Weekly TechNave: IFA 2016, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall and more

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Looks like the biggest news of the week came in at the last moment as Samsung officially recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 over a faulty sometimes exploding battery. It wasn't the only one suspended as Google also stopped work on their Project Ara modular smartphone.

IFA 2016 came and passed in a storm as Sony announced their Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, ZTE their Axon 7 Mini and TP-Link announced their Neffos X1 and X1Max. Acer announced with the world's first curved screen Predator 21 X laptop, a Pawbo+, the Revo Base Mini PC, Chromebook R 13, Iconia Talk S, Liquid Z6, Spin series laptops and super thin Swift 7.


The IFA blitz continued with the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Motorola announced the Moto Z Play and Hasselblad Moto Mod, and a slew of Lenovo devices including the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus, Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1, and the Lenovo Yoga Book.

ASUS went on a rampage and announced Republic of Gamers devices including the ROG 3DMod, ROG Claymore, ROG Spatha, ROG XG Station 2, ROG Swift PG258Q, ROG GT51, ROG G20, ROG G701VI , ROG Strix GL702VM and the ASUS G11 along with their ASUS ZenPad 3S 10, ZenWatch 3 and ZenScreen. Huawei announced a new phone series with the Huawei Nova, Nova Plus and MediaPad M3 along with new Blue and Red Huawei P9 variants.

Fitbit launched their Charge 2 and Flex 2 activity trackers, while Intel also announced their new 7th generation Intel Core processors based on Kaby Lake. New Malaysian home owners may also get a free Unifi 30 with their new homes. 

The Honor 8 is coming on 6 September with a premium combo on 8 September while Apple have announced that their next iPhone is coming on 7 September 2016. Xiaomi announced the local arrival of their Mi Max smartphone while Celcom announced their Xpax Turbo prepaid data plans. ZTE Malaysia launched the AXON 7 flagship for below RM2K.

On the review side, we came out with an exhaustive look at the ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE552KL as ASUS breaks into the upper midrange. We have more coming for you next week including the Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 and more so stay tuned to TechNave.com.

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