It won't be long before IFA 2019 takes place at the Messe Berlin exhibition center. Numerous companies will be on-site again and will have new tech products in their luggage. Here's everything you need to know about IFA 2019.
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As every year, IFA takes place on the grounds of Messe Berlin. It runs from Friday, September 6 to Wednesday, September 11, 2019, during which time the fair is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Last year the exhibition area was over 160,000 m².
Unlike the MWC in Barcelona, private visitors can also visit IFA 2019 in Berlin. You can already buy tickets, too. You can benefit from the advance sale price, which is valid until September 5, i.e. until one day before the start of the fair.
IFA ticket prices
|Day ticket (advance sale until 5.9.2019)||13 Euro|
|Day ticket for pupils/students||9 Euro|
(up to 2 adults, 3 children under 18 years)
|3 for 2 group tickets (advance sale until 5.9.2019)||26 Euro|
You can also order the tickets online. Sales are now closed.
Acer and Asus are aiming for gamers
Both brands have focused on gamers at this edition of IFA 2019. Acer has released:
- New Predator Triton 300
- Predator Triton 500 with 300Hz refresh rate
- Predator Thronos Air gaming chair
- Four Nitro XV3 series monitors with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, high refresh rates and high resolutions
Asus instead presented the second generation of the ROG Phone that we have already tested in our hands-on review and that, for now, has convinced us. It shows how the brand has focused on the needs of users and how it has worked on the weaknesses of the first generation:
Samsung: Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A90, both with 5G
During the press conference, the South Korean manufacturer illustrated its entire ecosystem: connected devices that can make a difference at home and abroad. Also on stage (though not physically) were the two new smartphones in the house, both with 5G support: the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G and the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G. Together with Samsung Galaxy 10 5G and Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G, there are now four smartphones from the brand to support 5G.
- Samsung announces Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung set for strategic Galaxy Fold launch at the opening of the IFA
- Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: love at first flex
Sony presents the Xperia 5
The Japanese manufacturer revealed the Xperia 5 on stage at IFA (and not the Xperia 2 as we all expected). The new smartphone integrates the Snapdragon 855 processor supported by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It does not give up the original 21:9 format designed for multimedia and multitasking content:
LG shows off the G8X ThinQ
LG interprets the theme of foldable smartphones differently from Samsung and Huawei. The South Korean manufacturer offers a dual-screen smartphone here. The G8X ThinQ looks a little like a Nintendo 3DS.
Motorola expands the One series
Motorola did not come to Berlin empty-handed either. The manufacturer took the opportunity to unveil its new One Zoom. With this smartphone, Motorola targets photo enthusiasts who don't want to ruin themselves financially with a flagship. We were able to take it in our hands and you can discover our impressions in this article:
Huawei drops the Kirin 990
As every year, Huawei has announced its new processor. Richard Yu, the head of the Consumers Division, lifted the veil on the Kirin 990. The new chip, that should appear on the Mate 30 Pro on September 19, brings more power and 5G compatibility.
Finally, the Chinese giant also mentioned new FreeBuds headphones with a striking similarity to Apple's AirPods. In particular, active noise canceling is emerging. Huawei has also decided to present the P30 Pro at the IFA in two new colors: Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue. The two new models scheduled for September 20 will also be equipped with Google's latest software version, Android 10.
- Huawei P30 Pro will ship with Android 10 in new colors
- Huawei FreeBuds 3: do want some ANC with your AirPods?
TCL: music to your ears?
TCL arrives at the IFA with clear ideas: to conquer the millennials and in general a young audience that loves to carry music with them. With two models of true wireless earbuds and three sets of headphones with active noise cancellation, the brand promises comfort, long battery life and a good audio experience:
Fossil gets all sporty and releases the Puma smartwatch during the IFA this year. It's designed for sports users, needless to say. Equipped with a single physical side button, which can be pressed or rotated to navigate, it runs WearOS and promises a full day of battery life. All for the price of €279:
Huami launches two new smartwatches
Chinese wearable hardware manufacturer, Huami, launched two new smartwatches for its Amazfit brand. The first, the GTS, is an Apple Watch-style fashion watch with lots of fitness and heart-rate tracking features. The second, the Stratos 3, is a high-end sports watch for professional athletes.
- Huami takes aim at Garmin with new Stratos 3 sports watch
- Huami Amazfit GTS hands-on review: familiar design at a low price
Fauna Focus audio eyewear
Brand new company Fauna, launched its audio eyewear, called Focus. The Fauna audio glasses feature MEMS loud-speakers, produced by USound, in the temples and pair to your phone via Bluetooth. The frames come in two different styles, female and unisex. The lenses can also be easily exchanged to prescription lenses by an optician. We went hands-on with the new glasses.
TCL launches the Plex smartphone
TCL used to use its Alcatel and BlackBerry subsidiaries to release smartphones, but now, the company is releasing the first smartphone under its own name. We quickly got to grips with the Plex and wrote some first impressions. You can read them at the link below.
HMD Global expands the Nokia family
HMD Global expands the Nokia family by introducing two new smartphones, but also new feature phones. The Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 are the two new mid-range devices that focus on the display and camera respectively, offering a nice and pleasant design.
But the brand doesn't forget its feature phones, introducing smart versions of the Nokia 800 Tough and Nokia 2720 Flip. There's also the Nokia 110, with an mp3 player, camera and FM radio.
Not only smartphones: smart home and more
There is much more to IFA than smartphones every year. Many brands show notebooks, headsets and especially smart home devices. This will not be any different in 2019. We also expect to see smart TVs, a lot of smart kitchen appliances, and certainly a lot more.
Braun Audio came to the IFA with some new high-end smart speakers featuring Google Assistant. The three LE01, LE02 and LE03 models are based on the design of the LE 1 loudspeaker from 1959. All models can be used in portrait or landscape. They're not cheap, but they do sound great.
We will update this article regularly with new information and dates. So, check back every now and then and let us know in the comments what you are already looking forward to.