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iPhone 5s

For the release of the iPhone 5s ($200-$400), the folks at Apple focused on three key areas of improvement: its performance, the camera, and security. It gets an upgrade to an A7 chip — making it the first 64-bit phone in existence — while also receiving support for the latest graphics standards and motion processing without a reduction in battery life. An improved iSight camera has a 15 percent larger sensor, a larger f2.2 aperture, an improved flash, image stabilization, slow motion capture, and a burst mode perfect for taking action shots. Its security enhancement comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor built into the home button, called Touch ID, giving you one-touch access to your phone, and serving as a password replacement for your Apple ID. It'll be available for pre-order later this month, and yes, you can get yours in gold.

  • Moto X

    Now that Motorola and Google are one, expect to see some impressive gadgets from the pair — case in point, the Moto X ($200-$250). It's completely customizable, with two front, 17 back, and seven accent colors available, and entirely assembled in the USA. It boasts touch-less Siri-like capability (just say "okay Google Now" to access maps, send texts, and more). And it's packed with battery-saving, experience-improving tech, like an ultra-light-sensitive 10 megapixel RGBC camera, an active display that turns on when you pull it out of your pocket, eight cores optimized for separate tasks, and a 4.7-inch AMOLED display.

  • Ubuntu Edge

    Think of the Ubuntu Edge ($830) as a proving ground for next-generation mobile technology — most of the things you see here will likely make their way onto big-name handsets. The biggest of those technologies is convergence: hardware and software that seamlessly transitions between desktop and mobile. All you need to do to use it as a desktop PC is plug it into a display using HDMI, and pair it with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. This is possible thanks to a fast multi-core CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 128 gig flash drive. Other impressive features include the ability to dual-boot between Android and Ubuntu OS, a 4.5-inch sapphire crystal display, stereo speakers, and two LTE antennae.