Tuesday 27 June 2017

IFA 2015: Gadget show extravaganza revealing latest phones, smartwatches and TVs

The IFA show in Berlin this week is one of the world’s major showcases for technology from leading manufacturers
The IFA show in Berlin this week is one of the world’s major showcases for technology from leading manufacturers
The IFA show in Berlin this week is one of the world’s major showcases for technology from leading manufacturers
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A deluge of new smartwatches, phones and TVs is being announced this week as tech industry manufacturers gather for one of the world's biggest trade events. Over 100,000 people will peruse the latest tech gadgets at the IFA event in Berlingfrom companies such as Samsung, Sony, LG and Huawei. Here are some of the expected highlights.

1 Phones: With Samsung having already launched its flagship S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 smartphones two weeks ago, the highest profile phone launch will fall to Sony. It is believed to have two new handsets, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium, ready to go on Wednesday. Although details have not yet been confirmed, the 5.5-inch 'Premium' model is expected to sport the world's first 4K phone screen giving it the highest resolution of any mobile device or tablet. Huawei will also announce a new 6-inch smartphone, the 'Mate 8'.

2 Smartwatches and wearables: Even though no one is quite sure how well smartwatches are doing, the big companies are ploughing ahead with new models. Samsung is set to launch a new circular model, the Gear S2. This will be aimed much more at fashion users than its previous smartwatches. Asus will also launch a new watch, the ZenWatch 2 which will come in different colours. A slew of health wearables will also be announced.

3 TVs: Having spent the last two years trying to sell the merits of curved televisions and so-called 4K 'ultra high definition', this year's television theme is tipped to revolve around Oled technology. This boosts colours and makes blacks appear to be less grey. LG is expected to lead the charge with two new 55 and 65-inch models, with Sony and Samsung following suit.

4 Computers: As has become the custom over the last two years, there will be little buzz around any laptops or tablets. Both are now considered as fading stars and treated as utilities (work for laptops, video screens for tablets). However, Intel is expected to launch its newest Skylake processors, which will use less energy than current chips and will be able to power very high resolution screens.

5 What we won't see: Microsoft, which will be showing off Windows 10 devices at IFA, is not expected to launch its new Lumia phones at the event this week. Apple, which is due to launch its iPhone 6S next week, will not be present at the show. A separate October camera convention, PhotoPlus, means that we won't see many new camera releases.

Irish Independent

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