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Moto X Play

The Moto X Play occupies a strange space in the company's 2015 lineup. It's an affordable, mid-range handset that does a decent job of keeping pace with the flagships. But at £249 ($382 including the UK's 20 percent sales tax), it's not that much more affordable than the company's top-tier X Style, and it's a lot pricier than our favorite budget smartphone, the Moto G. That's not to say there aren't benefits to splashing out on the X Play. You'll get a larger, higher-res display than on the G, an all-new 21-megapixel camera, a capacious 3,630mAh battery and a whole lot more. If you've got your heart set on a Moto, could these additions be worth the extra cash? It really depends on what you want from a smartphone.

It's been a few months now since we first clapped eyes on the ASUS ZenWatch 2, the company's second stab at an Android Wear timepiece. Today, we've got a smattering of new details to go along with those first impressions: specifically, price and availability. The larger 49mm model will cost around €149 (about $170), while the dinkier 45mm variant will set you back €169 ($190). Both will be hitting store shelves worldwide in October. If you need a reminder, the wearables feature a new metal crown, AMOLED screens and a Snapdragon 400 processor. They also support a magnetic charger cable -- an improvement over the old plastic cradle -- and superior dust-and water-resistance ratings of IP67. It'll debut in three colors, silver, gunmetal and rose gold, along with a plethora of rubber, leather and stainless steel straps to help you match your personal sense of style.

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Intel generated a storm of interest when it launched the HDMI-based Compute Stick, but is anybody willing to buy a tiny, under-powered PC? Who knows, but ASUS has just launched its own model that trumps Intel's in nearly every way. It's a lot less clunky-looking and one-ups Intel's Atom CPU with a Cherry Trail model, while adding an extra USB 3.0 port and headphone jack for good measure. Otherwise, it has the same 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage, and works in the same way: you plug it into any HDMI TV, add a keyboard and mouse, then compute away on Windows 10.


ASUS is one a rare few companies that's both a mainstream PC manufacturer and a respected name among the gaming community. Its ROG (Republic Of Gamers) line is a favorite, with giant laptops like the G751 earning top marks from gamers and reviewers alike. We're looking forward to its replacement, the ROG G752, but first let's talk about the GX700 in the image above. ASUS is only teasing this laptop, but it's going to have an overclockable Intel K-series Skylake processor, the latest graphics from Nvidia, and, a 17-inch 4K display. Oh... and that giant thing you see next to it? That's apparently a water-cooling system. Details are scant, but an educated guess would suggest you'll only be able to overclock the GX700's processor and graphics when you're docked to it. I don't know whether to laugh or take out my wallet.

If you wanted an insane looking router with an almost as-insane boast, then say hello to ASUS' new router. Touting it as the best for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking, the RT-AC5300 router will apparently give speeds that are 67 percent faster than first-gen, tri-band routers. It's calling it the world's fastest WiFi. ASUS is promising up to 1Gbps connections over 2.4GHz and up to 2.167Gbps on each of the two 5GHz bands -- that's a lot of data. Google just got a new router challenger.

German artists from Lab Binar have created an elaborate light show exhibition set in an abandoned textile factory. It's aimed at showing the "schizophrenia" of the textile industry -- the beauty of fabrics versus the brutality of making them. The trippy production (below) was created for a textile museum in Auburg, Germany, and is divided into two parts. The first features a noisy score using samples of the original weaving machines and staccato, black and white projected images. The second, set to Kraftwerk-style synth music, shows colorful fabrics created in the factory between 1806 and 1988.

It's nearly ASUS' turn to take to the stage at this year's IFA conference, and so we invite you to join us here in Berlin, albeit virtually. The company's teased a couple of announcements on the social medias, hinting at a new smartwatch and a PC-on-a-stick, among other things. The press conference will kick off in around 30 minutes, so head on over to the livestream page if you'd like to pull up a seat next to us and find out what ASUS has in store.

Acer Predator 6

Acer's at IFA in force this year, showing off a wide array of gaming PCs, laptops, tablets, and now, a phone. The Predator 6 looks a lot like the company's new gaming tablet, with some super-gnarly black-and-red styling and four front-facing speakers. Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but inside is an unspecificied (but probably this) MediaTek deca-core processor with 4GB of RAM and dual haptic feedback motors for rumbles. It has a 6-inch HD display, it runs Android, and around the back there's a 21-megapixel camera. We don't have pricing or release date on this just yet, but rest assured we'll keep on poking Acer until someone gives us more info.

Acer Predator familyAcer revealed an aggressive new design for its duo of Predator gaming desktops earlier this month, but at IFA today, the company's focusing on powerful portability. Acer's been pretty open about its plan to introduce Predator laptops and a gaming-centric tablet, but until now, details have been sparse. Now, we've got the full skinny, starting with the new Predator 15 and Predator 17 notebooks. If you hadn't guessed already, the main difference between the two is their screen sizes. The Predator 17 sports a 17.3-inch 1080p display, while the smaller model's 15.6-inch screen comes in full HD and 4K options.

Acer has revealed its latest Aspire V Nitro notebooks that are aimed at gamers without looking like gaming laptops. Dressed in basic-black, tapered cases, the 15- and 17-inch models still bring the latest Intel Skylake sixth-gen Core i7 and i5 mobile chips and NVIDIA GTX960M graphics with up to 4GB of RAM. You also get up to 512GB of M.4 SSD storage (2GB if you opt for hard disks), 32GB max of DDR4 RAM, USB 3.1 Type-C ports and 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 on the top-end "Black Edition" models. All models can also be had with up to 4K screens.


