IFA kicks off in Berlin, Germany this week on August 29th. Europe’s largest technology conference promises to bring out the best of the best and a lot of new gadgets. The Mobile Geek crew will be covering IFA from top to bottom. Here’s what to look for:
Windows 8 & More Windows 8
With the imminent launch of Windows 8, it’s guaranteed that there will be an endless parade of Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks. ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and obviously, Microsoft will be there. The Microsoft Surface and its magic keyboard cover will most likely be put to the test. We’ll let you know how well it works.
We’ll definitely see both Windows 8 and RT devices on the show floor. The Windows 8 version of the ASUS Transformer Pad is something to look out for. On the ultrabook and full netbook front, things will probably be a little less exciting, especially if there’s not too many additions to what we’ve already seen. But who knows? Maybe we’ll be surprised. At least we should have a Samsung Windows 8 netbook to look forward to with touchscreen, stylus and QWERTY keyboard.
Of the first two Sony tablets, the Sony S was the practical one and will be getting an update. It’s mad hatter cousin the Sony P, won’t be going anywhere soon.
The new Sony Tablet S MK2 will keep the “fold over” design of the first Tablet S, but this time instead of plastic, the tablet will be housed in aluminium and feature a thinner design. It’s also been suggested that it might come with a slightly smaller than usual screen of 9.4 inches. The tablet will have a Tegra 3 processor HDMI port, USB ports and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (possibly Jelly Bean at a later
date). Of course to compete, it will need to have a decent price.
It is also very likely that we’ll see HTC’s next attempt at tablet making at IFA. The company hasn’t confirmed anything, but it’s been said that even if they don’t show it at IFA, HTC will bring it to the market in Great Britain at least. Hopefully the new HTC tablet has something unique that will surprise us.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is probably the most highly anticipated of the smartphones in this list. The updated Note will reportedly be even bigger than before at 5.5 inches and most likely get a boost in CPU – quad core anyone? – and maybe even a better quality display.
Sony is expanding their Xperia line with letters J and T. The Sony Xperia T will have a 4.3 inch 720p display,16 GB and a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon MSM8960 CPU. The T is very similar to the present Xperia S, but a 13 megapixel EXMOR camera sensor is in the stars for the T. The Xperia J is a lower-cost model with a 4 inch display and 800MHz processor. It doesn’t have a HD display, but it has a good 480 x 854 pixel resolution.
In addition, HTC is reportedly going to show off a new quad core smartphone at IFA.
We’ll probably see quite a few TV’s which will be smart if not simply fancier than your average TV. The OLED, Sony Crystal LED and 3D capable TV’s are things we’ve already seen and will likely see again. Samsung will show off their smart TV’s with Angry Birds.
Gaikai has said that they will go mainstream sometime in the near future. Perhaps sometime means now and we’ll see the game streaming service at IFA. Since the company has been acquired by Sony, GaiKai would allow you to play PS3 games directly streamed to your Sony phone, tablet or Smart TV.