Besides the Moto Z Play, Lenovo also unveiled three new smartphones in its popular K series dubbed the K6, the K6 Note and the K6 Power. All three devices are powered by the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC which has a cluster of four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and another cluster clocked at 1.3GHz. The K6 power boasts a beefy 4,000mAh battery where as the K6 Note differentiates itself from the trio by flaunting a larger 5.5-inch full HD display. While the K6 offers users 2GB of RAM, the K6 power also comes in a 3GB RAM variant with the K6 Note packing either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.
This time around at IFA, plenty of smartphone manufacturers had a dubbed down versions of higher-end smartphone models on show to cater to the budget audience. Acer followed a similar approach by launching the Z6 and the Z6 Plus. The Z6 Plus utilises an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor whereas the Z6 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chip. While a 5.5-inch full HD display compliments the screen on the Z6 Plus, the Z6 comes with a toned down 5-inch HD display. For battery, the Z6 Plus offers a 4,080mAh unit which is double the 2,000mAh unit found on the Z6.
Soon after launching its flagship for the year, ZTE launched a ‘mini’ version of the device at IFA. Spec-wise, users get a Snapdragon 617 processor and 3GB of RAM to play around with. Sporting a 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED display, users can expect some great viewing angles along with crisp images.
HTC unveiled the One A9s, which is a tweaked version of the One A9 and features a slight change in design along with some changes in the hardware as well. The One A9s is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor compared to the Snapdragon 617 chip found on the One A9. While the front facing camera of the One A9s gets a spec upgrade from a 4MP sensor to a 5MP sensor, the rear facing camera loses the optical image stabilisation capability found on the predecessor. The entire package is wrapped in a unibody metal design with a 2,300mAh battery powering the phone.
Huawei kept its IFA presentation classy by launching the Nova and the Nova Plus smartphones which feature premium metal unibody designs. Both the smartphones are very similar in specs with the Nova Plus getting a bump in screen size, battery and camera department. Both the devices are powered by Snapdragon 625 chips and aided with 3GB of RAM so don’t expect them to break any benchmarks.
Sony made several changes to its flagship lineup by ditching the Z tag and bringing in a fresh new design language. The new Xperia X series of smartphones saw two new additions at IFA, the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact. While the former is encased in a metallic body, the latter was found sporting a ceramic build. The Xperia XZ is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor with the Snapdragon 650 chip providing the horsepower on the X compact. While the Xperia XZ flaunts a 5.2- inch full HD display, the 4.6-inch panel on the Xperia X Compact comes with a HD resolution.
Perhaps the most awaited launch of IFA, Motorola’s Moto Z Play is a watered-down version of the Moto Z flagship launched a while back. The Moto Z Play features similar design language and has support for Moto Mods just like its beefier sibling. The similarities however end with the design as the Z Play is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip which has been paired with 3GB of RAM. The Moto Z Play also includes a headphone jack which was omitted by Motorola in its flagship counterpart along with a much beefier battery at 3,510mAh.