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IFA 2016: All of the gadgets from Europe's biggest tech show

Join CNET editors on a tour of all the gadgets catching our eye at the IFA 2016 tech show in Berlin.

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Justin Yu covered headphones and peripherals for CNET.
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You are now entering IFA 2016

IFA Berlin is officially underway. The show is a little like CES, in that you can find almost every type of gadget in its halls.

Join our CNET Editors as we take a look at all the gear catching our eyes on the show floor this year!

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Samsung Gear S3

Samsung Gear S3 is the follow-up to the really good Gear S2 released last year, but it's a more maximized, more stylized type of watch.

The Gear S3 has a solid steel case and standard 22mm watch straps for a top-notch design feel.

It still runs its own Tizen-based OS, but will work with Android phones.

There's still no word on iOS compatibility.

So why's it so big? Battery. A 380mAh battery now lasts up to 4 days, according to Samsung, or a 30 percent uptick. All models have GPS now, too, for tracking runs away from a phone.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus

Lenovo's 10.1-inch Yoga Tab 3 Plus is all about entertainment. Just like its predecessor, this year's model is designed to enhance the TV and video-viewing experience. But unlike the Yoga Tab 3 Pro, announced at last year's IFA, the Tab 3 Plus doesn't have the projector that Lenovo promised would be great for watching movies and TV at home.

At least Lenovo keeps the built-in kickstand, which was incredibly useful for standing up the tablet. You can even let it hang from a hook in your kitchen or bedroom.

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Motorola Moto Z Play

Motorola's Moto Z is a premium phone that made its mark with magnetic snap-on accessories that make a lot of sense. The new Moto Z Play uses those same Moto Mods, but costs less. It wants to be your modular midrange friend. It's arriving September 8 in the US as a Verizon phone for $408 (or, $17/month), or GSM unlocked in October for $450 (versus the Moto Z, which will cost $700). Internationally, it arrives in September for "about 499 euros.")

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Hasselblad True Zoom

The Moto Mods add-on architecture is an intelligent way to add a camera and the Hasselblad True Zoom is attractive, well designed and adds a convenient 10x zoom.

If you take a lot of photos and have a Motorola Moto Z phone, the Hasselblad is a great add-on to have, as long as you're looking for a big zoom instead of better-than-phone photo quality.

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Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo is shrinking the hybrid idea down into something closer in size to a paperback book than a laptop. The new Yoga Book has a clamshell hinge and a 10.1-inch full-HD resolution display, but where you'd expect to find the keyboard is instead a blank slate.

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Lenovo Yoga 910

The new Yoga 910 keeps the slim and unique-looking watchband hinge from the past couple of generations of consumer Yoga hybrids. This has the ability to fold its 360-degree hinge into a kiosk or stand mode, and all the way back into a big-screen Windows 10 tablet.

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Acer Spin 7

Announced this week at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Spin 7 is the flagship model of the company's newest offering that also includes the Spin 5, Spin 3 and Spin 1.

They're all equipped with a 360-degree dual torque hinge that lets users alternate between four different usage modes (tablet, display, tent and laptop).

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Acer Swift 7

Acer is joining the super-slim club with the new Swift 7, a 13.3-inch clamshell laptop that measures just 9.98mm thick. Acer says that makes the Swift 7 the first laptop to get below the 1cm mark.

Inside, this is one of the very first laptops to be offered with Intel's new seventh-generation Core i-series processors (sometimes known by the codename Kaby Lake), which Intel says will provide extra power for video decoding and playback, while operating more efficiently for better battery life.

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Acer Predator 21X

The Acer Predator 21 X is insane.

It weighs 17 pounds, or around 8 kilograms -- a serious bit of heft, as we can attest from getting our hands on it at IFA here in Berlin.

It's the world's first laptop with a curved screen...not to mention two (2) GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs and a built-in mechanical keyboard.

In short, it's the most ridiculous gaming laptop ever conceived. It's more powerful than our CNET Future-Proof VR Gaming Desktop, and probably weighs as much. It likely costs a good deal more. Acer's Europe head told CNET's Roger Cheng that it will fetch a price north of $5,000 (£3,820 or AU$6,661).

