This year's IFA event in Berlin is up and running. The event has already seen a host of devices being announced or officially released at the event. And the best thing here is that we are not even halfway through the entire IFA.
However, that being said, the first day of IFA is now done. But not before a boatload of news and product announcements followed the closure. Needless to say, until now, the event has lived up to its name and expectations.
There have been a host of names who have participated at this year's event. From Samsung to Asus and Acer, all have come forward with what they have to offer with the year coming to a close soon. But we expect more new announcements with the event rolling ahead.
But what were the highlights of the first day of the IFA. Who stole the show and who left us wanting more? We take a look at the 10 top devices that made day one of IFA 2014 so special.
At launch, the Asus ZenWatch became the first wearable device from Asus powered by Android Wear. The new watch also features a version of the Asus ZenUI user interface developed specifically for ZenWatch.
As far as the overall specifications are concerned, the ZenWatch features a 1.63-inch curved 320×320 AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The new smartwatch also comes with a bio sensor which can measure your heart rate, alongside water proof up to IP55 rating. On an overall, it's quite similar to the likes of LG G Watch and Moto 360, although the ASUS ZenWatch is a treat to the eyes.
Taiwan's Asus took the stage with a new Intel Atom-based slate at the IFA 2014. Presenting the Asus MeMo Pad 7. The new MeMo Pad 7 ME572C offers a 7 -inch display having a resolution of 1920x1200-pixels. Under the hood is a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.
As expected, the device runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Asus' Zen UI layer on top. In the camera department, you'll get to see a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter.
Massively anticipated and widely rumored, the new Samsung-made Galaxy Note 4 handset finally made an appearance at this year's IFA 2014 event. The handset sports the rumored 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display offering a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.
Moreover, the device churns out the enormous pixel density of 515ppi. The display also employs Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which makes it quite a rugged phone at least in terms of resisting scratches.
The latest offering from Samsung can also be called as the most powerful device as it utilizes Qualcomm's latest SoC - the Snapdragon 805 comprising of quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPU with Adreno 420 GPU.
Soon after introducing us to the new Note 4, Samsung also revealed the Galaxy note Edge handset at this year's IFA. The handset offers a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display having a resolution of 2560 x 1440-pixels.
The hanset is stuffed with a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of native storage and a microSD card slot. The high-end phone also comes with a 3000mAh battery fitted inside. The Galaxy Note Edge runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with TouchWiz UI. Other connectivity features are similar to the Note 4.
Sony's Z3 has also made a few rounds around the Internet before it was finally unveiled at this year's IFA. The new Z3 comes with a 5.2-inch display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The display is powered by company's Triluminos Display for mobile and X-Reality for mobile picture engine.
The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with 4G LTE modem and Adreno 330 GPU. Sony is also offering 3GB RAM for swift multi-tasking operation. It runs on Google's Android 4.4 (Kitkat) OS.
One of the most highlighted features of the smartphone is the 20.7 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash while at the front you will get to see a 2.2 MP front-facing snapper.
Camera features include: 20.7 megapixel camera with auto focus, 8x digital zoom, ISO 3200 maximum in manual mode, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, 4K video recording, Front-facing camera, HD 1080p for video chat and 2.2 MP for camera capture, Pulsed LED flash, SteadyShot, Superior Auto - automatic scene selection, HDR for photos and videos and more.
The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication, according to Samsung. The Samsung Gear S comes with a 2.0-inch Super AMOLED (360 x 480) display. It's powered by a dual core 1.0 GHz processor while the watch's OS is based on Tizen based wearable platform. It has dimensions of 39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.
Communication features include 2G and 3G call, Bluetooth call, with support for contacts, notifications, messages, Emails, and even a QWERTY Keyboard. The watch supports Health and Fitness features with support for S Health and Nike+ Running.
This one stands as the most exciting of all the devices that were shown off at this year's IFA. The Samsung Gear VR is said to deliver an unrivaled viewing experience with a similar 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display as that of the Galaxy Note 4. This provides stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution.
Also, the new Samsung Gear VR is pretty comfortable to wear. It is completely wireless, so users can fully engage with the virtual world without being strapped to a computer.
Apart from the usual Z3 handset, Sony also unveiled the mini variant of it dubbed as the Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA 2014. The smartphone comes with a 4.6-inch HD IPS (1280x720 pixels) display powered by Triluminos technology with BraviaTV expertise. It is powered by Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Adreno 330 GPU. It has a relatively lesser 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) OS.
The Xperia Z3 Compact shares the camera specs with the larger model. It uses the same 20.7MP rear camera with Exmos RS sensor, HDR photos and videos, 4K video recording, while at the front you will get to see a 2.2 MP camera with 1080p video recording capability. The smartphone houses 16GB internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
Sony's newest fitness tracker was also unveiled at this year's IFA tech show in Berlin. Dubbed the SmartBand Talk, it comes with a 1.4-inch always-on e-ink display for power conservation and visibility in any lighting. Also, the SmartBand Talk has IP68 waterproofing, and comes in Black and White color options.
Not only the SmartBand Talk acts as a fitness tracker, but it can take calls. When paired with a smartphone using Bluetooth connection, answering can be done by tapping the screen or using a pre-defined gesture. Take phone calls is just a part of it.
One of the three tabs that Acer showed off at this year's event, the Iconia Tab One 8 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor (the Z3735G), with an 8-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display up front.
The tablet is 8.5mm thick and just 340 grams. Acer says that the display includes a new anti-fingerprint coating, while its back cover includes texturing to make it more sturdy while holding in hand.
The Iconia One 8 comes in as many as 10 different colors. This includes Jade Green, Sunshine Yellow, Vivid Orange, Sky Blue, Essential White, Midnight Black, Fragrant Pink, Violet Purple, Mia Blue, and Garnet Red.