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IFA 2014 wrap-up: new Android phones, tablets and smartwatches [updated]

Loie Favre
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IFA 2014 is coming to a close and we've been hands-on with a number of impressive devices. We've seen the spectacular Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung, Motorola's hotly anticipated smartwatch, the Moto 360, and Sony's stunningly beautiful new Xperia Z3, among many others. We'll be continuing to write more news, device comparisons and reviews right through until the end, but if you've missed anything, here is the place to catch up. Read on to find out everything that's been going on at this years IFA conference.

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What will the IFA 2014 bring?  © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Gear S

The Gear S is Samsungs's latest smartwatch, running on its very own Tizen operating system. It arrives with a SIM card slot, meaning it can be used as a standalone device without being paired to a smartphone, and features a curved display which offers an impressive scrolling effect when browsing through messages and notifications. Read all about it in our hands on Samsung Gear S review.

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The Gear S comes with customizable software displays. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung introduced a new virtual reality headset named the Gear VR alongside the Galaxy Note 4. Essentially, the Gear VR is a set of goggles which you insert the Note 4 into, similar to Google Cardboard, which promises a new leap in virtual reality. Head over to our hands on: Samsung Gear VR review to find out if this is the future of VR technology.

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The Gear VR only works in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 4. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Galaxy Note 4

This was the device we had all been waiting for, Samsung's best of the best, the successor to arguably one of the greatest smartphones ever made. We had a chance to go hands on with the device to see just how far things have come since the Galaxy Note 3. When it's released in October, will it have been worth the wait? Read our hands on Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review, and see how it compares to the Note 3 in our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3 comparison

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Is this the new best smartphone in the world? / © ANDROIDPIT

​​The Galaxy Note Edge

Rumors were rife regarding a Galaxy Note with a curved display and Samsung didn't disappoint with the reveal of the Galaxy Note Edge. Featuring a curved right edge which acts as a notification bar, we haven't seen anything quite like the Note Edge before. Perhaps a brave move for Samsung, read our hands on Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review and see what you think.

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The Note 4 Edge certainly has a unique design. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony delivered the Xperia Z3 as their new flagship during their press conference at the IFA 2014: the newest Xperia smartphone, though it may look similar to the Z2 and other devices of that line, is indeed an improvement with a more elegant, lighter and rounded chassis. Its hardware and software features have also been finetuned. You can read the full our hands on Sony Xperia Z3 review as well as catch information you’ll need on the Xperia Z3 release date, price, specs and more. as well as shoot a short hands on video to show off some of its features.

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The Sony Xperia Z3: Sony's new Android flagship. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the smaller Z3 variant, which is by no means of a lesser caliber: it holds the same power just in a smaller, high end package. We were able to cover it in a hands on Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.

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The Xperia Z3 Compact is very similar to the Z3, but in a smaller package. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

We love this new tablet: an 8-inch version of the Xperia Z3, it has all of the same features, except for Ultra Power saving mode. We think that it will be a good contestant to the iPad Mini! Careful Apple! For now, we don’t have a review, but you can read up on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact release date, price and specs.

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The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has an 8-inch display, and could be competitor to the iPad mini! © Sony

ASUS ZenWatch

Asus revealed its first smartwatch, the impressive-looking ZenWatch. It certainly has puts the smart into smartwatch, as far as style is concerned, but its functionality remains to be proven. Read all about it in our hands on Asus ZenWatch review.

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The Asus ZenWatch is the new Android Wear smartwatch with the ZenUI. / © ANDROIDPIT

Motorola Moto G (Moto G2)

Motorola have thrown us a bit of a curve ball with the naming conventions of its new devices. The latest Moto G handset is not called the Moto G2, but simply "Moto G". The previous iteration of the device made a name for itself by achieving possibly the best performance/cost ratio of any smartphone ever released. With such big boots to fill, has the new Moto G managed to meet our expectations? Find out in our hands on Motorola Moto G review.

