Another week went by and it was definitely dominated by IFA. The annual Berlin convention might have shrunk some this year after Samsung decided to move its Note5 launch ahead of schedule, but the venue still offered quite a few exciting announcements.
First and foremost on the list is Sony, which in keeping with tradition introduced its latest line of mobile phones. It is the Z5 series and it is tasked with the hard mission of recovering fan trust after the whole Xperia Z3+, Z3v, Z4 fiasco. That is no easy task, but Sony is shooting big with a total of three new flagship phones – the Z5, Z5 Compact and last, but definitely not least – the Z5 Premium, which is officially equipped with a record-setting 4K display. The lineup also brings a brand new 23MP camera, which we actually discovered to be around 25MP and is the first such update since the Z1.
You can check our initial hands-on impressions of the Sony lineup in the review section, but IFA had a few other announcements to offer as well. Huawei, for instance outed a new flagship device and finally launched sales on its eagerly-anticipated Huawei Watch. Dubbed the Mate S, the phone is a truly impressive offer with a large and vibrant display, beautiful metal body and advanced features such as a fingerprint scanner and a Force Touch display.
Acer was also quite busy and introduced quite a few new devices at the venue. These include more trivial offers such as the Z630, Z530 and Z330. There were also a few Windows 10 offers such as the M330 and M230. Other more interesting offers include a powerful Windows 10 phone dubbed the Jade Primo, which was used to showcase Microsoft Continuum on stage. Also the gaming-centered Predator 6 with an aggressive body and the beastly ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 inside.
Lenovo was also quite active with announcement. The Vibe P1 and P1m were showcased, both spouting massive battery packs. Also the Vibe S1 with an impressive dual camera setup on the front for easy refocusing and effect like bokeh.
Amidst all the IFA commotion a few rumors did manage to slip through, like more info on the new Nexus by LG, as well as the one by Huawei, which will allegedly both be announced come September 29. A new Moto X model might also be coming our way soon, dubbed the X Force. Other highlights include the LG G4 Pro/Note, also the Xiaomi Mi 4c.
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Sony left QHD flagships in the dust with the sharpest smartphone screen ever.
Both are powered by the Snapdragon 810 and come with a fingerprint sensor in the power button.
The device has so far been rumored to launch alongside a larger, Huawei-made Nexus phablet.
Sony has been persistent in using the same 20.7MP sensor for its flagship camera setup since the Xperia Z1. Not any more.
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The game-centric phone and tablet have both the looks and specs to impress.
More powerful than the Moto X Style, smaller than the Moto X Play.
The photos come from an iPhone parts store in Taiwan. The panel looks almost identical to the iPhone 6 Plus panel.
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The budget-friendly device carries a price tag of INR 6,400, which translates into around $95.
They are not cheap, not that we expected budget pricing for Sony's new flagships.
We first heard about the handset codenamed Bounce a couple of days ago when it had its specs outed.
The Taiwanese company just announced the Liquid Z630, Liquid Z530, Liquid Z330 and the Windows 10 M330, as well as a few derivatives.
There's an 8MP primary front camera which takes selfies, and a 2MP secondary front unit which analyzes depth.
Has a 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 and 3500mAh battery.
The signature back buttons will remain, no premium metal unibody, though.
These two can charge other gadgets over USB OTG. The Vibe P1 has a ludicrous 24W charger to fill up its battery lickety split.
An image showing the back of the box has revealed pretty much all the specifications of the device.
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