IFA 2014: All the devices and gadgets we expect to see
IFA is very nearly upon us.
Companies use the annual show to showcase new product launches, including everything from televisions to smartphones. It's also where the world's tech giants prepare to do battle: innovations are unveiled and cards are put on the table to be judged. It all takes place in Berlin at the start of September and Pocket-lint will be there to bring you all the news, as it happens.
We've rounded up a list of the devices and gadgets we expect to see at the show. Some of them are confirmed from the likes of Sony, Nokia, Samsung, Panasonic, Asus, etc, while others are still speculation at this point.
But keep reading if you want to learn more of what IFA has in store, now.
Acer's website recently leaked a 10.1-inch tablet probably headed to IFA 2014 next month. It's called the Iconia A3-A20 and will be a refresh of the Iconia A3-A10 that unveiled almost a year ago. Specs should include 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-shooter, 2MP front-shooter, an assortment of connectivity options, and a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU from MediaTek.
A pre-order page for the tablet listed it with a €199 price tag. Acer should reveal more at IFA 2014.
Asus posted a tweet that hinted it would release a smartwatch at IFA, as you can see below. The Asus smartwatch might be priced somewhere between $99 and $149. It will also have an AMOLED display and specs similar to the Galaxy Wear and LG's G Watch, supposedly.
Reports have wondered if we'll see some tablets, maybe even a hybrid tablet/laptop or a new Padfone, but just remember that nothing is set in stone at the moment.
Not much to report here...except HTC's rumoured take on the smartwatch could materialise soon. Maybe even in Berlin.
Like Asus, Huawei recently sent out press invites to the media for its IFA event but didn't shed too much light on what we could expect to see. The company is rumoured to show off its new devices, and from what one could assume from the invite, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 will make an appearance.
The Ascend Mate 7 will allegedly feature a 6-inch display with a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. It might also come with a HiSilicon Kirin 920 and Mali-T624 GPU, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat as its operating system.
Huawei has also released a teaser video for IFA, suggesting that it will have quite a lot to show off.
LG has a habit of announcing everything before the show starts and this year is no different. The LG G Watch G has been announced, a round smartwatch running Android Wear. It claims that the display uses its entire area and visually, it certainly looks more appealing than the previous G Watch.
LG also recently unveiled the LG G3 Stylus, so we expect to learn more about the affordable phablet at IFA. There have also been whispers about a follow-up to the LG G Flex. It will be called the G Flex 2 and should feature a curved screen.
LG likes to keep something in reserve however, and amongst the recent launched of new fridges and the Music Flow system, we suspect that LG has something else planned for IFA.
Motorola could show off the Moto X2 (also known as the Moto X+1) at IFA, as the company has previously teased a late-summer launch. Specs might include a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 12MP rear-facing camera, and up to 64GB of storage. Like its predecessor, the Moto X, the Moto X2 could also come with various different colours and even a wooden finish.
There's also the Moto 360 smartwatch that is said to release toward the end of summer, making an IFA launch seem very likely.
Here's a bit of a twist: Motorola will announce a new version of the popular Moto G budget smartphone. It's called the Moto G2 and will launch alongside the X+1, Moto 360, and some sort of Bluetooth headset, according to the company's invite teaser above. The invite was for a Chicago event, but we suspect you'll be able to catch sight of it all at IFA.
Microsoft teased its next Nokia smartphone that'll debut at IFA 2014. It's thought to be the rumored "selfie" Windows Phone. It is described as the "selfie" phone, because it will - if launched - be the largest front-facing camera on a Windows Phone handset yet.
Packing a 5MP front-facing camera, the cameraphone is believed to also include a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU and Adreno 305 graphics, a rear-facing Carl Zeiss camera with 8-megapixels and, likely, the usual Lumia camera software smarts.
Keep in mind the selfie phone - the expected sequel to the Nokia Lumia 720 - is also known as the Nokia Lumia 730, codenamed Superman.
A second device is also be rumoured currently, and it's called the Nokia Lumia 830. No word yet on how it's different from the Superman, but we suspect it will be a slightly larger alternative in this mid-range Windows Phone segment.
