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Acer-Iconia-W700-1.JPGreview-line.JPGAs with Ultrabooks, Windows 8 tablets were ten-a-penny at IFA 2012. While most opted for either an optional keyboard dock or regular slate-style format, the Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet took a slightly different approach, being paired up with a sturdy docking station. Read on for our initial thoughts on Acer's latest Windows tablet.

review-line.JPGPacking in either Ivy Bridge Core i3 or i5 processors, the Acer Iconia W700 runs full Windows 8 (not the RT version) on an 11.6-inch Full HD 10-point multitouch screen. Though described by Acer as "Ultrathin", at 11.9mm for a tablet, that's not really thin at all. Squeezing in those powerful Intel Cores in this case has necessitated a chunkier design for improved heat dissipation, as seen in evidence by the slightly unsightly air vents on the top, next to the lock button. The overall design, though not slim, is attractive still, using a mixture of aluminium and white plastics.

However, though perfectly useable as a stand-alone tablet device, Acer are really positioning the Iconia W700 as a mobile desktop replacement. A stocky docking unit lets the tablet sit in either landscape or portrait orientations, at angles of either 70 or 15 degrees for easy touch access. With three USB 3.0 ports, a mini-HDMI output and even a Thunderbolt connection, you'll be able to hook up a full size keyboard and mice without any problems, turning the tablet into a worthy desktop machine. Acer-Iconia-W700-5.JPGThough our time with the device was limited, and we couldn't try the tablet with the aforementioned accessories hooked up, we're confident that the i5 Core, and even the i3 Core, will be suitable for getting real work done. It'll be even better if Acer can manage to throw the dock in as an included part of the package, though that's also tempered by the need for an affordable price point.

Speedy SSD storage in either 32 or 64GB sizes again showcase the Iconia W700 as a serious bit of kit, though anyone looking to use the tablet beyond Windows 8 apps in a professional capacity will likely need to bag some form of external storage if they're hoping on holding onto a reasonably sized media catalogue.Acer-Iconia-W700-4.JPG8 hours of battery life and as much as 2 weeks standby time make the Iconia W700 tablet good for an intensive work day's worth of usage, while Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and front and rear cameras (1.3MP and 5MP respectively) round out the spec sheet.

As a multipurpose device, the Acer Iconia W700 looks set to shine when Windows 8 launches in October. It's not the sleekest tablet, nor the most portable, but looks set to offer the best of both worlds for those who need a full-blown Windows 8 experience with some added mobility to boot. We're looking to bring you a full review of the device in the coming weeks, so stay tuned in for more details soon.

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HANDS-ON: Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook preview

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Acer-Aspire-S7-1.JPGreview-line.JPGThe Ultrabook revolution is in full swing now, but with the arrival of Windows 8 just over the horizon, the evolution of the laptop is taking yet another turn. This time it's the implementation of touchscreen controls, seen in almost every top-level Ultrabook on show at IFA 2012 in Berlin this month. Among our favourites was the Aspire S7 Ultrabook from Acer. Read on for our initial thoughts.

review-line.JPGAvailable in 11-inch and 13.3-inch sizes, the Acer Aspire S7 shows the company adding a real premium feel to their Ultrabook line. We had a short play with the 11-inch model, weighing in at 1.3KG and 11.9mm thin, and came away impressed with its luxurious build quality. Made up of an aluminium-magnesium alloy, its sleek, thin profile may take its cues from the MacBook Air school of industrial design, but its got a few tricks of its own up its sleeve too.

Whether playing with the 11-inch or 13.3-inch models, you're getting a full HD 1080p multitouch display, which makes swiping through Windows 8's "Modern UI Style" Metro interface a breeze. It works better on the smaller model; from a purely practical standpoint, you'll be that little bit closer to the screen when using that model, making tapping the screen a little easier. For power Windows users it may feel an extraneous feature, but in this age of the tablet, it's surprising how many tech newbies see a screen these days and try to tap away at it. Acer-Aspire-S7-5.JPGWith Windows 8 and devices like the Aspire S7, they'll be able to do that in a laptop now too, whether or not the form factor is the most fitting or practical application of touch-tech; when a touchscreen is involved, we think that "transformer" tablets with detachable keyboards still make the most sense for work and play. Regardless, the Aspire S7's touchscreen was very responsive, meaning that when paired with the right finger-friendly apps it'll hopefully amount to more than just a novelty inclusion.

