Android Authority this week – September 6, 2015

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It was the week of IFA, and some of the biggest names in technology delivered once again. Sony launched a new generation of the Xperia Z series, including the bombshell Xperia Z5 Premium, the world’s first 4K smartphone. Samsung managed to wow us with a Tizen smartwatch that actually looks sleek and compelling. Motorola brought out its refined Moto 360 2nd generation.  Huawei introduced the impressive Mate S and the long-delayed Huawei Watch. Lenovo and ZTE continued their quest to conquer the market with affordable, but competent devices. Startup Nextbit showed off a fresh take on the cloud-centric smartphone concept. And maybe the hottest news of the week: details on the upcoming LG Nexus 5X.

Inside AA HQ

Having a team that is spread out throughout the world has its perks, but one drawback is we don’t often get to see each other IRL. That’s why big shows like IFA and MWC are special for us on a personal level. Not only we see each other, we get to meet up with our colleagues, friends (and competitors) in the blogosphere and media. And for people that spend their days literally staring at screens, that’s a blast.

Lanh working his magic at #IFA2015 #note5 #xperiaz5premium who wins?

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Josh, Lanh, Nirave and I have had a good time in bustling Berlin, bringing you what we hope is some of the best IFA coverage around. But the show still goes on, so keep it tuned for more posts and videos over the next couple of days.

This week, we brought you our exclusive report on the Nexus 5X. Coming September 29 at an affordable price, the Nexus 5X will probably be targeted at the mass market, and that makes us happy – more people will be enjoying Android in the most Googley way possible, and we can’t wait to see the new device (and Huawei’s Nexus) in action.

Is 4K even remotely necessary on a smartphone screen? The debate will rage on for years, but Full HD is still a great choice, especially if battery life is what you’re after. From my hands-on time with the Full HD Xperia Z5, it’s a lovely piece of gear. If you want to win one, our weekly giveaway is the place to go – best of luck to everyone!

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The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

Xperia, now in 4K

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Gear S2 is here, and it’s impressive

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Moto 360, take two

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Huawei Mate S

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New Lenovos

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Nexus 5X coming soon

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Nextbit Robin: perching in the cloud

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Axon Elite

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