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    Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...

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    Huawei is proud to introduce its own proprietary custom user interface for Android-powered devices, dubbed Emotion UI. As we've learned from Huawei itself, it is a result of user feedback, people finding Android to be a little bit "too complicated". In the video below you will see a quick demo of the UI in action with some of its most important features. Simplified folders, widgets and overall ease of use are just a few. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts. Don't forget: after IFA the custom UI "will enter the next phase of its development, driven further by consumer wants and ...

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    The Sony VAIO Tap 20 is an unusual Windows 8 tablet. The massive 20" screen (at a mere qHD 960x540 resolution) is designed for family interaction in scenarios where you'd place the device on a coffee table and play a game, thanks to 10-point multi-touch input. The Tap 20 has a unique stand on the back that lets the tablet rest at various degrees. The device we played with was a prototype, as Sony expects to reduce the weight and thickness of the device (and hopefully bump the screen resolution) in time for it shipping later this year. When it ships, Sony expects to offer it in Core i3, i5, ...

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    Huawei didn't disappoint us regarding the number of new devices on display, as with every show. This year at the IFA they had some new phones and tablets on display, joining the already existent devices from MWC in February. We have two tablets (MediaPad 10FHD, MediaPad 7 Lite), two phones (Ascend G600, Ascend G330), and an update for the Ascend P1 with the new, proprietary Emotion UI on top of Google's mobile platform. The devices might not be powerhouses but the moderate specifications will probably result in very accessible price points. While not all will make it to the U.S., we're ...

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    Does the Samsung Galaxy Camera stand a chance of making a lasting dent in the world of still photography? Not if you ask Jaime Rivera, but here at IFA we have the luxury of bathing in techno-lust without the need for in-depth analysis, at least on the trade floor. Our interaction with Samsung's latest experiment was fleeting, but satisfying. Our demo unit was responsive, substantial, and magenta (natch). We enjoyed the snappy performance of Android Jelly Bean on the point-and-shoot camera's 4.8" display, and the various amateur and "professional-grade" enhancements Samsung has built in to ...

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    We're not slaves to jumbo-superphones here at Pocketnow, and the landscape at this year's IFA in Berlin is catering to our diverse tastes just fine. Enter the HTC Desire X, a new midrange offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer that we reported on just yesterday. The device features a 5MP camera, 4" SLCD display, and a 1GHz dual-core CPU - nothing that's going to turn any heads in the spec department, but it's all bundled up in a casing that's beautiful, well-built, and refreshingly not gigantic. You'll have to check out Jaime Rivera's report on the Desire X from yesterday for more ...

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    As we reported just a couple days ago, the Optimus G isn't LG's only offering for the upcoming fall season. The new L9 features a dual-core 1GHz CPU with a deceptively large 4.7″ IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and a lightweight build. The newest iteration of the LG UI featured here is pretty interesting, allowing users to customize individual app icons, home screen transitions, and more. On top of that, the experience is light and snappy, feeling more like stock Android than a skinned build. Check out the video below for our full hands-on from IFA in Berlin.

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    Yesterday we saw a new Amazon patent for a dual-sided tablet, with an LCD screen on one side, and an electronic ink display on the rear. The idea is that for reading still text, or anything else that doesn't require rapid screen updates, you could use the e-ink screen to cut down on battery consumption. It seemed like a neat idea, but we wondered just how practical it might be, not having seen an actual physical model or anything. We might have assumed that such hardware was still several months away, at best, but as luck would have it, a prototype of something very similar already exists, ...

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    After giving you some commentary on what we thought about the Galaxy Note II as far as its place in the mobile landscape, we wanted to give you a more in-depth tour of Samsung's updated phablet. The Galaxy Note II has a larger screen than the original Note by 0.2", but because of a 16:9 aspect ratio, the device is less wide but taller; it's also slightly thinner, which is unexpected given the 20% increase in battery capacity. The Note II has a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos CPU with 2GB of RAM. It'll be launching later this year across multiple carriers with either 3G or 4G LTE.  

