The 52nd IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin), a world-leading trade show for home AV entertainment, consumer electronics, and home appliances, is set to take place from August 31 to September 5 in Berlin, Germany. As we near the date, rumors and leaks of new products are also coming in at a furious pace. On the mobile front, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note II. In fact, this should take place at the company’s Mobile Unpacked event on the 29, two days before IFA opens its doors. But is that the only new product we’ll see from Samsung? Apparently not. There’s a very good chance that we’ll also see a Windows 8-running hybrid tablet.
Not a fan of Samsung? Well, with Sony also present at IFA and holding its own pre-IFA press event, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Xperia family adding new members in a few days’ time. Also, will the LG Optimus G make its appearance at IFA? We shall see.
Of course, IFA isn’t about mobile only. Watch this space if you’re interested in home entertainment and audio entertainment. Epson, JVC, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba all have booths at IFA. Get ready for a deluge of new TV and speaker products and technological breakthroughs. Also, with Windows 8 reaching the public in less than two months’ time, we expect to see a truckload of Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks too.
So, keep your eyes peeled on the HardwareZone front page. In the meanwhile, here’s a list of IFA-related news we’ve gathered so far.
IFA 2012 News Highlights
NEWS / 19 Dec 2012 / By Sidney Wong
The quad-core LG Optimus G has officially launched. It will hit retail shelves in Korea next month and arrive in global markets 'hit “sometime in October".
NEWS / 08 Dec 2012 / By Sidney Wong
LG today announced the global debut of the Optimus L9, an Android 4.0 smartphone running on a 1GHz dual-core processor and sports a 4.7-inch IPS display. It also has new software such as the QTranslator and My Style Keypad.
FEATURE / 04 Oct 2012 / By Ng Chong Seng & Wong Casandra
Samsung today unveiled the sequel to its successful Galaxy Note smartphone at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin, the Galaxy Note II. We went up close and personal with it to find out what else's new besides its 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and 1.6GHz quad-core processor.
FEATURE / 04 Oct 2012 / By Ng Chong Seng
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has a 16.3-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 21x optical zoom lens, and a high density 4.8-inch touchscreen. But its claim to fame is that it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Here's a closer look at this quad-core-processor-equipped camera.
NEWS / 25 Sep 2012 / By Wong Casandra
LG has announced the LG Optimus Vu II, with availability slated for September in Korea. Little hardware specs have been revealed so far but the device is said to come equipped with NFC capabilities and a built-in IR blaster. More leaked specs point to an Android 4.0 build and 2GB of RAM.
FEATURE / 06 Sep 2012 / By Ng Chong Seng
After a long week, IFA 2012 has come to an end. To conclude our coverage, here's a curated list of prominent announcements and our impressions of technologies that made the headlines at Europe's number one consumer electronics trade fair.
FEATURE / 06 Sep 2012 / By Ng Chong Seng
The Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera may have taken all the headlines, but Samsung has more than that going for them at IFA 2012. How does a 55-inch OLED TV, a 75-inch LED Smart TV, or the world's first Windows Phone 8 device sound to you? Come on in to find out all the highlights from Samsung at IFA 2012.
NEWS / 06 Sep 2012 / By Hurrairah bin Sohail
Along with the refresh of their Fidelio line-up, Philips has also showcased new high-end audio systems at IFA 2012. The new products aim to provide wireless functionality for audiophiles.
NEWS / 05 Sep 2012 / By Hurrairah bin Sohail
At IFA 2012, Philips has added a slew of new audio products to their Fidelio range ranging from portable speakers, 5.1 systems and even soundbars.
NEWS / 04 Sep 2012 / By Leo Boon Yeow
Acer has unveiled their initial Windows 8 strategy: equipping the very capable Acer Aspire M3, and the Acer Aspire V5 with touchscreens. Acer is no stranger to unconventional form factors, so this may mean that the Taiwanese manufacturer has something else up their sleeves in the coming months.
NEWS / 04 Sep 2012 / By Wong Casandra
It's been less than a week since the Galaxy Note II was revealed at IFA and Samsung has already have a horde of compatible accessories to show for.
NEWS / 04 Sep 2012 / By Andy Sim
Toshiba unveils an 84-inch Quad Full-HD TV model at IFA, which makes it the largest 4K-capable television set the Japanese CE maker has yet to unleash. The Ultra High-Definition TV will be released next year with passive 3D features.
NEWS / 04 Sep 2012 / By Sidney Wong
ZTE is the first phone vendor to unveil an Android 4.0 smartphone powered by Intel's Medfield processor.
FEATURE / 04 Sep 2012 / By Ng Chong Seng
Yamaha has brought a treasure trove of products to IFA 2012, including new sound bars, desktop audio systems, and even a high-end CD player with a network-streaming client. Here are a few that caught our attention; fingers crossed that they will reach our shores soon.
NEWS / 03 Sep 2012 / By Joy Hou
Sanho Corp presents a new and improved HyperJuice 2 external battery pack, as well as iUSBport, a USB sharing device previously known as CloudFTP.