An Ivy Bridge generation Intel i7 Core helps to make the machine feel so zippy, while cheaper models can be kitted out with an i5 Core. Paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and as much as a 256GB SSD, it's lining itself up as a real workhorse. A Gorilla Glass panel on the screen also means it'll take as much prodding as you care to throw at it, though that did lead to a slightly glossier screen than we'd personally care for.Acer-Aspire-S7-3.JPGEquipped with 2x USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port and a multi-card reader, the keyboard on the Aspire S7 is backlit and in a chiclet layout. There was a good feeling of travel to the keys from our brief play with the Ultrabook, with keys spaciously laid out. The same goes for the generously sized trackpad, which was responsive and far bigger than you'd expect from an 11-inch model.

It's a good showing from Acer. If they manage to get the pricing right, they've potentially got a very popular little machine here. Even if touch screens on laptops seem a little extraneous right now, your feelings (and ours) may very well change when given extended time with Windows 8. At the very least it's a nice bonus addition to the machine, if it doesn't push the cost up too greatly.

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Call yourself an artist? Well, you're about to be replaced by a newer, robot model. This is SketRobo, the "sketch master" robot on show at IFA 2012 from Tosy Robotics.

Aimed as an interactive "art teacher" toy for kids, it can use its little robot arms to draw basically anything you ask it to.

Though we saw only a prototype model hooked up to a PC, the finished product (due out in time for Christmas) will feature an onboard LCD control panel, a full software suite and the ability to recognise motion and human faces, and capture true-to-life portraits as a result.

The idea is that it'll teach kids how to draw, but we give roughly twenty minutes come Christmas morning before someone programs it draw soon boobs.

Check it out in the video above, sans boobies.

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PREVIEW: Sony 84-inch 4K Bravia KD-84X9005 TV

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Sony-4K-IFA-2012-1.JPGreview-line.JPGIFA has traditionally been an AV showcase for the major brands, but with a shift towards mobile over the past few years, the 2012 Berlin tech extravaganza had fewer stand-out home cinema moments this year. Sony's 84-inch 4K Bravia KD-84X9005 TV was one such stand-out screen.

review-line.JPGA gigantic display, the screen doesn't take massive chances in terms of industrial design. Stood on a two-legged, practical chrome stand and with a sizeable bezel and thickness, it doesn't have the initial wow factor that, say, the LG OLED display touts.

But get a 4K feed into the new flagship Bravia and the screen comes to life. Boasting a resolution of 3840x2160, it's four times as sharp as a full HD 1080p display, pushing 8 million pixels to the viewer's eyes. Sony manages this with their new 4K X-Reality Pro processing engine, which delivers jaw-dropping visuals. Colours are bold and movement is handled in a fluid, natural way that's easy on the eyes. But it's the added detail that really impresses. Fine detail is pulled out of every inch of the screen, giving far more depth to images, particularly in busy landscape and natural scenes. A field full of long grass shimmers with the breeze, and if you push your nose right up to the screen you can pick out individual blades with barely a pixel seam in sight. It's stunning.Sony-4K-IFA-2012-5.JPGThe KD-84X9005 also benefits from having a pair of dedicated external speakers bolted onto either side. Noting that flatscreen TVs have woeful audio capabilities, Sony have gone for a practical solution by basically sticking two soundbars to the left and right of the screen. Each houses 5 individual "Live Speakers" for 50W of pseudo-5.1 surround sound. Even amidst the noisy bustle of Sony's IFA stand, we got a strong appreciation for the width of the soundstage (it helps to have those speakers a few feet apart thanks to the screen's size), as well as the resonant bass frequencies that are so often seriously inadequate on flat-screen displays.

