Edit: What to expect from IFA 2012?

As we find ourselves in the beautiful city of Berlin in Germany to attend IFA, a very popular forum for new launches, we think its essential for us to tell our regular readers what to expect out of the IFA? Yes, the whole of the international press is down here to cover all the news and happenings around the fair, but how is it important to you as a consumer? Why should you look forward to it? We will like to point out a few prominent pointers for you to be excited and jumping for IFA.

The event kicks off on August 31 and will last till September 5, which would attract all the big names in the consumer technology space. 

More Powerful Smartphones

The Xperia T poses for the camera to be shown off at IFA. Image Courtesy: nixanbal.com

As times have progressed, the rate of development of technology has become much more rapid. The developments that we have witnessed in the past 5 years has perhaps been very accelerated when compared to the 15 years before that. You can really look forward to a few great offerings in the world of mobile and tablets from players such as Sony, Samsung, HTC and LG. A few are confirmed, and the rest are still rumours. Top players like Sony and Samsung are all set to unveil their next-gen smartphones at the event. Sony should pull the wraps off the Xperia T, the successor to the Xperia S that has been floating around on the Internet as the Xperia Mint. It should have the same 4.3-inch display, dual-core PCU, ICS and an upgraded 13MP camera. There are also rumours that it will announce a new tablet, which is said to be 40% thinner and lighter than before. Samsung will use this platform to launch the Galaxy Note 2, a larger phone/tablet hybrid with Wacom’s pen technology used in the Note 10.1 and a possible quad-core CPU. LG should also be ready to unveil the Optimus Vu2, a successor to the Vu and a rival to the Note 2. While HTC has been quiet about their tablets, it is rumoured that it will launch a 5-inch phone at the event.


Windows 8 PCs and Tablets

According to CNET, it is likely that Samsung will also announce a Windows 8-based tablet at this very event. This news is based on the photo that the Samsung has posted on its official Facebook page along with the tagline phrase “IFA 2012, Berlin.” This photo displays a photo of an unidentified tablet and the caption reads “Ready to be smart”.

As per the information that is available, it is expected that this tablet from Samsung will come with an Intel chip and will run Windows 8 and not the Windows RT version. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. The battery on this new device is expected to last 10 hours. However, one would have to wait for the official word to know about the confirmed specification of this tablet and its pricing.

Interestingly, Samsung may not be the only company that will be launching hybrid tablet at this event as there are reports suggesting that Sony, too, may launch their own hybrid VAIO tablet. According to the leaked images on Pocketnow, this convertible tablet will be called Vaio Duo 11.

It will sport a 11-inch touch screen and backlit keyboard. There are also indications that just like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 800 (aka Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1) this Sony tablet will come with a stylus. Sony may have two separate versions of VAIO Dua 11 with one running on Windows 8 and the other perhaps on Windows RT. This tablet is expected to be showcased on August 31, 2012.

LED Televisions Nex-Gen

Televisions are a major attraction coming to IFA. The TV industry has just revolutionized in the past few years with Plasms, LCD, LEd and 3D entering the foray.  Sony should once again show off its Crystal LED technology-based TVs. With its recent acquisition of the online gaming service, Gaikai, we could expect to see some of its models with that embedded in it.

Samsung ES9000 Series

Samsung should also unveil their next-gen ES9000 range of LED TVs with a 75-inch screen size. Toshiba will also show off its glasses-free TV, hoping that it picks up. Philips will be showing off its new range of TVs that’s co-built by TP Vision and it’s also rumoured that LG will showcase its new TV technology that will debut in their 2013 line of televisions. Also, expect more models of 3D televisions and Smart TVs to be showcased at the event.

Bharat and team are down there at Berlin, to bring out everything for you in pure igyaan style. Keep on following us as we bring to you the best from the world of technology live from IFA in Berlin. Feel free to comment in the section below if you want us to cover any particular device, have any doubts or have any question/comment regarding IFA.

Signing off, Abhay from iGyaan networks.