IFA 2012: New Smartphones, Tablets, and More

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The IFA tradeshow is going to kick off in Berlin later this week. This show, sometimes called “the European CES”, was once mostly about advanced TVs, but in recent years has seen the debut of a number of mobile products.

Many of the stars of IFA 2012 are expected to be tablets — for more about the new Android and Windows RT models coming up, head over to Brighthand‘s sister site, TabletPCReview.


A cross-over product that we already know is going to be on the docket is the Samsung Galaxy Note II.  This tabletphone will be larger than its popular predecessor, have a faster processor, and an updated operating system.

IFARumor has it that an unusual device called the Galaxy S Camera could be in the cards. This would be a hybrid of a Galaxy S III and a 16-megapixel compact digital camera. It has been known for a while now that Samsung is working on such a device, but seeing how Photokina, the biggest global photography technology trade show, is going to be held in two weeks’ time, it is possible that the South Koreans will save this surprise for the later show.

These models, along with a tablet or two, will be unveiled tomorrow.


Another company with plans for IFA 2012 is LG. It is already well known that this company is finally going to present a quad-core smartphone with Qualcomm’s Kali chipset and a 4.7-inch display whose resolution will slightly outdo Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC’s One X models. The screen which will be manufactured by LG itself, will have 768 x 1280 pixels, which results with a fantastic pixel density of 318 ppi. Its operating system at launch will be Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).


Huawei will be showing off a smartphone called Ascend D Quad XL, an upgrade of the quad-core model Ascend D Quad, which was thought to be the biggest hit of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February. The XL version is going to come with a 2500 mAh battery and a millimeter-thick design.

Stay Tuned

Theoretically, IFA 2012 doesn’t start until Friday, but Samsung is making its announcements on Wednesday, while a “press day” on Thursday will likely bring a number of products out of the woodwork. Follow us live from this tradeshow on Brighthand.com,  TabletPCReview.com, and NotebookReview.com.



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