Sony and LG smartphone announcements at IFA 2017
The first day of Europe’s largest consumer tech show has come to close, and we’ve seen some big announcements from LG and Sony. Both manufacturers have unveiled new smartphones, the LG V30 and Sony Xperia XZ1, respectively.
The V30 is an amazing smartphone, brimming with top-end features making it one of the most impressive releases of 2017.
The new LG device has an OLED Quad HD display, measuring 6-inches. High spec screen technology has its advantages when it comes to battery consumption (typically lower than LCD) and colour enhancement - offering richer colors and deeper blacks, great for watching movies or videos.
It has the same 18:9 aspect ratio as the LG G6’s screen, covering almost the entire face of the phone, with a tiny bezel running around the side.
Whether you’re recording video or taking photos, a camera is integral to how we all use our phones. The LG V30 dual lens camera is the star of the show. At 16MP, it’s a respectable number, but the real headline is the super-wide f/1.6 aperture. The wider a lens can open, the more light the sensor can suck in, making for brighter, more accurate photos. And the V30 certainly delivers.
Around the front, there’s a selfie lens weighing in at 13MP. The best thing about this camera is it’s wide-angle range, letting you take selfies at 120-degrees. Meaning you’ll have no problem fitting the whole gang in the frame.
It’s the first time the V-range has come to the UK, and it’s exclusively available from our sister company, Carphone Warehouse where you can register your interest in the LG V30
Sony Xperia XZ1
Shortly after the dust had settled from the LG press event, it was time for Sony to show off what it had been working on. The Japanese company lifted the lid on two new smartphones, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact to much applause from the crowd.
The XZ1 features a 5.2-inch Full-HDR display, giving you more colour and deeper contrast in your movies, games and photos. It also has the same super slow-mo function we saw on the XZ Premium smartphone, announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress.
Shoot video at 960 frames per second (fps) on the 19MP camera, and reveal the things you wouldn’t normally be able to see in your day-to-day life. There’s also a Snapdragon 835 processor, and USB Type-C on board for speedy charging.
One of Sony’s more innovative announcements was that the new smartphones have a 3D scanning feature, letting you track real-life objects to create three-dimensional digital renders of them on your smartphone. Check out the video below to see it in action.
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