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Has Motorola knocked the ball out of the park for a second time with the new Moto G?/ © ANDROIDPIT

Motorola Moto X (Moto +1)

The new Moto X, sequel to Motorola's flagship device, aims to deliver high-end performance at a mid-range price. Motorola's ambitious smartphones are always climbing to heights above their price bracket, and the latest Moto X is no different. Has it delivered? Find out in our hands on Motorola Moto X review.

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The brand new Moto X. / © ANDROIDPIT

Motorola Moto 360

This was the Android Wear device we'd all been waiting for. Motorola's first smartwatch promised superior battery life, looks and functionality compared to the competition, and at a reasonable price. We had a chance to put the device through its paces to see if all of the hype was warranted. Find out all of our thoughts in our hands on Motorola Moto 360 review.

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The Moto 360, unlike much of the smartwatch competition, charges wirelessly. / © ANDROIDPIT

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Huawei unveiled a new device in the form of its Ascend Mate 7, a 6-inch phablet with an unbeatable processor. The Mate 7 features a large Full-HD display and a super-slim aluminium body - it's premium all the way. Find out our full thoughts on it in our hands on Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review.

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The screen-to-body ratio of the Ascend Mate 7 is fantastic. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC Desire 820

HTC surprised us with the reveal of a funky new Desire device with a 64-bit processor. The 820 is bright, colorful, takes brilliant photos and packs quite the high-end punch for "just" a mid-range device. Read all of our thoughts in our hands on HTC Desire 820 review.

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The HTC Desire 820 with BoomSound and 64-bit processor. / © ANDROIDPIT

What do you think about all of the arrivals at this year's IFA? Impressed or did you find it rather lacklustre? 

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  • Eloise Jackson 2 months ago Link

    Very nice.

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  • Robert Becker 2 months ago Link

    Sony REALLY needs to step up their game if they want to survive! Companies such as Xiom, One+, and Oppo are starting to take away customers from many of the flagship companies which I am glad because like everything else, you mainly pay for the name brand, rather than the equipment..

    For example, the One+ which is relatively a new company and a spin off and funded by Oppo has developed a high end phone that meets and/or exceeds many other flagship devices with it's high tech hardware for a fraction of the price you would pay for a Samsung or a comparable HTC phone. Name brands don't always mean their products are better, just more expensive.

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  • Bojan M. 1 month ago Link

    "Samsung’s OmniBalance"

    *Sony's

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  • Bojan M. 1 month ago Link

    All these wearables are very very ugly (yes, including the Motorola one, which is the same ugly stuff in round shape). Is it that hard to come up with great design??? It's not that we didn't already see some great wrist bands and stuff, and all these smartphone OEM idiots are still stuck in stone age...

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    John F. 1 month ago Link

    Well, What I was wondering all this time is where did you get that news from ? I tried looking over web but nope nothing that much to the point only half of the rumour which to isn't from reliable sources. Totally interesting ! I have crossed my fingers for Note 4, this is something which I have waited long for.

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  • faiyaz 1 month ago Link

    when iam downloading apps my playstore says your device not compatible,how can i fix.
    help me

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  • Sean Stockemer 2 weeks ago Link

    wow. I'm again (and still) underwhelmed by the major manufacturers output. starting to wonder if the smart phone industry has 'hit a wall' with regards to new developments...

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  • CJ Brown 2 weeks ago Link

    Some will complain that Motorola is taking 'baby steps' with their 2nd Gen Moto X and Moto G ... I tend to think 'only enhance on what's necessary' (and that's what we got in my opinion). I'm fine with that, since there's improved voice command features + better camera + a screen under 5.5" (Moto X+1) ... I can't wait to see the leather back model

    I think Huawei is taking giant steps to compete with its latest phablets / smart phones with the Ascend P7 , Ascend Mate 7 , Ascend G7 (its just a matter of making them available for consumers world wide)

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