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    We just got done showing you how Sony's new Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1 with its 20.7-megapixel camera, held up against Samsung's 2013 juggernaut, the Galaxy S 4. The GS4 might be a huge commercial success, but when it came to picking a favorite phone from the first half of the year, plenty of us here were leaning towards a preference for the HTC One, instead. It only follows, then: if we want to form an impression of how the Xperia Z1 compares to the cream of the crop of this year's Androids, that's going to mean not only checking it out in contrast to the GS4, but the HTC One, as ...

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    The big 20.7-megapixel camera on Sony's new Xperia Z1 will no doubt get the smartphone a fair amount of attention; in Android-land, especially, for users comparing raw specs, it's going to be hard to find anything that really measures-up. But even with that ace in the hole, Sony's handset is going to face some stiff competition from higher-profile phones already on the market, and few get any higher-profile than the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sure, the GS4 has evolved a lot since it first launched, with new models like the waterproof GS4 Active and the LTE-Advanced GS4 with its Snapdragon 800 ...

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    Sure, we heard some scattered earlier announcements in the days leading up to Sony's IFA press event, but when we're talking about major events from the companies we traveled all that way to see, it was Sony who really got things started for the IFA this year with its Wednesday announcement of the Xperia Z1. After following development of this handset through all the leaks of codename Honami, we were well curious to finally get a chance to check it out for ourselves. While the Z1 may not go to quite the lengths of the Nokia Lumia 1020, it's one of the growing number of smartphones placing ...

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    One of the nice things about expos like the IFA is that they give us an opportunity to look at the hardware from manufacturers that don't necessarily grab our attention too much otherwise. Take Lenovo, for instance: it's been churning out Android phones, as well as a bunch of tablets, but its models just haven't yet managed to captivate us like ones from a Samsung or HTC might. Could it finally be time for that to change? Lenovo has brought a few new devices to show off at the IFA this year, and today we hear about a new Android phone and tablet. First up, there's the Vibe X, Lenovo's new ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it appeared to confirm something we had feared: that the watch would only be compatible with specific Samsung devices, rather than the sort of broad compatibility we see with watches like the Pebble. As we begin to learn more about the smartwatch, however, it's becoming clear that the reality of the situation is a bit more complicated than just that, and we very well should be seeing the Galaxy Gear working with non-Samsung phones in the future. As explained by Samsung's Ryan Bidan, Gear compatibility is a double-edged sword. On the one ...

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    Early this morning we caught wind of the Toshiba Encore, the latest eight-inch Windows 8 tablet to go official. While not the first tablet running such software in that form factor, running an Intel Bay Trail Atom sure could give it a leg up on the competition, and the very attractive sticker price of a mere $330 could make the Encore difficult to ignore. We simply had to check this guy out for ourselves, and see if it really would be capable of delivering a solid Windows 8 experience while still managing to keep its price so bottom-basement. Did Toshiba make too many sacrifices? Will this ...

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    LG's return to the tablet market sure isn't happening during any kind of lull; instead, LG's going to have some very serious competition facing it, and in the eight-inch space, that's sure to include Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0, released earlier this year. This match-up's particularly interesting due to each tablet having its own set of attractive qualities, with neither immediately obvious as the technically superior choice. For instance, LG's got a killer 1920 x 1200 resolution compared to the Note's 1280 x 800, but Samsung has the benefit of its S Pen stylus and all the software built to ...

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    Plenty of manufacturers are getting a head start on the IFA by making their product announces a little early, as was the case over the weekend with LG and its new tablet. LG's been out of the tablet game for quite a while now, but it's finally time to do something about that, and the arrival of its G Pad 8.3 is reintroducing LG to the market. Of course, tablets have come a long way during LG's hiatus, but the company definitely seems like it's getting back into things with its feet running, delivering the G Pad 8.3 with respectively modern specs like a 1920 x 1200 8.3-inch display, ...

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    Compared to the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Note 3 is familiar, yet different. It's an upgrade in every aspect, thanks to the use of 3GB of RAM and the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU (or Exynos 5 Octa, depending on where you get yours). The display, a bit larger than before, also bumps the resolution from 720p to 1080p; this is one of the best displays we've ever seen. Visually, the two are similar, save for the much smaller bezels on the Note 3 and the reduced depth. The S-Pen is still there but with new software features. In terms of in-hand feel, the Note 3 feels just as ...

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    Yes, it's still 2013 - you don't need to double check your calendar. Nevertheless, Samsung's already introducing us to its 2014 tablet lineup, and today announced its new Galaxy Note 10.1. While the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were the obvious stars of the company's Unpacked event, the 2014 Note 10.1's improvements over last year's model are arguably even more significant than the changes we see from Note II to 3, especially in that jump up to the new WQXGA 2560 X 1600 resolution. Under the hood, the improvements are similarly as impressive, with the Note 10.1 getting Exynos 5 Octa and ...

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    Every time we hear about a new smartwatch, we find ourselves racing to ask, "is this it? Will this be the one?" And for good reason: for all the innovation we've seen in smartwatch designs, and all the variations in hardware and software, there's yet to be a model that has really ever been much more than a toy for serious tech enthusiasts. It's that mainstream appeal that's thus far been elusive. Coming up to today's launch event, the Samsung Galaxy Gear sure sounded like it might be the product to finally make the leap to wider audiences, bringing the kind of brand appeal that customers ...

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    If you're a company making a new phablet, you're not looking to one-up LG and its Optimus G Pro or Sony and its Xperia Z Ultra: you want to be the one coming out with the next Galaxy Note. Luckily for Samsung, it actually does to get to be the one bringing the Galaxy Note 3 to market, and we just saw the manufacturer formally announce the handset a little earlier today in Berlin. While what we saw failed to live up to every rumor (no fingerprint scanner), there was still plenty to be excited about: a new, larger, 5.7-inch 1080p screen while keeping the phablet's profile essentially ...

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    Samsung and Sony are throwing today's big IFA press events, and while Sony's conference had a bit of the air let out on it thanks to full details on the Xperia Z1 and Cyber-shot QX-series cameras leaking, Samsung still has some surprises up its sleeve. For all we've seen of Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear leaks, there have still been a whole lot of unknowns, but that's exactly why we came to Berlin in the first place: to get answers about new hardware. Sure enough, Samsung got things underway with CEO JK Shin introducing the Galaxy Note 3. He started getting into specs a little, talking ...

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    IFA 2013 may not officially start for another day or two, but the smartphone companies are already on-site in Berlin, getting started early with their own product announcements. We've already seen Sony go public with the Xperia Z1 and its new QX camera accessories, but that's only the beginning. We're following that up with coverage of the Samsung Unpacked event real soon, and later in the week we'll be hitting the show floor itself, going booth-to-booth in order to bring you the latest and greatest in smartphones and tablets. This year in particular, we could also see an increased ...

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    Sony's getting us started with the big IFA events this week, taking its latest lineup of products to Berlin to share with us all. While we came to IFA to get the smartphone news, Sony's products cover a much wider swath. The company began today talking about things like new 4K displays, digital cameras, and camcorders, but even there we got some smartphone-related news. One thing we've talked about for a while is the need for Sony to better promote integration between all its device families, and it looks like it's attempting to do just that with its One-touch system. Supported devices ...

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