IFA 2013: Everything we know about Samsung's plans

It's nearly that time of year again when if red isn't your favourite colour, you'd better look in any direction except Berlin. The European consumer electronics show IFA will be taking place from 6 to 11 September and the rumour mills are already churning over what might be appearing at this year's event.

A large amount of the speculation seems to be focused on Samsung, with the Galaxy Note 3, a smartwatch and all manner of interesting gadgets and gizmos believed to be being unveiled during the show, so we're taking this opportunity to round up of all the Sammy predictions and expectations we have come across so far.

What to expect from Samsung

Like Apple, Samsung keeps relatively schtum about launch plans. However, there have been numerous speculations on what to expect, from display size and processor to connectivity options.

We know for sure Samsung will be holding its second Samsung Unpacked event on September 4, just before IFA kicks off. What we don't know is exactly what will be "unpacked", but rumours are pointing towards the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Starting with the Galaxy Note 3 then, there have been conflicting reports over the past couple of months regarding display size, with some suggesting a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and others a 5.99-inch, both of which would make it larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2.

 

Other rumours suggest there will be two devices for different regions like the company has done for the Galaxy S4 - one with an Octa 8-core processor with speeds up to 1.8Ghz, the other with a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor - and the Galaxy Note 3 will allegedly run on a 3200mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean 4.3.

READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

There are also thought to be two colour options available to begin with, with a third being added towards the end of October. BGR claims the Galaxy Note 3 will come in black and white, with a pink model being added a couple of months later. 

If rumours are to be believed, the plastic design will be staying put and storage options are thought to include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and a micro SD slot for an additional 64GB, plus 3GB of RAM.

When it comes to the camera specs, it seems you'll be looking at a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Xenon flash, as well as S Orb, a camera technology that is Samsung's version of Photo Sphere, allowing users to shoot 360-degree photos.

None of the rumours so far has mentioned NFC, but the other usual connectivity features should be intact including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, GPS, Samsung OTG (On the Go) and LTE-Advanced 4G connectivity.

There have also been rumours suggesting the company will launch the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which it seems will be marketed as a companion to the Galaxy smartphones, allowing you to access notifications such as messages and connecting over Bluetooth 4.0.

 

Although there have been fewer specs leaked for the Galaxy Gear compared to the Galaxy Note 3, the company previously confirmed in March that it was looking at bringing a watch to the playing field, as well as recently filing a trademark under the title Samsung Galaxy Gear.

There were leaks of the Samsung Altius earlier this year, suggesting the watch will have a black and white display, but it is not known if the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Altius are the same product.

GigaOm's Om Malik reported on key details of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, mentioning a 2.5-inch screen, dual-core processor with decent battery life, a camera integrated into the watch strap, speakers built into the watch's clasp and sensors for fitness tracking.

Presumably the integrated camera will beam photos back to Galaxy smartphones and Malik also says the watch will have NFC for bump-to-sync features between Galaxy products.

As for software on the watch, Malik says Twitter and Facebook integration will be found within a build of Android based on Android 4.1 (Android 4.2 has also been floating around). When you find a notification on your Gear that catches your eye, you'll be able to pick up where you left off on your smartphone. This will all happen through a watch manager app Samsung plans to make available.

Interestingly, Samsung will be using its own Android app store for Gear-focused apps, rather than the widely used Google Play store.

We expect both products to be announced at IFA, but when it comes to actual release dates, SamMobile has reported that the Galaxy Note 3 will begin shipping week 36 (2-8 September) with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is rumoured for a week 40 (30 September-6 October) release.