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IFA 2014: Sony targets the iPad mini with sleek new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

The third of a trio of Xperia Z3-themed mobile devices Sony has introduced at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week is the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – an 8in Android slate that takes the Z3 experience (or is that Xperience?) to a larger form factor.

It delivers all the benefits of the newly introduced Xperia Z3 smartphones, but comes in even skinnier at 6.4mm yet ups the display resolution to 1920 x 1200. What's not to like?

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IFA 2014: HTC announces the Desire 820, its 64-bit big-screened beauty

IFA 2014: HTC announces the Desire 820, its 64-bit big-screened beauty

Martin James  Sep. 4 at 11:30

If there's a single handset that points to just how gimmicky the Nokia Lumia 730's “Selfie Phone” label is, it's HTC's own IFA 2014 arrival, the Desire 820.

Its chief claim to fame is its 64-bit, octo-core Snapdragon 615 processor, but it also happens to have an 8MP front-facing camera – that's 60% more pixels than the Lumia 730.

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IFA 2014: Microsoft unleashes Nokia Lumia 730 'Selfie Phone'

Microsoft has unveiled the Nokia Lumia 730, or the Selfie Phone as we've grudgingly accepted calling it.

That's a reference to the Lumia 730's wide-angle 5MP front-facing camera, the highest-resolution selfie camera seen to date on a Windows Phone.

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IFA 2014: Is Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact the real star of the show?

IFA 2014: Is Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact the real star of the show?

Martin James  Sep. 4 at 10:00

The Sony Xperia Z3 was always going to hog the limelight, but the real star of Sony's pre-IFA 2014 launch bonanza could actually be its little brother, the Xperia Z3 Compact.

As with its Z1-based predecessor, the Z3 Compact is everything we think a “mini” variant should be: a smaller version of the full-size device it's based on, with all the leading features intact.

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IFA 2014: Sony's impressive new Xperia Z3 is officially here

IFA 2014: Sony's impressive new Xperia Z3 is officially here

Martin James  Sep. 3 at 18:19

So the Sony Xperia Z3 is finally here, and we're struggling to get too excited about it to be honest – it's been leaked to death, after all, and is only a modest step up from the current Xperia Z2.

But maybe that's not being entirely fair, as the Z2 is pretty good in its own right, and it's being replaced just six months after launching by a handset that's smaller, lighter, faster and better equipped. And that's just the start.

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IFA 2014: Samsung teams with Oculus for Gear VR headset

When we think of wearables here on Mobot, it’s largely smartwatches that spring to mind – the likes of the Samsung Gear S, Asus ZenWatch, Motorola Moto 360, and the still-unofficial-but-much-discussed Apple iWatch.

The other prong – or one of the other prongs – is stuff you put on your noggin, and as expected, Samsung has dished plenty of delicious detail on the Gear VR virtual reality headset at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

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IFA 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs made official: QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP OIS camera, curved ‘Edge’ variant

As widely expected, Samsung has chosen IFA 2014 as the launch platform for the brand new Galaxy Note 4, and it’s every bit the face-puncher we were hoping for.

There’s also a slight surprise this afternoon, as the rumours of a Note 4 with a “new form factor” were on the money, too. Ladies and gents, meet the not-quite-three-sided Galaxy Note Edge, essentially a Galaxy Note 4 with a bonus curved display section down the right hand side – or right hand edge, if you will.

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IFA 2014: Asus MeMO Pad 7 is a new thing

To be honest, I had to do a little journalistic digging to convince myself this was a new product, and if Jim Blogger can’t keep up, well, what chance does Joey Consumer have? Or maybe it’s because I’m a blogger that I can’t keep up. Hmm…

Anyway! Impromptu philosophising aside, the Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL) is indeed a new thing, not to be confused with the lesser MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) from earlier this year, the MeMO Pad HD7, or indeed any other MeMO Pad.

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IFA 2014: Asus ZenWatch, Team Shih’s first Android Wear smartwatch gets real

We all knew it was coming, and BOOM! IFA 2014 is the place where Shih gets real (see what I did there?).

Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has lifted the lid on its first Android Wear smartwatch, the appropriately named ZenWatch. It’s notable for being a) one of the most affordable pieces of Android Wear kit to date, and b) pretty sexy.

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IFA 2014: 8in Lenovo Tab S8 rocks Android, semi-decent specs

IFA 2014: 8in Lenovo Tab S8 rocks Android, semi-decent specs

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 3 at 12:30

We’re eagerly awaiting more on the Lenovo Vibe X2 smartphone, currently pencilled in for launch tomorrow.

