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    Chinese telecommunications firm TP-Link jumpstarted its smartphone brand, created last year, with a couple of unoffensive smartphones at IFA Berlin. The Neffos X1 and X1 Max have come out to play and, like everyone else, they've come in the form of subtly-curved, tapered-thin, all-metal beasts. Slim 0.6mm bezels frame the 2.5D glass on top of it, adding up to a 76 percent screen-to-body ratio. Both devices have back-mounted fingerprint sensors for 0.2-second unlocks. The Neffos phones are pretty middling for a debutante at the world's weirdest technology trade show, but we'll give you ...

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    With a little over 48 hours still left until Apple officially brings the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to light, one day to go for the glitzy LG V20 presentation in San Francisco, and IFA 2016 effectively wrapped up, there’s not much to do today but recap last-minute speculation and take a look back at what may have slipped through the Berlin cracks. Lenovo, Alcatel and Archos all had a few lower-profile gadget announcements that initially flew under our radar, ultimately earning their 15 (more like 5) minutes of ephemeral fame. The Archos 133 Oxygen, for instance, has only sheer size and ...

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    Wholly owned TCL subsidiary Alcatel (previously Alcatel OneTouch) was probably not among IFA 2016’s highest-profile exhibitors, but it arguably brought one of the widest, richest, most eclectic selections of smart devices to Berlin, the final four products of which nearly went completely unnoticed. At the eleventh hour, we’re turning our attention from mid-range phones, unique standalone VR headsets, and more mid-range phones, as well as run-of-the-mill Android tablets, to so-called “connected wearables.” The Alcatel Move family consists of a mainstream Movetime WiFi Watch, ...

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    For all intents and purposes, the 2016 edition of the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin has come to an end, with our own Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera recapping everything of note announced before and during Europe’s largest industrial exhibition in the latest Pocketnow Weekly installment. Technically however, Wednesday, September 7 is the exhibition’s closing day, with some booths still hiding a few secrets two men (or even five or ten) couldn’t have humanly uncovered by themselves. Case in point, the low-key P2 and A Plus handhelds Lenovo bizarrely kept under wraps even ...

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    We have walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to be the men that walked a thousand miles to podcast off the floor of apartment rental. That's all out of necessity for us to not only cover days and days of devices launched before and at the International Funkausstellung Berlin 2016, but in order for us to podcast. And this late audio file is the result of our fruits. Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera team up to talk about the pop and burn of the Galaxy Note 7, Google dropping Project Ara, the Star VR from Acer, Huawei's Nova before it, Sony's now-usual disappointments and a whole ...

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    Let's take a look at the other side of Motorola, also known as Lenovo, for just one second. Lest we forget that this Chinese company has its own smartphone operations that have never quite jived with its subsidiary's. It has two lines of smartphones with another about to take off at Lowe's hardware stores. One of the more conventional, mid-range series we're talking about, though, is the K-series and IFA 2016 saw the debut of three new K6 phones — the regular K6, the K6 Power and the K6 Note. All three feature the same and all-new Snapdragon 430 chipset from Qualcomm, made from eight ...

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    TomTom is to Garmin essentially what Pepsi is to Coca-Cola, minus the evenly matched nature of the historic rivalry. The Dutch navigation and mapping specialist has always played second fiddle to the American GPS pioneer and industry leader, including on the smart wearable scene, where Forerunners, Fenixes and Vivo-series products are slowly but steadily catching on. Meanwhile, the name of one of TomTom’s IFA 2016-announced new fitness trackers surprisingly reveals this isn’t the first of its kind. The Spark 3 follows in the footsteps of a little known 2015-released GPS sports watch, ...

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    Alcatel undoubtedly caught IFA 2016 attendees off guard with the announcement of a nearly unprecedented untethered VR headset yesterday, while the Shine Lite phone also made a few headlines courtesy of its premium build and ultra-low price point. The ambitious China-based TCL sub-brand isn’t stopping there with its Berlin showcases, although the 6, 7 and 10-inch new Pop 4 releases are arguably far less attractive. In case the name rings a bell, it’s because the Alcatel Pop 4 lineup was actually inaugurated back at February’s MWC with 5 and 5.5-inch models. Unfortunately, the ...

