Also came across this Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition, with which we have already worked in practice. However, That one had an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU and Intel Core i7-12700H processor. This one one has an RTX 3080 GPU and Intel Core i9-12900H CPU, so you better believe it offers crazy performance.
We already love the gaming laptop’s powerful gaming and overall performance, the bright and vivid display and the smooth 3D experience. However, we were disappointed by the flimsy keyboard and clunky design. But if you like power, you will love the Helios.
I struggled to get a good angle of TCL’s 49-inch Ultra Curve Gaming Monitor because it terribly wide. But I had made room for it on my desk, although it certainly wouldn’t fit.
It has a resolution of 3840×1080 with a frame rate of 144Hz, and despite these specs, it still offers a 1ms response time. That, and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and HDR 400. That gameplay looked super smooth.
I told you there were more AI cats around. Where are all the AI dogs?
Oh, and there’s the Honor Pad 8. This sleek-looking Android tablet has a 12-inch 2K display, and the company talks about its eight-speaker “DTS + Honor Histen Sound” system. It looks like it was made for streaming movies, TV shows and all sorts of content, and I wouldn’t say no to watching House of the Dragon on this record.
Honor has a keynote later today, so I’m sure we’ll find out more about the devices on display and (possibly) anything the brand has up its sleeve.
I’ve got to check out the devices Honor is showing off this year, including the Honor Magic 4 Pro 5G with a sleek edge-to-edge LTPO display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 100W charging, and a “50MP + 50MP + 64MP triple camera system. ” Together with the well-designed cases on display, it was quite an eye-catcher.
I don’t know much about cars, but this Lego Technic Ferrari I came across seems to be my kind of vehicle. More to show off than to drive, of course. Unless he can drive? Anyway, nice decor amongst all the other tech around.
Qualcomm and Meta announced a multi-year deal, and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself (sort of) showed up with a short video clip explaining how upcoming Quest devices will use custom Qualcomm chips for a greater VR experience. We’re still a while away, however, says Zuckerberg.
As for the Qualcomm keynote, here’s a recap of everything that happened:
President and CEO Cristiano Amon talked about the next step in Snapdragon chips with Dr. Aon-Joon Chai who announced the next chapter in the Qualcomm-Samsung partnership. More Galaxy smartphones, tablets and PCs will use Snapdragon power – in honor of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
Qualcomm is also taking a big step towards connectivity. X70 is the best 5G modem in the industry, says Qualcomm’s CEO. And that Wi-Fi 7 is already here, which (obviously) includes faster speeds with multiple connections at once.
This includes 320 Mhz (2 x 160 Mhz channels), twice as fast as Wi-Fi 6, with speeds of 5 Gbps. All of this also translates into better efficiency, meaning Snapdragon-powered devices are aiming for better battery life. Oh, and satellite communications, something one of our writers really wants.
As for audio, we also get lossless music streaming and crystal clear audio thanks to a partnership with Bose.
Before I get into the Qualcomm keynote, here’s the first thing I noticed as I walked the halls: AI Cats. These are from Maicat.ai, featuring the robotic cats with facial and speech pattern recognition, OLED eyes, a speaker, and 20 actuators so they can act “naturally”.
Oh, and those weren’t the only AI cats poking around…
And we kick off! Welcome to the live blog, where I will post what I can find in the (many) halls of IFA 2022. There’s a lot to explore, and to put it in perspective, we’re almost halfway through the day and I’ve already taken over 10,000 steps. But there is still plenty to see.
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