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Huawei's Mate S videos take you on a tour of its latest smartphone

To go along with its freshly-announced Mate S smartphone, Huawei has put together a couple of videos to show the phone off. The first, which you can see above, shows off the product as a whole, highlighting features like Knuckle Control, the camera, and the fingerprint sensor.

A fresh look at the Huawei Watch

Huawei thinks your smartwatch should look and feel like a watch all the time. So far, we agree with the sentiment. It has been a little more than six months since we last saw Huawei on a stage talking about its entry into Android Wear,...Show More Summary

Huawei officially announces the Mate S

[custom:ifa15] We're live at the Huawei press conference at IFA 2015, where the Chinese firm has announced its latest flagship handset, the Mate S. With a design similar to last year's Mate 7, the Mate S introduces a sleeker design with a diamond-cut metal frame and "2.5D" Gorilla Glass with curved edges. The phone packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 1.8M:1 contrast ratio.

Huawei Watch available to preorder today!

The Huawei Watch is now officially official — be sure to check out our complete and updated hands-on — and you can order one starting today! In the U.S. it'll be available starting at $349 from, the Google Store, Amazon and Best Buy. Show More Summary

Meet the Predator 8, Acer's answer to gaming on a tablet

Impressive components? Check. Interesting design? Check. Quad-speaker setup? Check. Say hello to the Acer Predator 8, which was announced today at IFA 2015. Acer is going all-in when it comes to gaming hardware and the Predator 8 tablet is no exception.

Hands-on: ASUS ZenFone Max and ZenFone Laser

ASUS's ZenFone line is expanding — there's the standard ZenFone 2 and the 3x optical zoom ZenFone Zoom — but there's also the ZenFone Max and the ZenFone Laser. Each offers their own take on the smartphone experience, focusing on improving in one specific area over the ZenFone 2.

Hands-on (redux) with the new ASUS ZenPad tablets

We've already taken one look at ASUS' latest round of ZenPad tablets (thanks, Computex!) Now we're getting another look at them here at IFA in Berlin, and this time they've brought some accessories along for the right. If you're newShow More Summary

Hands-on with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom and its 3x optical zooming camera

ASUS's optically-zooming smartphone is real, and we put our hands on it. The ASUS ZenFone Zoom was announced way back in January at CES 2015, but at the time it was safely ensconced in a glass case. But now, here at IFA 2015, we're finally getting our hands on with this unique device. Show More Summary

Hands-on with the ASUS ZenFone 2 Deluxe

If you love the ASUS ZenFone 2 but have a hankering for something a little more high-end, well, that'd be the ZenFone 2 Deluxe. We've already seen a massive 256-gigabyte version of this phone destined for Brazil. The one we've got here in Berlin is a little more tame — a mere 64GB or 128GB of on-board storage. Show More Summary

ZenWatch 2: A second look at ASUS' second Android Wear effort

For a number of months — say, November 2014 to somewhere around March 2015 — ASUS had what we could say was one of the best-looking Android Wear offerings out there. The original ZenWatch brought some curvy style to nerds' wrists (mine included). Show More Summary

Play Store carrier billing comes to Africa as Telkom South Africa teams up with Bango

Play Store carrier billing has made its way to the African continent, with Telkom South Africa partnering with mobile payment service Bango to process the transactions. With Android accounting for over 89 percent of the smartphone market in the continent, Telkom SA's deal has the potential to boost adoption of paid content on the Play Store.

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited ebook rental service launches in India for ?199 ($3) a month

Amazon has launched its Kindle Unlimited rental service in India, giving customers in the country the ability to choose from over 1 million titles for just ?199 ($3) a month. Amazon is sweetening the deal by offering the first month of membership for ?99 ($1.5).

ASUS finalizes ZenWatch 2 launch, two sizes coming in October starting at €149

After pretty thoroughly showing off its new ZenWatch 2 at Computex, ASUS is finalizing the launch with pricing, availability and complete specs at IFA 2015. As we saw at its initial unveiling the ZenWatch 2 isn't a dramatic change from the original in terms of design, but there are now two different sizes on offer, better internals and tons of customization options.

Acer shows off the Predator 6 gaming smartphone with a 10-core processor

How many cores does your smartphone CPU contain? Two, four, possibly even eight? Acer says this isn't enough. The company today teased the Predator 6 at IFA, a new Android-powered smartphone with a 10-core processor. It's an absolute...Show More Summary

Acer's crazy Predator 8 gaming tablet officially launches, available Nov. 6 for $299

After showing off its somewhat-crazy gaming tablet, the Predator 8, at Computex, Acer is ready to put it on sale for everyone. The Predator 8 (officially the GT-810) is a gaming-focused tablet with lots of power and looks to match its branding.

Acer releases four new Liquid smartphones at IFA 2015

Acer is getting in on the IFA fun with several new product announcements, including four new phones in its Liquid lineup. The Liquid Z630 and Z530 are the two main models, with each one also having an "S" model with slightly bumped specs.

Acer's new R11 Chromebook is its first convertible, coming in October for $299

Acer has just announced its latest Chromebook, the R11, at the IFA show in Berlin. The Acer R11 Chromebook is the first "convertible" Chromebook from the manufacturer, in that the screen rotates fully around to the back of the laptop to give you a tablet-like experience.

The Honor 7 is so popular it sold out in just one day across Europe

Launched on August 27, the Honor 7 sold out across Europe in just one day. That's according to Huawei, confirming today that new orders placed for the smartphone will see delivery estimations of between 2-3 weeks.

Lenovo's latest Chromebook is the 100S, available in October for $179

Though it hasn't made a ton of Chromebooks in the past, Lenovo unveiled its latest Chromebook model coinciding with the IFA conference in Berlin. The Chromebook 100S is a lower-end model starting at just $179, coming in at 2.6 pounds with an 11.6-inch HD display, Intel N2840 processor, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 32GB of on-board storage. Show More Summary

Shatterproof Moto X Force leaked with 5.43-inch QHD display and Snapdragon 810

Motorola's expanded its offerings in the mid-range segment this year with the Moto X Play and Moto X Style (or Pure Edition if you're Stateside), and it looks like there's one more model in the works. Based on an image leaked by @upleaks on Twitter, the Lenovo-owned company is set to unveil the Moto X Force, a shatterproof handset targeted at the high-end segment.

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