Last but definitely not the least on Lenovo’s announcement at IFA this week are the company’s new Yoga 3 tablets. These devices were designed primarily for multi-media consumption, hence the large screens and built-in projectors.

First one up, we have the high-end Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 with its 10.1-inch display featuring a 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution, 299ppi and 16:10 aspect ratio. The device also sports a built-in 70-inch projector that can transform any wall or ceiling into a screen.


The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z8500 chip with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. It is also packing a 10200mAh battery that can last up to 49 days on standby, four front-facing JBL speakers with Dolby and a 13MP+5MP camera combo.

Those looking for more affordable models can go for the Yoga Tab 10 or Tab 8.

With the exception of the screen size, both models pack identical specs. These include a Snapdragon 210 chipset with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a 6200mAh battery.


Both models have a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, a rotating 8MP camera as well as the usual plethora of connectivity features found in tablets in the market today. Moreover, both models will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will feature LTE and 3G connectivity.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8.0 will hit the store shelves come next month for $169, while the Yoga Tab 3 10 and Yoga Tab 3 Pro will be available by November for $199 and $499 respectively.

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Lenovo’s keynote for the most part was mainly about laptops and gaming equipment, but you might be forgetting that the Taiwanese tech giant also makes smartphones and tablets. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company has made several smartphone and tablet announcements at the German event.

To be more specific, Lenovo has announced three new Vibe phones – the Vibe S1, Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m.

The first phone that was introduced at IFA was the Vibe S1. The handset tries to compete with selfie phones from other manufacturers such as Asus and Sony. However, instead of competing in the megapixel race, the Vibe S1 goes after the competition through software improvements.


For instance, the camera has two front-facing cameras – an 8MP and a 2MP snapper that analyzes depth of field information in order to replicate human binocular vision. Images taken using these cameras can be edited on the fly using several photo filters pre-installed on the handset including bokeh and a “cut out” effect that allows users to crop people out of a selfie and paste them onto another image.

As for the performance department, the Vibe S1 is powered by a MediaTek chip with an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The handset also comes with a 5-inch Full HD display, a 13MP camera at the back, a 2500mAh battery and LTE connectivity.

Lenovo will be shipping the Vibe S1 starting November for $299. It will be offered in two color options: pearl white and midnight blue.

Next, we have the Lenovo Vibe P1 and P1m. Both phones are actually designed with a specific audience in mind – battery guzzlers.


The larger Vibe P1 has a 5000mAh battery and is said to last up to 81 hours on standby. The phone’s’ battery also supports fast charging and features a “rocket charge” function that monitors the battery to prevent overheating. The large battery also allows the handset to charge other device via USB OTG.
It also has a OneKey Power Saver button that activates a power saving mode in order to double the battery life.

In terms of specs, the Vibe S1 has a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, an aluminum body, a Snapdragon 615 chip and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a 13MP camera at the back, a 5MP selfie snapper, dual-SIM functionality, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

The Vibe P1 will be available starting next month for $280.

Then there’s the smaller Vibe P1m, which has a 5-inch 720p display and a 4000mAh battery. The rest of the device’s specs are watered down versions from the P1m including a polycarbonate body instead of an aluminum and a MediaTek chip with a 1GHz quad-core processor.


There’s still 2GB of RAM inside as well as dual-SIM functionality, LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1 and the ability to charge other devices via USB OTG.

The phone will be on sale in a couple of weeks starting at $160.

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It seems gaming is a recurring theme at IFA this year; and it’s mostly the Taiwanese firms that are bringing their game on. While Acer has its Predator line and Asus has Republic of Gamers, Lenovo has its Y-series.

The series’ front liner are the IdeaCentre Y900 and Y700 desktop PCs and the IdeaPad Y700 gaming laptop. The desktop PCs can be equipped with 6th generation Core i7 processor, discrete graphic options and can accommodate future upgrades.


Both models come with NVidia’s GeForce graphics cards with the Y700 featuring the GTX 970 with 4GB of RAM while the Y900 sporting a GTX 980 also with 4GB of video RAM. Memory goes up to 32GB via four DIMM slots (64GB for the Y900) and there are four hard drive bays that is compatible with 3.5 or 2.5-inch hard drives.

Lenovo didn’t skimp on the ports either. Both the IdeaCentre Y700 and Y900 are sporting multiple USB ports both front and rear as well as HDMI, DVI and VGA ports at the back. There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Giga LAN, a 7-in-1 card reader and 6 audio jack with SPDIF.

As for the IdeaPad Y700, the laptop can be equipped with Intel’s latest Core processors, NVidia’s GTX 960M GPU with 4GB of video RAM and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.


Storage options can be a mix of spinning and solid state drives. HDD options can go up to 1TB (with 512GB SSD or 8GB SSHD). Lenovo has also worked with JBL in giving the laptop some audio oomph. To be more specific, the Y700 sports two 2W JBL speakers with chamber, a 3W subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater technology.

The keyboard is backlit with red LED and has two levels of brightness. In terms of connectivity, the laptop has 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, a lone USB 2.0 port, a 2-in-1 audio combo jack, an HDMI port and a 4-in-1 media card reader.

The display department is made up of a 15.6-inch frameless display with Full HD resolution (users can also upgrade into a UHD version that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels). The screen also has anti-glare coating with 10-point multi-touch.


