IFA 2017 recap - the hot smartphones we saw in Berlin

Ivan, 03 September 2017

Another edition of the IFA congress is over and done and it was an eventful one. Samsung decided to forgo its big Galaxy Note8 announcement from IFA but LG, Sony and Motorola all showcased their next flagships during the tech congress.

So here's a recap of all we saw from Berlin.


Alcatel had four smartphones and a smartwatch to show at IFA 2017. The Idol 5S, Idol 5, A7 XL and A7 alongside the Movetime watch.

alcatel Idol 5s alcatel Idol 5 alcatel A7
alcatel Idol 5s • alcatel Idol 5 • alcatel A7

Here's our hands-on.


Starting in alphabetical order and starting off big with Archos. The company released a slew of products, including four different Archos Access phones (with displays ranging between 4-4.5-5-5.5-inches) and an Archos Core 50.

Archos Access Archos Core 50
Archos Access • Archos Core 50

There was the rugged Archos Sense 47X as well as the 10.1-inch Archis Sense 101X slate.

Archos Sense 47X Archos Sense 101X
Archos Sense 47X • Archos Sense 101X

The higher end Diamond lineup made an appearance too with the Archos Diamond Alpha+ and Diamond Tab.

Archos Diamond Alpha+ Archos Diamond Tab
Archos Diamond Alpha+ • Archos Diamond Tab


Acer refrained from showing a phone at IFA but showed what may as well have been a phone. The Holo360 camera comes with a Snapdragon 625, a screen and Android 7.1 Nougat.

There was another 360 camera - the Vision360, a 15.6-inch Chromebook 15, the Acer Swift 5, Switch 7 Black Edition and the Spin 5.


Asus had a lineup of laptops and a Mixed Reality Headset.


While at IFA we paid a visit to a phone originally announced at the MWC 2017 back in February - the BlackBerry Keyone. The reason for the visit is its new Black Edition. here's the hands-on.

BlackBerry Keyone
BlackBerry Keyone


We always enjoy handling Cat phones - they're brick-like build and their nostalgia-inducing bezels are always welcome in our hearts.

And so we manhandled the S41 and S31 Cat smartphones. Hands-on here.


Honor kept it pretty tame, announcing a new Robin Egg Blue color option of the Honor9, which we had seen before..

Huawei Honor 9
Huawei Honor 9


You probably haven't heard of Hisense. Whether that will change is up to fate. But we saw a very interesting, very beautiful smartphone from Hisense and we shared a hands-on with you.

We loved the 5.99-inch 18:9 LCD of the Hisense HLTE300T and the phone's super cool blue trim.

Lenovo and Motorola

Motorola made the fourth-gen Moto X official with a dual camera on the back, water proofing and a clever front facing camera that either snaps 16MP detailed stills or downsampled 4MP selfies for lower noise in lower light.

Here's our Moto X4 hands-on.

Motorola Moto X4
Motorola Moto X4

Lenovo dropped a bunch of Yoga hybrids and convertibles. but showed nothing in the way of smartphones.


LG made the biggest waves with the V30 - it's new flagship. It packs a better set of cameras, a better, curvier design, much better screen (P-OLED !!!) and a classier chassis. Oh and a Snapdragon 835.

LG V30
LG V30

LG V30 hands-on here.


Samsung kept to smart wearables and headphones for its IFA presentation. It showed the new Gear Sport smartwatch, its Gear Fit2 Pro smart band and its new truly wireless earbuds - the Gear IconX (2018).

Gear Sport
Samsung Gear Sport

You can find our hands-on here.


Sony released the XZ1 and XA1 series of phones. The XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are equipped with the fastest chipset around, Sony's best camera and display, and have a slightly improved design.

Sony Xperia XZ1Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Sony Xperia XZ1 • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

The XA1 family is beautiful and attainable. And it covers a wide range of screen sizes.

Sony Xperia XA1Sony Xperia XA1 PlusSony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Sony Xperia XA1 • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Check out our Xperia XZ1 hands-on, our Xperia XZ1 Compact hands-on and our Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on.

Smartphones aside we saw a bunch of Sony headphones.

Finally Sony showed a nifty little rugged cam aimed at VR - the RX0.


Reader comments

Here's the link: https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/09/lg-v30-hands-on-display-quality/ "It would be remiss of me not to again emphasize that my V30 is a pre-production unit, but I can't imagine too many more changes will be made to the OL...

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can you send a link?

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I'll check it out

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