It might be some time before gadget-fiends get their hands on the newly released iPhone 5 here in Dubai (at time of going to press, it might not be until December), but in the meantime there are still plenty of new products to keep gadget aficionados happy. Check them out at consumer electronics event Gitex Shopper, taking place at Dubai Trade Centre from Saturday September 29 to Saturday October 6 to showcase more than 25,000 products from the world’s top technology brands. Now in its 22nd year, Gitex is open to the public (whereas trade fair Gitex Technology Week, which starts on Sunday October 14, is open to industry insiders only) and is expected to attract an estimated 170,000 people.
According to a recent report by Business Monitor International, the UAE’s demand for electronic consumer goods is higher than ever, with the consumer electronics market set to reach a record Dhs13.9 billion this year. So it’s unsurprising, really, that smartphone mogul Blackberry chose to launch its Blackberry Porsche here in the UAE in January 2012, ahead of the rest of the world. Here, we round up ten technology innovations available at the huge event.
1 Zik wireless headphones These touch-activated Bluetooth Parrot headphones are designed by French interiors genius Philippe Starck for Apple IOS devices and Androids. Not only do they cancel out noise, they also feature ‘jawbone sensors’ for voice activation, plus a concert-type playback option. Dhs1,599.
2 Eurostar Epad 4S tablet The name may ring bells, but the price won’t. At only Dhs599, this touch-screen tablet from Eurostar features wireless options, a great camera and pre-loaded apps. And the best bit? Unlike the iPad, it comes with a mini USB cable so you can plug it into a USB drive. Dhs599.
3 PhantomSkinz Brazilian cherry skin for Mac Book Air Personalise and protect your phone, tablet and laptop with quirky chromatic film ‘skins’, available in a range of colours and schemes such as wood grain. Not only do they look the part, these are 50 percent thicker than anything else on the market. From Dhs130.
4 Blackberry Porsche P’9981 Now you can send your mates a BBM from a Porsche – well, almost. The Italian car brand has teamed up with Blackberry to create a slick stainless steel smartphone with leather backing, a wide keyboard and spacious touchscreen. Just add slicked-back hair. Dhs7,025.
5 Acer Ultrabook Aspire S5 Think MacBook Air, but more affordable. This super-slim device weighs less than 1.35kg and boasts a 34cm LCD screen. Its features Include ‘Instant On’ technology for fast boot and resume. From Dhs4,999.
6 Nokia Asha Touch 311 Are you reckless with your mobile data consumption? This new Nokia claims it can save you up to 90 percent on data costs. How? It has a built-in browser, which uses cloud technology to reduce the amount of data you use, meaning cheaper and faster on-the-go browsing. Dhs439.
7 Archos Gen10Xs tablet This tablet, complete with keyboard, offers a sleek, slim design and a handy magnetic coverboard (which also doubles as the keyboard). From Dhs399.
8 Nokia Purity stereo headset Nokia has recently branched out into headphones, teaming up with the engineers at Monster. This model features an on-board microphone and call controls, enabling you to answer calls in between tracks. Dhs695.
9 HP 150 mobile printer Despite the leaps and bounds made in technology over the past few years, it seems printers have remained enormous and fiddly to use. Happily, HP has come up with this compact, number that prints, scans and copies – and fits in your bag. Dhs1,555.
10 BOSE Video Wave system If your home looks like a wire-tap control room, you can now banish unsightly cords from your living room for good with this integrated entertainment system. It has invisible speakers built into the display, and also moonlights as an iPod dock. Dhs27,999.