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The best tech from ifa 2015

While America has CES, the huge trade show where everything from phones to fridges get shown off, Europe has IFA in Berlin.
 
What originally started as a trade show for radio manufacturers, it has now turned into one of the largest trade shows in the world were global brands get to show off what they’ve got. 
 
Being in the middle of year, it lets companies see the competition catch up or try to outdo what you can buy now.
 
In the 2015 show last week, new phones, wearables and laptops, some perfect for students, were unveiled just in time for the new academic year. Here’s some of the best:
 
New Moto 360 
Motorola’s 360 was one of the first successful smartwatches, a device that finally showed off how good a smartwatch could be. 
 
In that time though, the Apple Watch came out and the Moto 360 faced stiff competition. This new watch features the expected spec bump as well as a new smaller model. 
 
Samsung Gear S2 
Samsung seems to have been making smartwatches as long as they’ve been making smartphones, but have never quite cracked it. This might just get them going. 
 
Their first round-faced smartwatch, it features a rotating bezel which is a unique and great interface for a smartwatch.
 
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 
Imagine a way to make a phone as fancy and expensive as you can without it being made of gold. One way to do that is to stick a stupidly high resolution screen on it. 
 
That’s what Sony has done with its new Xperia with a 4K screen. 4K is four times HD. That’s a lot of pixels to push. Expect poor battery life.
 
Acer Predator laptop  
The Acer Predator has become one of the best desktop gaming PCs, going all out and getting the most powerful parts it can. 
 
Now Acer is cramming that mad power into mean-looking 15 and 17 inch laptops. Don’t expect these to be light, little notebooks.
 
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 
Toshiba looks to be back to winning ways with this new laptop, which features a 4K screen and the new USB Type-C ports. The screen is 12.5 inches, one of the more portable sizes there’s been so far.