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While IFA 2014 did produce a fair share of phablets, they weren't the only focus. Instead we saw an interesting mix of devices - from wearable gadgets to premium waterproof tablets.
The biggest surprise of the IFA 2014 was Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. Design wise, the new Note 4 isn't different from its predecessor - but Samsung engineers have gone to great lengths in improvising the fitted hardware. Samsung could launch the Note 4 in India around festive period.
Besides Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, Sony got a thundering response from crowd when they unveiled the much awaited Xperia Z3. However, its latest flagship handset isn't technically different from the original Xperia Z2. Sony is expected to launch the Xperia Z3 in India later this month.
At the same Berlin tech show, Lenovo, after months of waiting, unleashed the Vibe X2 - a 5-inch FHD phablet. Lenovo may launch the Vibe X2 smarttphone in India sometime in the first week of October.
Huawei too made a big slash at the Berlin tech show. Up until now, Huawei has refused to use premium quality materials while making a big-ticket device but not anymore as we got to see the incoming of the Ascend Mate 7. Rumor has it that Huawei could bring its crazy Ascend Mate 7 into India soon.
Many more phablets would be launched in coming days to come. Meanwhile, we've made a list of top 5 upcoming phablets to launch in India. Dive in!
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is real, and it's coming to India very soon. It doesn't look different from the Note 3, though the large screen has gotten a significant bump in resolution (2K resolution) to make for a sharper pixel density. There's a heart rate sensor on the back side. Note 4 is the second handset from Samsung that features an aluminum frame around the edges of the device, instead of plastic. Though, the phone hasn't release the device in India, but the company will start rolling out the handset in October.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is perhaps the most anticipated handsets of this year. While its predecessor, the Xperia Z2, only hit Indian retail shelves earlier this May, the new phone is expected to land in the country later this month. The high-end phone comes with a 5.2-inch display; 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor ; 3GB of RAM; Android 4.4( KitKat). The device will come in fancy colors which could make the Xperia Z3 a great success.
Smartphones with large screen are popular in Asian countries. With the Ascend Mate 7, the company will directly take on the likes of Samsung and Apple. The new Ascend Mate 7 offers super fast LTE networks, allowing download speeds up to 300 MB per second. The Mate 7 will be available in the third quarter in China, followed by other markets.
The Lenovo Vibe X2 sports a 5.0-inch wide-view FHD display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080pixels. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6595m 4G LTE 2.0GHz True8Core processor coupled with 2GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. The smartphone houses 32GB of ROM. Connectivity options include: 4G LTE; FDD Band 1,3,7,20, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth 4.0 . The device will also be launched in Dual SIM variant for Asian MARKET and other market will receive a singe SIM model. The latest OFFERING from Lenovo comes with a 13MP auto-focus rear camera with LED Flash and at the front there is a 5MP fixed-focus front facing shooter.
The Alcatel OneTouch Hero features a 6-inch FHD display. It is powered by an Octa-Core chipset, paired with 3100mAh of battery. The LTE-powered handset offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, with microSD card support. There's a 13MP rear facing camera and a superb front-facing shooter. No word on India release though, but it could be launched later in the year.