In the meantime, Lenovo has lifted the lid on its latest Android tablet, the Tab S8. Despite being “affordable”, the specs are actually slightly better than you might imagine. More words below.

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iPhone Wallet: are Apple, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX about to change the way we shop?

iPhone Wallet: are Apple, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX about to change the way we shop?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 2 at 18:00

There’s so much to focus on with the new iPhone 6 – the display size, the price, the presence, or lack thereof, of a sapphire crystal display – that the rumour mill almost forgot to give NFC (Near Field Communication) its fair share of the spotlight.

With just a week to go now, we’re going into iPhone 6 NFC overdrive, and sensing that big changes might be afoot – if Apple, Visa, MasterCard and American Express get their way.

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Meizu MX4 is a Mediatek-powered reality, no sign of the Pro version

As promised, Chinese manufacturer Meizu has lifted the lid on its latest flagship smartphone, though it’s not quite what we were expecting.

There’s no Pro version for starters, and it’s goodbye Exynos as the Meizu MX4 proudly stakes its claim as the world’s first smartphone with Mediatek’s MT6595 octo-core processor.

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Microsoft's Lumia 730 press invite is a selfie, obviously

Microsoft's Lumia 730 press invite is a selfie, obviously

Martin James  Sep. 2 at 14:00

We're still enjoying the (relative) calm before the IFA 2014 storm kicks into high gear tomorrow, which means one last round of leaks, rumours, invitations and the like.

Microsoft will be announcing the Lumia 730/735 and 830 on Thursday, and its event invitation centres around the hero feature of the Lumia 730 – the Selfie Phone.

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Sony's Xperia Z3 trio to come with 2m water-resistance?

Sony's Xperia Z3 trio to come with 2m water-resistance?

Martin James  Sep. 2 at 12:30

Quite a few phones offer water-resistance these days, but typically it only covers you down to a metre under the surface.

No wonder, then, that Sony's making a big deal of the gear it'll showing off in its IFA 2014 event tomorrow, teasing that it'll happily take the plunge as deep as 2m under the surface.

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Meizu MX4, MX4 Pro launch preview

Meizu MX4, MX4 Pro launch preview

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 2 at 08:00

The Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro aren’t quite a reality yet, but should become official within hours - if not minutes (typical) - of this here article going live. EDIT: read all about it.

In the meantime, let’s take an early-morning look at what we know so far about the Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro, China's latest flagship fiends.

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More Motorola Moto X+1 pics emerge with just days till launch

More Motorola Moto X+1 pics emerge with just days till launch

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 1 at 12:00

This week can only be described as “stupidly busy”. As if IFA 2014 wasn’t enough to contend with, we’ve got US/Chinese manufacturer Lenovorola (er, Motorola) carrying a veritable sackful of goodies o’er its shoulder.

The premier device – in terms of specs, at least – is the Motorola Moto X+1, and again we’re seeing the flagship in pictures ahead of the official unveiling.

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Vodafone PAYG goes 4G with Freedom Freebees (sigh)

The rollout of 4G in the UK continues its steady crawl, and the latest gang to join the speedy data party is the Vodafone PAYG crew – only a year behind their pay monthly cousins.

Confusingly, despite costing a fair few bob, Vodafone opts to describe its PAYG 4G packages as Freedom Freebees. Oh for fff…

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Lenovo Vibe X2 to debut this week… with Android Lollipop?

Lenovo Vibe X2 to debut this week… with Android Lollipop?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 1 at 10:00

We’re looking forward to hearing more from the likes of Nokia, Huawei, LG, Sony, Samsung and HTC at IFA 2014 later this week. Have I forgotten anyone? Only China’s other Global Top 5 player, Lenovo!

The Chinese chappies have unleashed a cheeky teaser for their IFA event, telling us to brace for the Vibe X2 smartphone – and poking fun at Apple in the process.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 30 at 12:00

"Why put off till IFA what you can do the Thursday morning beforehand?" has always been a favourite saying of Samsung's, and with that in mind it fired out a press release this week detailing its latest wearable, the Gear S, a standalone Tizen-fuelled smartwatch with a SIM slot.

Elsewhere, it's very much the calm before the IFA 2014/iPhone 6 storm. No idea what I'm talking about? Check out September mobile madness: full preview, bro.

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Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Sony Mobile to churn out metal-bodied phones in 2015?

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 30 at 11:00

Time was, HTC was your go-to guy if you wanted a premium Android phone in a metal body, but with the One and One (M8) generally pleasing eyes the world over, it was only a matter of time before the Taiwanese manufacturer’s peers jumped onboard.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a dash of metal on its sides, but we’re told Sony will go the whole hog next year, with sexy metal-bodied phones.

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