The IFA tradeshow is starting to wrap up in Berlin, and those who were hoping for some new smartphones to be announced were disappointed. The focus was on tablets this year, though there was a tabphone.
Handset makers picked other venues to show off their latest. Samsung unveiled the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S II in New York last week, while HTC took the wraps off a pair of upcoming Windows Phones in London a day or so later. These companies apparently decided that they’d stand out better from the crowd by holding their own events.
Phone fans looking to IFA for something interesting had to be content with the Samsung Galaxy Note whose 5.3-inch display will put it somewhere between a handset and a tablet. It is going to run Google’s Android OS on a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and have 4G, an 8MP camera, and even a stylus. A preliminary review can be found on Brighthand‘s sister site, TabletPCReview:
The reviewer also took a first look at another model from Samsung, the 7.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab.
In addition, TabletPCReview got some hands-on time with a number of other tablets that were unveiled at IFA, such as a pair from Sony. The Tablet S is going to have a 10-inch display, while the Tablet P will have a clamshell design. TabletPCReview‘s first impressions of these models are available at:
Toshiba’s latest wasn’t ignored. The AT200 may be the world’s slimmest 10-inch tablet. To attain its shape, the device dropped the full-size ports on the Toshiba Thrive in favor of miniature ones.
The next tradeshow where smartphone users can look forward is CTIA, which kicks off in mid-October. Brighthand will have several reports on the scene reporting on the latest devices.