IFA 2013 Day 3: Top Stories

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It's our third day in Berlin for IFA 2013, Europe's biggest tech conference, and the announcements and demos just keep coming. We got our hands on a new challenger in the smartwatch wars, the Sony SmartWatch 2, and got a feel for its Android interface. Lenovo announced its new IdeaCentre All-in-One Table PC, and on the lighter side showed off their super-thin IdeaPad Yoga 2 hybrid laptop. We also tried out the impressive 20.7-MP camera on the Sony Xperia Z1 and took a look at the Encore Tablet, Toshiba's answer to the iPad Mini. Check out our hands-on videos to get up close and personal with the tech world's newest gear.

Sony SmartWatch 2 Tried On: Now with 300-plus Apps

Sony's Android-powered SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6-inch, 220 x 176-pixel transflective LCD display, which is a bit smaller and lower resolution than the Galaxy Gear’s 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 Super AMOLED screen. Unlike Samsung's show-stealer however, Sony's watch works under 3 feet of water and, because a number of developers have been hard at work on software for the SmartWatch 2, there are more than 300 available apps for it.

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Meet the Thinner, Lighter Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

The Yoga 2 Pro, an update to Lenovo's Yoga PC, retains the dual-hinge design and the four modes (Laptop, Tablet, Stand and Tent) of its predecessor. But Lenovo’s made some notable changes. Case in point: the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is a trimmer hybrid with a weight closer to 3 pounds. It's also got a strikingly beautiful IPS display with a walloping resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.

More: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro: Thinner, Lighter, Better

Lenovo IdeaCentre All-in-One PC: A Less-Massive Family PC

Fans of Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Table PC, can now get a similar experience without the unwieldy bulk of the original thanks to the company’s new IdeaCentre Flex 20 All-in-One PC. A few compromises had to be made to achieve an affordable price point ($899) — namely that the 19.5-inch, 1600 x 900 touchscreen is built for two people compared to the four that the Horizon 27′s 1080p, 27-inch touch display could accommodate. But the drop in size doesn't make this transformer tablet any less fun.

More: Lenovo Debuts IdeaCentre Flex 20 All-in-One

Sony Xperia Z1 with 20.7-MP Camera

The big story about the Xperia Z1 is the rear camera. The 20.7-MP shooter uses Sony’s G Lens technology, which offers a 27mm wide shooting angle and bright F2.0 aperture. Meanwhile, its Exmor RS CMOS image sensor (optimized for low light) should really help you capture beautiful photos in most conditions. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1: Super Cam Meets Super-Sized Phone

Toshiba Encore Tablet Hands-on: Windows 8.1 Takes on The iPad Mini

Toshiba is taking direct aim at Apple’s iPad Mini with its new 8-inch, Windows 8.1-powered Encore tablet. The slate is the first Windows 8.1 tablet to carry the Toshiba nameplate, and one of the first pint-sized 8.1 tablets around. So how does the Encore stack up? We went hands-on to find out.

More: Toshiba Encore Hands-on Video

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