Every week at Android Authority (and our sister sites) we produce a ton of great news coverage and exceptional videos; but during events things kick it up a notch, taking it to eleven. While IFA 2016 admittedly was absent of massive flagship announcements, there were plenty of interesting mobile news including the release of several new tablets, a few mid-rangers and Sony’s latest high-end darling. This was followed up by LG’s announcement of the LG V20 and topped off with the launch of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus this week as well.
So let’s jump right in and take a look at all the big videos of the week!
IFA 2016 Vlogs: The middle and the end
Last week’s video roundup bought you the first vlog from Berlin as the team gathered from around the world and descended upon the German capital for IFA 2016. What happens in the middle of the show amongst the panic and when all is said and done, and the show has come to an end?
While these trade shows can definitely be taxing, one of the highlights is undoubtedly catching up with friends from the industry (and even the competition). Without giving too much away, the conversations certainly do get interesting!
The best of the rest at IFA
While the first few days of focused on AndroidAuthority, our sister site TabTimes – who relaunched last week and is giving away a Dell XPS 13 – took centre stage during the latter stages as we explored the depths of computing by taking a closer look at the new 2-in-1s, tablets and ultrabooks from a range of OEMs.
Without doubt Lenovo dominated most of the chatter around computing and their first product on the list is the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus, the latest in the Yoga line of impressive tablets, that are a firm favorite here at Android Authority. The Yoga Tab 3 Plus brings updated specs, an impressive kick stand and excellent audio at an even more affordable price than previous generations.
Lenovo Miix 510, their answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Sporting a flexible 2-in-1 form factor with detachable keyboard, a 12.2-inch IPS display and support for a digital pen with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, this convertible definitely packs a punch.
From a quaint 2-in-1 to a powerhouse ultrabook as Lenovo’s Yoga 910 comes equipped with an optional 4K display and impossibly-thin bezels on 3 sides of the display. Coupled with a stylish watchband hinge, the latest Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM, this is definitely up their with the best ultra-flagship portables.
While Lenovo stole the show at IFA 2016 for the sheer number of new products it announced, Acer struck back with its new Swift 7 and Spin 7, the former being the thinnest notebook in the world at just 9.98mm. Both are powerful, stylish and crisp and while the Spin 7 is more powerful and probably better value for money, the Swift 7 is just incredibly thin!
If that didn’t sedate your thirst for computers, why not check out the world’s first curved screen notebook – you might be in for a surprise though! Of course, if a tablet is more your style, you might like the Huawei MediaPad M3.
Best of IFA 2016: From Android to Audio & Computing
Of course, a trip to a major trade show like IFA wouldn’t be complete without our top picks from the show, from the hundred we’ve trawled through on the show floor. This year was our biggest ever with a total of 16 awards across 3 categories representing our family of sites – Android, Audio (for SoundGuys) and Computing (for TabTimes). There are some seriously worth winners this year!
LG V20 Hands on & best features videos:
As IFA 2016 drew to a close, another event several thousand miles away took centre stage as LG announced its new LG V20 flagship smartphone. There’s a lot to like about this device from excellent audio, impressive cameras and a unique display to a durable build, powerful package and removable battery and we’ve got a ton of videos for you so let’s get stuck in.
What are your favorite features of the LG V20? Check out the video above as Kris talks through the best LG V20 features, vote in our weekly poll and continue scrolling to the videos below for an in-depth look at the LG V20.
LG V20 Drop Test
One feature that’s likely to interest most people is the MIL-STD-810G transit drop compliance rating as, despite a metal build, the LG V20 is rated at being able to survive a knock or two. Just how much can it withstand? Watch the video above to find out!
LG V20 Software Feature Focus
From drop testing to a closer look at the software, as the LG V20 is the world’s first smartphone to run Google’s latest Android Nougat OS out of the box. There’s a ton of new features so check out LG’s implementation above, then head over to our Android Nougat review as Joe and Kris run you through Google’s new OS.
Vlogging with a smartphone: LG V20 Berlin Edition
From software to the camera and LG’s new SteadyRecord 2.0 feature could be the answer to shaky videos for all the vloggers out there. Is the LG V20 the perfect smartphone for vlogging? Check out the video above and let us know what you think!
LG V20 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7
And the V20 juggernaut continues; we had a couple of days with the V20 so it wouldn’t have been fair not to put it up against arguably its biggest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Above you can check out all the differences as we run you through a quick look comparison between the two.
Next we take you on a journey to explore the cameras as they’re two very different implementations; the single lenses on the front and the back of the Galaxy Note 7 have already proven to be very reliable, but do the dual lenses on the V20 make it the smartphone camera of the year so far?
The Galaxy Note 7 Saga continues
Of course, one reason why the LG V20 could yet dominate the Galaxy Note 7 is down to Samsung themselves; the Note 7’s very public recall continues to gather steam and above, Jayce talks you through the latest (at least of a few days ago). Once you’re done with that, head over to our Galaxy Note 7 recall guide, where you’ll find all the latest info.
With the recall so public, everyone is weighing in so what does the tech world think of the Galaxy Note 7, the recall and Samsung’s various responses? Join Jayce as we find out, coupled with a large dose of humor of course!
The HTC Nexus aka ‘Sailfish’ makes yet another appearance
Samsung and LG might be dominating the headlines now but Google is hoping that it can steal the thunder with its two upcoming HTC-made smartphones. What can we expect? There’s not a lot we know so far but thanks to our exclusive leak, you can see a 360-degree render of the lower of the two, the Sailfish, above!
What is Digital Audio? Let Gary Explain!
With Apple following the lead of certain Android OEMs and dropping the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, join Gary Sims as he explains exactly what digital audio is while also telling you everything you need to know.
And that’s a wrap! It’s been a rather busy week this week but we’re firmly into the season where devices are about to descend at rapid speeds. What’s your favorite video this week? Let us know in the comments below!