With IFA 2013 now agonisingly close (opens in new tab), we think it's high time to tease your techie taste buds with a round-up of what to expect in Berlin from one of the world's biggest tech firms.
Samsung is well-known for treating the tech world generously at IFA. Last year, the South Korean giant let loose a wide range of new products, from smartphones to televisions to cameras. Its headline act was the Galaxy Note 2 (opens in new tab), the successor of the original Note, which launched during IFA 2011.
Unsurprisingly then, most of the Samsung gossip this year has revolved around a new version of the Galaxy Note phablet, with some of the first whispers emerging way back in May (opens in new tab).
Early reports could not specify one particular size for the device, with alternative sources tipping a 5.7in, a 5.99in and 6.3in models (opens in new tab), even claiming that Samsung itself had not yet settled on a single set of measurements. The July launch of Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chip (opens in new tab) also provoked fierce speculation over the Note 3's hardware, with the world trying to make up its mind on whether the Note 3 will pack this or a Snapdragon 800 processor.
However, things really gathered momentum at the start of August, when Samsung started sending out special invitations for Samsung Unpacked 2013: Episode 2 (opens in new tab) (the previous episode produced the Galaxy S4), an event taking place in Berlin a couple of days before IFA's grand opening. The scrawled (stylus, anyone?) tagline 'Note the date' left little to the imagination. Since then, the Note 3 launch has been confirmed by the company.
The latest rumours (opens in new tab) point to the smartphone packing a 5.7in 1,920 x 1,080 full HD display, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a record-breakingly huge 3,450mAh battery, 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The processor debate, however, rages on. Samsung could also follow this with a downgraded Note 3 launch, targeting emerging markets (opens in new tab). Such a handset would allegedly feature an LCD screen and an 8-megapixel snapper.
But Samsung is not content with that. Word on the street was that its brand new, potentially market-changing Galaxy Gear smartwatch was also set to make an appearance. A trademark filing (opens in new tab) describing the wrist-bound gadget as a phone companion was discovered a month ago, and a steady stream of exciting gossip has followed.
A few weeks ago, Samsung's executive vice president of mobile, Lee Young-Hee, told the Korea Times that the Galaxy Gear will definitely land at IFA on 4 September (opens in new tab), saying, "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry." This also seems to confirm that the tech accessory will work alongside a smartphone, rather than as a standalone product.
Just as we thought the rumour mill had been more than kind enough to us, we received fresh news that the smartwatch will boast 10 hours of battery life (opens in new tab), a 4-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM and either 6GB or 8GB of internal storage. Additionally, the wearable contraption is rumoured to feature a 2.5in 320 x 320 OLED screen and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. For more, read on about why we think Samsung is in a great position to create the world's first truly game-changing smartwatch (opens in new tab), and why tech rivals like Apple (opens in new tab), Sony (opens in new tab) and Google (opens in new tab) need to watch their backs.
Whatever goes down, ITProPortal will be in Berlin with uninterrupted live coverage (opens in new tab) of the Samsung launches, so make sure you don't stray too far away from our dedicated IFA hub (opens in new tab) in the next few days.
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