This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was a bit of a washout, with the biggest names generally choosing to launch their flagships either side of the conference, rather than fight for the Barcelona limelight. Yes, we’re looking at you HTC and Samsung.
Conversely, by some stroke of luck, IFA 2013 gets underway next month with several high profile mobile products eager to make their debut, and if the rumour mill’s to be believed, it’ll be an infinitely more interesting show than MWC.
The HTC One launched just SIX DAYS before MWC 2013, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 arrived a couple of weeks afterwards in New York, but both manufacturers are tipped to have a major presence at IFA 2013.
Throw in Japanese manufacturer Sony and possibly several products from South Korea’s LG, and we’re onto a winner.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Yes, IFA 2013 will almost certainly see the debut of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Indeed, Samsung has pretty much confirmed it, telling us to “Note the date”. We see what you did there.
Other suspected Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs include an Exynos 5 Octa processor (expect confusing regional variants, too), 2 and/or possibly 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, and a bigger-than-3,000mAh battery.
Sony Xperia i1 (Honami)
Japanese manufacturer Sony has been doing pretty well in mobile since chopping off its Ericsson arm, going from Android runt to one of the leaders of the pack, beating even Samsung to the 1080p smartphone punch.
The full HD Sony Xperia Z launched at CES 2013 in January, and was followed by the colossal 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra in June. Jan is quite fond of pointing out that the latter’s not much smaller than the bloomin’ Google Nexus 7, incidentally.
The third smartphone in the range seemingly rocks the codename Honami, and it’s expected to hit the market as the Sony Xperia i1. It takes bits and pieces from the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra, and throws in a monstrous rear camera.
Specifically, it’ll be a 20MP rear camera on the Sony Xperia i1, with other specs thought to include a 5in 1080p display (a la Xperia Z), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (as found on the Xperia Z Ultra), and a 3,000mAh battery.
HTC One Max
Time was, it was the HTC Desire going head to head with the iPhone, with the original Samsung Galaxy S lurking somewhere in the shadows.
To be frank, 2011 and 2012 were pretty depressing for HTC, but things began looking up this year with the launch of the HTC One, largely regarded as one of the sexiest slabs of smartphone out there.
Since then, we’ve had the obligatory HTC One mini, and – completing the trio –IFA 2013 will possibly see the launch of the phablet guy, the HTC One Max.
With more than a full inch over the 4.7in HTC One flagship, the HTC One Max’s display is thought to measure 5.9in, a new personal best for the Taiwanese guys.
Other HTC One Max specs will possibly include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (what else?), 2GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, Jelly Bean Android 4.3, and a 3,200mAh battery. Sounds good to us.
LG Vu 3
Rounding off the list, we have South Korea’s LG persevering with its unorthodox phablet thingy, the Vu.
We were surprised to learn that the original LG Optimus Vu was being followed up with an LG Optimus Vu 2, and surprised further still when word of the LG Vu 3 broke late last month.
Having said that, our favourite guy in South Korea, socialjeebus, points out that it’s pretty popular over there, so what do we know? Answer: nothing.
Purported LG Vu 3 specs include a 5.2in display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (again!), and LTE compatibility. Indeed, in South Korea, it’ll rock LTE-Advanced.