Perhaps most impressively (and most importantly, considering the relative lack of native 4K footage currently available to consumers) was the screen's upscaling capabilities. We saw the 4K screen displaying the same 1080p landscape footage side-by-side with a previous Sony flagship standard HD screen of similar size, and were blown away by how well the new screen picked out extra detail in the older footage. Upscaling is not always a pretty sight, but the KD-84X9005 managed pleasantly sharp images that drew added depth from the lower-resolution source material, without too much added noise. The 4K X-Reality Pro really shows its chops here, meaning that even with little native 4K footage, you'll be able enjoy an improved image with your current catalogue of Blu-ray titles.
Sony-4K-IFA-2012-9.JPGIf there was one area where we were less impressed, it was with 3D footage. Using a passive system, the screen managed better brightness, less flicker and richer colours thanks to the 4K source than other top-tier 3D panels we have viewed. However, the sense of depth from The Amazing Spider-Man trailer Sony used to demo the 3D effect was reserved to the point of being unnoticeable. But, as some commentators have noted, this may easily be down to the subdued nature of the 3D effect in the source material, rather than being a flaw of the screen.

All in, Sony's KD-84X9005 4K 84-inch TV was very impressive. Tentatively priced at 25,000 Euros (or £19,805) this is very much out of the average consumer's league, but it bodes well for the 4K revolution as a whole. Give it a year or two and prices will come down to affordable realms, and there will also finally be enough 4K footage to justify such a screen. On the back of our brief time with the KD-84X9005, Sony are already one step ahead of the competition in the 4K field.

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VIDEO PREVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on

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That's a smartphone, right? WRONG!

You're looking at the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Samsung's first fully-fleged snapper using the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Make no mistakes, this is a camera with phone-like features inside, and not a phone with camera features tacked on instead.

With a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, you'll be able to shoot high-quality snaps and send them directly to social networks like Facebook or Twitter, or even download apps like Instagram and apply filters.

Due out in October, it'll be priced £399 in the UK. Check it out in our hands-on video above!

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VIDEO PREVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on

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It's back, and even bigger than before! Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 handset measures up at a whopping 5.5-inches in a widescreen 16:9 ratio, complete with processor improvements and a more responsive S Pen stylus.

Due out in October, Tech Digest got an early hands-on look at the device at the IFA 2012 conference in Berlin last week. You can check out our first impressions of the device in the video preview clip above.

Time to buy a pair of trousers with bigger pockets, we think. Clown pants or MC Hammer jump pants; now THERE are two accessories we'd like to see sold alongside the Note 2!

More on this smartphone-come-tablet in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for Tech Digest updates.

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surface-rip-off.jpgIt was only a matter of time before they started arriving and, as spotted at IFA 2012 in a quiet corner of one of the tech show's smaller halls, here's your first Microsoft Surface tablet rip-off.

Put together by Chinese manufacturers at FView, they refused to let us grab a snap of the actual device, claiming we'd see it in action by October, but we managed to get a picture of this hastily drawn-up marketing poster, which, to be honest, looks like it uses stock imagery from Microsoft's own press packs anyway.

The "13.3" Windows PAD" looks pretty much exactly like the Surface, right down to pastel-coloured keyboard case, but has a few notable differences. The most wild is that it will dual-boot both Windows 8 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making it no doubt a jack of all trades and master of none.

The screen is an IPS panel, running at 1280x800, while a 1.6GHz dual core will power the slate.

Totally dodgy of course, it's not hard to imagine this popping up in Chinese markets before the end of the year, where counterfeit tech goods are rife, and the means to manufacturer rip-offs easily accessible. The iPhone's always been a key target for this sort of thing, and it'll be interesting how Microsoft deals with what is no doubt a long-line of shady characters looking to make a quick buck off their ideas.

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Motorheadphones are Motorhead headphones

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Motorheadphones-3.JPG"If you like to gamble, I tell you these are your headphones."

That's what we assume will be Motorhead front man Lemmy's marketing line, as his band put their name to a new line of headphones aimed at rockers at the IFA 2012 tech show. We tried out the Iron Fist model, pictured here.

