Best of Show: IFA 2015

Best of Show IFA 2015

September is always a great month for anyone interested in technology and it kicked off with the 2015 IFA Berlin consumer electronics trade show. Here we take a look at the best of show, focused on the unusual smartphones that are heading our way soon.

Smart-pressure: Huawei Mate S

Huawei Mate S

The Huawei Mate S is set to rival the flagship phones from Apple and Samsung and it will do it with a much more palatable price tag. The innovative features usher in a new level of interaction:

  • Fingerprint 2.0 - The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which can be used through 360 degrees, gives your index finger the power to do more. Different spots on the sensor have been assigned to Home, Back and Multi-task operations and it can also be used to answer calls, take pictures, adjust the screen brightness, pull down the notifications panel and scroll around pages.
  • Force Touch - The pressure sensitive screen can detect harder presses and these can be used to zoom, add new layers into gaming and preview photos. The corners of the screen can also be set with apps assigned to them, with a hard press opening the app.
  • Knuckle 2.0 - Knowing the difference between a knuckle and finger on the screen, enables the Huawei Mate S to add even more levels of interaction. The knuckle can be used to crop pictures or open apps by drawing assignable letters on the screen.

The Huawei Mate S also has a full metal body, a 5.5” display that can be used to weigh items, a fast 2.2GHz processor and a 13MP/8MP camera combination that can be used creatively for light painting.

Smartphone gaming: Acer Predator 6

Acer Predator 6

The Acer Predator 6 will bring to market tech that we have never seen before. A 10-core 2.5GHz processor with 4GB RAM will handle absolutely any game that you can throw at it and there is a huge 6” screen that supports graphics at 120 frames per second, while overall power consumption is reduced by 30%.

In this Acer Predator 6 exclusive, we can predict other tech, from the Predator range, that will be featured on this ultimate gaming handset:

  • Predator Precision Plus - By using smaller touch sensors, increased accuracy makes playing first person shooter games a reality
  • Predator TacSense - Haptic feedback creates vibrations like those experienced in hand-held gaming controllers
  • Predator Qaudio - Virtual surround sound is delivered through four speakers, which are protected behind stainless steel red mesh
  • Predator MediaMaster - Activate the special gaming mode for increased colour saturation, screen contrast and acoustic radius for the surround sound

Monster battery: Lenovo Vibe P1

Lenovo Vibe P1

The Lenovo Vibe P1 was one of three phones announced by Lenovo but this was the best of show with its whopping battery. At 5,000mAh the battery is so big that it can even be used to charge other devices.

The Lenovo Vibe P1 will have a perfectly sized 5.5” display, a fingerprint sensor, super-fast Wi-Fi and a 13MP/5MP combination of cameras.

A new breed of displays: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, scheduled for an October release, will be the first smartphone to feature a 4K display. 4K displays have a resolution that is four times more defined than Full HD.

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This means that the 5.5” display will cram in 806 pixels per inch. This is slightly crazy as it is widely believed that the human eye cannot perceive this pixel density. We will only know for sure though when a physical product is produced.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will be supplied with a re-imagined camera sensor from Sony with a 23MP resolution and it will, of course, be powered by an octa-core processor.

The IFA 2015 also brought with it announcements of other main stream phones, so why not read our Apple iPhone 6s review or our Apple iPhone 6s Plus review next.

Written by: Michael Brown