I have decided to cover up the whole IFA Berlin 2012 event in a single blog post. IFA 2012 berlin, Germany is one of the biggest Consumer electornics trade show in Europe. It is a must attend show for mobile and tablet enthusiasts who wish to see new innovations and inventions in electronic sector that includes home appliances, media equipments, smartphones, tablets and others. This year IFA 2012 berlin event focuses more on tablets than smartphones. Started yesterday August 30th 2012 will go on till Sep 5th 2012.
As said in the previous paragraph, this year show focused more on Tablets or should I call it tabphone ? Handset makers like Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony lined up with their innovative products. I’ve planned to cover up all the launches at IFA berlin 2012 briefly. Wish I was there at IFA 2012 to experience the hands on and write review about the devices and compare them in detail. Here am going to list down the devices (Smartphones, tablets and tabphones) that’ve been launched at IFA 2012, berlin.
Samsung at IFA 2012 Berlin :
After Samsung losing to Apple in the court case, is having a little loss in the market. But with their lined up innovative products for IFA 2012, berlin hope they catch up the place again.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung’s 2nd generation Galaxy note was launched. Galaxy Note 2 is a 5.5 inch Tabphone. It can be used as a tablet and smartphone with phone functionality. What has improved comparing the previous galaxy note ? Galaxy Note 2 runs on latest 4.1 jelly bean android OS sporting a AMOLED touchscreen (1280×720). Note 2 powered by 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. Rear camera – 8 Megapixel and front facing camera 1.9 MP. Holds a 3100mAH battery.
No details about the pricing. But it comes in 16GB, 32 and 64GB devices which are 4G compatible. Also additionaly as you all know, the Stylus for digital writing. We can expect Galaxy Note 2 to be released in October in Europe and Asia.
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung comes with lot of confusing names suffixing Galaxy. This time at IFA 2012, they’ve unveiled Samsung Galaxy Camera. Galaxy Camera is a point and shoot camera running Android 4.1 Jelly bean. After Nikon’s lead, Samsung are the ones to come up with Android powered camera called Galaxy Camera. What is the use of Android powered point and shoot camera ? It allows you to do all the editing and post processing effects inside the camera itself. Load up instagram or other favorite photo apps on android and do the work. Instantly share it on social networks facebook, twitter etc.
This Samsung Galaxy Camera has in-built wifi, 3G connections. Basically a full blown compact camera running an Android OS. Features of Galaxy Camera includes a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and 23 mm wide angle lens with a 21X optical zoon. Whooa ! You can shoot videos at 1080p at 30fps. This time Samsung Galaxy Camera copied the idea from Nikon Coolpix S800C.
It will be available by Q4 2012. Folks at Android Central got hands on the device. Watch the video below –
Samsung ATIV Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 RT Tablets
This is big news. In the coming months we will be seeing Samsung releasing Windows 8 RT tablets and Windows Phone 8 devices. This doesn’t mean Samsung has dumped android. First coming up with Samsung Windows Phone 8 – Samsung ATIV. The name sounds weird no ?
Samsung ATIV S
Samsung ATIV S will be their Windows Phone 8 device. It is powered by 1.5 GHz dual core with 1GB RAM. It has a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor. Also has a 2300mAH battery, 16GB/32GB with support to MicroSD. 8 Megapixel rear camera.
Samsung ATIV tab
The Samsung Windows 8 tablets will be named as Samsung ATIV tab with a 10.1 inch (1366×768) display available in 32GB and 64 GB versions. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processer with 2GB of RAM. The tablet can be attached to a keyboard dock for a laptop like experience. Comes with a 8200mAH battery and size 8.9mm thick and 1.2 lbs weight. Connectivity includes mini HDMI, MicroSD, MicroUSB etc. As you all know, Microsoft own tablet Surface is about to release. Mean while Samsung has planned to compete with the Windows RT tablet space.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro
Another one to line up under ATIV is Samsung Smart PC and Smart PC Pro which has 11.6 inch, 1080p panel. The pro comes with a intel i5 processor and non-pro comes with a intel ATOM processor and 2GB of RAM. The PRO has 4GB ram paired up with their own keyboard docks. The non-pro has a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 TFT-LCD and Smart PC Pro has 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 TFT-LCD. Pricing details yet to update.
Watch Samsung IFA 2012 Keynote Event Online
Did you miss out the Samsung’s action-filled IFA keynote ? Don’t worry, here is the full video which presented the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera and the new Windows 8 Lineup called “Ativ”.
