There are three major events during the year when the buzz in mobile phone industry goes to the maximum, and the second half of the year has the IFA event which shows activity from every established smartphone manufacturer. The IFA 2014 in Berlin kicks off today, and we expect every major brand to announce their best for the year, during this IFA week. Not that we are sharing what we expect, but many of these are already teased by the companies, thus it is more than just the expectation. Samsung, Sony, Apple, Asus and Motorola have sent invites for the press conferences or their own events, and thus there is confirmed stuff about them. Read below for the rundown of what to expect during the IFA 2014 week.
You know it already, don’t you? it is the Galaxy Note 4 announced at the Samsung Unpacked Event: Episode II. But this was not the only major announcement. Samsung came up with the beautiful Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a 5.6-inch phablet that has a curved screen on one side. Both these devices come with almost similar specifications, i.e. the Snapdragon 805 processor clocking at 2.7 GHz, and 3GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear camera, 3.7-megapixel front camera and Quad HD resolution.
Apart from the Note 4 and Note Edge, the company announced Samsung Gear VR, the virtual reality headset which they made by partnering with Oculus. The Samsung Gear S was just announced recently, and Samsung detailed about this Tizen OS based smartwatch with 3G and OLED display at the IFA event.
Sony is one of the quickest to make new flagships, and just half a year ago, the company had launched the Xperia Z2, a brilliant flagship smartphone with the latest best specs, but they aren’t settling down there. The Sony Xperia Z3 is announced, and Sony has not come up with only one device. It is the Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, two other devices announced on September 3rd.
Is that it from Sony? not really. The company has been into wearables since long and thus, the Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear and Sony Smartband Talk are announced as well.
Asus has been on a roll this year. After launching over a dozen devices, the company has announced their first wearable, the Asus ZenWatch with Android Wear OS, and the watch does look quite brilliant.
Motorola has not chosen to keep things low, as the new Motorola Moto X 2014 announced today, can easily be called one of the classy beautiful smartphones in the market. The first Moto X already gave a great performance, thus Motorola this time has added some great specs to make it better. Alongside this, the new Moto G 2014 too is announced with some upgraded specs but no much difference in the pricing.
Lenovo came up with two wonderful smartphones at the event, and it was the Lenovo Vibe X2 with the True8Core processor and the Lenovo Vibe Z2 with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor. These two were quite good with the specs, while Lenovo gave a tag of “selfie” with the Z2 for the 8-megapixel front facing camera. Check out the details: Lenovo at IFA 2014.
Huawei announced two new smartphones, the Huawei Ascend Mate7 with a good design, fingerprint scanner on the back, and the other device was Huawei Ascend G7.
LG’s event on 4th September would be more about the LG G Watch R, which takes a dig at Moto 360 because the latter was the only smartwatch with Android Wear having a circular face, but LG’s timing has been perfect to come up with something similar, although we might have to wait and watch on these two companies’ decision about the pricing.
Apart from the smartwatch, we expect to see LG coming up with a special variant of the flagship LG G3, which is expected to be stylus enabled. Again, this is just an expectation and not something that the company might have confirmed.
Apple – Not at IFA, but 9th Sep!
Lastly, after all the companies, Apple will hold its own (as always) event on September 9th, the invites for which have been sent to the press and the tagline reads “Wish we could say more”, and this event has nothing to do with IFA event, because it is that time when Apple usually holds an event every year, nothing surprising. Apple’s iPhone 6 is leaked (with a video showcasing almost everything, no excitement left) and Apple could announce their entry into the wearable category.
What else do you expect? Are you excited about the IFA 2014 week?