Gadget Zone: September’s trade show frenzy
If the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas grabs attention at the start of the year, Europe is fighting back with its own autumn gadget bonanza in the shape of major trade events.
Taking place in Stuttgart this week, the Nokia World 09 event saw some major announcements:
- Booklet 3G netbook, powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and up to 12 hours’ battery life.
- Nokia N900 high-end smartphone with both a touch-sensitive screen and a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath it.
- N97 mini, Nokia 5230 XM etc - a collection of lower spec models including the 5230, claimed to be the cheapest touchscreen model available in Europe.
Further north, the Berlin Messe exhibition centre is gearing up for IFA, a four-day event that bills itself as Europe’s answer to CES. Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic are all said to be readying new products to cater for the growing interest in home-based entertainment and TV-internet convergence. Stay tuned for Gadget Zone’s coverage of the event next week.
For those with an interest in these sorts of products, it looks like being a very interesting autumn. Feel free to share your thoughts in the Gadget Zone discussion group as we gear up for the Christmas Gadget Countdown.