1. IFA 2016: Smartphones, watches, Virtual Reality and more; Here’s what to expect at the event

IFA 2016: Smartphones, watches, Virtual Reality and more; Here’s what to expect at the event

IFA, one of the world's largest electronics shows, is set to start in Berlin from September 2. It is a good indicator of the things to come during the holiday shopping season.

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IFA, one of the world’s largest electronics shows, is set to start in Berlin from September 2. It is a good indicator of the things to come during the holiday shopping season. At the IFA companies announce smartphones, PCs, TVs and many other consumer electronics. After the more popular, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress (MWC), IFA is considered one of the biggest shows.
Smartphones and tablets:

Earlier Samsung made IFA the place to launch its Note but in 2015 it also launched the latest Gear VR at its event. It is unlikely that this year Samsung will have any new phone to present at the event. Sony generally releases its Xperia lineup at IFA. This year rumours of a Xperia X Compact has been doing the rounds. It looks to be a smaller version of the Xperia X Performance. According to reports from leaks, along with a 13 MP rear camera, it will have a 4GB RAM powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It is also expected to have 32GB of internal storage along with a smaller display of 4.7-inch. In a bid to ‘defy expectations’ Huawei on September 1 will present an event and may announce a phone or tablet with a curved edge. ASUS which had already announced the ZenFone 3 series will likely present some mid-tier smartphone at IFA. ZTE will likely unveil its crowdsourced handset called Project CSX, while its sub-brand, Nubia is also hosting an event which might indicate another launch. Samsung which has already shown its phones for this year may also bring out a tablet and according to rumours Galaxy Tab S3 may be in the pipeline. If Lenovo’s even is to be believed, it can also bring a new tablet comprising of ‘new kind of intuitive keyboard’.
Wearables and accessories:

IFA has made its name as been a wearables show. Samsung will likely present the Gear S3, if the company’s hints by presenting a watch face design and ‘Gear’ in its invite, are any indication. According to the rumours, there will be three variants – the Classic, the Explorer and the Frontier. Huawei as well as Asus has not refreshed watches since a long time. Fitbit, on the other hand, has announced the successors of Flex and Charge. Nokia owned Withings also needs to update its Activite, and it will be a good change it consumers can see anything on that front. Sony might have something to present in its Xperia Eye and Xperia Ear, a camera and a Bluetooth headset respectively.
What else to expect:

Samsung, LG and Sony are likely to bring in a range of new 4K and 8K televisions. Latest laptops are also likely to be presented at the event. Acer might also present an ultra-thin notebook while Lenovo might have another Yoga laptop as a surprise. If history is any indication, a few robots and drones might also be in store. But the most notable thing in the events might be the virtual reality, which will likely hog all the limelight. ASUS VR headset along with an Huawei VR gear will hog all the limelight.

Apart from all of these, there will be a few surprises in store as well as those are the joys of IFA.

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