What to expect at IFA 2013

The IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin is right around the corner and the world's biggest tech companies are lining up their next big announcements. Here's what T3.com wants to see at the show...

 

It's impossible not to get a little excited as the tech industry gears up for one of its annual consumer shows around the globe - and the IFA conference in Berlin is Europe's gadget grandstand.

Plenty of shiny new devices are currently being prepped for a big reveal at the exhibition. We're expecting a couple of new phones, more 4K TV tech and maybe a tablet or two.

Last year's IFA gave us the Galaxy Note 2, Acer Aspire S7 and the Sony Vaio Duo 11 among others and we've got high hopes for the 2013 event. The T3 team will be over in Berlin bringing you the latest news during the event but in the meantime, here's what we're expecting to see.

Samsung

It seems that a month doesn't go by without Samsung launching some new device or other. Along with the Note 2, the Korean company also used last year's event to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Camera and there have already been a few rumours about what we can expect this year.

Samsung has already sent out a press invite for an Unpacked event on September 4th asking us to "note the date". It doesn't take much to deduce that we'll probably be seeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for the first time.

The handset is rumoured to be arriving in different form factors, including 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch versions. It'll come with Samsung's S-Pen stylus, a 1080p screen and a rumoured 3GB of RAM.

There have also been murmurings that Samsung will use the IFA show to debut its smartwatch - believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

So far, Sony is the only big-name tech brand to bring out a smartwatch, the Sony Smartwatch 2, but if Samsung has one ready to show by September it could put the screws on Apple as far as the iWatch is concerned.

Lastly, the company will be showing off some new 4K TVs in the form of the Ultra HD S9000. We're expecting smaller variants of the current 85-inch, £35,000 model.

Acer

Tablets and smartphones have been Acer's focus this year and the company is expected to debut the 10-inch Iconia A3 tablet at the Berlin show.

While Acer hasn't let us know any sort of specs for the Iconia A3 yet, it will take its place alongside the Iconia B1 that was launched earlier this year in Acer's line-up.

The company is hoping to make an entrance into the tablet market with a forecasted 10 million device sales by the end of 2013. Expect some aggressive pricing then, and possible competition to the new Google Nexus 7.

HTC

No concrete details about IFA 2013 have emerged from the HTC camp, but several internet sites are discussing the possibility of the HTC One Max phablet making an appearance.

This would be a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note devices and, considering we've already seen some leaked pictures, could be on the shelves by the end of September.

Rumoured specs include a 5.9-inch Full HD display and a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Along with that there's 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and the same UltraPixel-toting rear-facing camera from the HTC One.

Sony

Making up the ranks of new smartphones at IFA could be the Sony Honami i1 which has so far been pictured a couple of times and leaked around the internet.

Word is that this is Sony's camera-focused smartphone that will allow it to compete with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom for photographic bragging rights.

It's believed to be rocking a 20MP Exmor RS sensor and, on the outside of believability, might be able to shoot video at 4K resolution.

We also expect it will borrow heavily from the Sony Xperia Z in terms of styling, waterproofing and internal specifications. Sony has a press conference planned for September 4, so we'll know soon enough.

Lenovo

Lenovo also seems poised to join the smartphone party at IFA 2013 with an Android handset codenamed the X910 apparently in the works.

Not much is know about this one, but the Chinese company is said to be using a Snapdragon 800 processor for the device.

We've also heard that Lenovo could be readying three new Windows 8 tablets for a reveal at the show. Pricing will be an interesting aspect of these new devices given Microsoft's recent Surface Pro price cut over in the States.

If you've heard any tips (or just want to weigh in with an opinion) about what could or could not be getting shown at this year's IFA show, get in touch over on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

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