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    They say conventional PCs are dead and buried, but the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin provides sufficient proof computer manufacturers will instead adapt to a new set of requirements from tech consumers and survive. Gone are the days of rigid, boring, inflexible laptops is the message Toshiba sends with the Satellite Click 10, Satellite Radius 12 and Radius 14 convertibles. Though obviously the smallest of the bunch, the Click 10 may well be the most attractive and is definitely the most versatile model. The “full-sized” keyboard easily attaches and detaches from the WUXGA (1,920 x ...

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    Based solely on their top-shelf specifications and premium designs, the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and especially the Z5 Premium look like Sony’s best chances in a long time to turn a mobile profit. But to build a resurgence of sorts, the financially and creatively struggling Japanese device manufacturer obviously needs the support of carriers and retailers. Sony mentioned nothing of the Z5 trio’s eventual US rollout upon announcing the handhelds in Berlin at IFA, merely claiming global bows are scheduled for October. Unfortunately, T-Mobile has already confirmed to at least one media ...

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    It’s always wise to wait for a phone’s official announcement, even when online retailers jump the gun and seemingly let the cat out of the bag, fully revealing the specifications. The Lenovo Vibe P1 managed to keep a few surprises under wraps for its IFA 2015 debut, targeting “consumers who never stop to plug in” not just with a gigantic 5,000 mAh battery. Don’t get us wrong, the twice-as-large cell than that of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is hands down the hardware highlight. But at the same time, Lenovo wagers on a series of energy-enhancing functions and technologies, plus Vibe ...

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    Since mainstream tablet popularity in general has taken a big hit as a direct consequence of the rise of phablets, it should come as no surprise the best current option for gamers is still the aging 8-inch Nvidia Shield. But perhaps not for long, as the similarly sized Acer Predator 8 struts its stuff in Berlin for IFA 2015 ahead of an October EMEA rollout, and November North American spread. Part of the larger gaming-oriented Predator product family, the thin and lightweight 8-incher measures 8.7mm in depth and tips the scales at 350 grams. That’s pretty impressive, considering the ...

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    Not exactly a force to be reckoned with in the global smartphone décor, especially as far as US penetration is concerned, Acer wants to at least strengthen its low-cost European market position. To that end, the Taiwanese electronics corporation has traveled to Berlin for the IFA 2015 trade show with no less than six new affordable Liquid handhelds. The most potent member of the family is the 5.5-inch Liquid Z630, what with its quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 processor and 2GB RAM under the hood. The mid-range phablet is further equipped with a hefty 4,000 mAh battery, as well as a ...

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    Typically, when a no-name company decides to tackle the intensely challenging and competitive smartphone market, it does so with low to mid-end models priced “aggressively.” But German-based multinational corporation Gigaset, which was once known as Siemens, is going about its mainstream Android debut in a very different, bold manner. Almost too bold, as the rapid rise of OnePlus and Motorola’s awfully tempting budget proposals make it physically impossible for the €549 Gigaset ME Pro to gain any sort of traction on the old continent. Meanwhile, the non-Pro ME and “entry-level” ...

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    We’re literally hours away from Sony’s highly anticipated pre-IFA 2015 press event, and the open floodgates continue to produce exposes of crucial Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact features, as well as no doubt credible pictures of the two, alongside their Z5 Premium sibling, out in the wild. First things first, the hands-on images, while definitely clearer and more revealing than all previous visual leaks, don’t provide any shocking revelations. The blocky, industrial-looking Z5s mostly keep with high-end Xperia design tradition, adding a few touches of originality in the mix, like logos ...

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    The global commander of the slowly crumbling PC universe has jumped the gun at IFA 2015 with an onslaught of product announcements roughly 48 hours ahead of the Berlin tech fair’s formal commencement. As always, Lenovo’s computing roster is all about choice and diversity, as business consumers, power users, casual web enjoyers and hardcore gamers are equally taken care of. Hands down the star of the rich and eclectic IFA portfolio is the 12-inch 2-in-1 IdeaPad Miix 700, which launches an all-out attack on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 with similar versatility, portability and a slightly ...