Over-the-ear and surprisingly light and comfortable considering their chunky size (weighing just 244g), each comes equipped with 40mm neodymium speakers for a frequency response of 10 - 20,000 Hz.
Motorheadphones-2.JPGThe closed back cans have then been tuned specifically for rock music, claiming to employ studio tuning techniques to help separate each instrument cleanly in the mix.

In reality, the sound is a more conventional stereo mix, with a well balanced, clean approach to mids and highs, and deep, boisterous bass. Just what you'd want from Motorhedphones we guess, and they do go bloody loud too.
Motorheadphones-1.JPGThough the model we tested was still a prototype, when these launch by the end of the year they'll also come packaged with two cables; a 1 metre cable and a 2.5 metre cable, both single-sided, letting you have a bit more give when indoors, or the option of less flailing cables when out and about. They'll also eventually feature an in-line remote with mic, capable of the usual track, volume and phone call answering commands.

Keep an eye out for these in stores in time for Christmas.

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Introducing Haier's Transparent Touchscreen Fridge. The fridge of the future, you can use it to set reminders as to when your food is going out of date, and keep a track of what you have stored, all via a touch-enabled, see-through panel on the front. It'll even recognise what you've put inside, and suggest things to make with them. Vodka and a can of Sprite? The fridge says cocktails. We like its thinking!

Click the video above to see it in action.

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HANDS-ON: Haier Eye-Control TV

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haier-eye-control-2.jpgreview-line.JPGFrom wire-free 3D TVs to web-connected wine cellars, Haier's IFA 2012 stand is one of the show's most diverse offerings. An obvious highlight is the Chinese manufacturer's Eye Control TV, a television controlled solely through the movement of the eyes and blinking. We tried it out and share our thoughts here.

The Eye Control TV user sits in front of a sensor roughly three feet away, which is hooked up to a television via a standard Windows 7 PC. Things kick off with a short calibration process, asking the viewer to follow a series of orange spots on the screen as the sensor adjusts itself to their eyes' movements.

After this point, the viewer is in control. Focussing eyes on key points of the screen activates UI elements, with a long, deliberate blink making selections. For instance, hovering over the bottom left corner of the screen brings up the volume bar, and looking intently at the buttons on either end of the volume slider adjusts the sound. This technique also allows the user to scroll through programmes and movies and (with the set also being web-connected) social networking feeds such as Facebook and Twitter. haier-eye-control-3.jpgRaised up from a tabletop on a short stand and roughly a foot wide, there's absolutely no need to touch the sensor at all.

If you're a long-time Tech Digest reader (and so you should be!) and this sounds familiar, that's because it's using technology built in partnership with Tobii, the Swedish company that wowed us at the end of last year with their EyeAsteroids arcade machine. You can view our hands-on video of the game here.

Speaking of the Tobii game last year, we said:

"It almost feels like the game is reading your mind, as the way we chose to focus our gaze on items in the world is so closely linked to the lightning-fast way our brain reacts to make decisions and interact."haier-eye-control-4.jpgIt's exactly the same feeling with Haier's Eye Control TV; no sooner had we thought about making an adjustment to volume or switching to another program than the sensor had already registered and made good on our intentions.

As with other products that use the Tobii technology, the application is obvious; for those who live with disabilities that make movement and lifting difficult, they'll be able to throw away their remote controls and enjoy controlling their televisions with comfort. It has the potential to make television viewing far more accessible for some people.

Not quite ready for market yet, Haier are looking into fine-tuning the UI so that its integrated into the television, rather than accessed through a connected PC, as well as the possibility of integrating the sensor into the bezel of the screen (though this may need a far more sensitive sensor to achieve).haier-eye-control.jpgThere will of course be potential problems to overcome before the Eye Control TV goes mainstream. Previous applications of the Tobii technology that we've encountered have been in devices that are intended for personal use, in laptops and computer monitors. Even the EyeAsteroids game was to be played by one person at a time. With television viewing being often a social experience, Haier will have to work out a way to isolate one controller in a room full of eyes. There's the potential for even a pet owner's dog to affect your viewing here. Facial recognition is almost certainly the next step in highlighting who should or shouldn't be given control of the set.

