What to expect from IFA Berlin



Excitement about this week´s IFA consumer tech show is reaching fever pitch - read our preview of what to expect here...

We're mere hours away from the tech extravaganza that is IFA Berlin.

The German capital is thronging with tech writers and bloggers, companies are making the finishing touches to their perfectly polished press shows and the rumour mill is going into absolute overdrive.

Our own tech blogger is currently winging her way to Berlin to cover the event for Tech Talk with words, pictures and video, but what are the things she will be reporting on?

Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Lenovo, LG, Toshiba, Philips and Dyson are among companies to have scheduled press conferences between 4 and 11 September at the event.

Here are a few things rumoured to be launching as well as a couple of newly-confirmed products we'll see up-close for the first time on the show floor.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Smartwatches have been racking up headlines for months now. Sony has released one and Apple is among the tech giants reportedly working on one but this week will be all about Samsung.

For Samsung will launch its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the IFA show. The device was confirmed last week by Samsung's Lee Yong-hee.

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(This is a conceptual image of what the Gear could look like, courtesy of Voucher Codes Pro)


Yong-hee told the Korea Times it was targeted at young tech hipsters and would lead to a "new trend in smart mobile communications".

It had been rumoured the device could feature a flexible display however Yong-hee put an end to that particular piece of gossip.

The spokesperson said: "We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept 4," she told the newspaper.

"The Gear won't have a flexible display. The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways."

LG G Pad 8.3

It was around a year ago the iPad mini first waltzed into our lives and stole our hearts with its pint-sized perfection. Now LG hopes to muscle in on the mini tablet scene with its new LG G Pad 8.3, which it claims is the only 8in-class device to feature "a full-HD display".

LG G Pad 8 3_03(Credit: LG)

The tablet was officially announced earlier this week, but IFA will be the first opportunity we have to get up close and personal with it.  

The specs suggest we can expect an experience as sharp as it is smooth, with a 1920x1200 full HD screen and a zippy Snapdragon 600 processor.

LG 55-inch OLED TV

Along with 4K, OLED is the hottest TV technology around. It first landed at CES in 2012, but still hasn't properly made the transition to our living rooms. LG is hoping to further ease that journey with a new 55-inch set which it claims is the first wall-mountable OLED TV.

The TV is bordered by a frame, behind which sits a 2.2 channel sound system boasting LG's new Canvas speakers.

Pictures on an OLED set are breathtakingly beautiful, so it's only natural LG has tapped into the visual side of things by calling it the Gallery TV and likening it to a "priceless painting".

And when you've finished watching EastEnders you can take in the works of artists such as Vincent van Gough and Paul Gauguin in glorious OLED.

Huge Samsung 4K TV

Samsung dominated the headlines at CES with its gorgeous S9 4K TV (seen below), and it also plans to seduce us at IFA with an even bigger ultra HD experience.

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Reports suggest it will be launching a 98-inch 4K TV in Berlin. Ultra HD offers four times the resolution of normal HD, and experts reckon the bigger the screen the better the experience.

The Inquirer reports that the TV needs to be erected vertically on a wall, and that it would probably be best suited to events or commercial use. We'll give you the inside line on Samsung's latest 4K TVs direct from the show floor.

Sony Xperia Z1

Also known as the Honami, the Sony Z1 phone will be familiar to anyone who has had half an eye on the tech press in recent weeks.

The subject of more leaks than a burst pipe, the Z1 has been getting us hot under the collar for a while now. So, what do we know? It's expected to be waterproof, feature a slender Xperia Z-like design and come with a five-inch full HD display.

There's also a rumour it will shoot video at 4K resolution and pack a 20MP camera to get photography fans in a right old lather.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The web has been rife with rumours over the past few months regarding the appearance of the Galaxy Note 3 tablet at IFA.  Last week the tablet's appearance was confirmed by Samsung's Lee Yong-hee.  

To be fair, it wouldn't be an IFA without a new Note - the first two devices in the series were launched at previous IFAs.

Details on the Note are so far relatively scant.

It has been reported it could come in two versions; one running a Snapdragon 800 processor and the other a Exynos 5 Octa processor.
However, the rumour drawing the biggest gasps is that it will come with a 13MP rear-facing camera complete with 4K video recording functionality.

So there we have it. With a few things we know we'll be able to see and few we hope we'll be able to see your appetite should be well and truly whetted.

Stay tuned to Tech Talk for the main course over the next few days, we'll have words, pics and video on the top tech coming out of Berlin.

What would you like to see at IFA? Let us know in the comments below...