IFA round-up: Samsung, Sony lead the hybrid charge

Summary:At IFA in Berlin, manufacturers from Samsung to Lenovo showed off new tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks, many of them with convertible designs.

At the IFA trade show in Berlin this week, manufacturers from Samsung to Lenovo showed off new tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks, many of them with convertible designs.

Here's ZDNet's round-up of all the major tech announcements:

Samsung ATIV Tab
Samsung ATIV Tab

Samsung breaks out Windows-based ATIV devices: in pictures

Samsung showed off a range of Windows 8-powered mobile devices at IFA in Berlin - two Smart PC hybrid tablet-notebooks, a 10.1-inch tablet and a smartphone.

Samsung introduces first Windows Phone 8 device

Samsung showed off its first Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV, minus any pricing or availability information.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II gets smarter: hands-on

The Korean manufacturer's 'phablet' now comes with Jelly Bean, beefed-up internals and a more functional stylus.

Samsung unwraps Galaxy Note 2 with smarter stylus and Jelly Bean

The Galaxy Note II tablet runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and its S Pen stylus can now be used for new actions such as bringing up email previews.

Sony Xperia phones
Sony Xperia phones

Samsung ARMs itself with Windows 8 ATIV Tab: hands-on

Samsung's first Windows RT tablet is thin, light and potentially a good start for this new class of Windows computer.

Samsung goes all in with Windows 8 in new line of devices

Samsung unveiled a new line of Smart PCs and other devices today under the ATIV brand name, all ready to ship worldwide when Windows 8 launches in October. One thing that won't be included is a rumored Start menu replacement utility.

Sony bets both ways with Android tablets, phones and Windows 8 slates

Sony has unleashed a volley of new products at IFA in Berlin, with several key releases for Android fans and those gearing up for Windows 8 - including a tablet-ultrabook hybrid.

Sony Vaio Duo 11
Sony Vaio Duo 11

Sony unveils new Android tablet and phones, alongside new Windows 8 slates

The company has unleashed a volley of new products at IFA in Berlin, with several key releases for Android fans and those gearing up for Windows 8.

Sony's Vaio Duo 11 combines tablet and ultrabook worlds: hands-on

The Windows 8-powered Vaio Duo 11 is very much aimed at the road warrior, working either as a large tablet or small ultrabook.

Hands-on: Sony plays it safe with new Android phones and tablets

The Japanese manufacturer's new Android phones - the Xperia T, V and J - all look very similar, while Sony's revamped Android tablet is a more stylish affair than before.

Lenovo Yogapad 13
Lenovo Yogapad 13

Dell covers all the Windows 8 bases with new XPS models

If you want to know what this fall's Windows 8 hardware menu will look like, look at Dell's three new models. The trio cover all the bases, from tiny Windows RT tablets to a giant all-in-one with a Retina-like quad-HD display.

Lenovo rolls out new Ideatab Android tablets and teases Yoga 13 yet again

The company has updated its Android tablet range with the S2110, A2107 and A2109 models, bringing few surprises.

Toshiba outs Satellite U920T Windows 8 convertible: hands-on

The U920T, shown off at IFA in Berlin, is Toshiba's 12.5-inch stab at the Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid concept.

Envy x2 brings HP into tablet-ultrabook era: Hands on

The 11.6-inch Envy x2 runs on Intel's new Clover Trail processor and offers a sleek take on the current hybrid craze.

ZTE Grand X
ZTE Grand X IN

ZTE Grand X IN sports Intel-powered Android, launches from September

The Grand X IN will be the first Intel-powered smartphone to be released in Europe by a manufacturer, rather than an operator.

Hybrids are on the rise: Which design will win?

The flood of convertible tablets and ultrabooks at IFA shows we're going through a creative boom in the evolution of the PC. There are many options out there — which ones will pull in the buyers?

Topics: Mobility, Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets, Windows

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