The top tech companies came together in Berlin this week at the IFA 2013 tech trade show to unveil plenty of smartphones, laptops, TVs, and other cool hardware. Here we take you through the best tech we saw at the show.
First up is the Acer Liquid S2 smartphone. At 6 inches tall, the Liquid S2 is nearly tablet-size. The headlining feature of the phone is that it can shoot super-high-definition 4K video.
The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung's latest in its line of phones that are almost as big as tablets. The phone comes with tons of new productivity features, such as the Action Wheel, screen sharing, and a beautifully redesigned S Note app. Oh, and it has a fancy back cover that looks like a leather wallet, too.
Samsung unveiled a smartwatch at IFA called Galaxy Gear. The device connects to the new Galaxy Note 3 via Bluetooth to deliver the phone's notifications and incoming calls to your wrist. You can also snap photos with it and use modified versions of apps such as Pocket and Runkeeper that were designed for the tiny screen.
Sony's goal for the QX100 and the smaller QX10 (pictured) is to give you a portable camera with more shooting prowess than your smartphone's lens that's still compact enough to take everywhere.
IFA 2013 was full of laptops that turn into tablets. One of them is the Sony Vaio Flip, which uses two hinges, a typical laptop hinge and one in the middle-back of the screen, to morph the laptop into a tablet.
The Vaio Tap 11 is Sony's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro: it's an 11-inch Windows 8.1 tablet that comes with a stylus, magnetic keyboard cover, and kickstand, so you can prop up the tablet and use it as a laptop. You can also lay it flat and use the touch screen like any other tablet.
Check out the other tablets of IFA 2013.
The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 (pictured) and "="" rel="follow"> 11-inch ThinkPad Yoga are the second generation of Toshiba's Yoga laptops, which use hinges that rotate 360 degrees to give you several viewing angles. With both models, you can fold the keyboard behind the screen to prop it up, or fold it completely flat to turn the laptop into a touch-screen tablet.
LG broke the record for largest 4K OLED TV with its 77-inch curved model. The TV has a curved screen that the South Korean electronics company says "fills the viewer's field of vision more completely than a flat-screen TV."
If you prefer to fully immerse yourself in a video game, the Sony HMZ-T3W headset is the gadget for you. The wireless headset sits over your eyes and gives you two 720p screens that mimic a giant screen and have 3D capability. If you're interested, the headset will go on sale in Europe in November for whopping £1,300 ($2,035 US).
Philip's M1x-DJ is a music-mixing deck the connects to your iPad to turn anyone into a master DJ. Well, you'll likely need practice to become a master, but the M1x-DJ comes with several features to help you fake it till you make it, such as a sync button, and echo and flange buttons.