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Sony Xperia Z1 hands-on

Sony Xperia Z1 hands-on

Sony's Xperia range of Android phones has been on a roll of late, with the Xperia Z proving a sleeper hit to rival the Galaxy S 4, and the Zperia Z Ultra putting the company's big screen display expertise to work. Now there's the Sony Xperia Z1, still waterproof but with a sleek metal casing rather than the polycarbonate of its predecessors, and featuring a super-speedy 2.2GHz quadcore processor and whopping 20.7-megapixel camera. Fresh to IFA 2013 today, we spent some playtime with the Z1 Ultra to see if it's likely to be another hit.

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World’s thinnest touch sensitive surface developed by CSR scientists

World’s thinnest touch sensitive surface developed by CSR scientists

Scientists at a company called Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) have developed a very interesting touch sensitive surface the claims to be the world's thinnest. The team the scientists develop a flexible computer keyboard that is as thin as paper and who claim to be capable of transforming any area into a touch sensitive surface. CSR hails the development as the world's thinnest wireless touch surface at only 0.5 mm thick.

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Wacom Intuos line launched, consolidates branding

Wacom Intuos line launched, consolidates branding

Wacom has just launched, or rather re-launched, a new line of graphics tablets targeted not just for professional artists but for hobbyists as well. But perhaps more importantly, the announcement reflects Wacom's effort to simplify its naming conventions and consolidate its tablets under a single brand: Intuos.

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Alcatel ONE TOUCH IDOL ALPHA revealed with light-up edges

Alcatel ONE TOUCH IDOL ALPHA revealed with light-up edges

This week the folks at Alcatel have revealed the likes of the ONE TOUCH IDOL ALPHA - all in caps, just like that - as the lead for its new line of IDOL smartphone devices. This machine brings on a 4.7-inch display coming in at 1280 x 720 pixel resolution with IPS LCD technology backing it up. This machine works with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean under the hood with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (of unnamed pedigree) with a 12.1-megapixel camera at its back.

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Alcatel One Touch Hero brings Note-like stylus, E Ink case, and pico projector

Alcatel One Touch Hero brings Note-like stylus, E Ink case, and pico projector

In what must be IFA 2013's best candidate for "Jack of All Trades" smartphone device is the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH HERO (all in caps, to be proper), with a built-in stylus, E Ink cover, and Pico Projector accessory. This device is like a cherry-picked do-it-all smartphone made to take on every odd ability smartphones have been graced with over the past two years. Alcatel presents in the HERO a device that - believe it or not - may just be able to live up to its name.

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Sony Xperia Z1 specifications leak in full

Sony Xperia Z1 specifications leak in full

It would appear that Sony's notoriously unlucky streak of leaking the ins and outs of the smartphone known as the Xperia Z1 have reached their height with no less than a full press release leak just one day before it's scheduled to go live. Straight from Xperia Blog comes this gush of information (the screenshot of which we'll not be sharing simply because it's the same info we're about to recount) including a Sony G Lens on the back of this smartphone with 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture. The camera on this device (on the back, again,) also works with a 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RSCMOS image sensor - so you know you're going to be meaning business when this device is snapping shots.

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HTC Desire 300 plays on entry-level wants and needs

HTC Desire 300 plays on entry-level wants and needs

The team at HTC are bringing a collection of smart devices to IFA 2013 this week, the lowest-end of the bunch coming in as the HTC Desire 300. This device brings on some of the features included with the hero device HTC One including HTC BlinkFeed - an element of the user interface formerly called HTC Sense (though not quite so readily titled as such these days). This device is not meant to be a low-level replacement for the HTC One, rather it's here to present the most minimalistic vision of the ideal smartphone HTC is able to create.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks get ultra-thin with Haswell inside

Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks get ultra-thin with Haswell inside

This week in Berlin at IFA 2013 the folks at Lenovo has brought on a new wave of ThinkPad Ultrabooks for the latter half of this year. This device portfolio includes additions to the Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, and S Series Ultrabooks with the T440s, T440, X240, S440, and S540. In the T and X series models you'll find 20 percent thinner form factors under recent reboots, a collection of options in each of these devices bright panels, and a massive 45 percent larger size on each of their clickpads. The whole lot works with new 4th generation Intel Core processor technology as well.

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