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HTC One mini 2 takes on the midrange: We go hands-on

HTC has a midrange problem. The One M8 is a great phone, but it's a flagship which means it's expensive. It's also big, with a 5-inch screen and those frequently-commented-on big bezels top and bottom. Arriving to hopefully save the day is the HTC One mini 2, taking the style and some of the key functionality of the One M8, and making it easier to hold, easier to afford, and far more suited to the mass-market.

Samsung Galaxy Camera: Hands-on with the 16MP Android snapper

Samsung has thrown its Android and point-and-shoot digital camera teams together, and come up with the Galaxy Camera, an 16-megapixel Android-based snapper with a 21x optical zoom. At first glance more akin to a camera than a phone, the Galaxy Camera includes a 4.8-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super LCD and a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS, paired with a 23mm wide angle lens and an optical zoom unheard of on handsets.

Samsung Galaxy Note II revealed: We go hands-on!

Samsung's Galaxy Note II, the sequel to the Galaxy Note "phablet," has been officially announced, a 5.5-inch update that makes the pen-equipped device even more useful to digital note-takers. Smoothing out the original Note's blunt edges with a Galaxy S III-inspired curved casing, yet still managing to be just 9.4mm thick and 180g, the Note II boosts screen size by 0.2-inches as well, though notches down the resolution to 1280 x 720.

Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on [Video]

Expectations are high for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and from our hands-on playtime with the new Android flagship we've a feeling users will be pleased. Samsung may not have lived up to the pre-launch hype, but it has delivered a phone that improves on all areas of its predecessor: better screen, faster processor and more usable camera.

HTC ONE X Review

2011 was not HTC's year. Despite what appeared to be a strong start at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, by the tail-end of the year HTC had seen its device sales slump and rivals like Samsung steal its innovation crown, no small shock for the company which had long been known as the Android backbone. 2012, then, sees HTC become the challenger again, and the HTC One X is the powerhouse of that attack. Packing a quadcore Tegra 3 chipset in European form, it's a big, fast answer to those who said HTC had let specifications slip. Question is, does the One X do enough to leave HTC in a solid position ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5?

Galaxy Tab 7.7 Hands-on

Samsung is on something of a roll with its Android tablets, pumping out three different sizes in the space of a year. Twelve months on from the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab comes the Galaxy Tab 7.7, packing a slightly larger display, higher resolution and faster, 1.4GHz dual-core processor. Perhaps more important for ultramobile users is the reduced size and weight, however. Read on for our hands-on impressions.

Galaxy Note Hands-on [Video]

Bigger than a Galaxy S II but smaller than a new Galaxy Tab 7.7; offering the latest in capacitive touch but also a stylus; the Samsung Galaxy Note is a device with a few personalities. Intended to pull together phone, paper notebook, games device and tablet into one pen-enabled smart handheld, it's certainly one of the more ambitious gadgets we've seen at IFA 2011.
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