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From IFA 2013 to the Chinese Apple - Clash of the Titans

06 September 2013 / 13:09:48  GRReporter
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Ivan Petkov

The technological exhibition IFA 2013 in Berlin started so intensely that it will literally inundate us with events and news. It seemed that all the companies had conspired to present on the very first day of the exhibition the latest, innovative and discussed products that consumers have been expecting for months. Rumours had raised expectations to the highest possible level. Some presentations by Sony and Samsung were broadcasted all over the world, while we received information about others from bloggers and enthusiasts who were attending the event. Meanwhile in China, the Xiaomi company, which is described as "the Chinese Apple" presented its flagship, which boasts the same features as those offered by the largest companies producing smart phones. A month ago, LG introduced its flagship at an event in New York. Thus, we can say that flagships of the biggest companies that produce smart phones with Android operating system are now available. Let me present you the most interesting and exciting innovations made by Android, which is supported by more than 1 billion smart phones and has proven to be a convincing leader worldwide.

Clash of the Titans

Samsung introduced its Note III in Berlin. The Korean company has created the segment of "fablets" which combine functionalities of both smart phones and tablets. The screen of this type of device is quite large and is intended for viewing visual content but mostly plays the role of an electronic notebook. A feature of this type of device is the availability of an electronic pen with the help of which very interesting things can be done: keeping notes or making sketches and collages, which are suitable both for personal and professional use of the device.

Samsung presenters accentuated more the appearance and capabilities of the new "pad" rather than the purely technical characteristics of the device. I will list only the most important ones. The screen has grown to 5.7 inches, which provides even more space for movies, pictures, notes and sketches. It is made under the SuperAMOLED technology of Samsung, which is reserved for flagships of the Korean company. The screen offers users vivid colours and reduced energy consumption. It impresses with its Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), which ensures a detailed picture and smooth gradation of shapes. The phone is 1 mm narrower than its predecessor and 15 grams lighter, which is an impressive feature, bearing in mind the larger screen and more powerful battery. The battery has a capacity of 3,200 mAh and provides up to 4 hours more video content watching compared to the previous model.

In terms of design, the Korean company prefers a more classic appearance which makes the device resemble traditional paper notebooks with leather covers. The back cover imitates artificial leather with stitching, while additional accessories complete the product. As if you have a small and discreet notebook, which hides a lot of features. The phone is equipped with the latest generation of powerful processor that runs on 2.3 GHz and to which 3 GB RAM memory have been added. All these features ensure sufficient power of the tablet. Improvements in terms of the audio, as well as capabilities of playing a quality sound further contribute to the good multimedia experience. The camera can record video with a resolution of 4K and has software calibration against vibrations. The new S Pen, in combination with the improved features of applications that are used, makes using the new Note 3 very pleasant.

Note 3 will be available in three colours - white, black and pink, while the additional type of notebook accessories that protect it from mechanical damage and scratches will be offered in a variety of colours. The pink colour did not appear accidentally, since the device became a favourite of quite a few ladies, perhaps because of the fact that the tablet which is not small at all can easily fit in handbags with no problems.

Find out more from the promotional movie that Samsung released a few hours after the presentation on the phone:

Enthusiasts should watch the entire presentation, which includes more mobile gadgets that are yet to be discussed:

Sony Xperia Z1 is the new flagship of the Japanese company in the segment of smart phones. Sony bets on cutting-edge technical features, combined with the use of expensive and luxurious materials such as tempered glass and aluminium. Z1 follows the design presented by Sony Xperia Z, which was defined as beautiful and stylish. In addition, an aluminium frame appeared which gives the smart phone an even more classy and luxurious appearance. A distinctive feature of the Xperia Z1is the fact that it is shock-, dust-and waterproof.

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