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    It must be awfully frustrating for Huawei to see its next-gen flagship phone strutting its stuff on the interwebs less than 24 hours ahead of a planned IFA 2015 announcement in Berlin, especially given the Chinese device manufacturer managed to keep a pretty tight lid on visual leaks all this time. Of course, we’ve known the Mate 7 sequel was headed for stores soon since a while back, though its very rumored name suggests it’s more of a spin-off and incremental upgrade than a full-on follow-up. Purportedly powered by a Kirin 935 SoC, not a 950, and sporting a Full HD 5.7-inch screen, ...

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    Huawei’s September 2 IFA press event in Berlin, Germany is shaping up to be about something old and something new. The oldie that the Chinese device manufacturer gears up to re-introduce to the world is pretty much the textbook definition of a goldie, both literally and figuratively. First unveiled way back at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early March, the Huawei Watch was at long last listed for US pre-orders on Amazon on Friday. Priced at $350 in an “entry-level”, stainless steel-made, leather-strapped configuration, and plated entirely in gold for $800, the wearable ...

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    After keeping a relatively low profile in the rumor mill for the largest part of the summer, Sony’s full-on Xperia Z3 sequels kicked off a steady stream of leaks about a month ago. We gradually discovered the Xperia Z4/Z3+ that went official earlier this year was never supposed to be the company’s “true” 2015 flagship, as the Z5 and Z5 Compact towed side-mounted fingerprint scanners and a slew of major hardware upgrades. Then, the 4K display resolution bombshell was dropped, and as unbelievable as it first sounded, the 3,840 x 2,160 pixel gossip quickly gained traction. And now, ...

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    We already know Sony has something up its sleeve for the IFA trade show in Berlin between September 4 and 9, and a number of recent teasers have aggressively promoted the advanced camera capabilities of the next Xperia phone or phones. But exactly how many new Z-series handhelds are in the pipeline? What will they be called? And most importantly, what might set them apart from the Xperia Z4/Z3+ and Z3 Compact? Thanks to a post on an unofficial Sony Georgia Facebook page, which apparently “jibes with” intel received by serial leaker @evleaks, we may finally have some answers. Three ...

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    LG started the G Pad family with a bang back in fall of 2013, when an 8.3-inch model threatened the iPad mini with such remarkable specifications as a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen, Snapdragon 600 SoC, and 2 GB RAM. Last year, the focus was switched to devices with more economical price points, but the G Pad 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 failed to impress power users. Now, LG seems to be seeking a way to please everybody, as the G Pad II 10.1 offers upper mid-range features. The WUXGA display is by no means a pushover, but since it’s larger than the two-year-old 8.3-incher, it actually delivers ...

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    The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, better known as IFA, is right around the corner! If you've been following Pocketnow or similar sites for a while now, you're likely already familiar with IFA. It's one of the biggest trade shows in mobile, where tech bloggers and journalists come from all around the world to get a first glimpse at some of the newest technology that OEMs and exhibitors can show off. In a way, it's a lot like a more mobile-focused CES. I've attended CES (the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada) for the past two years, and I contributed to Pocketnow's ...

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    We're on to the second half of the year, which means it's nearly time for fall flagships from many of the major OEMs to launch, including rumored Apple, Samsung, LG, and HTC phones. One of those Samsung phones is almost definitely going to be a continuation of its Galaxy Note lineup, and with a press event and numerous rumors now out there, this Samsung UNPACKED 2014 Episode 2 teaser is just making it seem even more likely. The graphic, which we've embedded for you below, actually does provide us with some information, namely by letting us know where we can join in and teasing the contents ...

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    IFA 2013 in Berlin was crazy. Stupid crazy. The kind of crazy that makes people say and do stupid things on video - and we've got the footage to prove it. If you think it all goes according to plan on the first take, think again. Sure, we could settle for getting tongue-twisted, soldiering on through the screwups, and putting out your usual run-of-the-mill tech clips - but we strive to make each of our videos worthy of the time you invest in watching them. Sometimes we get it right the first time, but more often it takes a second or third try ... and some footage just misses the final cut ...

