IFA 2013: The countdown begins

The countdown to IFA 2013 (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) has begun. This, one of the world's biggest consumer electronics trade fairs, first held in 1924, promises to be huge, and ITProPortal is on hand to serve as your one stop shop for all of the news and gossip from Germany.

As is always the case at this time of the year, our offices are buzzing with German-themed excitement. We've got bratwurst flying out the kitchen, beer on tap, and Stromberg on TV. Not all of that is 100 per cent accurate, but we really are itching for the show to get underway.

The main event kicks off on 6 September but we'll be on site in Berlin a couple of days earlier to satisfy your techie taste buds (as well as our own), and make sure we're live from all of the big press conferences in the build up.

Last year, we brought you comprehensive coverage of Europe's biggest technology showcase, bringing you face to face with products including Sony's Xperia T, V and J, the HTC Desire, and the headline-grabbing Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but this year's event could be even better.

Our custom IFA hub (above) is now live, and filled with all the whispers, rumours and stories you'll need in the big final run up. From smartphones to tablets, watches to TVs, we've got everything covered. As per usual, the tech world already has a decent idea of what could go down in Germany.

Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest gossip has revolved around Samsung and, specifically, the third iteration of the Galaxy Note, which we think is odds-on to make an appearance, especially since the Note 2 and original Note first surfaced at IFA 2012 and 2011, respectively.

But the South Korean giant is known to enjoy a bit of theatre, and we think its big bombshell will come in the form of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which is known to have been under development for quite some time.

Elsewhere, we strongly suspect that HTC, which has experienced a pretty difficult year so far, will let its hair down and treat us to the unveiling of the 5.9in HTC One Max. This, combined with the launch of the Note 3, could really heat up proceedings, with a potential phablet showdown emerging.

Other leaks suggest that Sony is planning on using IFA to promote its newest smartphone. According to the rumour-mill, the Xperia i1 Honami could mark the return of Cybershot to mobiles, hoping its 20-megapixel snapper is noteworthy enough to hog the headlines.

Not to forget Archos, which plans to siege IFA 2013 with a legion of Android-based smartphones and tablets.

That barely scratches the surface of what to expect though. With other technology powers like Lenovo, Philips and Asus promising their own major announcements, we know we're in for quite a spectacle.

So sit back, relax and click on through to our dedicated IFA hub. Things are going to get frantic really soon, so now's a better time than any to get yourself up to date. And remember, ITProPortal will be reporting on anything that does happen when it happens, so stay tuned.