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.


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 (1920x1080-pixel resolution) display, while the Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K (3840x2160-pixel resolution) display, and the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch (1280x720-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 has introduced two new phablets, called the Phab and Phab Plus.

The lower-end Lenovo Phab has a 7-inch IPS display (1280x720 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 (1920x1080 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.

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Lenovo also announced three other phones while at IFA. They're called the Vibe P1, Vibe P1m, and Vibe S1.

The Vibe P1 has a 5.5-inch LCD IPS Gorilla Glass 3 (1920x1080-pixel resolution), while the Vibe P1m has 5-inch LCD IPS Gorilla Glass 3 (1280x720-pixel resolution) display, and the Vibe S1 has a 5-inch LCD IPS Gorilla Glass 3 (1920x1080-pixel resolution) display.

READ MORE: Lenovo's Vibe P1/P1m press release


It's worth noting that the Vibe S1 stands out in the trio - due to its dual front-facing cameras. The 8-megapixel primary lens is for detail and sharpness, while the 2-megapixel secondary lens gathers depth information to make the “ultimate selfie photo.” There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection auto-focus and dual-color flash.

The Vibe S1 will be available starting in November for $299, while the Vibe P1 will be available starting early October for $279. The Vibe P1m will land in in mid-September for $159. Prices may vary from country to country.

READ MORE: Lenovo's Vibe S1 press release

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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 1920x1080-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.

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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.

READ MORE: Acer Jade Primo Windows 10 phone turns into a PC


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. 

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