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    We've been bringing you our best quality mobile-tech podcast once a week for over a year now, and we're not about to break that streak on one of the biggest tech weeks of the year. Sure, we might've missed our usual Wednesday/Thursday time slot, and we might've even technically missed the weekend dividing line, depending on what time zone you're in - but you know what? We've just capped off four days of intense video coverage with a midnight podcast from one of the most echo-filled hotel rooms in all of Berlin, and we're uploading it through the technological equivalent of a 1999-era AOL ...

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    The Galaxy Gear might be the only smart watch setting headlines ablaze here at IFA 2013, but it's not the only one on the show floor. Fresh on the heels of our quick Galaxy Gear vs Pebble comparison, we ran headlong into the booth of Swiss manufacturer MyKronoz, where we unearthed the company's small collection of Bluetooth-enabled smart watches. The newest and most advanced of these, the MyKronoz ZeNano, doesn't blow us away on the spec sheet with its resistive touchscreen - but it packs enough features to set it apart from the pack. Chief among those: a bright display, svelte profile, ...

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    We're still a little ways out from being able to take you on a premium-style guided tour of the new Galaxy Note 3, but as IFA 2013 is winding down, we thought we'd try explaining some of the new phablet's fresh features in another video from Samsung's mammoth airplane hangar exhibit hall here in Berlin. In this short tour, we focus on the Note 3's new S Pen features: everything that can be launched from the Air Command menu, including the innovative text-reading action-jump and the fresh new take on multitasking. We'll show you how to copy and paste text from one app to another, and we'll ...

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    Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, multiple owners of the same phone (we're referring to the S 4) were able to experience the same tunes playing, at the same time, on multiple devices. Now, with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Group Play is on steroids and it does video. In the video below you will see a cool demonstration on how you can share local video content from your Note 3 with your friends. You can either watch the same movie on all devices, or you can have a big, singular, canvas (multi-screen) where content expands on all of the screens. Check it out below!

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    The red version of the HTC One was the first to join the initial, conservative, colors: black and silver. It's been rumored first, then leaked, and, finally, HTC decided to go official on June 27. The phone was initially an exclusive, for Phones4U in the UK, MediaMarkt in Germany, Sprint in the US, and Vodafone in other countries. The blue HTC One (and One Mini, which we couldn't shoot because it was missing from the floor) was introduced together with the Desire 601 and 300 (also missing), on September 3. In this video we're taking a look at these new color options, for a total of four, ...

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    At the most basic level, Samsung doesn't offer users many options when it comes to their choice of the Note 3. Sure, there's the SoC issue, but that's going to be determined more by your network provider than any personal whim. But for the phone itself, Samsung's only launching it in white, black, and pink - a far cry from the sort of thing we've seen lately from phones like the Moto X. That's not even close to the end of the story, however, as Samsung is making available a whole stink of Note 3 accessories, including a wide variety of cases in not only different hues, but different ...

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    Saying that Archos sells a number of different tablets is like saying that Crayola makes a few crayon colors; for a manufacturer without the brand recognition of a Samsung, Archos manages to put out an impressive variety of tablets, in all the different sizes, colors, and price ranges you could hope for. We already showed you one of the company's 2013 smartphones, and now we switch gears for a moment to dive into the array of tablets Archos brought along to the IFA this year. First, there's the Chef Pad, one of Archos's "themed" tablets. This one's designed - obviously - with cooking in ...

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    A couple days back, we had the chance to go hands-on with Samsung's newest tablet, the big, high-res Galaxy Note 10.1. From the S-pen support, to the choice of processors, to the new faux-leather-texture back panel (complete with that darling fake stitchwork), the new 10.1 shares more than just a name with the also-brand-new Note 3. As the new Samsung tablet heavyweight to beat, we were interested to see how it would compare to its competition, so swung back around Samsung's way for another look at the Note 10.1 2014 edition, this time with an iPad in tow. Sure, Apple's likely to be just ...

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    One nice thing about events like the IFA is that they give us the chance to go hands-on with phones we might have heard about already, but haven't yet had the chance to interact with ourselves. That's the case with Archos and its 53 Platinum, an Android smartphone the company announced back in April. Along with the 35 Carbon and 50 Platinum, the 53 was also crazy cheap, with a list price of only $250. Is it going to come across as a cheaply made phone, or would we be impressed by the build quality? We stopped by where Archos had set up at the IFA 2013 to take a look. The Archos 53 Platinum ...

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