Best phones of IFA 2015: Sony, Lenovo, Huawei, Acer, and more
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The annual IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin is underway, and it’s where all the major firms are showcasing the latest televisions and laptops and smartphones all in one place.
To help you navigate through the flood of announcements, we rounded up some of the news around all the flagship phones and phablets unveiled. And we plan to update this piece over the week, so keep checking back.
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Sony announced the Sony Xperia Z5 family, which consists of three Android phones: Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z5 Compact.
The standard Z5 has a 5.2-inch (1920×1080-pixel resolution) display, while the Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K (3840×2160-pixel resolution) display, and the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch (1280×720-pixel resolution) display.
The Z5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. The Z5 and Z5 Premium get 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, while the Z5 Compact settles for 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. All the handsets feature a fingerprint scanner on the side in place of the old power button and the Sony Exmor RS sensor.
The Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch in October 2015, and the Z5 Premium is due to follow in November. Local pricing is still to be confirmed, but you can expect that Z5 Premium to have a premium price tag.
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Lenovo PhabLenovo has introduced two new phablets, called the Phab and Phab Plus.
The lower-end Lenovo Phab has a 7-inch IPS display (1280×720 resolution), 64-bit quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and support for MicroSD up to 64GB. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, with Lenovo’s interface sprinkled on top.
It also has a 4250mAh battery, 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras, dual Micro SIM, support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE, and Dolby Atmos sound. All that hardware is packed into a 250g-frame that’s just 8.9mm-thick.
Meanwhile, the higher-end Phab Plus brings a smaller 6.8-inch display (1920×1080 resolution), 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and support for MicroSD up to 64GB. It also runs Lollipop.
Other features include the same camera setup found in the Phab, a smaller 3500mAh battery, support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE, dual SIM, and DolbyAtmos sound. And it’s only 7.6-mm thick with a 222g-weight.
The Lenovo Phab Plus will be available in gunmetal or platinum whenever it goes on sale for $299, while the Lenovo Phab will be available in black, red, white, or blue. It’ll cost just $179.
© Provided by Pocket-lint Huawei Mate S_Colors copy Huawei announced the Huawei Mate S. It measures 149.9 x 75.3 x 7.5mm and has a nano coating to protect it from moisture damage, like sweat, rain and humidity. On the front there is a 2.5D display, protected with Gorilla Glass 4, measuring 5.5-inches with a 401ppi from the 1920×1080-pixel resolution.
The Mate S is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 935 octo-core chipset with 3GB RAM. There’s 32GB of storage, with Huawei using its dual SIM or microSD slot, meaning you can choose between more storage, or connectivity to a different network. There’s a 2700mAh battery, offering fast charging.
Then there is the 13-megapixel camera on the back, with a four-colour sensor, optical image stabilisation and a sapphire lens for protection. There’s also a front light to make your selfies better from the 8-megapixel front camera.
The Huawei Mate S will be available in Europe first, with pre-orders opening 15 September. The standard version (3GB RAM, 32GB storage) comes in grey and champagne and will cost €649. The premium version (3GB RAM, 64GB storage) will be out in gold and coral for €699. But then there’s also a higher-tier device…
It comes with 128GB storage and features a Force Touch display. No word yet on pricing or availability.
© Provided by Pocket-lint jade_primo_1024 Acer has showcased a new smartphone at IFA in Germany that will turn into aPC when you connect the accompanying keyboard that comes in the box.
The new “PC Phone” will be called the Jade Primo, and it will use the new Microsoft Continuum feature in Microsoft’s recently launched Windows 10 OS to allow the device to change from being just a phone, to a laptop replacement once the keyboard is attached. To turn it into a PC, you’ll get a docking station and accessories.
The smartphone itself will come with a super AMOLED 5.5-inch screen, a 21-megapixel main camera, and a 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video chat. And it will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor, rather than the new Intel Skylake m-range of processors.
Acer hasn’t detailed when the new phone will launch or how much it will cost.
© Provided by Pocket-lint ASUS-Zenfone-Zoom-black_w_600 At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Asus announced that the ZenFone Zoom, which we saw at CES 2015, is coming to Europe.
It notably features 3x optical zoom and is said to be the world’s thinnest phone with optical-zoom on its 13-megapixel rear camera. It also offers optical image stabilization and is capable of up to 12x magnification.
There’s even a macro shooting mode, while a Super Resolution mode takes four 13-megapixel shots and combines them into a single image of up to 52-megapixels with four times the clarity of a standard single photo.
Other features include a 10-element lens, 5.5-inch Full HD display, metal form factor that tapers to 5mm, quad-core Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, dual LED flash on the rear, and more.
This phone will be available in either Pure Black or Ceramic White. No information on pricing or availability was released at IFA, though at CES, we were told it would cost around $400.