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5 of the best smartphones announced at IFA 2019

Now that IFA 2019 is over, we can view all announcements of one of ' the world's largest annual technical events. A few new phones were announced from some of the largest companies such as Samsung, Nokia and Motorola, and a recurring foldable face that we first heard about almost five months ago.

There is a common theme among IFA 2019 smartphones – they are all on the cheaper end of the market. This is not a MWC 2019 (an annual show with more focus on smartphones), so we didn't expect any new advanced devices, and these are all phones that most people will buy anyway.

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We have viewed all new smartphone versions of IFA 2019 to decide which one to look out for, and here is our final list.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is one of the first affordable 5G phones. That doesn't mean it is cheap, but it is certainly cheaper than other many other 5G handsets.

Aside from the connectivity options, the phone has a number of features that make Samsung ' s Galaxy A-series handsets real middle-class contenders: there is a high-quality Super AMOLED display, powerful 4,500 mAh battery and an impressive range of 3 camera ' s supported by a 48MP sensor.

This is definitely a device to watch out for in the future, especially if you want to participate in the 5G hype without breaking the bank.

  • Read our practical Samsung Galaxy A90 5G review

Motorola One Zoom

The Motorola One series of smartphones is the company's attempt to impress in the middle segment and the latest addition is the Motorola One Zoom.

With four cameras (including, yes, a telephoto zoom lens, as the name suggests), you can probably take great photos on the device. They are the main camera, an optical zoom lens, an ultra wide angle lens and a depth sensor, so that you can take photos in a number of different situations.

That is not all, and the One Zoom offers an addition to other functions. It seems like a worthy brother or sister of the A vision and An action, and show that the Motorola One series is something to take seriously.

  • Read our practical Motorola One Zoom review

Nokia 7.2

HMD Global (the current owners of the Nokia brand) has released two new phones at IFA 2019. We find the most impressive the Nokia 7.2 thanks to an important addition.

It features a 48MP camera, the first to ever adorn the back of a Nokia handset, and it will be the handset of ' great mid-range camera phone ' as the Nokia devices tend, to ' serious mid-range contender ' uplift.

The rest of the phone has a medium range of specifications and statistics, including an intriguing screen and a sleek design, but it's great to see Nokia taking its photography sensitivities more seriously.

  • Read our Nokia 7.2 hands-on review

Sony Xperia 5

The Sony compact is back. Yeah, sort of; meet the Sony Xperia 5.

The handset picks up after the Sony Xperia 1, with similar specifications and design, but while the Xperia 1 was the same size as the Xperia 10 Plus, the Xperia 5 has approximately the same dimensions as the Xperia 10, that means it's a bit smaller. It is not as "compact" as the retired Compact range from Sony, but it is certainly a better size for your pocket.

At TechRadar we were pretty big fans of the Xperia 1, so it would be interesting to see how the specifications are scaled back to the Xperia 5. The full success depends on the price, and at the moment we don't know what that is.

  • Read our practical Sony Xperia 5 review

LG G8X ThinQ

Now that LG's smartphones have struggled to arouse interest in recent years, the company has tried to find new features that can win back the interest of the public, and at the moment its pet project is dual-screen tech.

The LG G8X ThinQ has a dual-screen attachment (as opposed to the base LG G8 ThinQ, but like the LG V50 ThinQ), and it is the best use of this technology that we have seen so far. In fact, this feels like the closest thing to a great folding phone without really waiting for that new technology to finally come out.

The phone is generally a mixed bag, because the screen is not the best and the design can be a bit bulky if you have the attachment on the second screen. But if dual-screen technology really catches on, LG will definitely be at the forefront.

  • Read our practical LG G8X ThinQ review

And then there is the rest …

Although the five phones mentioned above are our highlights of the show, a few have been announced of which you may want to know more.

The Nokia 6.2 was released alongside the larger 7.2, with resilient specifications and a matching price. Another phone with a buddy is the Moto E6 Plus, which was launched in the shadow of the Motorola One Zoom.

TCL had a pretty big show with a series of Alcatel phones, but the highlight was the intriguing TCL Plex.

A final notable product was the F (x) tec Pro1. If we had a prize for "worst name," it would compete for first place alongside the new LG smartphone, but that's not a real prize.

The Pro1 is a premium smartphone with a folding keyboard, so if you miss that feature on your current device, you should consider the Pro1.

  • IFA 2019 is Europe ' s largest technical show, and the TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the latest news and practical first impressions of new TVs, phones, laptops, wearables and other devices as they have been announced.
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