Believe it or not, Apple wasn’t the only game in town this past week. It might feel like an eternity ago since most of the big announcements at this year’s IFA trade show were made last week, but IFA 2016 actually wrapped up this past Tuesday. Consumer electronics companies from all around the world headed to Berlin, Germany to show off their latest and greatest products, and we saw some fantastic new devices unveiled during the show.
It wasn’t easy, but we’ve dug through all the great announcements from the show and selected a handful of particularly impressive products that shine a bit brighter than the rest. These are our picks for the best of IFA 2016.
Moto Z Play Droid
When we reviewed Lenovo’s Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, we made it clear how impressed we were with these smartphones. The gorgeous design, cutting-edge specs and innovative Moto Mod modular accessory system made these phones clear leaders among Android flagship devices. But not everyone want to pay flagship prices when shopping for a new phone, regardless of how sleek and innovative they might be.
Now, thanks to the Moto Z Play Droid, Lenovo’s outstanding new design is accessible to everyone. The phone offers a class-leading design, smooth performance and compatibility with all of Lenovo’s new Moto Mods, and it starts at just $408.
Find out more about this great phone in our Moto Z Play Droid hands-on preview.
Hasselblad True Zoom
Speaking of Moto Mods, the Hasselblad 4116 True Zoom is a stellar example of just how great Lenovo’s new modular accessory system can be. It places a full-fledged point and shoot camera with 10x zoom and stunning photo quality on the back of any Moto Z series smartphone, giving the user the ability to capture high-quality photos that even the best smartphone cameras in the world cannot approach.
Find out more in our hands-on preview.
Asus ZenWatch 3
The smartwatch market has been dominated by Apple so far, but that might not be the case for very long. The new ZenWatch 3 by Asus is one of the most beautiful and refined connected watches we’ve seen so far, featuring a timeless design that is as much about fashion as it is functionality. Featuring a beautiful round AMOLED display, the latest version of Android Wear and three available finishes including Silver, Gunmetal and Rose Gold, the ZenWatch 3 is sure to be a fan favorite following its launch in October.
Among all the devices we saw unveiled in Germany last week, nothing was quite as unique as the Lenovo YogaBook. The device’s one-of-a-kind design marries a touchscreen tablet with a second touch-sensitive surface that can be used as a drawing tablet or for handwriting. Then, an invisible “Halo Keyboard” illuminates when the user wants to type.
The YogaBook will be available running either Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Windows 10, and you can learn more in our hands-on preview.
Samsung Gear S3
Last but certainly not least is the brand new Gear S3 by Samsung. This sleek and stylish smartwatch runs Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, and it’s compatible with both Android devices and with the iPhone. The watch’s design is absolutely stunning, reminiscent of classic mechanical watches from iconic Swiss watchmakers. The Gear S3 features a water-resistant design, wireless charging, up to four days of battery life on a single charge, and a wide range of impressive features.