But again we've come away impressed by the potential of the technology. Tobii have done the groundwork, and Haier are forward-thinking enough to bring it to the living room. With our eyes already focussed on the set when watching television, controlling it solely with our peepers rather than a remote control and our hands seems the logical, natural step forward. Watching television may soon become an even lazier pastime, and we're not going to argue against that on a sleepy Sunday afternoon.

Tech Digest travelled to IFA 2012 as guests of Haier.

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sennheiser-momentum.jpg"Perfect sound can be heard, felt and seen", says the press release for Sennheiser's new MOMENTUM headphone range, revealed at IFA 2012 earlier today. Whether you buy that or not, the new over-ear sets look to pair a minimalist design with the most comfortable, premium materials and top-notch audio quality.

Using Sennheiser's "established technologies from the high-end headphone sector", the cans are made from predominately natural materials, including leather from English tannery Pittards and a swish stainless steel headband slider.

Using a standard 3.5mm jack, the Momentum headphones will work best with Apple products like iPods, iPhones and iPads thanks the compatible in-line remote and microphone, letting you make hands-free calls, change music tracks and adjust volume.

"Our passion for perfection is apparent not only in the outstanding technology used in the MOMENTUM but also in its modern, distinctive design and selected premium materials," says Dominic Feeney, product manager at Sennheiser UK.

"With striking yet minimalistic design, it makes the MOMENTUM the perfect accessory for those keen to display a passion for quality audio with a discreet and stylish authority."

Landing in September for £259.99, you'll be able to pick these up from John Lewis and HMV stores.

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philips-6900-smart-tv-top.jpgTP Vision, the new TV manufacturing arm for Philips, have revealed the new PFL6900 Smart TV series, ditching the chunky frames of Philips' earlier offerings.

Measuring just 35mm thick but still squeezing in the atmospheric Ambilight technology that throws light around the walls surrounding the TV, they're fully connected sets with 3D support thrown in for good measure.

Available in 42 and 47-inch sizes, both 6900 series screens offer catch-up TV services, web browsing, online video download stores apps and USB hard-disk recording of shows across three USB ports.

Android and iPhone users will be able to control the sets via the Philips MyRemote App, while gamers will be able to use the 3D capabilities of the screen to view the entire display each when sharing the TV for split-screen multiplayer games.

600Hz Perfect Motion Rate refresh rates and 4 HDMI ports round off an impressive spec list.

Pricing and availability to follow. We'll update when we have it.

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lenovo-laptop-s-series-range-top.jpgWith the launch of Windows 8 looming large over much of what we've seen so far at IFA 2012, Lenovo are looking to get a head start with three new additions to their S Series laptop range.

While the the Lenovo S300, S400 and S405 laptops will arrive in the coming weeks with Windows 7 pre-loaded, owners of each will be given the option to make a free jump to Windows 8 when it lands on October 26th. Each of the S Series laptops have had close attention paid to their touchpads as a result, making them better prepared for the bevy of gesture controls set to land with Windows 8.

With all three models measuring 21.9mm thick and weighing 1.8kg with a 14-inch display, the differences lie with each laptop's internal configuration.
lenovo-laptop-s-series-range-mid.jpgThe Lenovo S300 and S400 pack in either a 3rd generation i3 or i5 Intel core, leaving the S405 with AMD A8 quad-core APUs. The S405 also has the larger storage capacity at 1TB, while the S300 and S400 manage just 500GB.

Landing in red, pink and silver shades, prices start at £349 for the entry-level models.

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philips-retro-radio-docking-stations-top.jpgPhilips have ben making radios since way back in the 1920s, and they're putting all those years of audio experience to good use in the retro-inspired Original Radio series, revealed at IFA 2012 today.

In terms of design, they take their cues from the Philips range of the 1950s, albeit with all the 21st century bells and whistles you'd expect. Available in red, cream and dark wood finishes, they feature chunky aluminium dials and two 10-watt speakers.

