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    LG’s IFA 2015 product lineup looks exotic, to say the least, with the decidedly nichey Watch Urbane Luxe and Rolly Keyboard showcased in Berlin, alongside the unremarkable G Pad II 10.1. But before long, the Korean device manufacturer should take the wraps off a G4 Note or G4 Pro phablet for the masses, which LG would really like to pit against the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+. The standard G4’s jumbo-sized, upgraded spin-off was once expected to pioneer all-metal LG flagships, a theory that’s started to look less and less likely in recent weeks. Now, our safest assumption is ...

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    No, you haven’t traveled into the not so distant future, and no, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren’t official yet. But they will be in a matter of days, and we all know what that means for professional rumormongers. They need to move on to the “next big thing”, no matter how hard it may be to decipher so early in the R&D stages, and sources “from supply chains in Asia” quoted by Digitimes have already done just that. The mysterious, anonymous tipsters claim 2016 iPhones, likely to carry 7 designation, will circle back to the glass-on-glass (G/G) touch technology used on ...

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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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    With the launch of the new Moto 360 models, including the Moto 360 Sport, we've certainly had our fill of official Motorola news today, but heading out into rumor territory brings us even more interesting new developments. A couple days back we got to check out the render of a phone that had more than a passing resemblance to the Moto X Play, though with a few obvious external changes, as well as some more capable-sounding specs. At the time we heard this hardware referred to by the codename Bounce, and today we pick up not just a new render to look at, but a possible launch name: the Moto ...

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    Wearables aren't just about smartwatches and fitness trackers; there's a whole world out there of self-contained mobile hardware that's meant to be worn on your person. One such device has been the Narrative Clip, a tiny digital camera intended for lifelogging, capturing a couple still shots each minute. This past January, Narrative announced its Clip 2, adding wireless connectivity, a wider-angle lens, and upgrading to a higher-res 8MP camera. Today Narrative announces a big upgrade coming to the Clip 2 before it hits customers, as the wearable gains video support. When the Clip 2 finally ...

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    Apple has become very predictable lately when it comes to product announcements. We know that iPhones are announced in September, iPads in October, and WWDC is all about software. This gives us enough of a clue as to what to expect for Apple's event on September 9, even though it seems that might change. Trusted sources claim that Apple is planning to announce the iPad Pro on September 9, along with the iPad mini 4, the new iPhones, and hey, why not a new Apple TV while Cupertino is at it. Apple has gone as far as to change its regular venue for this event, and instead use the much larger ...

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    Lenovo's announced a ton of hardware today at IFA in Berlin, and we've been doing our best to bring you hands-on looks at as many of these new models as we can. But there's one we haven't touched on quite yet that's definitely worthy of some attention, as Lenovo launches the Vibe S1 with dual front-facing cameras. Yup: two cameras up front. We had a feeling this was coming after seeing an official photo of the phone turn up at a Chinese regulatory agency, and today's news confirms it. The Vibe S1's front cameras act a lot like the Duo Camera arrangement on HTC models, with one high-res 8MP ...

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    Huawei has been on a roll with its announcements today at IFA, but then again, that's the Huawei way of doing things. Just earlier we learned of the Huawei Mate S, and we even showed you our second look with the Huawei Watch. Huawei also excels in the midrange market though, so it's only fair to see something in that department as well. Huawei has just announced the G8, which is a premium mid-ranger that claims to excel in photography.  Its design is definitely not of an average mid-range smartphone, but the Snapdragon 615 processor under the hood is. We also notice a 5.5-inch 1080p ...

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    Last year, Google launched its Nexus 6 smartphone in mid-October; the year before, the Nexus 5 debuted on Halloween. But it sure sounds like Google is planning something a little different for this year's launch, and beyond introducing a pair of Nexus smartphones, we've also heard that the announcement of the phones themselves could come a bit ahead of schedule. At least, a rumor landing last week suggested that the LG's new Nexus phone could go up for sale as soon as September 29. Today we're hearing that same date again – and this time, explicitly about both LG and Huawei Nexus phones ...

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    Sony is one of the few, if not only companies, that knows how to give users a one-handed friendly flagship solution. Sony's Xperia Z Compact variants have garnered a lot of praise from our review team, even if the regular trend today is for smartphones to grow in dimensions. Those of you interested in a non-compromise smartphone experience that won't stretch your hand should definitely consider the new Sony Xperia Z5 Compact that was announced today. Here's the full spec sheet to help you decide. [table] Component,Description Screen size,4.6 inches Screen type,LCD IPS TRILUMINOS Display ...

