It’s that time of year again, where all of the world’s technology press gather for a week packed full of smartphone fun. IFA, held in Berlin comes around each September and boasts one of the biggest selections of upcoming smartphones, but what can we expect to see this year?
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
We couldn’t start anywhere else could we? The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is arguably the biggest name on the calendar every year, alongside the iPhone of course, making it an obvious highlight for IFA.
Boasting a 5.9” Super AMOLED display, the Note 4 won’t be planning on disappointing many people with its super powered spec sheet. With a rumoured 64GB built-in storage and 4GB RAM, memory won’t be much of an issue either.
Samsung is even going all out with the processor placed within the Samsung phablet, with an octa-core Exynos version making for one of the most responsive smartphones ever made. Also, with an Adreno 420 GPU making a home in the device, gaming will look as good as ever on the Note 4.
Sony Xperia Smartphones
Sony’s always in the smartphone news, mainly thanks to its six month product cycle for its flagship phones, meaning once one has been released, it’s not too long before we see a successor. But, IFA is apparently promising us two Sony phones this time around, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.
Boasting a 5.2” TRILUMINOS display, the Xperia Z3 is the obvious successor to the Z2, which was unveiled at MWC in February. Also expected in the flagship device is a Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB RAM and a quad-core 2.7GHz processor.
The Z3 Compact however, will feature a smaller display, with a mooted 4.6” effort making its way onto the handset. 2GB RAM is also set to feature alongside a Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2.5GHz processor.
After the success shown by the Moto X over the past year, it was no surprise to see Motorola hint at a new version of the handset for IFA. But with several big name flagship phones coming out at IFA, can Motorola make the X+1 stand out?
Featuring a similar design to its predecessor, the Moto X+1 will be sticking with the value for money mantra, pricing well below the flagship standard of recent years. This won’t be meaning sub-standard specs though, with a 1080p display already confirmed.
2GB RAM and 32GB storage also make for good reading on the X+1, whilst a Snapdragon 800 chipset keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. Also, with a 12 megapixel camera and possible smartwatch connectivity, the X+1 could be the surprise handset of the year.
LG G3 Stylus
The LG G3 has already been a tremendous success this year, so it makes sense for LG to try and milk it even more at IFA, releasing a brand new version of the handset. The LG G3 Stylus looks the same as the G3, but believe it or not, boasts a stylus with it.
With a 5.5” QHD display, the G3 Stylus will be competing with the aforementioned Note 4, and it couldn’t have picked a tougher opponent. Its specs aren’t quite up there, with 1GB RAM and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor aiming the handset at the mid-range market.
LG could be on to a winner with the G3 Stylus, especially if it’s priced competitively, making it one of the more affordable phablets on the market. Hopefully its appearance at IFA will turn some heads before its release!
Nokia Lumia Handsets
After Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia, it might be a bit of a surprise to see two handsets making the rounds ahead of IFA this year. The Nokia Lumia 730 and 830 are the smartphones in question, and we can’t wait to get our hands on them!
The Lumia 730 is aimed at the more photo happy fans out there, with its 5 megapixel front lens ideal for selfies, Snapchats and Instagram photos of any kind. Also, with a 4.7” display, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, the Lumia 730 should be competitively priced.
The Lumia 830 however, is aiming for a more premium crowd, mimicking the surprisingly powerful Lumia 930, which was released earlier this year. A 4.5” HD display makes for great viewing, whilst the aluminium trim style also gives the handset a professional feel.
Interested in these two upcoming Nokia handsets? Take a look at the latest details about the Lumia 730 and 830 here!
Time for IFA!
So, with all of these phones set to make an appearance in Germany at IFA, it looks like we’re getting a very early Christmas present. This all comes alongside the iPhone 6 of course, which is due to be revealed on the 9th September in its own launch event. Who said autumn was boring?
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