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Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on

Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on

The Sony Xperia Z3 builds on an already powerful set of predecessors, Sony’s "Z" line (including the Z3 Mini) standing the test of time with a similar design to each previous year. Now with Android 4.4 KitKat and a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the Xperia Z3 ups the ante. This device weighs in at just 152 grams and measures in at a mere 146 x 72 x 7.3mm.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands-on: no compromises

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact hands-on: no compromises

Surprise! Sony once again brings on a smaller version of their flagship "Z" line with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, once again bringing the device with essentially the same specifications as its larger sibling. While you’ve got a 720p 4.6-inch display here instead of a 5.2-inch 1080p display, you’ve got basically everything else the same.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on: Quad HD and metal

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on: Quad HD and metal

The stylus has redeemed itself, and it has Samsung to thank for that. The South Korean company has been hammering away at its S Pen technology since 2011, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the latest result of that work. Hardly a surprise in Berlin this week - its three generations of forebears each arrived at pre-IFA show - the Note 4 nonetheless has plenty to prove. Read on for my first impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on: Phablet meets curved OLED

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on: Phablet meets curved OLED

Samsung promised curved OLED in a big way, and the Galaxy Note Edge delivers, taking the new Note 4 and bending the edge of its display for an altogether unusual approach to phablets. Building on the curved Super AMOLED concept Samsung showed off last year, the Note Edge turns its right bezel into a touchscreen ticker. Question remains, is this a revolution in form-factor or just a gimmick?

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Alienware Area-51: The gaming desktop just got wilder

Alienware Area-51: The gaming desktop just got wilder

Alienware has revealed its latest flagship gaming PC, the Area-51, using Intel's new Core i7 Extreme processors in a striking triangular form-factor. Inside, as we found out when we caught up with Alienware to try out the Area-51, there's space for three full-sized, double-width graphics cards too, plus lashings of DDR4 RAM. The Area-51 isn't just about cranking up the level of performance from the top-end of Alienware's range, though, it's also about introducing a whole new aesthetic, this time dubbed "EPIC".

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HTC One M8 with Windows hands-on

HTC One M8 with Windows hands-on

Your eyes do not deceive you, and no, this isn't a hack or a mock-up. The HTC One M8 with Windows has made its debut, launching today as a Verizon exclusive in the US, and as the name suggests it's the One M8 we're very familiar with, only with Android switched out for Windows Phone. The path to flipping OSes isn't as simple as the HTC HD2 might have led us to believe, however, and so I caught up with HTC to find out what was involved in making the first UltraPixel Windows Phone.

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Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

"Travel is a sensual product, and travel shopping is about as industrial as you get. I think buying a blender on Amazon is probably more sensual than booking travel.” So speaks Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, and a big believer in helping you book your next vacation from whatever device is nearest you. Expedia’s new tablet app won’t hit app stores until this fall, but I grabbed some hands-on time with the latest pre-production version to find out whether Khosrowshahi had actually made booking flights sexy.

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