Five different models will be available. Alongside the iPhone/iPod docking smarts of the ORD7300, ORD7100C and ORD 7100R, the OR7200 and ORD7300 also squeeze in DAB+ digital radio. The OR7000 keeps things cheaper and simpler with just FM, LW and MW stations.

We'll bring you pricing and availability details as they are revealed.

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sony-84-4k.jpgWe'd heard rumours of an 80-inch 4K HDTV from Sony going into IFA 2012, but the Japanese tech tycoons have gone one better by delivering an 84-inch beast.

The 4K Bravia KD-84X9005 was revealed today, apparently drawing gasps from crowds and being compared to a "Chevy Suburban" by an eagle-eyed IGN journo who noted it's actually wider than the car.

While being lust-worthy for its almost-4-times-sharper-than-full-HD definition (3840 x 2160), Sony are also trying to combat the age-old flatscreen audio problem by offering two side-mounted speakers for the set. Together, these house ten speakers, creating a virtual 5.1 surround sound field. Anyone with the cash to drop on this set though, as well as the space to house it, will presumably already have a high-end surround sound set-up anyway though.

That 84-inch size has practical applications beyond simple bragging rights too. At that high a definition, size counts if the human eye wants to be able to appreciate 4K resolutions at a comfortable viewing distance.

4K is set to be the true successor to HDTV's throne after the lacklustre response to 3DTV. With Sony's next-gen PlayStation 4 console rumoured to support 4K resolutions, gamers may want to get in on the action here early, though they'll be expected to need a five-figure sum if they want this particular set when it lands by the end of the year.

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haier-vision-control-1346161694.gifMore inspired takes on TV tech coming out of the Haier stable at this year's IFA 2012 conference, following an interesting showing from the brand earlier in the year at CES 2012. Are you ready for eye-controlled and transparent television sets?

Well that's what Haier have on show at their IFA 2012 stand. First up, the transparent television set. A 46-incher, it's being aimed towards business and retail markets, and features a touchscreen display compatible with six simultaneous points of contact. It's still very much prototype technology, but expect to see these built into window displays of the future down at your local shopping centre.

Then there's the eye controlled set, which places a Kinect-like sensor in front of where you sit to view your TV, tracking movements and blinks to control things such as channel selection, volume control and muting options. Simply focus your eye over select sections of the screen, and perform an exaggerated blink to activate them. It sounds similar to the Tobii EyeAsteroids game we tried out late last year, which worked surprisingly well, making this a great accessibility set should it ever hit the market. The screen also has 3D gesture controls for remote-free control of the set too, as well as nine-axis gyroscope, presumably to aid the set-up of portrait orientations in retail environments.

As well as these innovations, Haier are also showcasing a 55-inch glasses-free LED set with 28 different viewing angles, and a 55-inch 3D LED Ultra High Definition set.

Haier certainly look set on pushing home cinema boundaries this year. We'll be going hands (and eyes!) on with their TV tech later this week, and will be bringing back a full report for your pleasure.

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sony-launches-hmz-t2-personal-3d-viewer.jpgSony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer headset was one of the maddest home cinema devices we've had the pleasure of trying in recent years. Sure, it wasn't all that comfortable (so heavy you had to lean back to use it for extended periods of time) and it was as expensive as a whole TV despite only one person being able to use it at a time, but it looked as though it came from a future, Tron-inspired world, and offered a pretty darn good 3D viewing experience. Sony have now used IFA 2012 to reveal its successor, the HMZ-T2.

Aimed mainly at gamers (though working equally well with 3D movies), the HMZ-T2 uses stereo OLED panels (one for each eye) to deliver its 3D visuals, eliminating the crosstalk issues other 3D sets suffer from. There's also virtual surround sound onboard for a personal cinema experience.

This time around everything should feel far more comfortable though, being significantly lighter at 330g and with more fitting options to let the device fit more snugly around your head and over your eyes. You can now also hook up your own headphones, either wired or wireless, to the headset, given a tailored audio experience, as well as those that come with the device.