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    Lately the trend of premium flagships has become some what of a norm. We see companies like Apple, HTC and Samsung launching an extra flagship with a few extra tricks up its sleeve, even though in most cases this is just phablet size. Sony has decided to do away with the whole "Plus" concept, and has decided to introduce a new Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. No, this is not just a larger version of the Xperia Z5, but instead a more feature packed device. We could bore you with the details on the spec sheet down bellow, so let's just say this phone "had us at 4K display." [table] ...

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    Even though Sony has spent the last few months disappointing many with the way it handled its Xperia Z4 launch, it seems the Japanese giant is out to fix that. The company not only confirmed that it cares deeply about its Xperia brand, but it has managed to prove that today with the launch of the Sony Xperia Z5 Series. We know many of you are very interested in getting details on just how powerful these phones are, so here's the rundown for the flagship, Sony Xperia Z5. [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.2 inches Screen type,LCD IPS TRILUMINOS Display Resolution,1920 x 1080 Pixel ...

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    Motorola's new Moto 360 is official, and with multiple size options, as well as men's and women's designs, the smartwatch offers a lot more variety than last year's model. But coming into this launch we were expecting at least one more option from Motorola, and while not all the details are available just yet, the company has gone ahead with drawing the curtain back on the rugged-looking Moto 360 Sport. In addition to the features users can expect from the standard new Moto 360, the 360 Sport makes a few key changes. One is the addition of a GPS receiver, allowing users to track runs or ...

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    We've been following so many leaks and rumors about Motorola's plans for its second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch that it's been easy to start accepting all of them on face value ... including one from just the other day that pointed to a possible September 8 launch. As it turns out, we won't have to wait nearly so long, and this afternoon, as part of a string of new Lenovo announcements, Motorola has formally announced the new Moto 360. It was pretty clear coming into this that we were looking at a nice variety of new hardware options, first as leaks pointed to a pair of large and small size ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z5 may be the company's latest headliner, and the Xperia Z5 Premium may push new limits with its 4K display, but for fans of smartphones that buck the trend of "all flagships must be phablets," maybe the most exciting device that's been on our radar is the Xperia Z5 Compact. Today at IFA in Berlin, Sony drew back the curtain on its latest Z-series Compact model, sharing a phone with only a 4.6-inch 720p display, yet powered by a flagship-level Snapdragon 810 SoC. That's the same SoC as the Z5 and Z5 Premium, and while the Z5 Compact doesn't score the same 3GB of RAM, is ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact were long rumored to make an appearance at IFA 2015, but last week a new wrinkle turned up in that rumor: in addition to those two, we heard we might also get an Xperia Z5 Premium, a phone that would push boundaries with the first 4K-class screen on a smartphone. Was talk of such ridiculously high display resolution utter madness? Madness or not, it's very much happening, and today at IFA Sony has formally announced the Xperia Z5 Premium with a 4K UHD display. The Z5 Premium's screen is a 5.5-inch panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, giving the ...

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    A growing body of evidence sure seemed to suggest that Sony was about to launch its latest Xperia Z-series smartphones, and just months following the release of the Xperia Z4, we found ourselves already looking at plenty of leaks identified as the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and maybe even some other family members. Would Sony really be ready to introduce these handsets so soon, or were we just getting a taste of what was coming further down the road? At its IFA event today, Sony has put that mystery to rest, announcing its latest Android smartphones, including the flagship Xperia Z5. So much ...

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    Huawei didn't come to IFA this year just to get sales rolling on the Huawei Watch – even though we are grateful to finally get the details on that, considering we've been waiting since winter for sales to start. Beyond wearables, Huawei also has a new premium smartphone to introduce, and today announces the Mate S, armed with a bevy of attractive features, including one that's bound to have Apple sitting at attention: not only does the Mate S get a pressure-sensitive touch interface, but Huawei's even calling it Force Touch. Force Touch on the Mate S will allow users to hard-press to ...

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    Last week we were all ready to welcome the Huawei Watch to the world of retail availability, as Amazon appeared to open pre-orders for the smartwatch we've been waiting for since MWC. And while everything looked fine at first, it wasn't long before Amazon's listing was pulled and Huawei issued a statement about “incorrect information” getting out. OK, but what was wrong with Amazon's info, what might have been right, and when would Huawei set us straight. Well, today at IFA Huawei found time to formally announce the start of Huawei Watch pre-orders, setting us straight about all those ...

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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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    While the Oppo R7 Plus, recently unveiled for the Western hemisphere, left a “huge” first impression on one of our strictest reviewers, it’s no use trying to pretend like the 6-inch 1,080p handheld is a flagship. The middling (by high-end standards) Snapdragon 615 SoC renders the impressive 3GB RAM null and void, and a 13MP rear-facing camera isn’t really enough for a place near the top of the Android food chain either. So, what can Oppo utilize to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus with? Technically, the Chinese OEM’s “newest” hero device is the Find ...

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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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