Well folks, today marked the opening day of IFA 2011 in the German capitol Berlin. We’ve all been waiting with bated breath to see the huge array of consumer electronics devices that will be revealed to the world for the first time over the next 5 days. Rest assured that the opening day of IFA 2011 has not disappointed anyone, with a huge number of people coming through the doors, and an even bigger number of new amazing tech products being debuted to the public. The Gizmo Digit team are committed to bringing you all of the very best of IFA in detail, and will begin each day with a brief rundown of the devices launched that day, followed by a detailed article on each piece.
Let’s get the ball rolling and see what was happening on day one, for those of us not lucky enough to be there.
Samsung have come out swinging on day one of IFA 2011, debuting 3 completely different types of Android devices. Firstly we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, featuring a Super AMOLED Plus screen at 1280×800 HD resolution.
Then we were treated to the Samsung Galaxy Note, which features a huge 5.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, and includes a stylus for note taking purposes.
Next up we have the Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 3.6, a stylish personal music player that is a serious competitor for the iPod Touch.
Samsung’s final day one offering was the impressive Series 7 CHRONOS Notebook PC, which Samsung are launching in 3 different sizes – 13″, 14″, and 15″.
Day one of IFA 2011 in Berlin also brought a new tablet offering from Toshiba, named the Toshiba AT200 (or Toshiba Excite). Toshiba seems to be trying to make up for the much criticized thickness of their earlier Toshiba Thrive tablet, and with the AT200 measuring in at a mere 7.7mm thick, they have certainly made up considerable ground.
Not wanting to be overshadowed by Samsung’s myriad of releases, Toshiba also showcased the Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook, a 0.63″ thick Magnesium clad ultrabook which has already attracted the tags ‘ultrathin’ and ‘ultrasexy’.
Lenovo also stepped into the ring on day one of IFA, revealing the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, a 7″ tablet that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and costs under $200.
They also unveiled the Lenovo U300S Ultraportable Laptop, which enters the same space as Toshiba’s Portage Z83 and Apple’s MacBook Air, and have described it as a ‘luxury accessory’.
Day one saw surprisingly little action from Sony Ericsson, although they did have their Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRE-T1) on show. Sony are claiming the 6″ eReader is the world’s lightest, and at 168g there may just be some weight to this claim. The Sony Reader Wi-Fi has a touchscreen interface and an included stylus, and is also rather easy on the eyes. Sony are cross promoting the eReader with Harry Potter, through an included voucher that enables a download of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The other Sony offering on Day 1 of IFA 2011 was the VAIO L 3D, otherwise known as the Vaio VPCL21S1E/B. Sony have entered the all-in-one desktop market with this offering, a move that sets a new direction for the company. The VAIO L 3D boasts a 24″ 3D display that includes a pair of rechargeable active shutter glasses, and runs on the Windows 7 OS.
HTC kicked off IFA 2011 with the launch of two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar. The Radar had earlier been known as the Omega, and is a mid range Windows Phone Mango smartphone with some impressive specs. The HTC Titan is the high end device of the two, and features upgraded specs like a 1.5GHz single-core processor and a 4.7″ S-LCD screen.
If previous rumors turn out to be correct then we will not be seeing any new Android devices from HTC at IFA, but half the excitement of this huge consumer electronics trade show is expecting the unexpected.
Finally we conclude the IFA 2011 Day 1 overview with three new tablet devices from ViewSonic – the ViewPad 7x, the ViewPad 10pro, and the Viewpad 7e. The ViewPad 7x is a 7″ Honeycomb tablet sporting the custom 3D ViewScene skin rumored to be priced at $499.
The ViewPad 10pro is the big brother to both the little 7′s, and has been announced at $714 for the Wi-Fi only version.
Lastly we have the ViewPad 7e, which will be running lower spec hardware and be priced at $242, making it a definite competitor for Lenovo’s new IdeaPad U300s. It is great to see ViewSonic unveil their full tablet range, and they are already attracting a great deal of attention at IFA 2011.
It certainly was a big first day at IFA, but the show is only just getting started. Stay tuned for more updates as IFA continues over the weekend, and make sure you check out our featured articles on each of the products mentioned above.