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The best of IFA – part 2

With IFA but a distant memory, there were a plethora of announcements from the two tech giants Samsung and Sony. So we thought we should give you a round up of what caught our eye at Berlin’s Messe.

After the media frenzy at the Samsung booth for the Galaxy Tab, we caught a glimpse of Samsung’s more traditional laptops which looking strikingly similar to Apple’s MacBook Pro range. The Samsung QX range is the best looking Windows-based laptops we have ever laid eyes on, apart from a dual-booting Macbook of course.

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These top-of-the-range laptops, which look more than similar to Apple top-of-the-range MacBooks, are crafted from aluminum to deliver high performance and mobility in three screen sizes – 13.3” (QX310), 14” (QX410) and 15.6” (QX510). They feature Intel Core i5 CPU, NVIDIA graphics (GeForce 310M / GT or GeForce GT 420M), 3D SRS sound, 6.9 hours battery life, gesture pad, up to 640GB HDD (no SSD option), CD drive, up to 8GB RAM and a webcam.

Samsung also outed a gorgeous new 3D LED TV. The 65-inch 8000 Series 3D LED TV is a stunner and is apparently the ‘right’ size for watching 3D movies. Samsung did not reveal any hard specifications yet for this TV. But expect a great contrast ratio and 3D compatibility.

Elsewhere, Sony also had a rather clever new Vaio. They have taken their 3D tech from the PS3 and managed to ram it into a new notebook. It also comes with an IR receiver allowing you to sync it up with Sony’s Bravia 3D glasses.

No details on price and release date were given and the laptop was only a prototype in an old F series case. But we expect 3D laptops to be available early 2011.

Sony also announced “Video On Demand powered by Qriocity”, a premium streaming video service, will be available this autumn in five European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

With “Video On Demand powered by Qriocity,” (pronounced curiosity), you can choose from hundreds of box office hits from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), NBC Universal International Television Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, as well as popular content from top local studios. Many movies are available in HD as well as SD, and all can be rented at the touch of a button on Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, and Blu-ray Home Theater systems.

One of the biggest video game-related announcements at IFA is that Sony is planning to launch an entirely new online music store, accessible from the PS3.?? It is kind of mind-boggling that the Xbox 360 and PS3 have extremely well-established digital video stores but neither has any sort of way to buy and download music.

It totally makes sense to have something, because both platforms want to be the perfect digital entertainment system. ?According to the Financial Tines though, that will soon change. The publication is reporting that Sony has been in talks with a number of major record labels to bring a Sony Music service to the PS3. The service will also be connectable by Sony Vaio computers, Sony Bravia TV sets, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

Digital music hasn’t exactly been a forte for Sony. Back in 2008 it had to shut down its Connect platform due to extremely sluggish sales.