Wave of New Windows 10 Devices on Show at Berlin Tech Fair

Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA consumer electronics show [in Berlin].

The PC industry has seen sluggish sales in recent years as consumers opt to spend their money on smartphones and tablets instead, so many companies are pinning their hopes for a revival in the PC market on the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.

Among them is Toshiba, which just launched its new Satellite Radius 12 [seen here], priced at 1,449 euros ($1,627) in Europe. The 12-inch laptop comes with a 4K screen designed to make the most of Windows 10's graphics ability. It also features a special microphone and a dedicated button for Cortana -- Microsoft's voice-controlled digital assistant -- as well as infrared cameras to identify users by their faces.

"We expect to see lots of new sales from October onward, thanks to Windows 10," said Tony Alderson, a senior product manager at Toshiba.

The Japanese company also launched its new Satellite Click 10, whose screen can be detached and used as a tablet. It, too, is optimized for Windows 10 and will appear on shelves next month for about 499 euros.

Experts say the bet on Windows 10 could pay off, as consumers finally loosen their purse strings.

"Last few years, many people bought Android tablets instead of buying a new computer, but that market is saturated now," said Rudolf Aunkofer, global director IT at consumer research firm GfK. "At the same time laptops are getting quite old, so Windows 10 is likely to kick off a wave of replacements."

Aunkofer said the drop in sales seen in recent years may have been exacerbated by Microsoft's announcement about the new operating system, which prompted some consumers to hold off. Before that, buyers may have simply been unconvinced that upgrading their devices for Windows...

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