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    We all love phones and tablets that include oodles of built-in storage, but we also appreciate the ability to expand our storage as well. Thank goodness for sdcards! Not all sdcards are created equal. In addition to differing capacities, cards also have various speed capabilities. Read and write speeds are important for a variety of reasons. Videos we record on our phones and tablets are now capable of full-HD, that's a lot of bits that have to be stored somewhere. If your sdcard isn't fast enough to receive all that data it means your video quality will suffer. Dropped frames, blurring, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through all the recent device announcements at IFA. The list is huge, so bare with us. We have a full segment on the new Samsung devices being announced, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera and ATIV Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 hardware. We also have a segment covering the recent Sony Xperia announcements along with the VAIO Duo 11 that we recently leaked. We cover some minor LG announcements along with some Nokia device leaks. We later talk about an HTC Tablet that we recently uncovered in photos. We end today's show with the ...

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    HTC has sadly not shown as much protagonism at IFA 2012 as we were expecting. They've just silently announced the HTC Desire X, which as we reported recently, is a good device, but sadly nothing that we'd tag as great. The device has better specs than the HTC One V that we didn't recommend in our review, but it won't break any records if compared with most of the Android smartphones in the market. When it comes to the oficial specs mentioned, we have a:  1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor 4-inch Super LCD display at last decade's WVGA resolution A 5 megapixel back camera with the ...

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    After learning about Sony's new Xperia line-up being announced just minutes ago at IFA in Berlin, we now have the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with the Sony Xperia J. The difference between this device and the rest is that this is a device slated at the budget minded, but retaining the Xperia design language at just 9.22 mm of thickness. When it comes to specs, the device includes a: 4-inch FWVGA display (854 x 480) at 244 PPI 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM7227A processor 5 Megapixel camera Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich under Sony's proprietary UI DLNA 4GB of storage ...

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    We already spent some quality time with the Sony Xperia TX here at IFA, and the Xperia T features much of the same:  a 4.6", 720p display, 13MP camera capable of shooting video in 1080p, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. The principal differences between the T and the TX are few, with the T destined for the German market -and therefore lacking LTE. The T also lacks the TX's immersion resistance, and color options vary between the two lines as well. Click on down to the video to see our hands-on of the Xperia T, and stay tuned for more videos as our IFA coverage continues.

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    The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is a Windows 8 ultrabook hybrid that has a sliding display that reveals a full hardware keyboard. It'll be available with a variety of hardware configurations such as an Intel i7, i5, or i3, with the former two configurations providing less battery power. The device, despite having a spacious 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen, weighs just 2.6lbs, which is a hair more than the Microsoft Sufrace. The hybrid features USB 3.0 and HDMI outputs. No word on pricing, but look for a Q4 release.  

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    Sony's newest Android tablet, the Xperia Tablet S, is running on Android 4.0.4 for now, but will be upgraded to Jelly Bean in the near future. In terms of design, it has a similar "wrap around" design to last-year's Tablet S that some found to be a nice break from the slate form factor of all other tablets on the market. The Xperia S has a Tegra 3 quad-core CPU running at 1.4GHz. The display is 9.4" and 1280x800 resolution. On the rear there is an 8MP shooter, and a 1MP camera on the front. Other goodies include HDMI and DLNA support, an SD card slot (yes, full SD), guest mode to protect ...

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    Earlier today at the IFA, Sony announced its new Xperia Androids, including the Xperia T/TX. While the company is releasing the hardware under different names in different markets, and the cases have some slight design differences, it's all essentially the same phone. We've had our eye on these guys for a while, as we followed leaks of the handset we now know as the Xperia T as the LT30p "Mint". Those included a number of close-up looks at the hardware, featuring nice touches like a physical camera button. Now that the phone is official, we got the chance to spend a little time with it, in ...

