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Smartphone vendors hope excess will lead to success at IFA

Mikael Ricknäs | Sept. 8, 2015
Bigger screens, higher resolutions and larger batteries are on the way, whether we want them or not.

There's one area in which phone owners crave excess, and that's battery life, so Acer and Lenovo might be on to something with the batteries on the Liquid Z630 and Vibe P1m, which have a capacity of 4,000mAh. Despite that, the two smartphones still weigh a reasonable 165 grams and 148 grams, respectively.

But it may be possible to go too far, and Lenovo's certainly trying with the Vibe P1. Its relatively modest 5.5-inch screen conceals a 5,000mAh battery. It's heavy, though, at 189 grams.

Without proper tests, it’s difficult to say how long the Liquid Z630 and Vibe P1m could go between charges, but the battery size certainly seems like a good start. 

The Z630 is powered by a quad-core processor from MediaTek and has a 5.5-inch HD screen. There is also 2GB RAM and 16GB of integrated storage. Pricing will start at €199 (US$220) when shipping starts this month in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The P1m also has a quad-core processor from MediaTek and an HD screen, but it's smaller at 5 inches. It will cost $159 and be available this month.

Over-the-top product introductions weren’t just confined to smartphones at IFA. The TV industry is also very competitive, and still searching for the next new thing after the debacle that was 3D TV.

It's no surprise, then, to see the latest TV from Panasonic dressed for excess. The 65-inch model is already too big for most households, and those that do have room for it -- barely -- will have to push it right up against the wall in order to appreciate its OLED screen from a suitable distance. Why, then, did Panasonic choose to cover a large part of the back of it with Alcantara, a high-end simulated leather intended for aircraft and yacht interiors?

It seems some people will do anything to stand out from the crowd.


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