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At the IFA 2017 consumer tech show, we got our hands on some amazing gadgets from a range of categories. But as the pre-event launches drew to a close, a few products stood out more than the rest.

This is GadgetMatch’s Best of IFA 2017 Awards.

Best Premium Smartphone — LG V30

Was there any doubt about the LG V30 taking this award? This is easily LG’s most beautiful smartphone to date with its FullVision display and strong focus on multimedia features while keeping the dual-camera setup.

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Best Midrange Smartphone — Moto X4

Moto’s X-series is back, and it’s better than ever. The Moto X4 forgoes the Moto Mods of the Z-series and instead chooses a solid glass back surrounding the advanced dual-camera setup.

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Best Laptop — Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes

It’s difficult to make a great laptop even better, but Lenovo somehow managed to pull it off with the Yoga 920 Vibes. You can’t go wrong with a thin and light aluminum unibody with a “Vibes of Elegance” design under durable Gorilla Glass.

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Best 2-in-1 Convertible — Acer Switch 7 Black Edition

As the world’s first fanless 2-in-1 convertible with a dedicated graphics card, Acer’s Switch 7 Black Edition is on another level. It even comes with a battery-free stylus and fingerprint scanner under the display for instant logins.

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Best Wearable — Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is the fitness smartwatch you’ll want to take to the pool. It has the water resistance and activity tracking you need to stay on top of your game at all times.

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Best Gaming Machine — Acer Predator Orion 9000

It doesn’t get much more powerful than this. The Acer Predator Orion 9000 can house as many as four high-end graphics cards and an 18-core, 36-thread processor to slay AAA games for years to come.

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Best VR/AR Experience — Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

This is by far the coolest product shown at IFA 2017. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges places you in the world of Star Wars for lightsaber battles using Lenovo’s trio of augmented reality accessories.

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Best Action Camera — Sony RX0

No challenge is too tough for the Sony RX0. The super-durable action camera can capture every breathtaking adventure through its high-speed video capture and top-quality Zeiss optics working in tandem.

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Best Drone — DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

With the immense popularity of the Mavic Pro, it’s only natural for DJI to release a worthy follow-up. The Mavic Pro Platinum has all the features that made the original so great, while being able to fly even longer and more quietly.

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IFA has had a whirlwind of amazing announcements at its show in Berlin this year, and now that most brands showed their best products, we’re finally able to give out awards for the ones that caught our attention the most.

Here we are: These are the best gadgets and tech we’ve seen at IFA 2018!

ASUS ZenBook 14

IFA became a showcase for laptops that eliminate bezels almost entirely. The ASUS ZenBook 14 is a great example of this, and even offers one of the most unique trackpads we’ve ever seen, being able to turn into a virtual numpad at the press of a button. Now that’s laptop innovation!

Huawei Kirin 980

While other manufacturers are scrambling to release their next-generation processor, Huawei beat everyone to the punch with the Kirin 980, the world’s first commercial 7nm chipset. It’s amazingly fast both in AI capabilities and real-world usage — a must-see on Huawei’s next flagship phone!

Huawei P20 Pro (Leather)

How do you make one of the best Android phones this year even better? If you ask Huawei, it’s by slapping on genuine leather to the back for an awesome new texture. The leather variant of the P20 Pro not only looks good, but will also age like fine wine the more you use it.

Huawei Tracker

If you want something that can track your valuables wherever they are, it doesn’t get any better than the Huawei Tracker. It’s complete in features, from the SIM and full global navigation support to IP68 water and dust resistance. Nothing will ever get lost when this is attached!

LG 8K OLED TV

Welcome to the era of 8K! The newest super-dense resolution is coming to your next televisions, and LG is spearheading this charge. LG’s 88-inch 8K OLED TV is pretty much the pinnacle of technological advancement in the living room.

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GadgetMatch Awards: Best of Computex 2018

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It’s that time of the year again! Asia’s biggest tech show Computex is drawing to a close and we’re handing out awards to the products that shined brightest for us.

Without further ado, these are our winners for Best of Computex 2018:

ASUS ROG Phone

If there’s one product that wowed us most at Computex 2018, it was the ROG Phone. After years of research and development, ASUS’ ultimate gaming has arrived with all the bells and whistles. We believe ASUS when they say this was made by gamers for gamers.

ASUS VivoWatch BP

Bringing together health and tech is recipe for success, and the VivoWatch BP proves that. It goes beyond the call by accurately tracking your blood pressure in only 15 seconds! Plus, it can seamlessly connect to your smartphone using ASUS’ HealthAI technology.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition

The Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is by far the most attractive gaming laptop at Computex 2018. Its all-white chassis and gold accents make for a spectacular sight in a sea of black gaming notebooks. It’s fast too with the latest-generation hardware you can find.