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    Instead of employing just one generic design across its many high-end and mid-range Android smartphone families, with minor build quality differences and the most significant distinctions left to the internal department, Huawei seems to understand the meaning of the words “diversity” and “choice” at a much deeper level than other OEMs. The Nova and Nova Plus, for instance, might be sharing a name, but they actually go in opposite directions in terms of aesthetics. Well, not as much opposite as decidedly different. They’re both as premium as sub-flagships come, one resembling the ...

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    While France-based connected health device specialist Withings has been producing classically handsome activity-tracking watches for several years now, it’s only a few months back that a high-profile Nokia acquisition truly put the 2008-founded company on the smart wearable map. But if you perhaps feared the slowly recovering sleeping Finnish giant would mess with its newest subsidiary’s winning design DNA to enter the Apple-dominated premium smartwatch arena, the IFA 2016-unveiled Withings Steel HR will put you at ease. Extremely similar to stylish yet rudimentary members of the ...

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    If manufacturers want to take their work on the Snapdragon 820 SoC to things above smartphones and tablets, — say, an all-in-one VR headset — then Qualcomm has just laid out a "square one" for them. The Snapdragon VR820 gives developers reference hardware in designing software and content experiences for consumers who happen to be interested in Snapdragon 820-powered wireless headsets. The San Diego chip designer hitched with Shenzhen-based manufacturer Goertek to build the device and pack it with four microphones. dual-camera eye tracking and two external cameras to support six ...

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    You wouldn't actually want to swim with any earbuds as water and the ear canal don't make for great partners in resonance, but the point is that fitness audioware company Jabra has some new wireless earbuds you can submerge in water. Like Samsung's Gear IconX, the Jabra Elite Sport are tiny little buds that plop right into your ear for you to listen to music or take calls with. Sound output has been refined with the help of hearing aid firm ReSound to ensure the buds' "medical-grade credentials". Each bud has two microphones — one to take your voice during calls and the other to cancel ...

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    While Samsung is still reportedly working on an untethered Gear VR equivalent gloriously codenamed Odyssey, and Google probably put the kibosh on an in-house virtual reality headset to make the most of the Daydream software platform, a tier 2 Android device manufacturer surprisingly rises to unveil one of the world’s first “all-in-one” VR hardware products. That’s to say the Alcatel Vision (pretty cool name, by the way) doesn’t need a connected smartphone or the guts of a PC to transport you into a parallel universe, featuring its very own dual 3.8-inch AMOLED displays, octa-core ...

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    The road from promising pre-release prototype to almost-ready-for-primetime commercial product was likely a long and bumpy one for the discreet, teeny-tiny but incredibly intuitive Xperia Ear wireless earpiece/voice and gesture-enabled personal assistant Sony first showcased at MWC in early 2016. Recommended for use alongside the newly unveiled Xperia XZ and X Compact phones, as well as the already obsolete X and X Performance, but technically compatible with any Android handheld running 4.4 KitKat and up, this hands-free “Smart Product”, aka wearable, is equipped with something called ...

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    What’s in a name? In the case of the IFA 2016-unveiled mid-end Alcatel Shine Lite smartphone, everything. Shine, of course, stands for a “premium design experience”, at least considering the sub-$200 (i.e. $199, presumably) recommended retail price, while Lite gives away the non-flagship overall nature of the 5-inch Android off the bat, despite most of the key specifications remaining under wraps. Selfie addicts will be happy to hear their infatuation with themselves is supported by a front-facing flash attached to an otherwise average-sounding 5MP secondary camera, whereas the main ...

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    And so it has come to this. 5.2-inch smartphones marketed as diminutive flagships. Or, as ZTE puts it in its Axon 7 mini-announcing press release, proof “power, performance and premium experience does not have to lack in a smaller form factor.” Smaller by just 0.3 inches, mind you, in screen diagonal, 4mm as far as device height goes, another 4 in width, and a “massive” 22 grams less in weight. Not long ago, the ZTE Axon 7 mini would have probably been deemed a giant, but now all of a sudden it’s “pocket-sized.” Either way, at a recommended retail price of €299 outside the ...

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    Sony’s “new crown jewel” has arrived surprisingly soon after the ambitiously named but overpriced and underwhelming Xperia X Performance, barely increasing the screen size by 0.2 inches, and thus signaling it’s not meant to complement the 5-incher as the Galaxy Note 7 does for the S7. It wants to replace it, and ideally make you forget all about it, launching on October 23 stateside at an as-yet unannounced price point. The missing piece of the Xperia XZ puzzle is clearly the most important one, with plenty of significant upgrades in tow to perhaps warrant a $500 purchase. Not a ...

