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September 5, 2014

10 smartphones that were announced at IFA this week

From Acer's budget entry to Sony's newest flagship, here are IFA's mobile offerings.

By Ben Sullivan

Acer Liquid Z500


A low-cost, low-spec smartphone from Acer here, with a 5-inch screen and an 8MP camera. It comes in three colours: black, silver and green. Priced at just 149 euros (about £118), this budget phoner should be more than enough for basic smartphone use. Goes on sale September 15th.

HTC Desire 820


It’s got 4G connectivity, a 64-bit processor and an 8MP front-facing selfie camera. What more could you ask for in a phone that has an app called Live Makeup which provides ‘instant beautification’.

New Moto X

The fresh model has a 5.2-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen, featuring a 1080p full HD display rather than last year’s 720p.
Inside, the new Moto X has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor – 2.5GHz quadcore CPU. There’s 2GB of RAM and a 2,300 mAh battery. Whilst not IP67 water and dustproof rated, Motorola says that the new Moto X comes with ‘spash guard’ water repellent coating. It’s available in 16GB and 32GB versions.

New Moto G


An upgrade to probably the best budget smartphone ever released. Most features have been upgraded such as the screen (which is now gone from 4.5-inches to 5-inches), an 8MP camera, front-facing stereo speakers and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. All just £145.

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Nokia Lumia 830


The Lumia 830, featuring a 10MP camera, is Nokia’s attack on Samsung and Apple, priced competitively at about £300.
Expected to reach the market this month, the phone will run on Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update. It’s got a 5-inch Gorilla Glass screen and a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

There’s 16GB of in-built memory, and obviously the token 15GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage. Weighing just 150g, Nokia said that the smartphone’s performance is just as good if not better than Samsung’s flagship equivalent.

Nokia Lumia 730 and 735

Your very own Microsoft Nokia selfie phone! The device comes with a 5MP front-facing camera with a selfie app preinstalled. A Lumia 735 version will be dual SIM for emerging markets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


The Galaxy Note 4, a phablet with a quad HD screen, showing off impressive detail.

The device has a ‘fast charging’ ability to help keep up with intensive battery demands, claiming to be able to reach 50% charge in just half an hour.

The 5.7-inch display is made all the better by the 16MP camera with image stabilisation and 8x digital zoom. There’s also a new version of the S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge


The Galaxy Edge has a screen which rolls off the right hand side. Samsung said that the point of the design highlight was to offer a method of accessing frequently used applications, as users can slide them onto the main screen quicker. The portion of the rolled-around screen will also be visible when a protective case covers the main section of the phone, allowing for locked functionality.

Sony Xperia Z3


Sony’s new flagship, the Z3, is futureproofed to the max with a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 20.7MP camera. Featuring the same aluminum chassis as its predecessor, the Z3 looks classic and stylish.

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