IFA 2012: what to expect
Samsung Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012, especially after that teaser video was released a few days ago. In fact, the Korean company will be hosting an Unpacked press event on August 29 – two days prior to the expo's start, which is when the device will most likely be announced officially. As far as specs are concerned, the rumor mill has not managed to give us any solid, evidence-backed figures yet, but we are expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note II to be a 5.5-inch device with a quad-core Exynos processor and a camera of at least 8 megapixels. For more details, check out our Samsung Galaxy Note II specs preview.
Considerably further down the smartphone food chain is where the Sony Xperia J will reside. The handset, which is also expected to be announced at the aforementioned event, was recently taken for a full-fledged preview revealing its low- to mid-range nature. The 4-inch screen and out-of-the-box Ice Cream Sandwich are among its assets, but the rest of its specifications are anything but ordinary: 5-megapixel camera, humble single-core processor, and 512MB of RAM. Oh well, at least the Xperia J will come in pink too.
We cannot omit mentioning that a Sony Xperia tablet is also expected to be present on stage. If what has surfaced so far is to be trusted, the tablet will be powered by a Tegra 3 processor, the screen will have a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, and the camera on its back will snap photos at 8 megapixels. Interestingly, this rumored Xperia tablet will have the same wedge that is present on the Sony Tablet S, yet its thickest section will measure only 8.8 millimeters. The device's body is said to be made out of aluminum, which is always a good thing, as long as it doesn't interfere with any of the tablet's radios.
working on a beastly handset powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, yet the rumor mill has been somewhat silent as to whether the device will make an appearance at the expo. In case it does, expect seeing a smartphone that is nothing short of awe-inspiring, with a 4.7-inch TrueHD screen, 2GB of RAM, LTE, and, of course, that mighty piece of silicon we just mentioned. The device might end up being called LG Optimus G, and could also be that LG Eclipse, which Sprint and AT&T might get in October. (UPDATE: The LG Optimus G is already official and will launch in Korea next month, followed by an international rollout in October or November.)
By the way, the IFA event doesn't tend have that big of a focus on the U.S. smartphone market, yet an official unveiling of the LG Intuition for Verizon is not out of the question. The device is said to be Big Red's variant of the LG Optimus Vu, with a 5-inch display and a stylus included in the set. Also, let us not forget that a LG Spectrum 2 could be on Verizon's agenda, so its unveiling might be scheduled for some time during the event. UPDATE: Here is what the LG Spectrum 2 is expected to look like.
HTC is working on a 5-inch flagship smartphone, with a 1080p touchscreen and a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip ticking inside. Furthermore, rumors are circulating about a possible HTC One X successor with a faster processor, which is supposedly set to launch in October. And if that is not enough, an alleged photo of the HTC Proto, also referred to as the HTC Desire X, is making the rounds, suggesting that the handset might be almost ready for prime time. UPDATE: HTC appears to have a new tablet in stock as well, and it might very well be announced during IFA 2012.