"Everything about the HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer is designed for comfort and total immersion," says Naoto Yoshioka, Home Audio Video senior product manager at Sony Europe.

"Once you're watching a film or playing a game, you're totally absorbed in the thrilling action and forget you're even wearing the headset."

No pricing or release date revealed yet, but we wouldn't expect this to land much cheaper than the £500 price tag of the original model.

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xperia-j-xperia-v.jpgHot on the heels of the IFA 2012 reveal of their new Xperia T flagship smartphone, Sony have revealed a further two Xperia handsets. The Sony Xperia V and Sony Xperia J are smaller, top-to-mid-range Android devices fit for penny-pinching times.

Looking firstly at the Xperia V (pictured above, left), it's a slightly smaller version of the Xperia T, using a 4.3 inch Mobile Bravia 2 display rather than the 4.6 inch screen seen in the Xperia T. It has a HD-ready 1280x720 resolution screen too, making for a slightly higher pixel density than that of the Xperia T.

Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich off a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor (backed by 1GB of RAM), it's near identical to the Xperia T, barring that slight drop in screen size.

Under the hood you'll find 8GB of storage space (expandable by 32GB with microSD cards), as well as 4G LTE, NFC, MHL and Wi-Fi connectivity. Again, the same 13MP camera tech found in the Xperia T is also present, as well as full HD 1080p recording.

Launching in Q4 2012, no pricing details are available for the Xperia V yet, but Black, Pink and White casing shades have been confirmed.

Moving onto the Xperia J (above, right), it's the most affordable new Sony handset revealed at IFA 2012. Offering a 4-inch touchscreen with a 854x480 resolution, it uses a 1GHz single-core processor backed by 512MB of RAM.

There's also a 5MP camera onboard, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich as the onboard OS.

Again launching at an as-yet undisclosed price in Q4 2012, the Xperia J will come in Black, Gold, White and Pink colours.

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xperia-t.jpgSony have a new Android smartphone flagship in the shape of the Sony Xperia T, freshly revealed at IFA 2012.

Leaked first as the Mint and LT30i, the Xperia T uses a 4.6-inch Mobile Bravia 2 touchscreen, running at a 1280x720 resolution. A 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor sits under the hood, flanked by 1GB of RAM.

Camera tech is looking impressive, with a 13MP rear camera stealing the show, also capable of shooting full HD 1080p video. A front facing camera is also onboard, itself able to capture 720p footage.

Plenty of connectivity is offered too, via 4G LTE (where available), One-Touch NFC, MHL, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It's also a PlayStation certified device, meaning you'll be able to download classic PlayStation gaming titles too.

Sadly no Jelly Bean here, with the Xperia T landing with Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, but Sony promise an upgrade shortly after launch.

The successor to the Xperia S, the Xperia T will also feature as Bond, James Bond's smartphone in the upcoming Skyfall movie.

As ever with Sony, no pricing has been revealed yet, but you should be able to pick the Xperia T up next month in either Black, Silver or White shades.

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htc-desire-x.jpgAfter a troubling year for HTC, the Taiwanese mobile maker's IFA 2012 offering has been a little muted, but one handset has caught our eye; the new HTC Desire X.

Piggybacking off the love many still feel for the original Desire handset, the Desire X (formally known as the Proto) packs in a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which powers a 4-inch LCD WVGA touchscreen.

Android 4.0 is the OS of choice, while the HTC One X's impressive camera tech (which includes HDR capture, continuous shooting and the ability to capture video and stills at the same time) all also return. You're getting a 5MP sensor this time around on the rear though.

Elsewhere the Beats Audio partnership continues to be integrated, alongside 4GB of storage given a cloud-based boost by a free 25GB worth of Dropbox space.

"HTC Desire X is an extension of your social life," said Jason Mackenzie, President, Global
Sales and Marketing for HTC Corporation.

"If you're looking to enjoy and share high quality multimedia, wherever you are, this is the phone for you. It not only looks and sounds great, but also provides a super-fast, highly personal mobile experience at a great price."

Launching in Europe and Asia in October, no pricing details have been revealed yet, but we'll pass them on once we get them.

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