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    What’s “Nu” (read new) from Nubia at the 2016 Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin? Not much, as ZTE’s growingly ambitious sub-brand essentially follows Asus’ suit by expanding a previously domestic-exclusive product to European shores. The difference is the “bezel-less”, no-boundary-dreaming Nubia Z11 enjoyed a remarkable first few days of China availability, looking to achieve rapid global fame with a stellar quality – pricing ratio. Yes, we said global, because we expect ZTE to also take a page from arch-rival Huawei’s playbook, ultimately bringing this Full HD ...

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    While we were obviously hoping for more Acer movement on the pre-IFA smartphone and wearable release front, as well as perhaps concrete details on the StarVR headset’s limited IMAX VR Center commercial debut, we couldn’t remain altogether indifferent to the Taiwanese PC veteran’s crowded new Windows 10 laptop lineup. Especially with the Acer Spin 7, 5, 3 and 1 quartet technically qualifying for the title of convertible tablet/notebook hybrids, “innovative” 360-degree hinges, “multi-usage” portability and all. Granted, the portable angle feels like a tough sell for the most ...

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    Previously unveiled in and for Taiwan, the 2-in-1 Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 Windows PCs, as well as the non-convertible Android-based ZenPad 3S 10, officially spread their wings to European shores today at a pre-IFA Zenvolution event. The tablet trio’s headliner is undoubtedly the 12.6-inch Asus Transformer 3 Pro, billed as “the world’s most versatile PC”, and going straight for Microsoft Surface Pro 4’s jugular (not to mention the larger iPad Pro) with an integrated metal kickstand, backlit Transformer Cover Keyboard, 3K resolution display, Harman Kardon-powered stereo ...

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    This is why you shouldn’t think too much of leaked pre-release product photos like the blurry ones that showed off the Asus ZenWatch 3 in final certification stages a few weeks back. The round-shaped new Android Wear timepiece looks way sleeker now that it’s officially unveiled, with a relatively skinny 9.95mm profile, “jewelry-grade” 316L stainless steel craftsmanship, and narrow rose gold bezel for an extra touch of sophistication. You can choose between three gorgeous case finishes here (gunmetal, silver and rose gold), as well as stitched Italian leather or high-quality rubber ...

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    Everyone from Oculus to Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and even Xiaomi and Alcatel wants an early piece of the virtual reality hardware profits and brand recognition pie, but Acer is interestingly doing its own thing, partnering with video game development studio Starbreeze and the IMAX Corporation for a unique StarVR commercial run. Instead of offering the powerful, aggressively-designed, high-end PC-compatible head-mounted display directly to consumers, Acer and Starbreeze will first equip the groundbreaking new IMAX VR Center in Los Angeles, scheduled for a highly anticipated opening “later ...

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    Acer’s “new and exciting holiday season lineup” just needed over an hour of pre-IFA marketing buildup in Berlin, but smartphone and wearable enthusiasts were disappointed to see Predator and Liquid families snubbed from the PC-packed event. Not to worry, as two Liquid Z6 series handhelds got a lower-key official announcement via a bland press release, which is a shame, given one of the models doesn’t look half bad on paper. The Acer Liquid Z6 Plus is a relatively slim and stylish upper mid-range Full HD 5.5-incher, reportedly fitted with a gigantic 4,080mAh battery, and further ...

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    Archos may have jumped the gun well ahead of IFA 2016’s official start with a few largely underwhelming low-cost smartphone announcements, but it seems like the French OEM saved the best for last a little closer to the Berlin-hosted trade show. Enter the 55 Diamond Selfie and 50 Saphir handhelds, due out across the old continent in September and October respectively at identical €200 ($223) price points with very different designs and specs in tow. Billed as “unsinkable”, and “the smartphone for all adventures”, the Archos 50 Saphir is hardly what you’d call traditionally ...

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    Sad to hear Huawei isn’t planning any new high-end Mate-series smartphone announcements at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin after all? Fret not, as the world’s third largest handheld vendor maintains it will “defy” our expectations on September 1, most likely taking the wraps off at least three largely mysterious Android devices. CEO Richard Yu himself just took to Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent, to build up two of these upcoming products, which should be branded as part of an entirely new mid-range family. There’s not much we can tell about them from Yu’s teaser ...