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link

With app-enabled smarts, the ability to heat or cool the air, a bladeless design, and a powerful HEPA air filter, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link has a lot going for it. Good thing, too, because it costs an eye-popping $600, £500 or AU$749.

Apparently, the filter removes almost 100 percent of particles from the air -- Dyson claims 99.97 percent. It has some built-in smarts and can adjust the airflow automatically depending on the air quality in the room. You can also use the Dyson Link app to monitor the air quality in your home from afar and activate the purifier.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor

Sync the Philips Hue Motions Sensor up with your smart-lighting setup when it arrives this October, and you'll be able to trigger your color-changing smart bulbs just by walking into the room.

Also included: a built-in daylight sensor that promises to save energy by activating lights only when you actually need them. That's a smart little extra that you won't find in most other motion detectors.

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YI 4K Action Camera

GoPro's Hero4 Black might be the undisputed leader in the action cam market, but the Yi 4K Action Cam kicks the cane right out from under that elderly camera by using the newest versions of the tech found in the Hero4, including an Ambarella A9SE75 chipset, a Sony IMX377 image sensor and a high-speed Broadcom BCM43340 dual-band Wi-Fi module.

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AEG ComfortLift Dishwasher

Between easy-to-use wine glass racks, fold-down tines, and third racks for silverware, lots of dishwashers bend over backward to make it easier to load your dishes. Electrolux's newest innovation will make it easier to unload them.

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AEG SenseCook Oven

Can an oven produce restaurant-quality food, even if the home cook at the helm is lousy? AEG is making a case for that with its SenseCook oven, a built-in wall oven that includes a control screen that lets you select how you want your food cooked, such as the doneness of a steak or the internal temperature of a casserole, and a temperature probe called the Food Sensor that monitors the progress of your food so you don't have to.

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AE Electrolux 9000 Series Washing Machine

The new 9000 Series Washing Machine is especially capable of preserving laundry items.

According to the company this advanced washer actually filters and softens its water supply to clean more efficiently but at extremely low temperatures.

The benefit of this approach claim AEG Electrolux is a washing machine which launders without leaching bright colors or deep blacks from your favorite garments even after scores of laundry cycles.

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RHA Dacamp L1

A portable headphone amplifier and digital audio converter like RHA's latest Dacamp L1 takes the digital output of those devices and converts it back to analog audio, then amplifies the signal to play through headphones so you get the full detail and definition from the source.

The L1 is a fully balanced headphone amp with dual class AB amplifiers for the left and right channels. Its core is a Dual ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DAC with USB-A, USB-B micro and an optional mini Toslink optical port for connectivity.

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RHA CL1 Ceramic

We reviewed the metal injected-molded, stainless-steel RTHA T10i before, but the CL1 is RHA's first dual-driver design: one dynamic driver and another ceramic plate driver that caters to high-frequency sounds above 8kHz. It uses a high-density ceramic compound for the housing as well.

Other notable features include three different braided cables (3.5mm, 6.25mm OFC, Ag4x Mini XLR), over-ear hooks that mold to your ear and stay put and a supply of 11 different varieties of silicone along with Comply Foam ear tips.

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The CL750 is a lot more affordable than the other two products in the line-up and features the company's stainless steel housing and a single "ultra-wideband transducer" to control a frequency range up to 45kHz.

20 of 32 Logitech

Logitech M330 Silent Plus

The company engineered the M220 Silent and theM330 Silent Plus to register the same clicking tactility but with over 90 percent noise reduction.

Moving past the noise, both the M220 Silent and the M330 Silent Plus connect wirelessly to any Windows, Mac, Chrome OS or Linux-based PC using a small USB receiver. The M220 Silent is ambidextrous, while the M330 is contoured for righties with a soft thumbrest and grippy rubber wrapped around the sides.

21 of 32 Logitech

Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse

The M720 can pair three devices simultaneously and it's OS-agnostic so you can switch back and forth between your laptop, PC or tablet with ease.

Most mice out there make you choose the connection type (USB or Bluetooth) that works best for your daily needs, but the M720 has both. Even better, it comes with Logitech's in-house Unifying Receiver which lets you pair six Logitech accessories to it at once. In other words, you can use one dongle for a keyboard, a mouse, or any other device in the Unifying family.

