In pictures: Best tech products from IFA

Ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones from Germany's biggest electronics trade fair.

By Chris Jager on Sep 10, 2012
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Last week, the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) electronics expo showcased the best upcoming tech products from leading manufacturers around the world. The expo includes plenty of business-friendly products from the likes of Sony, Samsung, HP and others. Here are some of the highlights from the showroom floor.
IFA 2012 took place in Berlin, Germany. It opened its doors to the public on August 31 and ran to September 5. In all, 1439 exhibitors presented products at this year's event in a display area spanning 142,200 square metres. Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Philips were amongst many of the brands showcasing their latest hardware, software and gadgets to members of the public.
Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung's consumer president, addressed the media during the IFA 2012 press day. Samsung products demoed at IFA included the Samsung Notebook Series 9, Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Galaxy Note 2 smartphone. [Credit: Getty Images]
A visitor tries out Sony's Vaio Duo 11; a hybrid PC tablet running Windows 8. It sports an 11.6in Full HD touchscreen that can slide up into a netbook with an inbuilt keyboard. [Credit: Getty Images]
A visitor uses the Sony Vaio Duo 11 in tablet/stylus mode. The Duo 11 has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.[Credit: Getty Images]
HP's Spectre XT laptop featuring an Intel Ivy Bridge processor is displayed during IFA 2012. The Spectre XT comes with Beats Audio, a high-definition display and video camera, and a TPM chip, which secures data on the solid state drive as well as in e-mail. HP has redesigned the touchpad, adding more real estate for Windows 8. [Credit: Getty Images]
Apple may have been a no-show, but the iPhone accessories were in abundance at IFA 2012. [Credit: Getty Images]
A guest doodles with a live image of herself on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; a tablet device notable for its 'S Pen' stylus interface. [Credit: Getty Images]
The Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet has been out for around a month now, but the version at IFA 2012 came with Windows 8 instead of Android. [Credit: Getty Images]
You can read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 here. [Credit: Getty Images]
Visitors try out the new Samsung Ativ Smart PC, which features a tablet monitor and detachable keybaord, during IFA 2012. [Credit: Getty Images]
The Samsung Ativ Smart PC is essentially a tablet with a removeable keyboard dock, not unlike Microsoft's own Surface tablet. The tablet measures 11.6 inches and features the full Windows 8 OS and a Note-style S Pen stylus. Battery life is rated at eight hours. [Credit: Getty Images]
IFA guests get some hands-on time with Samsung's flagship laptop; the ultra thin Notebook Series 9. Chief specifications include up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, a Samsung-branded 128GB SSD and an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPU. [Credit: Getty Images]
A Samsung Notebook Series 9 laptop computer (left) running Microsoft Windows 8 sits next to an Apple Macbook Air at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2012. You can read our full review of the Samsung Notebook Series 9 here. [Credit: Getty Images]
Visitors check out the latest Samsung smartphones at IFA 2012. The company also released the Ativ 8 smartphone in preparation for Windows 8.[Credit: Getty Images]
The Samsung Galaxy Note II was one of the company's biggest draw-cards at IFA 2012, where the phone made its official debut. [Credit: Getty Images]
A visitor tries out the new Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2012. Improvements over the original Galaxy Note include a slightly larger display (5.5in vs. 5.3in), a faster 1.6GHz processor and a thinner, lighter design. It also runs on the latest version of the Android OS: 4.1 AKA 'Jelly Bean'. [Credit: Getty Images]

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