony’s know-how in display, imaging and entertainment, into one glorious 5″ device. highlights include Full HD TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality, 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with wide-angle G Lens and BIONZ for mobile imagine processor – packed into an alluring metal and glass construction. read more the Xperia Z1 in our feature HERE.
Sony Cyber-Shot QX Lens Cameras (from US$249.99)
the QX Lens Cameras opened a whole new concept in digital imaging by being both a standalone camera, albeit looking rather odd, and an ultimate accessory to turn your smartphone into a real camera, complete with optical zoom capability and mega-pixels with quality that can only be found on actual cameras. price starts from $249.99. available from September 25, 2013. read more about the Cyber-Shot QX Lens Cameras in our feature HERE.
Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam (US$4,499.99)
handy it hardly is, but the Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam is nevertheless exciting as it is the world’s first 4K/60p consumer camcorder. yes. that’s right. this handycam puts the power of 4K recording in your hands for a grand price of $4,500. features include Sony’s 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor, Sony G Lens with 20x zoom and more. available for pre-order now, with shipping expected to start from October 5, 2013.
Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V (US$299.99)
the Sony Action Cam announced last year gets an update in the form of Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V. features include a new lighter and thinner waterproof and shockproof housing, Full HD videoing with Exmor R CMOS sensor and wide-angle lens with SteadyShot, easy sharing via WiFi with your smartphone, NFC for One-touch connection, GPS tracking et cetera. available for pre-order now for $299.99, with shipment expected to start later this week.
Sony Music Video Recorder HDR-MV1 (US$tba)
the Sony Music Video Recorder HDR-MV1, as the product name implies, is a ‘specialist’ imaging device that consumers could own and use for music video recording. features inched studio-quality Linear PCM sound, 1/2.3″ BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 2.7″ Wide Clear Photo LCD display, Full HD videoing, and quick and easy sharing with WiFi and NFC one-touch connection. coming soon in November 2013 with an yet-to-announced pricing. learn more.
Sony HT-ST Bluetooth Sound Bars (US$tba – US$1,299.99)
there are two models announced under the HT-ST sound bar family, namely the HT-ST3 and the HT-ST7. the former is a 4.1-channel system billed as the world’s slimmest Sound Bar with Bluetooth technology, while the latter is a monster 7.1-channel bar that boasts magnetic fluid speakers and wireless subwoofer. the Sony HT-ST3 is set to be available early October for an undisclosed pricing, while the Sony HT-ST7 is available now for $1,299.99.
Sony BRAVIA W85 LCD TV (US$tba)
the Sony BRAVIA W85 LCD TV is Sony’s largest Full HD LED TV sporting a massive 65″ display with a feature that never fails to capture our attention: extra slim bezel. highlights include X-Reality PRO picture engine, TRILUMINOS display, Motionflow XR 400Hz, Active 3D, a distortion-free Signal-to-Sound architecture, built-in WiFi, and one-touch mirroring via NFC – just to name a few. landing in the EU market this October with an unannounced pricing.
Sony VAIO Fit multi-flip PC (US$tba)
available in three screen sizes (13- through to 15-inch), the Sony VAIO Fit multi-flip PC is the Japanese electronics giant’s take of multi-mode laptop, dishing out three modes of display from one sleek laptop. it can be use as a traditional laptop, as a tablet, or as a view modes when watching videos or video chatting. prices are not known at this point, but more info should be available nearer to its availability this Fall (in EU market). learn more.
Sony VAIO Tap 11 (US$tba)
for now, the Sony VAIO Tap 11 takes the crown for being the world’s thinnest (at 9.9 mm) Intel Core processor-equipped Windows 8 tablet PC. like most Windows tablet today, it offers both touch or type functionality, with the latter realized through the use of a wireless magnetic keyboard/cover combo. the VAIO Tap 11 is slated to available in the European market this Fall. no word on the price at this point, though. learn more.
Sony Reader PRS-T3 eReader (£119.00)
this newest eReader from Sony boasts an interesting Quick Charge feature which gives you the power to consumer a 600-page novel with just 3 minutes of charging and also, as noted by its official PR text, an integrated cover that also doubles as the trigger to wake up and putting the device to sleep. notable features include a 6″ E-ink Pearl antiglare display, up to two months of battery life, and more. available from this month for £119.
Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player and TA-A1ES Integrated Stereo Amplifier (US$tba)
the HAP-Z1ES and the TA-A1ES are the separates of the 21st century that does away with ‘traditional’ CD player in favor of hard drive for digital music. HAP-Z1ES takes charging audio playback from either 1TB HDD or USB port, while the TA-A1ES offers the oomph with 2x80W of amplification, clad in an audiophile-grade chassis. available in November, but pricing information is still unknown. learn more about Sony’s new High Resolution audio range HERE.