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Fitbit Charge 2

The Charge 2 costs the same as its predecessor ($150 in the US, or £130 in the UK and AU$250 in Australia) and does a bit more.

Really, the biggest difference is design: the new steel body and swappable bands mean you can add accessories -- leather, rubber or even a slightly pricier special edition ($180, £150, AU$290) with a different band finish.

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Fitbit Flex 2

The Fitbit Flex 2 just might be the most stylish Fitbit we have seen to date.

It's also the company's first waterproof tracker, and is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, the Fitbit Flex. It's slim, discreet and has long battery life (up to five days).

The tracker is available now for $100 (£80, AU$130) and will begin shipping towards the end of September or early October. It comes with a rubber strap in both large and small sizes, but the beauty of the Flex 2 is its customization.

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Garmin Fenix Chronos

The Fenix Chronos is a $1,500 (£1,100) multisport GPS watch with a titanium body and band, an ultra-durable sapphire crystal display, heart-rate sensor and a ton of tracking features. It's strong, yet lightweight, but also very expensive and very big.

25 of 32 Asus

Asus ZenWatch 3

In today's moment of zen, meet an Android Wear watch with no less than three buttons: the Asus ZenWatch 3.

This year it's all about luxury. Gone is the large, blocky display, which has been replaced with a circular 1.39-inch AMOLED screen, displaying 287 pixels per inch, and measuring 9.95mm thick.

It's covered by gently curved Corning Gorilla Glass, which as well as protecting from scuffs and scratches gives it a more traditionally watchy feel than smartwatches with flat faces. The display is also a complete circle and doesn't include the "flat tyre" black bar that we've seen in the Moto 360 and other watches.

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TomTom Touch

The TomTom Touch is slim band with a touchscreen display and five days of battery life that can measure steps, distance, calories burned, sleep and heart rate.

The tracker can also display notifications when connected to an iPhone or Android smartphone, and carries a water-resistance rating of IPX7.

On the surface, the Touch sounds like every other fitness tracker on the market, but that's not the case. The device can also measure body composition (things like body fat and muscle mass). This is done through bioelectrical impedance, which is the same technology used by smart scales like the Fitbit Aria and Withings Body Cardio.

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TomTom Spark 3

The TomTom Spark 3, which is known internationally as the Runner 3, includes sport profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), biking (indoor/outdoor), swimming, gym workouts and freestyle workouts. It also includes a stopwatch feature and built-in compass.

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TomTom Adventurer

The TomTom Adventure adds a barometric altimeter for measuring ascent and descent. The added sensor allows the watch to track trail running, skiing and snowboarding, in addition to everything the Spark 3 can do. It also includes a special battery-saver mode to extend continuous GPS usage for up to 24 hours.

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Withings Steel HR

Withings says the new Steel HR is the first fitness tracker to analyze heart rates with an analog watch face.

Withings, now a part of Nokia, hasn't incorporated heart rate into any of its current fitness trackers.

A newly updated Withings Health app will fold in the data, much like other fitness apps have already done.

Withings Steel HR comes in two versions: 38mm in black or white, and 42mm in black.

30 of 32 Garmin

Garmin Forerunner 35

At $200 (£160, AU$259), the Forerunner 35 is the company's cheapest running watch to offer a built-in optical heart-rate sensor.

The Forerunner 35 does all of the basics: It has GPS to track pace, distance and speed when running or biking, and doubles as a fitness tracker and basic smartwatch. The watch will measure steps, distance, calories burned, intensity minutes and sleep throughout the day, and can display notifications and music controls when connected to an iPhone or Android phone.

31 of 32 Fossil

Fossil Q Watches

Fossil debuted four new fitness trackers at IFA: the Q Nate, Q Crewmaster, Q Gazer and Q Tailor. All four are essentially the same watch, but with slightly different styles.

They all feature traditional analog watch faces and include fitness tracking (steps, distance, calories and sleep), silent alarms and can alert you to smartphone notifications through vibration.

A secondary dial on the watch face will show how close you are to reaching your step goal, making it easier to keep track of your progress throughout the day.

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There's plenty more to see, so be sure to check back here for more updates as the show moves through the week.

Click here to check out CNET's complete coverage of IFA 2016.

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