Sony at IFA 2012 Berlin :
I guess Sony has decided to name their smartphones Xperia with the suffix alphabets ranging A to Z. Soon when they endup searching for new Xperia names, I suggest them to go AA, AB, AC.. AZ and then BA, BB like vehicle registration series. Just kidding.. by the way Sony unveiled some smartphones at IFA 2012 berlin. They have launched Sony Xperia, V, Xperia J and their flagship top end model Xperia T.
Sony Xperia V
Sony Xperia V is a 4.3 inch running android 4.0 ICS operating system powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. Comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and water resistant skin. You can drop down your Xperia V in water and it meets the international IP55 and IP57 protocols for durability. Hope they soon roll out jelly bean to this device. It is 4G LTE compatible.
Sony Xperia J budget smartphone
Xperia J is a budget phone with 4 inch screen and 5 megapixel camera. Powered by 1GHz processor and runs on Android 4.0 ICS. It comes in colors including black, gold, white and pink. No updates on pricing yet, coming in Q4 of 2012.
Sony Xperia T
Sony Xperia T is the flagship model which sports a 4.8 inch screen, 13 Megapixel camera. Powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and runs on 4.0 ICS android OS. Supports 4G LTE and NFC technology. Hope 4.1 Jelly bean rolled out soon.
Sony Xperia Tablet S
The sleek new Sony Xperia Tab is powered by a Tegra 3 CPU and comes with Android 4.0 and has a built in memory of 64GB. What’s unique is it looks like a folded over magazine shape. It has a 9.4 inch screen and 6000mAH battery which can hold upto 10 hours battery life. The tablet Xperia S will be available from September 7th. The 16GB model starts at $400, 32GB for $500 and 64GB for $600. Sony has also announced its accessories including cover with keyboard, docking stand, simple stand, charging cradle, dock speaker etc.
HTC at IFA 2012 Berlin :
As you can see, both Samsung and Sony had a busy opening at IFA 2012, berlin with their super lined up smartphones and tablets. What has HTC got for you ?
HTC Desire X
HTC unveiled its budget friendly smartphone ‘HTC Desire X’ with a 4 inch super LCD WVGA screen (800×480), dual core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor with 768MB of RAM. This device comes with a user removable battery (not like in HTC One X). Comes with a 4GB memory card and supports MicroSD. Also you get 25GB of free dropbox cloud storage.
The HTC Desire X runs on Android 4.0 ICS on top of Sense UI. It comes with integrated Beats Audio sound enhancement, 5 MP rear camera, LED Flash, HDR capture and continous shooting. Colors available – black and white. Price is expected around 250$.
LG at IFA 2012 Berlin :
LG Optimus G
LG has announced its flagship device with a quad-core processor LG Optimus G. Its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core with 2GB of RAM. It has got 13 Megapixel rear camera and 4G LTE connectivity. What’s special in LG Optimus G ? It has got in-cell technology display which brings TrueHD IPS + highly impressive display. With 4.7 inch touchscreen display it brings brighter and most vivid colors closer to the surface for better sensitivity.
LG Optimus L9
LG has unveiled their LG Optimus L9 which features Android 4.0 ICS operating system with 4.7 inch screen. It has 5 Megapixel camera and powered by 1GHz dual core processor with 1GB RAM. It has features like Qtranslator, QMemo and My Style keypad etc. Hope after this phone comes into the market, LG will gain a better position. No details about pricing yet. Soon we will update here.
Few other elements that I would like to share here follows :
Google Nexus 7 commercial
Galaxy Tab II 7.0 Refubrished at 180$
If you’re looking for an Android tablet, then Nexus 7 is the right thing to go now. The bottom-line price issue, but if you’ve got a nice deal do not ignore. The Samsung Galaxy Tab II 7 inch tablet with 1GHz dual core processor, Sammy touchwiz UI and ICS packed android os with 8GB on-board storage and expandable microSD card slot with a refurbished price tag of just 180$ USD.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Update
Samsung confirmed at IFA 2012 that Galaxy S3 devices will get the Jelly bean update soon.
Samsung Galaxy S3 with new colors
Similary, Folks at Samsung finally announced four new color options for their flagship model Galaxy S3. The four colors including Titanium Grey, Amber Brown, Garnet Red and Sapphire Black. Samsung also states that the availability of colors will vary by country, carrier and retailers.
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