Just as CES in Las Vegas is all about glitzy dreams and hazy visions of prototypes that may never come to pass, the annual IFA trade show in Berlin is all about concrete reality. The devices announced at IFA will be on store shelves this holiday season. Period.
And because IFA is the last major electronics conference before that oh-so-crucial holiday season, device makers typically reveal the last big surprises of the year at IFA, hoping to make a splash before shipping products out to store shelves.
This year was no different. Join me for a walk through IFA's most notable announcements, from Chromebook killers to ultra-productive phones to a veritable legion of smartwatches—and more.