For a full and immersive gaming experience, Lenovo has also created several accessories including a gaming surround sound headset, a precision mouse, a mechanical switch keyboard, a mouse mat and even a gaming backpack – totaling $389.95.

The laptops will be available starting October for $949, while the IdeaCentre Y900 and Y700 will be available starting November for $1599 and $999 respectively.

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Lenovo’s major announcement at IFA this year are mainly laptops that target a broad audience from business users to ordinary consumers. We’ve already featured the company’s new business-oriented laptops a few days ago, so now we’ve got the rest of Lenovo’s new products to introduce.

On one end, we have two new ThinkPad Yoga convertible business laptops – the Y260 and Y460. As the name implies, both models will have those 360-degree hinge that allows the device to go into four different modes: laptop mode, stand mode, tend mode and tablet mode.


Both models have identical specs with the exception of the display size. The Y260 boasts a 12.5-inch display while the Y460 gets a 14-inch panel. As with most ThinkPad models, the Y260 and Y460 can be configured in a multitude of ways.

Users can choose among the latest Intel Core processors, RAM can go up to 16GB (8GB max for the Y460), storage can go up to 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD and the 14-inch version can be equipped with a dedicated GPU from NVidia (with 2GB of video memory).


Battery is said to last up to 10 hours and there’s a bunch of connectivity options that come as standard including USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, OneLink+ and a multimedia card reader. In terms of security, both models get a Kensington lock and a fingerprint reader.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 and 260 will be available starting October and November respectively. The 12-inch version will sell for $949 while the Y460 will be offered for $1049.

Then there’s the Lenovo Miix 700, the newest member of the company’s consumer-friendly convertibles. In terms of looks, the Miix 700 follows the same design principle as Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet.


The main unit houses the 12-inch display with FHD+ resolution and 300 nits of brightness. The device packs a 6th generation Core m7 processor and can have up to 8GB of RAM. There are also two 5MP cameras, one located at the front while the other is placed at the back.

Storage can go up to 256GB (SSD) while the battery can last up to 9 hours (local video playback). The keyboard attaches magnetically to the main unit using magnets and just like in the Surface tablet, and it even folds up to raise the keyboard at a certain angle.

The kickstand at the back has the same design as the Surface Pro but the hinge makes use of Lenovo’s own “watch hinge” that allows for multi-angle positions. Lenovo is planning to ship this Miix 700 by November 2015 starting at $699.

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Motorola’s keynote for IFA 2015 was actually made by introducing not a smartphone but its second generation smartwatch – the Moto 360 2.

The Moto 360 2 a lot like the first generation but with thinner bezels; and just like the Apple Watch as well as other Android Wear watches introduced at IFA this year, the Moto 360 2 will be offered in different sizes including a women’s collection that will come in 42mm and 46mm versions.


Motorola has moved the power button from the 3 o’clock position to the 2 o’clock position and has designed the new watch in the sense that it is now easier for users to replace their bands through special lugs that snap in to place.

The innards is composed of a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The 42mm version will get a 300mAh battery while the slightly bigger 46mm will have a 400mAh pack. Screen resolution also differ per model with the smaller one getting a 360 x 325 pixel display while the 46mm getting a 360 x 330 pixel panel.


Motorola has also previewed a sport version of the watch aptly called the Moto 360 sport, which should offer customers with an active lifestyle a more rugged alternative to the base Moto 360 2.

The sport version will be available in three color options: black on gray, white on white and red on gray. This version will also include GPS for tracking pace and distance.

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Barely 6 months after the announcement of the Xperia Z4 in Japan, Sony has now unveiled a new family of Z phones at Berlin this week. The company’s new Xperia Z5 comes alongside a compact version and a Premium variant that packs a 4K display.


The base Xperia Z5 touts a 5.2-inch Full HD panel with a screen density of 428ppi with the company’s Triluminos and X-reality technologies. Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 810 chipset with dual quad-core processors clocked up to 2GHz, an Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

The back of the Z5 is where you’ll find the 23MP custom-made camera that’s exclusive to Sony and is complemented by a 24mm-equivalent f/2.0 lens. There’s also a fingerprint sensor, but Sony has decided to put it on the side instead of at the back of at the front as with most devices in the market.
Sony has decided to get a 2900mAh battery for the Xperia Z5 and has IP68 certification just like its predecessors.


Meanwhile, the Xperia Z5 compact goes with a 4.6-inch display with 720p resolution at 323ppi. It has the same Snapdragon 810 chip and Adreno 430 GPU inside but the RAM has been reduced to 2GB. Just like the base Z5, the compact also comes with the 23MP at the back but skimps a few on the battery with just a 2700mah unit.

Lastly, there’s Xperia Z5 Premium with a 4K Triluminos IPS display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels at 806ppi. It also comes with a 1/2.3-inch Exmore RS sensor that churns out 23MP stills. Furthermore, the camera is partnered with an f/2.0 lens and a number of software helpers including Intelligent Auto Mode and SteadyShot technology.


The camera on the front of the device is a 5MP Exmor R sensor and has a 25mm wide-angle lens, so you can get more people in a single frame when taking a wefie. Sony has also invested in audio for the Z5 premium with High-res audio and DSEE-HX.

Just like in the other Z5 models, the Z5 Premium comes with a Snapdragon 810 chip and gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. The handset also has a fingerprint sensor and is IP68 certified with cap-less ports.  

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