Acer Predator X27

There was a bunch of great gaming monitors at Computex 2018, but none stood out as much as the Predator X27. You can’t go wrong with a 4K HDR panel with NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology on top of a refresh rate of 144Hz and fast 4ms response time — that’s really all you need!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850

The Snapdragon 850 is an even better, badder chipset. Designed for PCs and two-in-ones, this has more computing power in a lighter package than previously thought possible. Improving from the idea that was launched last year, this new processor takes “Always on, always connected” to a whole new level.

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GadgetMatch Awards: Best of MWC 2018

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Every year, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona becomes the venue for many exciting announcements in the tech world. This year was no different.

From smartphone flagships, to laptops, to new wearables, this year’s MWC did not disappoint. Here are our picks for Best of MWC 2018.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is not only stunning on the outside, it’s also a power-packed on the inside. What Samsung has been able to pull off with the Galaxy S9‘s Dual Aperture camera is a feat of engineering that only techies might fully understand, but anyone who loves to take photos can fully appreciate. The S9 was the marquee feature of MWC 2018 and it’s set the bar high. New features like AR Emoji and super slow-mo video sweeten the deal, and make this a solid upgrade.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9: Four fun new features

Nokia 7 Plus

The Nokia 7 Plus, crafted from a single block of aluminum, is a definite looker. Easily one of the best-looking phones at MWC, and proof that you don’t need a borderless screen to look good. It feels good too, with a soft textured back that doesn’t pick up smudges. Add a pair of Carl Zeiss lenses, a pure Android experience, and sub-EUR 400 price tag, and you have the best value-for-money phone so far this year.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 7 Plus brings near-borderless display and Zeiss optics to Android One

ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite

ASUS’ newest line wowed at MWC but one device in particular caught our eye — and not just because it comes in beautiful red. With four cameras (including two in front), and the same all-glass design as the higher-end ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 5 Lite is our favorite ZenFone of the bunch, and our new favorite selfie smartphone.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite comes with quad-camera system

Land Rover Explore

We loved the Land Rover Explore because it represents the active lifestyle like no other Android phone we’ve seen. The phone is drop proof, ice proof, and rain proof. But what makes this rugged phone an adventurer’s dream is its modular approach, with kits for bikers and mountain climbers in the works.

Nokia 1

To be a great phone, you just need to cover your bases and be great at them. Nokia goes back to basics and is amazing at it — proof that a smartphone doesn’t need all the frills to be a great device. Not only is the Nokia 1 the best budget smartphone of MWC, it’s probably the best sub-US$ 100 Android phone.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 1 is now official and it’s powered by Android Go

Vivo Apex

Is the future of smartphones borderless? In a sea of notch-full smartphones Vivo’s Apex concept easily became the must-see tech of MWC 2018. When many announcements are purely iterative, we appreciate innovation. The Vivo Apex has a fully borderless display, a pop-up selfie camera, and a fingerprint sensor that covers the entire half of the screen.

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LG V30S ThinQ

Technology is moving towards artificial intelligence and LG will not be left behind. If LG’s philosophy is to be believed, there’s nowhere to go but up. Instead of releasing a new phone, LG introduced their own artificial intelligence technology on an already existing premium flagship. This AI allows the device to recognize shooting scenarios and improve on the photos based on this information. The LG V30S ThinQ is a true testament to LG’s continued commitment to improvement and excellence.

SEE ALSO: LG announces V30S ThinQ with artificial intelligence built-in

Nokia 8110 4G

The Nokia 8110 4G is the throwback feature phone we’ve all been waiting for. The nostalgic device, once featured in the movie The Matrix, is back and it’s gotten some 2018 upgrades. It also comes in a bright yellow version — fitting for a device dubbed “banana phone.”

SEE ALSO: Nokia reboots another classic: The 8810 4G

Huawei MateBook X Pro

The borderless race doesn’t only apply to smartphones and it’s amazing that a laptop is leading in this category.

The world’s first FullView laptop comes in the form of Huawei’s MateBook X Pro. This beautiful device accomplishes what a lot of laptops have only attempted. Sheer ingenuity allowed for almost non-existent bezels on this machine — the camera is tucked away in the keyboard.

SEE ALSO: Huawei MateBook X Pro hands-on

Lenovo Chromebook 300e

Lenovo’s Chromebook 300e is the perfect notebook computer for students. It can flip around like a Lenovo Yoga and be used in tablet mode. Our favorite feature though is being able to use a regular pencil as a stylus!

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils powerful Yoga 730 and Flex 14 at MWC 2018

Sony Xperia Ear Duo

Sony’s MWC releases were not limited to phones. The Xperia Ear Duo is unlike any other headset; it reimagines how you listen to music giving you a more ambient experience and allowing you to still interact with signals from the world around you. These unique earbuds generate sound behind the ear and come with Google Assistant.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia Ear Duo are wireless headsets reimagined

Qualcomm Snapdragon 700

Qualcomm’s newest processor is technology we’ve all been waiting for. It bridges the gap between midrange and premium processors. Bringing top-tier functions like artificial intelligence to more markets, and more people. Considering most major smartphones rely on Qualcomm SoCs to power their phones, this was an easy pick for us.

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