Day two at IFA in Berlin was quiet on the wearable devices front, after the announcements we had yesterday from Asus (ZenWatch) and Sony (Smartwatch 3 and SmartBand Talk).The announcements today focused around tablets and smartphones.
In the morning Microsoft unleashed a number of smartphone announcements into what it describes as the "affordable category" of the market ($40 - $200). First up was the Lumia 830, the “affordable flagship” which will retail for 330 Euros (before taxes and subsidiaries). The 830 was followed by the Lumia 735 and Lumia 730, again playing into the affordable segment, with the 730 being a dual-SIM 3G model, and the 735 a single-SIM LTE device. The 735 and 730 will retail for 219 and 199 Euros respectively. At the announcement Microsoft also launched a number of new accessories including the Screen Share Accessory (79 Euros), which wirelessly connects to the smartphone and a TV via HDMI, allowing pictures and videos recorded on the Lumia device to be shown on a big screen. A wireless charger was also announced (the Wireless Charging Plate) which pulses light to communicate smartphone notifications to the user (when charging). Microsoft said all Lumia devices announced today will be available in selected markets by the end of September 2014.
At a busy press conference in the afternoon Lenovo announced the Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2, its second generation 5 series (top of the range) smartphones. It then directed its attention at PCs and 2-in-1s. The Horizon 2S was announced, a 19.5-inch, 2-in-1 table-top PC, capable of 2 modes of operation (upright in stand mode or lying flat). Then came the ThinkPad Helix 2-in-1, a sub-800g 2-in-1, equipped with an 11.6-inch display, and five modes of operation (laptop, stand, tent, tablet, docked).
Other announcements included the Ascend Mate 7 and G7 smartphones from Huawei, Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 ruggedized tablets from Panasonic, and the Desire 820 smartphone from HTC.