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    We knew this day was coming: with Windows Phone 8 just around the corner, we're finally getting official confirmation from manufacturers about their launch handsets. The first to go on the record is Samsung, revealing the ATIV S at the IFA in Berlin. WP8 is finally bringing the platform into the present day with support for multi-core processors. As such, Samsung's hooked the ATIV S up with a 1.5GHz dual-core chip. Pair that with a gig of RAM, a nice big 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 2, and an eight megapixel main camera with 1.9-megapixel front-facer, and you've got ...

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    As Sony's press event wraps, we finally got an official word about our recent leak of the Sony VAIO Duo 11. The device is a Hybrid tablet that can become a laptop when you need it and a slate tablet when you need it. As opposed to the Microsoft Surface, the keyboard on the VAIO Duo 11 is non-detachable, so it does have some extra heft to it. The most interesting part about this tablet is that it falls more into the Ultrabook category with support for Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. It packs an 11-inch display with 1080p resolution and support for a digitizer stylus, along with capacity for ...

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    Some info leaked in the weeks leading up to the IFA, including images showing-off a new Sony tablet, presumed to be the successor to its Tablet S. They showed a much thinner tablet, as well as a convertible keyboard cover, Surface-style. Sure enough, Sony has just made things official at its IFA press event, announcing this new tablet as the Xperia Tablet S. Like the rumors indicated, the new entry to the Xperia lineup runs a quad-core Tegra 3. It's lighter and thinner than the first Tablet S, runs Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a 9.4-inch 1280 x 800 IPS LCD. The leaked software features ...

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    I'm sure you'll all agree with us in the fact that Sony is quickly running out of letters for their Xperia line. Their keynote is almost about to end in Berlin and they've just announced a ton of products. Within the list, we've just got their new Xperia line-up. The devices, in order of power are the T, the V and the J. The Sony Xperia T is their new flagship devices, which will also be dubbed the TX in certain regions. When it comes to specs, the device includes a: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 CPU Pentaband UMTS / HSPA+ radios A 4.55-inch screen with 720p ...

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    Today at IFA Samsung will launch its new ATIV brand of Windows 8-powered devices (that's "vita" backwards, which is Latin for "life"). Running on Windows RT, the ATIV Tab will feature a 10.1" 1366x768 display in a form factor that is just 8.9mm thick. It'll be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and either 32 or 64GB of storage. It'll offer WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It will feature Office Home and Student 2013 RT, featuring the touch-friendly versions of the 2013 suite of Microsoft Office programs. The battery is pegged at 8,200mAh. Interestingly, like the Galaxy Note 10.1, ...

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    Way back in February, we saw that Samsung had registered the name Galaxy Camera. Samsung really likes registering those kind of names, sometimes dozens over the course of just a few weeks, and has a habit of never releasing anything for many of them. Although we were curious at the time if we might see Samsung release an Android-powered digital camera, like Nikon recently did, the hardware never showed up, and we were beginning to think it might be another dud. Well, that's clearly not going to be the case, as we've just learned that Samsung intends to announce the Jelly-Bean-running ...

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    Thanks to a tipster, we've been handed the official press release for the Galaxy Note II, which is expected to be announced at IFA 2012 in just a few hours. The display of the Galaxy Note II will be 5.5" and 1280x720 resolution (granting it a true 16:9 aspect ratio, but with lesser resolution than the original Galaxy Note which had 1280x800 pixels). Like the original Note, the display will be an HD Super AMOLED panel. The device will feature a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU (the type is not specified, but we'll put our money on the Exynos) with 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera on the rear and a 1.9MP ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through all the details of the recently announced LG Optimus G, which does change the game with it's spec sheet. We later talk about Samsung's recent plot for world domination by launching the Galaxy S III in more colors for your choice. We then go through the recently leaked images of a Nokia device that we're already calling a fake. On a sad note, we talk about Motorola's new strategy to know when you've rooted your device, and we end today's show talking about the possibilities of NFC coming to the iPhone 5. All this and more after the break. Which ...

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