We are just hours away from this year's IFA show, and already the excitement is massive surrounding all the tech that might or might not be shown off at the event. But the good news here is that the event holds a lot of promise with big name makers gearing up.
In case you haven't got an idea on what exactly the IFA is all about, it's basically is one of the largest and unique consumer electronics trade shows in the world. The annual trade show is being held in Berlin, Germany and will showcase the best in what technology has to offer in coming days.
There are a host of names that are gearing up for this year's event. Barring Apple, almost all the big names such as Samsung, Sony, LG and Asus are here for the big day. And it only gets better with the event acquiring more traction going ahead.
But while the event offers a look at almost all the new tech advancements, starting from a sewing machine to new mobile handsets, we are currently keeping the discussion limited to smartphones that are set for an IFA showdown.
But which are the handsets that are set for the IFA showcasing, and which devices are expected to be released this September? We take a look at the top 10.
Sony has always taken its smartphone business seriously, and the same is expected with the upcoming Xperia Z3 handset. While details are few in this regard, we are at least sure that Sony won't be tampering with the overall design of the handset. Also, the handset is expected to feature the latest Android OS out of the box.
It's high time Samsung came out with the next iteration of the Note phablet, and the IFA is as good a time as any. With the IFA soon to kick off, all eyes are on Samsung whether the company will indeed showcase the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the event. We are expecting a bigger size, greater camera and a host of new features from the new phablet.
Nokia is saif to be planning on unveiling a brand new Lumia at this year's IFA event. Codenamed "Tesla," the new Lumia 830 could eventually end up becoming the highlight handset for Microsoft at its September 4 event. The Lumia 830 is currently expected to be an upper mid-range device, although its selling point will be its 20MP PureView camera.
Lenovo could be launching the brand new Vibe X2 handset running the new Android L at this year's event after the company started sending out lollipop-featuring invites for its September 4 pre-IFA 2014 event. As far as the Vibe X2 itself is concerned, it may not be that big an upgrade from its predecessor.
The G3 Stylus is among the many handsets that have been confirmed by LG for the event. Tagged as an "affordable phablet," the LG G3 Stylus is a larger and cheaper version of the G3 handset. However, the Stylus is set to offer an almost-HD (960x540) 5.5-inch IPS display, compared to G3's quad HD panel.
Like many others, Huawei is also set to unveil its new Ascend Mate 7 handset at this year's IFA. The phone currently is rumored to have a 6-inch full HD display, an 8-core Kirin 920 processor, a rear-facing fingerprint scanner and a 13-megapixel camera. Huawei's IFA press event is currently scheduled for September 4th.
While we aren't really sure if LG will indeed showcase the G3 Prime at the IFA, but rumors have claimed that the handset will arrive with the same screen and camera as that of the G3. But that's all we currently know in this regard, Maybe LG will indeed show it off. Maybe not.
The new Desire 820 is also expected to make its mark at this year's IFA. And our suspicions on that are even greater after HTC teased its Desire 820 device on China's Weibo network many times last month. The handset is currently set to be the first device to sport Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 615 chipset.
This one will primarily a selfie phone. With the likes of Xperia C3 now trying to tap into the entire selfie trend, the Lumia 730 will also look to tap into the same with its own 5MP front snapper offering.
Motorola's Moto X+1 smarpthone has been leaked several times in the past. And that's actually enough to make us believe that the handset might have a role to play this year. Even if it passes up on the IFA event, we are quite hopeful that we will see the handset this September.