IFA opens its doors as consumers prepare for Samsung smartwatch

Mix of new smartphones and TVs set to dominate consumer show

A worker cleans a 4K-2K Ultra High Definition TV screen at the booth of Vestel at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. Photo: Reuters

A worker cleans a 4K-2K Ultra High Definition TV screen at the booth of Vestel at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. Photo: Reuters

 

Technology giants will unveil their latest products during a series of launches in Berlin today. Around 240,000 gadget fans are expected to flock to Berlin IFA tech show when it opens to the public between September 6th and 11th.

But a number of highly-anticipated products are expected to be revealed during press conferences scheduled today. Samsung, one of more than 1,400 exhibitors at the event, is reportedly set to unveil its hi-tech smartwatch, Galaxy Gear.

The smartwatch is rumoured to make and receive phone calls, send emails and text messages and store information.

Samsung is tipped to reveal its Galaxy Note 3 — a smartphone/tablet hybrid — to the world at IFA, according to The Korea Times.

Rival Sony will also hold a press conference at IFA today, while LG and Acer have already revealed their latest products ahead of the show.

LG will be showcasing its G Pad, which the company say is the only 8inch class tablet to feature a full HD display.

And Acer’s Liquid S2 is claimed to be the first smartphone able to record video in the 4K ultra-HD format.

IFA, one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany, has companies from all over the world. Products at the event include phones, televisions, home appliances, tablets and computers.

Panasonic, Lenovo, Toshiba, Philips and Dyson are among other companies holding press conferences during IFA.

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