Sony HAP-S1 Compact HDD Audio Player System (US$tba)
no space for separates? then the Sony HAP-S1 Compact HDD Audio Player System is the answer to your space-constraint woe. it is both a HDD audio player with a 2x40W amplifier, packed into a compact WiFi-enabled unit. features include a 500GB hard drive, hi-res music player, DSEE, expandable storage via USB port, and more. also dropping in this November for an yet-to-be-announced price. learn more.
Sony UDA-1 USB DAC Amplifier (US$tba)
i guess this don’t need much of introduction. the Sony UDA-1 USB DAC Amplifier is an oversized DAC for your PC, so that your digital music pumped out by your PC will sound more awesome. and it does not just serves your PC, it also supports Android and Apple devices via USB and analog/digital inputs. actually it is not so big, it measures 225 x 74 x 262 mm and weighs in at just 4 kg. mid-October is the expected date of availability. learn more.
Sony SS-HA1 and SS-HA3 Hi-Res Bookshelf Speakers (US$tba)
what is the use of all those awesome components announced without a couple of audiophile-grade speakers? that’s precisely why Sony also announced the Sony SS-HA1 and SS-HA3 Hi-Res Bookshelf Speakers, featuring a newly-developed double super tweeter. the SS-HA1 is expected to be available this November, where else the SS-HA3 is still yet to be confirmed. prices are still unknown at this point. learn more.
Sony SHAKE-5 High-powered Home Audio System (£799.00)
not content with having the ‘audiophile’ market covered, Sony also wants the hard rocking, partying market covered and for that, it has the 2400W of raw power from the Sony SHAKE-5 High-powered Home Audio System cut out for the job. sporting futuristic design, the SHAKE-5 lets you immersed in a club-like DJ experience with its 3-way speakers, along with multi-colored LED light displays that sync with the beats. available now for £799.
Sony Neotank GTK-N1BT Wireless Speaker (£199.00)
Sony is pretty hellbent in inviting you party and this time round it has Sony Neotank GTK-N1BT wireless speaker to do the job. it offers 100W of power, of which 60W comes from the built-in subwoofer bass speaker that ensures you will be not lacking of any low-thumping audio. features include NFC one-touch connect, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming, USB port, built-in equalizer settings, and multi-color LED patterns to add to the party vibe. 199 quids.
Sony MDR-10 Headphones (US$199.99 – US$269.99)
bass heads who like to keep the music to themselves should find the Sony MDR-10 headphones pretty attractive. designed with rock band The Script, these headphones are tuned with today’s musical tastes, with special attention paid to powerful low-frequency sounds. three models are being offered: digital noise canceling (MDR-10RNC; $269.99), Bluetooth with NFC (MDR-10RBT; $249.99), and standard versions (MDR-10R; $199.99).
Sony XBA-H In-Ear Headphones (£99.00 – £299.00)
also on the menu are a pair of new XBA-H series in-ear headphones, developed in collaboration with pop duo Hurts. available as XBA-H3 and XBA-H1, with both sporting Sony’s Balanced Armature (BA) technology. the costlier of the two, the H3 sports a HD Hybrid 3-way driver unit. while the H1 features a Hybrid 2-way setup. both will be available in October and cost £99 and £299 for the XBA-H1 and XBA-H3, respectively.
Sony SRS-BTS50 Ultra-portable Wireless Speaker (US$129.99)
splash proof, up to 10 hours on a single charge – packed into an extremely compact, portable package is what the Sony SRS-BTS50 Ultra-portable Wireless Speaker has to offer to active lifestyle music lovers. other features include Surround Mode, Bluetooth wireless streaming with aptX and AAC codecs supports, and NFC one-touch pairing. available in five attractive colors, starting this month for $129.99 a pop.
Sony VPL-VW500ES 4K Home Cinema Projector (US$tba)
the VPL-VW500ES is Sony’s second 4K home cinema projector that offers an incredible 4,096 x 2,160 resolution and featuring the latest HDMI standard, HDMI 2.0 which should be more beefier in handling 4K/60P contents for smoother actions without the need for electronic enhancement of pixels. naturally, upscaling of 1080p content to 4K resolution is in the order too. hitting the stores this October – but no word on the pricing just yet. learn more.
if 4K isn’t your cuppa yet, Sony also has a Full HD 3D VPL-HW55ES projector, also coming soon in late October, for consideration. you can learn more about the VPL-HW50S successor HERE.
well, there you have it folks. these are what Sony has dished out during this season of IFA, but truth be told, our list here isn’t exactly comprehensive, but it should cover most of the “important” announcements. then again, we prefer not to name it all simply because not all products have the “reason” to be featured anyway.