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    Walmart isn't known for its marketplace tendencies, but it does list products from third-party sellers on its site for sale. It's no Amazon, yet every so often, you get a little pleasant surprise or two. No, not always low prices, always. A company named Talkie Tech has listed two- and three-packs of iLLumi-branded screen protectors for the Samsung Gear S3. Promotional pictures may seem to show off the design of a Gear S3. SamMobile reports of three variants: the Classic, the Frontier and the Explorer. We figure that if there's any kernel of truth to these pictures, we may be seeing the ...

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    We heard some disappointing, but minor-impact news last week as Taiwanese manufacturer HTC had finally put a timeframe to when it would update its latest flagships with Android Nougat. Unfortunately, that target window for the One A9 completely misses the 15-day period promised when the phone had launched back last October. Perhaps the delay's been played out to favor a successor. VentureBeat's Evan Blass is reporting from a source that HTC will bring the One A9s to its product showcase before IFA 2016 on September 1. Yes, the phone that already looks like an iPhone 6 will look more like ...

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    Update: A tipster to us has been able to confirm that the below benchmark result is of an Elite variant of the Nubia Z11. We have updated our source link. Our original story is below. If you've been waiting for a compact car you'd want to buy, maybe keep on waiting until the hoverbike finally comes around. But man, if there's something you want to not be disappointed about, it's this yet-to-be filed spec dump for what we assume to be the Sony Xperia X Compact. Telefoonabonnement.nl, which has been picking up some great GFXBench logs early in the game, has caught this one as well. The ...

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    Our expectations for Huawei’s pre-IFA product announcement event on Thursday probably need to be taken down a notch or two for them to still be “defied”, with the Nova series likely to fly solo to the capital city of Germany after all. Granted, it was a bit of a stretch to anticipate a (very) early September Mate 9 launch, considering the Mate 8, which continues to sell like hotcakes in the OEM’s homeland of China, barely saw daylight last November. A Huawei Mate S2, meanwhile, was always a safe IFA 2016 bet, seeing as how its prequel got unveiled at the same trade fair the year ...

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    Exactly one year after the IFA-hosted launch of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 and Tab 3 Pro, the Android-powered multimode slate lineup is most likely due for a hardware and software refresh at Berlin’s latest high-profile industrial exhibition. Fortunately, this is shaping up to be a single piece of a much more complex puzzle, with new Lenovo and Moto-branded smartphones and smartwatches also teased for IFA 2016 announcements. That’s especially fortunate because, as its name suggests, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 is hardly a “next big thing” type of gadget. High-quality leaked renders ...

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    While we expect everyone from Samsung to Huawei, Lenovo, Sony, ZTE, Asus and Acer to precede their IFA 2016 product demos with official announcements in the days leading up to the trade show’s actual start, Archos went a little overboard in its attempt to stand out all alone in the spotlight. Then again, this is the French device manufacturer’s typical M.O. on such occasions, as otherwise, nobody would exhibit any interest in low-profile gadgets like the 50f Helium and 55 Helium “range.” The former entry-level 5-inch Android phone has but a rear-located fingerprint reader going for ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just 24 hours ago, we had no idea Sony was even planning an Xperia Z5 Compact sequel of sorts. Branded differently, of course, as the Z line reached its “culmination” a few months back. Now, not only do we have official confirmation from one of the company’s European divisions the Xperia X Compact is real, but we also know how it looks (part of it, at least), and some key specifications are pretty much etched in stone, courtesy of a reputable tech publication with a solid track record of such leaks. Exactly like the Z5 Compact and Z3 Compact, the X ...

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    Sony pulled some premature jocularity on its Czech site in touting a couple of new phones before their times. One of the phones is the Xperia XZ, a phone which may end up being the Xperia XR or the F8331 phone we've been tracking for a while. Can't these branding folk let the Z go? The just-revealed Xperia X Compact is also out of the dark. This little puppy's said to "shoot photos without blur," even with a smaller chassis. The product entries presumably linked to no pages and both have since been taken down from the site. I guess it'll have to be IFA or bust from here on out. Source: ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a renewed focus on premium designs and specifications, as well as zonal reorientations, it felt silly to doubt Sony’s ongoing commitment to high-end compact phones. Enter the Xperia X Compact at last, the timely IFA 2016-bound sequel for September 2015’s Z5 Compact, and the ...

