A trade fair for consumer electronics, the IFA in Berlin does not have the aura of the CES in Las Vegas or even the Parisian VivaTech, the annual meeting place for digital players. This 2023 edition also suffers from the absence of heavyweights in the sector such as Sony and Huawei. However, the German show, which closes its doors this Tuesday, September 5, has unveiled some interesting announcements
The Chinese manufacturer Honor comes to compete with Samsung in the foldable smartphone segment by presenting its latest “fold” type model. The Magic V2 features a 7.9-inch screen that folds up like a book. Its strengths: its thinness when unfolded (4.7 mm thick) and its weight (231 g). It remains to know its price.
Honor has also made a “gendered” folding smartphone that looks like a fashion accessory. Just press a button and the Honor V Purse 5G opens like a handbag. The user can carry it as is thanks to a range of matching handles. To complete the illusion, the external screen is supposed to stay on all the time. This raises questions about its autonomy and its carbon footprint.
Durable and privacy-friendly smartphone
Or the antithesis of Fairphone which works for a more ethical and sustainable telephony. Modular in design and easily repairable, the Dutch manufacturer’s smartphones offer an extended lifespan and a 5-year warranty. The latest model, the Fairphone 5also presents itself as a solid and very complete mid-range smartphone.
With regard to the protection of user data – a sensitive subject in business – the so-called Murena version operates independently of the Google environment. It integrates the open source operating system /e/OS while being compatible with Android applications.
For mixed pro-personal use, manufacturers are also innovating in the field of connected watches by focusing on autonomy. With its 441 mAh battery, the Honor Watch claims about 14 days of operation. Equipped with a GPS, it conventionally measures the heart rate or the number of steps. On the other hand, for lack of eSIM, the Chinese manufacturer’s watch only supports phone calls in Bluetooth. Price: around 150 euros.
Designed to be worn 24/7, the Scanwatch 2 from French Withings doubles the bet by displaying a battery life of 30 days. Health-oriented, this new model, marketed in October in France at a price of 350 euros, measures the oxygen saturation rate, heart rate or temperature variations. Visually, it is similar to a classic frame that will not look out of place in a professional setting.
Headsets dedicated to teleworking
Teleworkers who multiply videoconferences or employees who work in the noisy environment of an open space will welcome the arrival of a new generation of headsets, which can be worn for hours.
Co-founded by an ENT doctor, the French startup Attitud offers “free-earing” audio headsets, that is to say without direct contact with the ear. The sound is transmitted by “directional air conduction” with loudspeakers located at a respectable distance from the eardrums. ” Natural listening without pain or hearing risk which also avoids isolating themselves from their colleagues and work environment.
Opposite choice for the Soundcore Space One from Anker, which claims to reduce ambient noise by up to 98% and especially human voices. The adaptive noise reduction technology used by the Chinese manufacturer, however, limits the autonomy of these Bluetooth headphones to 40 hours. It incorporates three microphones to improve the quality of telephone calls (approximately one hundred euros).
Finally, Strong is launching a 5G router in the fall. Called AX3000, it allows you to deploy a Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band network from a simple SIM card. Premises not eligible for fiber optics or poorly covered thus benefit from a maximum connection of 3.2 Gbps. According to the manufacturer, a mesh network of six boxes can connect up to 254 devices over an area of one thousand square meters.