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Daily Roundup: hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, the Sony Xperia Z1, and more!

Daily Roundup: hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, the Sony Xperia Z1, and more!
David Fishman
David Fishman|September 4, 2013 7:20 PM

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

Today, at IFA 2013, Samsung announced its long rumored (and much leaked) Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This week's prototype slip-up didn't leave much to the imagination, but some of the nitty gritty details were wrong. The Gear will ship with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED panel sporting a resolution of 320 x 320. The camera -- which came as a surprise to us -- is designed to capture low-res shots and 10-second 720p videos, and includes a 1.9-megapixel BSI sensor and an auto-focus lens. Read on for our full first impressions of the colorful wearable.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 preview

Continuing its barrage of new products, Samsung also announced today the third iteration of its Android phablet: the Galaxy Note 3. So what's changed? The new Note comes with better S Pen integration, a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED panel, and is 1.3mm narrower than its predecessor. The biggest change, however, can be found on the back of the device. Samsung -- once famous for its glossy plastic exterior -- has moved away from the material and replaced it with a matte faux-leather finish that's more comfortable, offers a better grip and doesn't leave fingerprints. Click on through for the full spill and a video of us getting handsy with the new Note.

Sony Xperia Z1 hands-on

The rumored Xperia Honami was officially announced today at IFA 2013, and among the changes Sony revealed about the device was its name. Instead of Honami, the new Xperia's called the Z1 and comes with comes with a 5-inch, full HD (1080p) display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 supported by 2GB of RAM, and is encased in a one-piece aluminum shell. Head on up for more details, and a hands-on video of the Z1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) hands-on

Along with the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch and an updated Galaxy Note phone, Samsung announced a new Note 10.1 tablet today at IFA 2013. Prior to its announcement, the 10.1 had been severely downplayed in light of the aforementioned gadgets -- but worry not because you'll be able to get your S Pen fix with the fresh tablet regardless. Following the design cues of its smaller sibling, the Note 10.1 does away with its plastic package for a faux-leather upgrade and a high-resolution WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) LCD panel. Interested to hear more? Click the link above for our full impressions.

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Daily Roundup: hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, the Sony Xperia Z1, and more!