IFA 2019: What to expect from the September Electronics Show?

The exhibition Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (known as the Berlin Radio Show or simply IFA 2019) this year starts in early September. This is the world's largest consumer electronics show, during which announcements of new high-tech gadgets are expected. As winter and the holiday season approach, almost every major brand strives to use IFA 2019 as a platform for presenting fresh models of smartphones, tablets, laptops, headphones and other electronics.

In 2018, Sony Xperia XZ3, Huawei Mate 20 Lite, Honor Play, BlackBerry Key2 LE and many other interesting phone models were presented at IFA. This year, we expect to see some flagships, a few mid-budget devices, and hope for surprises.

We managed to collect all the rumors concerning IFA 2019 that have appeared on the network recently. What exactly the major global manufacturers are planning to show – see below.

IFA 2019: dates and important INFORMATIONIFA 2019 starts on September 6, 2019 and ends in five days, on September 11. The event will be held at the Messe Berlin Conference Center in Berlin.

Although IFA is officially open to the public from September 6, the press gets early access to the upcoming show. Thus, before the opening, on September 4 and 5, there will be many major announcements.

LG

The network has already appeared renderings of the device, which, apparently, will be an update of the LG G8 ThinQ. Perhaps it will appear under the name LG G8X. The two most noticeable differences from the previous model, which are visible on the render, are the addition of a slot for the front camera in the form of a drop of water and the appearance of an on-screen fingerprint scanner.

If this is true, we expect that the LG G8X will not be another flagship device of the company, but a mid-range smartphone that resembles the LG G8. If LG were to release a new flagship G, the design would much more likely have to change more significantly. The LG V50 ThinQ 5G model was released not so long ago, so it is clear that we will not see new products from the V series at IFA 2019.In addition to these two families, LG plans to release two new smartphones of the K series. The company confirmed this news on August 22. The LG K50S and K40S are mid-range devices designed specifically for those who consume a large amount of media content. They offer large LCD screens (diagonal 6.5 and 6.1 inches, respectively), good batteries and a Mediatek Helio P22 SoC.

Sony

Sony's booth at IFA always looks solid. Last year, it was there that the company introduced the Sony Xperia XZ3, the flagship model of that season.

This year, it is more likely that we will see the announcement of the Sony Xperia 2 smartphone, which will be the successor to the Sony Xperia 1. Some images of the upcoming gadget have already leaked online, although it is not clear whether this device will be called the Xperia 2. The new phone is not too different from the Xperia 1, and moving the triple camera module to another location is the only significant change in the external design. There have been rumors that this device can support working with 5G networks, but at the moment this is just speculation.

In addition to smartphones, at IFA 2019, we will probably see several new TVs, headphones and other household appliances from Sony. If we talk about headphones, Sony has not yet released the WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones, which we expected to see in July of this year. It is quite possible that their release will take place at IFA.

Huawei

Although Huawei has fallen on hard times since it was blacklisted by the US government in May this year, this will not prevent the company from presenting its new products at IFA 2019. Richard Yu, Huawei's Executive Director of Consumer Affairs, will deliver the opening keynote presentation of the entire event at IFA.

Most likely, we have a chance to see the Mate 30 Lite (given that the debut of the Mate 20 Lite took place here last year), as well as learn about the latest updates to the Kirin line of processors from Huawei. It's quite possible that we'll see the Huawei Mate X folding smartphone again, given that its release is scheduled for this year.

It is also very likely that we will see the Huawei Watch GT 2, but this information is inaccurate. Smart Watches can also be announced in parallel with the Mate 30 series. As for Honor-Huawei's sub-brand - we may also see some new devices from this line, but there are no reliable rumors about this yet.

It is known that Huawei has big ambitions for TV with the new Harmony OS operating system. It is quite possible that at IFA 2019 we will see Huawei TVs or some other Harmony-based products.

At the same time, Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will not be presented – the release of these devices is scheduled for September 19.

Samsung

In July and August, Samsung released three solid devices at once: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. The Samsung Galaxy Book S, a Windows laptop powered by a Qualcomm processor, was also introduced. Therefore, it is unlikely that we will see many mobile products from the South Korean giant at IFA 2019.At the same time, it is quite possible that at this event we will see smartphones of medium and even budget level, but it is unlikely that we will see something flagship – and this is quite logical. However, there are rumors that Samsung will once again show the Galaxy Fold at IFA. It would be nice if Samsung would finally allow the participants of the exhibition to use the device, and not exclusively show it only to the press. The Galaxy Fold is supposed to be launched (for the second time) in September, so it would make some sense for it to appear at IFA.

Of course, at this exhibition we will see a lot of Samsung TV models. The company is trying to promote 8K QLED panels as the next generation of its TVs, so their appearance is more than likely.

Motorola

There are reports that Motorola will present the Motorola One Zoom (a model previously considered the Motorola One Pro) at IFA 2019. Another device, One Action, has already been announced, but it can still be shown during this event.The Motorola One Zoom is likely to feature high-end specs, including four cameras on the back, but we don't expect it to be a flagship. Unfortunately, the company has not shown new flagship devices for a long time, because even the latest model in the Z series is a mid-range device.

Although the name of the upcoming model contains the word One, this does not necessarily mean that the One Zoom will come with Android One on board, even though One Action runs on the Android One platform.

HMD Global / Nokia

HMD Global, which now owns the Nokia smartphone brand, is planning an event at IFA 2019, so you can be sure that, that the company will release a new phone under the famous brand. But we're not sure what model to expect.

There are rumors that the upcoming smartphone will have a built-in system with three main cameras at the back, so it is possible that we are waiting for the Nokia 7.2 model. Since HMD's flagship is the Nokia 9 PureView with four lenses, the new device will almost certainly not be a Nokia 10 model.It is possible that this will be the first 5G-enabled device from HMD Global, or that it will be announced separately, but in parallel with Nokia 7.2.

TCL

The Chinese brand has confirmed that it will announce its first (for global markets) smartphone under the TCL brand at the IFA 2019 exhibition. TCL makes Alcatel-branded smartphones, as well as BlackBerry devices, but it will be TCL-a smartphone first released outside of China.

The leaks offer some ideas regarding the new smartphone. It may be called the TCL T1 and offer a 6.53-inch FHD + screen, a Snapdragon 675 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 3,820 mAh battery with 18-watt charging.

< /p>TCL also plans to showcase several unique devices in Berlin, including folding device concepts and a gadget called "wearable display" as part of Project Archery.

Other manufacturers

At the IFA 2019 exhibition, many companies will be represented, which, most likely, will not show the latest smartphone models. It is known that Acer, Asus, Dell and other computer companies will be there and, most likely, will show the public new laptops and Chromebooks. There are reports that the Fossil will also appear on the IFA, which means that we have a chance to see some new smartwatches.Audio companies such as Sonos, Sennheiser, Harmon Kardon and others will also participate in the IFA. Most likely, we will see new speakers, headphones and premium audio systems from these manufacturers.

In addition, it is known that within the framework of the exhibition Qualcomm is planning an event to be held by the company's president Cristiano Amon. So we can hear new information about 5G and future mobile processors from Qualcomm.

For now, these are all credible rumors about the upcoming IFA 2019.