Without further ado, we present the best tech of IFA 2018.
Acer Predator Thronos gaming chair
There’s only one feeling when you hop into this personal gaming cockpit, and that’s badass. With a chair that reclines 140-degrees, a brace for mounting up to three 27-inch monitors in front of your face, built-in chair vibrations that rumble with your games, and of course, tons of LED glow, the Thronos takes gaming to another level.
There’s no word on pricing yet, but it’s probably a safe bet the Thronos will be hella expensive.
Huawei Kirin 980 chip
At IFA 2018, Huawei introduced its next-generation mobile processor: the Kirin 980. It’s the world’s first 7nm mobile processor, which means it’s both smaller and more power efficient than anything else currently out there.
The Kirin 980’s not only tinier, but it’s also more powerful. Huawei says the chip is 75% more powerful than the current 970 chip used phones like its flagship P20 Pro, while also being up to 58% more power efficient. Additionally, Huawei says the chip will have the world’s fastest WiFi on a phone thanks to a faster on-board modem. The Kirin 980 also largely outperforms the latest offering from Qualcomm i.e. Snapdragon 845.
Samsung 85-inch 8K QLED TV
Sure, there’s virtually no native 8K content to watch on it, but that doesn’t mean huge 8K TVs aren’t still stunning to look at.
There were tons of 8K TVs at IFA, but Samsung’s 85-inch Q900FN QLED TV was the most jaw-dropping one of all.
The 8K TV’s massive, the borders are slim, and the display has a peak brightness of 4,000 nits, which is like, well, super duper bright. It also supports HDR10+ content and has upscaling technology that can transform 4K content into 8K content without trashing the picture quality.
Lenovo Yoga Book C930
Two years ago, Lenovo introduced a wild dual-screen tablet-laptop-book hybrid called the Yoga Book. Its marquee feature was its touch-based “halo” keyboard, which would illuminate only when you needed to type.
It was a cool concept, but the halo keyboard was extremely limiting. So Lenovo went back to the drawing board and now it’s come up with a new Yoga Book, the C930, and instead of a halo keyboard it has an E Ink display for its secondary screen.
You can use it to read e-books, take notes, and scribble out drawings, and also bring up an E Ink keyboard. It’s yet another cool idea, but E Ink is slow and you can see it takes a second to load things on the screen. That said, Lenovo gets props for trying new things. It sure beats another boring laptop with super slim bezels.