Not strictly a device or gadget, although some of you might see the IFA mascot as a product of Messe Berlin's marketing machine: Miss IFA adorns the show every year.
Yes, it is a wig and yes, Miss IFA will wearing a bright red dress and killer heels to bring a pout to washing machines, tablets and the latest coffee machines.
Expect to see her taking the stage with CEOs or posing with acceptable modesty for photos. Miss IFA will be hitting IFA 2014 in abundance.
Panasonic will reportedly focus on smart home services at IFA 2014. It even hinted this through a press conference invite that mentioned "connected home entertainment" and "smart kitchen appliances", etc, alongside illustrations of technology being used throughout the home.
Reports have also claimed Panasonic could introduce new cameras, and they might feature wireless connectivity or interoperability with smart devices.
Panasonic has announced it will also show of more 4K products, as well as digital AV devices and home appliances.
Philips will showcase a new range of PC monitors, including the Panoramic Ultra Wide Screen (21:9 aspect ration with a 3440 x 1440-pixel resolution), a 40-inch 4K monitor, and a new 144MHz gaming monitor that will feature Nvidia's G-Sync technology for stuttering reduction and more.
We're also expecting all-in-one touch displays from Philips and the Philips 65PUS9809. The latter is widely thought to be a European TV set that'll run on Android, but it isn't expected to include the Android TV platform, interestingly.
Samsung plans to hog all the attention at IFA, or so it looks that way. Based on an invite tease, you can expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It'll be an update to Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 that launched at last year's IFA.
It's possible the Note 4 will arrive with either a 5.9-inch or 5.7-inch (2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution) display. The device may even sport an improved processor, such as the Exynos-powered octa-core or Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, as well as RAM and graphics upgrades. Rumours have also suggested a curved display for the Note 4 and Android 4.4, with Samsung's custom TouchWiz UI running on top, out of the box.
Samsung's Gear VR headset is reportedly set to debut at IFA. It will apparently only work with high-end Samsung devices, making use of a docked smartphone's accelerometer, gyroscope, and processing power. The Gear VR might also feature an OLED display and Tizen OS.
Samsung has recently announced its latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S. This watch has a curved display and runs on the Tizen platform. It's already seen a couple of announcements too, opting to use Here Maps and offering a Nike+ app for sports tracking. It also has a SIM card slot, so it can act independently.
Then there's the curved soundbar to match your curved Samsung TV. We suspect there will be a whole range of other products too - Samsung has confirmed that its Smart Home platform is expanding and we should see new compatible devices.
Another smartphone we can look forward to is the Sony Xperia Z3, the rumoured successor to the Z1 and Z2. It'll allegedly feature a Snapdragon Qualcomm 801 processor, 1080p display, and Android 4.4, among other things. Launching alongside the Z3 will supposedly be a 4.5-inch Z3 Compact that features a 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 20MP rear-facing camera. Now that sounds exciting.
Sony might also test the compact tablet market with the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Expected to be an 8-inch waterproof device, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could feature 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the device. There is however news about a SmartWatch 3. It is rumoured to be making an appearance, running its own OS.
The wrist wearable is rumoured to include a higher resolution screen and built-in Wi-Fi. Last but certainly not least: Sony will join Samsung and LG in selling a curved LCD TV with 4K resolution. Available in 65- and 75-inch sizes, the new television sets will be shown at IFA.
We've seen some news from Spotify talking about TV compatibility with Spotify Connect. Philips has delared that it's playing ball with Spotify, as is Samsung with its recent curved soundbar release.
We've saw Spotify Connect working with the LG Music Flow system recently and we're expecting Spotify Connect to be one of the strong messages coming out of IFA 2014.
Qualcomm has been spending the run up to IFA proclaiming that a 64-bit smartphone, powered by Snapdragon, will be announced at IFA 2014. Who will it come from? Sony? Samsung? Microsoft? Huawei? We'll know soon enough.
And that's it...for now.
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