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IFA 2015: highlights from Europe's largest electronics trade show

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IFA 2015: highlights from Europe's largest electronics trade show

Approaching IFA's main entrance is usually an exciting moment for technology fans. / © IFA

FA 2015 show highlights

The biggest news of the first day came from Sony with the announcement of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Premium. The three Sony flagships had been rumored for sometime, but we got to see them in the flesh at IFA. After our initial impressions, the new lineup had us divided, but it was exciting to see Sony pushing the envelope of smartphone display tech with the introduction of the world's first 4K smartphone display on the Z5 Premium.

Huawei introduced us to the Huawei Mate S which houses Force Touch technology and what might be the most premium device design we've ever seen. The Mate S show's just why Huawei deserves its recent mobile success and we're now more excited than ever about the upcomingNexus 6 (2015)

Huawei also gave us another look at its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, a great looking wearable which we may have been more excited about had it not been for the abundance of smartwatches on show this year: Motorola hit us with its second generation Moto 360, Sam sung had the Gear S2, even Asus produced a fantastic smartwatch sequel in the ZenWatch 2. We were spoiled for choice on the wearables front. 

The Asus ZenWatch 2 comes in two different sizes. / © ANDROIDPIT

AndroidPIT senior editor Kris Carlon also interviewed Kouji Kodera, Motorola product management lead, about the design choices the company made with the Moto 360 2nd generation. The article focuses, in particular, on the 'flat tire' at the bottom of the watch face. From the article: "According to Motorola, there are three reasons for the flat tire's reappearance: design integrity, keeping the ambient light sensor intact and consumer preference." Read the piece right here.

Overall it was another fascinating show, with some excellent products. But what product did we give our overall best of IFA 2015 award to? You'll have to hit the link to find out. 

Head below for all of our hands on reviews and comparisons from this years event. 

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia Z5 Compact

As was expected, Sony introduced the latest editions to its Xperia Z series. The three devices had been long-since rumored, but we had the chance to go hands on with them. Find out what they're all about at the links below.

§ Sony Xperia Z5 review 

§ Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review 

§ Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review 

§ Sony Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z3 comparison

§ Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comparison

From top to bottom: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Premium. / © ANDROIDPIT

Huawei Mate S

Huawei announced the Mate S, a 5.5-inch Full-HD smartphone with Force Touch technology. The device features a Kirin K935 Octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory (expandable up to 128 GB) along with a 2,700 mAh battery.

The cameras come in at 13 MP at the back and 8 MP in the front, but its the device design which is the most impressive aspect. Read more about that in our hands on Huawei Mate S review, and see how it compares to Samsung's Note 5 in our Huawei Mate S vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comparison.

This is the Huawei Mate S. / © ANDROIDPIT

Huawei Watch

Six months after it was first previewed at MWC 2015, the Huawei Watch has been officially announced at IFA 2015, with pre-orders beginning immediately. The watch may have similar internals to every other smartwatch around but it has seriously good looks and great proportions, perhaps earning it the best looking smartwatch title.

Even more impressive, it is among the first wave of new watches to work on both Android and iOS devices. For more details on the Huawei Watch, including the multitude of pricing options, check our hands-on Huawei Watch review.

The Huawei Watch is a seriously good looking device, and it runs on both Android and iOS. / © ANDROIDPIT

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