The time is almost upon us when we pack up our notebooks and cameras and head for the first flight to Berlin for this year’s IFA.
Despite the annual consumer electronics show that’s hosted in the German capital covering more than just smartphones, we’ve seen some major releases in past years, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
So what will this year’s IFA bring?
All the rumours are gearing up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release. I’ve not seen mobile phone fans as excited about Samsung’s latest phablet since Nokia designed the game Snake, and fingers crossed our hopes won’t be destroyed at this year’s IFA.
The latest stirrings from Samsung show that there will be a press event…on the first press day of IFA…hosted in Berlin… I’m not a genius, but all of these ‘subtle’ hints can only point to one thing: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The Note 3 is alleged to feature a 5.99-inch screen, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and all of the impressive Samsung-built apps we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
In response to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, leaked press shots reveal that HTC is planning to follow up its hugely successful HTC One flagship with its very own phablet, the HTC One Max.
The HTC One Max has been tipped for an early September reveal date, though whether this means IFA or not is yet to be seen. We saw with the One that HTC likes to host its own private launch events, though with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 surfacing at the event in Berlin, HTC might be tempted to steal its closest rival's limelight.
Ever since we caught a glimpse of smartwatches at this year’s CES in January, tech enthusiasts like myself have been harping on about the possibility of an Apple, Samsung or Google smartwatch hitting our shelves at some point in the year. As yet, however, we still haven’t spotted one.
Samsung has revealed in the last few days that it will be showcasing the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch at a press event in Berlin on Wednesday.
Specs include a 4MP camera, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a 10 hour battery life. The device is also alleged to connect to a smartphone and charger via NFC and use a range of specifically-designed Samsung apps. Take a look at all of the Samsung Galaxy Gear rumours here.
Perhaps better known for its laptops, Lenovo has hinted that we might well see a smartphone at this year’s IFA event in Germany.
The device, allegedly known as the Lenovo X910 will feature a similar 5-inch display that appears to be trending with most flagship handsets at the moment, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z and the new Alcatel One Touch Idol X…
Last but not least is Sony, who we haven’t heard much from since the Xperia Z smartphone and tablets were released at CES in Las Vegas in January.
The Sony Honami i1 is reported to have impressive camera features, placing it in the same category as the Samsung Galaxy Zoom and Nokia’s Lumia 1020.
The device is rumoured to have a 20.7 rear facing camera lens with a resolution of 5248 x 3936. Following on from the Sony Xperia Z’s water and dust proof capabilities, the Sony Honami i1 is alleged to share the same sturdy qualities, as well as a rumoured 2.2GHz quad-core processor and a 5-inch full HD display.
So there you have it: a roundup of the latest rumours and hints of what we can expect from IFA 2013. The press days for the event cover the 4th and 5th of September, and Mobilephones.com will be in Berlin bringing you the latest updates and news as it happens.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel