Presenting the best of the best from Berlin's annual show!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round, for it's time to announce the inaugural Android Central Best of IFA Awards! We've been bringing you the best fare from Berlin's annual trade show all week, and now it's time to honor the best of the best. These are the companies and products that really stood out to us, and so they should stand out to you, too.
Enough fanfare. These are our 2014 Android Central Best of IFA Awards winners!
At the IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab Active, a ruggedized 8-inch tablet that can withstand a 1.2-meter fall thanks to its protective coating. Certified IP67, the tablet is dust and water resistant and comes with a tougher version of the S Pen stylus, called the C Pen, that provides an alternate form of input for when you're wearing gloves.
Sony's latest tablet is a high-end 8-incher with a mouthful of a name
Completing the trifecta of new Android devices Sony announced today at IFA 2014 is this, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The name is a mouthful but the tablet certainly is not, as it's a smaller tablet this time out. It's an 8-inch effort that packs the same 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU and 3GB of RAM as the Xperia Z3 smartphone, the same 16GB of internal storage with a microSD car slot, the same Android 4.4.4 based software and the same PS4 remote play capabilities.
At the IFA, Acer announced a new 5-inch low-cost smartphone in the Liquid series, dubbed the Liquid Z500. Aimed at a younger audience, the device features dual front speakers, similar to what HTC offers on the One M8. Equipped with DTS Studio Sound, Acer claims that you can get CD quality audio from the front speakers.
New event, new MeMO Pad 7. This time, Asus is using a different Intel Atom CPU, a 64-bit quad-core Z3560 that is clocked at 1.83 GHz. The screen resolution has seen an increase to 1920 x 1080 from the 1280 x 800 sported by the predecessor. Also new is the fiberglass design along with a duralumin frame, which Asus claims is inspired by "clutch bags and wallets."
With IFA less than a week away, Sony has shared a new teaser video highlighting key features that will be included in its upcoming Xperia devices. Along with the oft-rumored Xperia Z3, Sony is set to unveil the Xperia Z3 Compact and an 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which was accidentally mentioned on Sony's website yesterday. In one of the frames in the teaser video, we can see three devices – two smartphones and one tablet – outlined, which could turn out to to be the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
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