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    While most Android OEMs have entirely given up on half-decent sub-5-inch (some, even sub-5.5-inch) smartphones, and Apple paused 4-inch iPhone evolution for a few years as it focused solely on iPhablets, Sony remains committed to its age-old strategy of releasing flagships in more sizes than anyone. Even as it undergoes a mobile business restructuring, looking to streamline the money-bleeding Xperia portfolio, this unrelenting Japanese tech giant has a pocket-friendly X Compact to hook you up with. And fret not, it’s nearly as powerful as its largely underwhelming 5-inch “standard” ...

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    All eyes are on smartphones, smartwatches and VR headsets at this year’s IFA trade show in Berlin, with a few PC industry veterans also still hoping for a miraculous laptop revival or at least the long overdue mainstream market penetration of Windows-powered convertible computers/tablets. Where does that leave “traditional” Android slates? In limbo as far as most OEMs are concerned, including Samsung, which “forgot” to unveil the Galaxy Tab S3 alongside the Gear S3. Not Huawei, though, whose MediaPad M3 looks about as ambitious as any 7-inch+ high-ender released in the ...

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    You don’t always need flagship products to capture the spotlight at a jam-packed event like Berlin’s IFA trade show, especially if you’re the world’s third most popular smartphone manufacturer, with recent box-office hits in both the premium and mid-end segments. The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus perhaps bring slightly less impressive specs to the table than what we’re expecting from the Mate 9 and Mate S2, due out later this year, but they build on some great past designs, cater to both men and women (after all), offering stellar bang for your buck. Not only does the Nova sport a ...

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    Technically, 2016 still looks like an “S” (or SE) year for iPhones, despite Apple’s rumored intention of branding the first iGeneration without a headphone jack as the 7 and 7 Plus for convenience purposes. It therefore seems fitting for the HTC One A9 iPhone clone to receive its very own incremental upgrade, although the Taiwanese Android device manufacturer doesn’t want to mislead you into thinking the One A9s is more than that. The thing is, it’s not even really that. Its “updated specs for 2016” confusingly include a lower-res 720p 5-inch LCD screen (down from a 1080p ...

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    Lenovo has a few separate products that are also getting their play before IFA today. That includes what the company claims as the thinnest convertible tablet running the latest Intel Core i processors and a simple Android tablet with killer media specs and a battery to last. But both the Yoga 910 and Yoga Tab 3 Plus, though, are said to get screens right. The Windows 10-running Yoga 910 is a 13.9-inch convertible that has a full HD IPS screen (or 4K if you can will it so) showing off the full sRGB gamut with only a 5mm bezel around the edges. Dolby Audio Premium enriches sound from the ...

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    A 2-in-1 tablet usually means that we're talking about laptop form factor, too. But with Lenovo's Yoga Book announced at its IFA pre-game show today, "2-in-1" can also refer to the software — you can choose to get an Android version or one with Windows 10. Here's the twist with this convertible, though: it has no physical buttons. There's a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display on one side and a capacitive pad on the other that can house the virtual Halo Keyboard or the Create Pad. The Halo Keyboard only appears as you hit a text box, is able to provide word suggestions and can haptically ...

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    It’s not hard to explain why the 2-in-1 Lenovo Miix gadget family constantly falls short of the mainstream popularity and media attention given to the extra-versatile, stylish and powerful Yoga lineup, but the latest installment in the former series takes a number of cues from its cousins in order to stand out. And at least on paper, the Lenovo Miix 510 Windows detachable looks elegant, affordable and feature-packed enough to remain in the spotlight long after IFA 2016’s completion. Its “refined design elements” include a dual watchband hinge with “intricately tooled 280 ...

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    Update: This story has been updated with information from the launch event. With all due respect to other companies' wearables to be showcased at IFA Berlin this year, the only real smartwatch of Note (heh) that's garnered enough buzz to be watched is Samsung's Gear S3. Two variations were launched at an event in Belin The Gear S3 classic, showing off a more traditional wristwatch form factor and it looks like a traditional wristwatch, too The Gear S3 frontier, a darker, more rugged-looking watch for explorers Design came first in focus for the company to make a smartwatch the ...

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