In between gawping over the newand waiting for Apple to invite us to the unveiling for its , CNET heads to Berlin this week for the biggest, oldest and oddest technology show in Europe.
First held in 1924 as the “Berlin Radio Show,” phones, TVs, laptops and cameras. It also crams in appliances of all sorts, smart home gadgets and even robots. That means you can swipe through the latest phone and peer into a posh refrigerator that will track how much milk you have left. Add in an official mascot called Miss IFA and you get a show to remember that even the public can attend.(or Internationale Funkausstellung) is your one-stop window shopping destination for not just technology like
To help you keep track of it all, CNET editors from San Francisco, London and Louisville, Kentucky land in Berlin today to bring you the latest and greatest products on display. All it takes is a little currywurst and a lot of pretzels to keep us on the go.
What we expect to see
This is by no means a comprehensive list of what IFA will bring, but it does cover the products we’re most excited to see.
Samsung: Given that our friends just announced the, don’t expect a new phone in Berlin. Instead, Samsung should follow its plan from the last couple of IFAs by introducing a new smartwatch (our euros are on a follow-up to the ), another high concept appliance (like 2015’s ) and a tablet or two.
LG: Samsung’s cross-Seoul rival CES earlier this year.the . The successor to last year’s , we expect it to have an edge-to-edge screen, dual rear cameras, a fingerprint scanner and support for USB Type-C. We’ll also be looking for more information about LG showed off at
Sony: Phones and home audio are Sony’s typical IFA mainstays. Last year, for example, it gave us theand the . Look for additions in both of those categories — we’ll know for sure when we get to Berlin.
Acer: At IFA 2016 Acer introduced the massive (17 pounds), powerful and insanely expensive ($9,000)gaming laptop. Could the company go even bigger in 2017? Probably not, but expect laptops, Chromebooks and various other combinations of screens and keyboards.
Lenovo/Motorola: A highlight of last year’s IFA was Hasselblad True Zoom, a Moto Mod designed for phones like the that added optical zoom for the camera. Rumor has it that Moto will follow up with another phone this week. On the Lenovo side, look for laptops along the lines of the , which the company announced last year.
Events we’ll be watching
Like any trade show, IFA is packed with press conferences. Here are the events we’ll attend; watch for related news as they transpire. (All listed times are in Berlin time; here’s a handy calculator to convert them to your time zone.) You’ll find all the news on our .
Wednesday, August 30
- Acer: 10:30 a.m.
- Asus: 1 p.m.
- Panasonic: 3 p.m.
- Samsung: 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 31
- LG: 9 a.m.
- Sony: 1 p.m.
- AEG/Electrolux: 1 p.m.
- Toshiba: 3 p.m.
- Sharp: 3 p.m.
- DJI: 5 p.m.
- Lenovo/Motorola: 8 p.m.
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