IFA, the largest consumer electronics trade show in Europe, known as the European CES, will officially commence in Berlin this Friday. The world’s biggest manufacturers are expected to premier numerous devices from the consumer electronics, computing and telecommunications technology segments, headed by Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, LG, Toshiba and Philips, companies that have booked entire pavilions of the vast Berlin fairground.
Samsung’s Big News
However, the biggest spectacle is scheduled the day before IFA is to open its doors to visitors. On Thursday, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be presented — the first tablet that is a serious competitor to the Apple iPad, this based solely on its features and brand-name recognition.
Samsung has revealed enough information about it that it is seen as the show’s biggest hit in advance. But at the same time, they have kept enough details secret in order to additionally arise interest with its launch.
The Galaxy Tab will run the Google Android 2.2 operation system and come with b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 3.0 and WCDMA 3G, which means it will be able to use third generation networks by nearly all global mobile operators.
Rumors suggest the device is supposed to have a 1GHz processor and an 800 x 400 resolution screen, essentially making it a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone. Specs like a built-in front-facing camera intended for video calls and a web browser with full Flash support are a direct blow to iPad, which lacks such features.
Other Tablets Expected
It is possible that the Galaxy Tab is not going to be the only launched tablet at IFA. ViewSonic recently announced the ViewPad 7, which is expected to make an appearance. There are also rumors circling that Toshiba is preparing a similar device to the Galaxy Tab, also based on the Android 2.2 OS, but with an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 10-inch display and a 1024 x 600 resolution.
Toshiba’s tablet may be called Folio 100 and should include 16 GB of memory, b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, 3G and an SD card slot, along with HDMI and USB 2.0 hubs. Folio 100 will also support web Flash through its Opera mobile version and will have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
Along with the Toshiba tablet, the upcoming launch of Acer’s model is expected, which might also take place in Berlin.
50 Years of IFA
It is not unusual that Samsung has decided to present its tablet at this trade show precisely, possibly along with Toshiba and Acer. IFA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it has proven itself as an extremely important European technological trade show, along with CeBIT and the Mobile World Congress. While CeBIT is dominated by hard-core novelties from the world of computer technology, and telecommunications premiers rule the MWC, IFA has become the most important event for the launch of technologies and devices that are display-oriented.
IFA organisers have announced that this will be the biggest show yet, with a double-figure percent increase when it comes to the number of exhibitors, booked showroom squared metres and the expected turnout. Unlike CES, which is closed to the general public, anyone can see this show for a rather affordable ticket (about $20 for a one-day visit), which is why the manufacturers are happy to display products that will be stocked in shops quite soon.
Like any year, there will be many home entertainment devices (television sets, Blu-ray players, home theatres etc.), however, a few new mobile phones are also expected, as well as digital cameras and camcorders.