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    Hasselblad usually makes some maddening medium-format camera gear. But with whispers of the company shrinking its workspace a bit for the sake of a Moto Mod, we have something new to stare at. A photographer with a preference for Hasselblad products on Weibo has snapped a picture of what looks to be a camera grip Moto Mod. And it is a meaty one with variable aperture (minimum f/3.5-6.5) with a zoom range of 4.5-45mm (25.7- 257mm in 35mm equivalency). Add on a hefty flash and we've got one big show to get to. What's that show? Sources say it's IFA, of course! Lenovo will be there next ...

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    Acer is just one of many already confirmed IFA 2016 exhibitors, and although we know the Taiwanese company plans to unveil its “new and exciting holiday season lineup” in Berlin, Germany on August 31, it’s going to need something special to stand out from the pack. Preferably, not special weird, like last year’s Predator 8 and 6 gaming-centric tablet and phablet that never amounted to much in terms of post-release buzz and, presumably, sales and profits. But alas, Acer’s most distinctive new product on display next week might well be another addition to the Predator family. This ...

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    Way before the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a (real) thing, Huawei rushed to be the first mobile device manufacturer with a launch event slated on the eve of IFA 2016’s start. In the meantime, of course, the highly anticipated Note 7 saw daylight thousands of miles away from Berlin, leaving the Mate 9 or Mate S2 in a pretty good position to capture the German trade show spotlight next week. That’s September 1, beginning at 10:30am CEST, in case you were wondering, which equates to 1:30am PDT, or 4:30 EDT. Clearly, Huawei has something in store aimed primarily at European and Asian ...

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    We have little idea what exactly Sony will throw at consumers this IFA around, but among the rumored wares is the so-called Xperia XR (nee F8331), benched and tracked to sport some high-end hardcore hardware. The XR make take the shape of one of the two new devices that Sony has submitted test documents to the FCC. Yes, one of them is a phone that has been tested for cellular low-band transmissions and is marked with WCDMA, GSM and LTE. The other device has a port layout (namely, Ethernet) that basically screams a gaming console. That second device might be the "PlayStation 4 Neo" that ...

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    The HTC Rhyme was targeted toward women. Women. Like, females. As in, we had to get help from YouTuber Stevie Boebi to figure out what was going on with HTC. Huawei has also been setting its sights on women with a couple of smartwatches — called "Elegant" and "Jewel". Those two hulking wrist chunks that didn't fit some men's and most women's wrists may have garnered enough traction, though, to warrant a new smartphone for women. Prepare to cheer or wince for the Huawei Nova. Its existence was first leaked by Xiang Ligang on Weibo, though the analyst replaced an initial post calling out ...

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    While we’ve known for almost a month now that Sony intends to unveil… something the day before the official start of the IFA 2016 industrial exhibition in Berlin, Germany, and the company’s trade show appearance was a no-brainer ever since last September, the Japanese device manufacturer only comes out and dismisses all doubt today. You can officially save the September 1 date therefore, or at least reserve the 1 to 2pm CEST timeslot for whatever Xperia, PlayStation, Walkman, Bravia-branded goodies and so on that are definitely in the pipeline. “Definitely” might sound like a ...

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    It's another one of these pre-IFA events, huh? Just outside of the window of IFA Berlin, we have plenty of events to crash in on like ASUS's, Huawei's, Samsung's, Acer's, Sony's and now ZTE's. Specifically, its Nubia company has decided to ramp up its hype site for what Nubia will do at IFA on August 31. Cristiano Ronaldo's Facebook page also gets in on the promotion action, calling whatever's being promoted ahead a "bezel-less beauty". "...let us follow his steps and witness the bezel-less beauty this August!," vamps Nubia. And a single, solitary moth shall lay its legs upon the next ...

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