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Monster batteries, ultracrisp screens, predatory impulses: These are the phones of IFA 2015 (photos)

The annual electronics show in Berlin never lets us down with its crazy-cool phones. Here are the most interesting handsets that made their global debut.

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Bring on the phones

Hungry for more? While there are phones aplenty, this year's show also launches a horde of Android Wear watches, as well as laptops, tablets and fixtures for your smart home.

For more from IFA 2015, check out CNET's complete coverage.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Holy moly! A 4K, 5.5-inch screen resolution makes the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium leap out from the pack. But here's the great part: the handset looks terrific even without this bombastic pixel count.

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Sony Xperia Z5

The standard 5.2-inch Sony Xperia Z5 may not have the Premium's stunning screen, but it still wraps up high-end specs. It's sporting a powerful battery and 23-megapixel camera, same as the Premium.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

A little smaller than the other two, the 4.6-inch Sony Xperia Z5 Compact carries a water-resistant coating, fingerprint scanner and pixel-packed camera, just like its larger siblings.

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Huawei Mate S

Easily the most beautiful phone Huawei has ever made, the gleaming metal Huawei Mate S has all the specs you covet -- like a large, 5.5-inch high-def screen -- and a ton of gestures you just don't see on other phones.

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​Lenovo Vibe P1 and P1m

Battery, battery, battery. The Lenovo Vibe P1 has 5,000mAh of it and the P1m goes for 4,000mAh. A side switch that helps save you even more power makes this one of the most promising long-life phones around.

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Lenovo Phab and Phab Plus

A 7-inch phone sounds like a joke. It isn't. The Lenovo Phab and Phab Plus measure 6.8 and 6.98 inches respectively. These budget devices trade specs for screen space in pursuit of the best of both phone and tablet worlds.

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Lenovo Vibe S1

Selfies are the name of the game for the Lenovo Vibe S1, which has not one but two front-facing cameras. The hefty 8-megapixel sensor is supported by a 2-megapixel sidekick.

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Gigaset Me trio

Giga-who? Three new handsets from upstart Gigaset feature 5 or 5.5-inch displays, fingerprint sensors and quick auto-focus. The entry-level and midrange Gigaset phones have 13-megapixel cameras, while the Pro packs a 20-megapixel shooter.

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Acer Predator 6

We don't have many details yet, but Asus' gaming phone, the Predator 6, is expected to materialize in early 2016 -- most likely during January's CES show.

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Alcatel Pop Star and Pop Up

Alcatel's Pop Star comes in 20 colorful designs and materials such as leather and wood. The Pop Star sports a 720p display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage.

Another slightly more powerful model, the Pop Up, packs slightly better specs such as a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.

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Alcatel OneTouch Go Play

Want to have fun at the beach? Alcatel's OneTouch Go Play could be just the thing. It's dustproof and waterproof, so you can take photos underwater, and has the ability to survive a 1.5-meter drop.

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Archos Diamond S

Archos is hoping to tempt European buyers with its new midrange Diamond S, which comes at a pretty low price of £160 (which converts to $250 or AU$350, although US and Australian launches are yet to be announced).

Onboard you'll get a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It shoots pictures with a 16-megapixel camera. Its 5-inch display has a modest 720p resolution, and will run Android 5.1.

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Archos 50e Helium and 50 Cesium

The Android-powered Archos 50e Helium (left) and the Windows-powered Archos 50 Cesium will also hit Europe soon, and offers users a choice between both operating systems for just £99 -- that converts to around $155 and AU$215, although again, US and Australian launches are yet to be announced.

The 50 Cesium is powered by Windows 10 Mobile, while the 50e Helium takes on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Both phones support 4G LTE for fast data, have 5-inch 720p displays and are powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor.

Other specs include a meager 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of onboard storage. The rear cameras shoot 8-megapixel images and come with LED flash and autofocus capabilities.

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More from IFA

Hungry for more? While there are phones aplenty, this year's show also launches a horde of Android Wear Watches, as well as laptops, tablets, and fixtures for your home.

For more from IFA 2015, check out CNET's complete coverage.

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