Tech Week: Sony and Samsung prepare for IFA

Note 3, Galaxy Gear and Xperia Z1 could all see the light of day next week

As August draws to a close, we're about to set foot into a manic month in the tech world, with some very interesting products on the horizon.

It's impossible not to get a little excited as the tech industry gears up for one of its biggest annual consumer shows – IFA. The conference, which takes place in Berlin, is Europe's grandstand event to showcase the products we'll be salivating over in the next few months.

If you're wondering what could possibly come out of the show, which runs from September 6th to the 11th, we've got a fully packed rumour round-up to keep you ticking over.

However, before IFA even kicks off, we've got two pre-events taking place next week, both of which could give us some rather interesting products.

First off is South Korean mobile giants Samsung, who announced they will be hosting Episode 2 of their Unpacked series next Wednesday (September 4) to, most likely, show off two new flagship devices.

Leading the charge is the Note 3, an update to the surprisingly successful Galaxy Note line of smartphone and tablet hybrids. Expect this 'phablet' to come packed to the brim with high-end specs, including a full-HD screen, beefy processor and possibly even 4K video recording.

That's not all folks; Samsung has something else up its sleeve. Smartwatches are the new 'in-thing' in the tech world, with rumours swirling that everyone from Google to Apple are going to be releasing their own in the next 12 months. Earlier this year we saw Sony show their hand, with the Smartwatch 2, and now it's the turn of Samsung who are set to unveil the Galaxy Gear.

While very few concrete details are known about this wrist-based device, rumours point to it connecting to your current smartphone, probably through NFC and Bluetooth, while it'll most definitely run some form of Android. A variety of colours is also a high possibility, though the price will be the real sticking point.

Sony is also holding an event on the same day, where they will likely show of their updated flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1. Sony has been tweeting playfully for weeks now that an update to the Xperia Z is coming.

Leaks so far seem suggest the Z1 will come packing a 1080p display and be powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip. Camera wise, it is rumoured to come toting a 20 megapixel rear facing snapper and a two megapixel front facing camera for video calls.

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