The IFA 2016 event will be up and running starting September 2 and as usual, Berlin, Germany will be a buzz as everyone expects something new to be announced by the major tech companies set to attend the global gathering.
The event is used by these companies to showcase their latest devices and this year’s version is expected to be even better. Companies attending the IFA 2016 are expected to come in with new smartphones, smartwatches, modular accessories and many other devices, but which are the main ones to watch out for? Here’s a list of five gadgets to expect from the event.
Sony Xperia X Compact
Sony debuted a new Xperia X series this year and even though these handsets were unique in that three of the four availed have the same 5-inch screen size, Sony has plans to refresh last year’s Xperia Z5 Compact during this coming IFA 2016 event. Believed to be a 4.6-inch handset, the Xperia X Compact will boast the same flagship features found on the Xperia X Performance, but as you can expect, with a smaller screen size.
Those looking out for a great device they can use with a single hand and are not fans of Apple’s iPhone SE can look out for the Xperia X Compact at the IFA 2016 event.
Huawei Mate S2
Ever since the release of the Nexus 6P, Huawei has grown in stature and popularity and it seems the company is not ready to let go of this opportunity. In a bid to bring more devices to the flagship world, the Chinese OEM is being touted to unveil a new Huawei Mate S2 handset that supports Force Touch technology.
The Mate S is, without doubt, a great phone and with the new Mate S2, you can expect even better from Huawei. In fact, it has been rumored that the phone will come with a phablet-size 5.5-inch screen and from a distance, you will be forgiven for mistaking it with the Google Nexus 6P. However, as usual with Huawei phones, the Mate S2 is expected to come with a Kirin 960 SoC that is paired with a 4GB RAM and a 3500mAh battery unit. The cameras will stand at 16MP for the main and 8MP for the secondary lens and Android 6.0 Marshmallow will power the phone out of the box.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force modules
Motorola recently launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, two handsets that come to join the LG G5 in the world of modular smartphones. The accessories accompanying these two handsets are known as Moto Mods, however, not so many of them were unveiled alongside the phones. With Lenovo sent to attend the IFA 2016 event, the Chinese tech giant is expected to come in with a camera module to add to the Moto Insta-Share protector, Incipio offGRID Power Pack and JBL SoundBoost speaker we already know of.
According to reports, the Moto Z camera module will feature a 10x optical zoom, a zoom lens, xenon flash and a physical shutter. The shutter button will work in a similar manner to what you see with shutter buttons on regular cameras. There will also be a power button on the camera module to turn it on and off.
Samsung Gear S3
Samsung Gear S2 came to life in 2015 and back then, this smartwatch was one of the most talked about gadgets. Despite these heavy talks, the Gear S2 sales did not live up to the expectations. However, Samsung is ready to get back to business with a new Gear S3 at the IFA 2016, a smartwatch that is said to be ready to take on Apple’s Watch.
According to reports, Samsung will unveil the Gear S3 in five different variants, with two coming with support for SIM cards. In short, you will no longer need to depend on your smartphone in order to make or receive calls on the next-gen Samsung smartwatch, instead, this device will work independently. Similar to what is seen on the Gear S2, expect a rotating bezel and a round watch face when the Gear S3 is unveiled. Furthermore, Samsung will ditch Android Wear OS in favor its own Tizen OS.
ASUS ZenWatch 3
ASUS is at it again and after dealing the likes of Samsung and LG a blow with the release of the ZenFone 3 handsets, the Taiwanese tech giant is now planning to shower the IFA 2016 with a new ZenWatch 3. There will be design changes on the ZenWatch 3 when compared to the previous models. Where the latter models came in with square displays, the newer smartwatch will feature a circular display. Unlike the Gear S3, ASUS will go for Android Wear as the OS to power the watch.
The ZenWatch 3 will also be made of stainless steel and it will include support for Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. You can also expect support for all the features that are also supported on Android Wear 2.0 OS as well as compatibility with iOS 8.2 and above.
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