The doors to the IFA tradeshow will open this week in Berlin. The biggest European consumer electronics show, it has become famous over the past several years as the launch pad for new mobile devices, e.g. the first Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Galaxy Note.
Once, HDTV manufacturers dominated this show, but it is Samsung’s high-profile launches which totally changed the focus of IFA. Thus, new tablets, new smartphones and new ultrabooks will be in the limelight this year, and calling the Berlin trade show ‘the European CES’ is now less of a metaphor and more of a given.
Samsung Has Big Plans
It can be expected that the biggest star of the show will once again be Samsung, which is preparing its “Unpacked” event for Wednesday evening, local time, two days before the official commencement of the trade show.
Representatives of the South Korean giant have unofficially confirmed that the star product of this event?will be the?Galaxy Note II, the successor of the company’s?very successful “tabphone”. The sceen on the new model diagonal is supposed to grow to 5.5 inches, with a quad-core Exynos chipset, and a design almost identical to that of Galaxy S III. The device will have Android OS 4.1 (Jelly Bean) but the display resolution remains a mystery — perhaps we will finally see the first Full HD on Super AMOLED?
Furthermore, it is almost certain that Samsung will present a 10-inch Windows 8 RT tablet based on an ARM processor.
So Do Sony, Intel, Lenovo, and More
On Thursday?(a day before the show is about to start), a press-day will be held with other big exhibitors presenting their new models.
Sony has confirmed it is going to launch the Xperia Tablet, a 9.4-inch model with an 800 x 1280-pixel resolution, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The peculiarity of this device is its untypical design with the focus being shifted to the upper part of the tablet, which is why it seems much lighter when held than it actually is, just like Tablet S which Sony presented at last year’s IFA.
Intel is preparing a great event as it will present over a dozen ultrabooks with Windows 8 by various manufacturers, and it has been announced that some of them will come with a touchscreen. Acer’s ultrabook Aspire S5 should be in the centre of attention, supposedly the slimmest computer in the world.
It will be interesting to see?what’s coming?from Lenovo, especially the Yoga?– a hybrid of an ultrabook and a tablet with Windows 8 — which was announced at CES but could not be tried at the time.
It is almost 100% certain that apart from Windows 8 notebooks, the show?will be teeming with Windows 8 tablets?– Microsoft is hinting there are going to be 20 of them. There are chances of a few smartphones with Windows Phone 8 being announced and it is clear to see that the new version of the Microsoft operating system (for all types of devices) is going to be the software star of IFA.
As far as HDTV sets go, many great manufacturers have announced premiers of the first commercial 4K (Ultra Definition) 3D devices, like Toshiba and LG and a line of other electronic devices will also be presented in Berlin; from cosmetic devices to small and large household appliances.
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