Acer has announced the Chromebook R11, the company's first Chrome OS-running device that comes with a 360-degree rotating hinge, as made famous by Lenovo's Yoga. Your eyes will be staring into an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 touchscreen, while below the keyboard you'll find an Intel Celeron processor paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. Connectivity-wise, there's dual-band MIMO 802.11ac WiFi, as well as a single ultra-fast USB 3.0 port. The headline feature, really, is the ability to turn that screen whichever way you choose to enable one of four modes: laptop, tablet, tent or display, much like the ASUS Chromebook Flip

Laptops are the biggest winners with Intel's less power-hungry Skylake chips, but desktop computers do get some perks. Acer has just launched the U5-710, a new all-in-one (AIO), that uses the new CPUs along with Intel RealSense cameras. The high-end Aspire U (U5-710) model gets the latest Core i5 or i7 6th-generation desktop chips, most of which have four cores and a modest performance bump over the last-gen Haswell models. They do use slightly less juice, however, and support up to 16GB of faster (and pricier) DDR4 RAM.

Acer has announced the Revo Build M1-601, a super-small Windows 10 unit that can be expanded and customized with a series of stackable blocks. So, in the base unit you'll find a super small form factor PC that only occupies 125 millimeters square on your table and comes with a low-power Intel Pentium or Celeron chip. Then, if you wanted to expand the machine's 32GB storage, you can plonk on a 500GB or 1TB external hard drive in a case that sits perfectly on top. Each block connects to the one below using magnetic coupling and pogo pins, and enabling you to create a PC that looks like a tower of single Duplo bricks the more powerful it becomes.

intel core m

Intel's fresh-faced sixth-generation processors improve on pretty much all the important fronts: more power efficiency, more graphical oomph and that's especially true for its important Core M series that beats inside laptops and tablets. According to Kirk Skagen, Intel's General Manager, it's now making its way into even smaller devices, namely "phablets". (He said it, not us.) While the line between tablets and phones couldn't be blurrier these days, if Intel's Core M family of chips make it into your next Android phone, it'd be powerful enough do to almost everything your laptop does.

Check out all the news from Berlin at our IFA 2015 hub.

You may have already noticed, but Team Engadget is on the ground in Berlin covering IFA, Europe's biggest and busiest consumer tech show. As it happens, we won't be liveblogging Acer's keynote, but that doesn't mean you can't still follow along from home. Click here to watch the livestream, and then stay tuned as we post our inevitable first impressions of all the company's new stuff.

Even if you're a geek who's steadfastly refused to consider all-in-one computers, Lenovo's new Ideacentre AIO 700 might be worth a look. It sports a 24-inch or 27-inch display in up to a 4K resolution with multitouch, but most importantly it comes with a dedicated graphics card and it can also be easily opened up. That means it'll actually be able to play some decent games, and you have room for upgrades down the line (which is pretty rare for all-in-one PCs). The AIO 700 can be configured with either an Intel or AMD CPU, and you can also add in an Intel RealSense camera (which will also speed up your Windows 10 logins). We only confronted it briefly at a press event today, but we were struck by its sheer immensity. The 27-inch AIO 700 starts at $1,099 while the 27-inch model starts at $1,899 -- both will ship in October.

Lenovo has arguably done more than any other PC maker to blur the line between tablets and laptops -- but its new Ideapad Miix 700 convertible tablet is clearly aimed at one particular competitor: Microsoft's Surface. Like that machine, the Miix 700 sports a kickstand with a high-tech hinge; it's a pretty decent tablet on its own; and it has a well-built keyboard accessory that snaps on with a strong magnet. Even a Lenovo rep acknowledged that it was "inspired" by the Surface. But just because it looks familiar doesn't mean it's not a worthy convertible entry. Lenovo fans will likely appreciate the Miix 700's solid keyboard implementation, which feels practically indistinguishable from some of the company's laptop keyboards (and far more comfortable than the Surface Type cover), as well as the company's more subdued style. The Miix 700 starts at $699 and will start shipping in November.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

Toshiba may have been, er, less than original when it unveiled its Yoga-like Satellite Radius series, but the latest model in its laptop-slash-tablet line does quite a lot to stand on its own merits. The newly launched Satellite Radius 12 packs a 12.5-inch 4K touchscreen into a compact convertible that measures a scant 0.6 inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds. That's more than a little impressive when you consider that Lenovo's equally new (and equally light) ThinkPad Yoga 260 sticks you with a 1080p display. You'll also get your choice of speedier, longer-lived 6th-generation Intel Core processors and an infrared camera that can sign you in using facial recognition.

Today marks the start of IFA, Europe's largest consumer tech show, and Lenovo is kicking things off with a slew of product announcements. In addition to some new ThinkPad Yogas, the company just unveiled a handful of laptops in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Perhaps the most interesting is the Ideapad 100S, an 11.6-inch Windows machine that will retail for just $189. (There will also be a 14-inch version for $259). This isn't the first time we've seen a sub-$200 notebook, but it's interesting to see Lenovo, one of the world's biggest PC makers, enter the super-cheap-laptop fray. Like other machines in this class, the 100S cuts corners with a low-powered processor (an Intel Celeron N3050), minimal RAM (2GB) and little on-board storage (up to 32GB). Essentially, it's the closest thing to the Windows equivalent of a Chromebook. Speaking of the sort, Lenovo will also sell a Chrome OS version of the 100S, priced at $179. (That, too, is pretty cheap compared to the competition.)