LG has already taken the wraps off of one new product at IFA — the company is showing off three new computer monitors, one measuring a hefty 38-inches. The 38-inch monitor, the LG 38UC99, is a curved 21:9 set that features IPS technology and a resolution of 3,480 x 1,600, which is the highest resolution we’ve seen from a curved monitor to date. The company also unveiled a 34-inch ultrawide monitor, the 34UC79G, aimed at gamers, featuring a 144Hz refresh rate and an IPS panel. Last but not least is the UM79G, which is designed for multimedia and has built in support for Google Cast. You can read more about the monitors here.
Last year, LG took IFA as an opportunity to debut a classier, pricier variant of its flagship LG Watch wearable: the 23-karat gold LG Watch Urbane Luxe (emphasis added). This year, we’re expecting more than a wearable: the rumored follow-up to the company’s V10 smartphone, the V20, might make an appearance.
The V20 reportedly inherits its predecessor’s ticker display, and top-of-the-line hardware besides. Leaks suggest the presence of a dual-camera module, Quad HD 2,560 x 1,440-pixel screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM.
An IFA debut would be a bit unexpected, though. LG sent out invitations for a September 6 press event in San Francisco, a day before IFA officially ends, and the latest rumors peg the handset’s ship date at or around September 14, but stranger things have happened.
More likely to make an IFA debut is the LG’s G Flex 3, the rumored continuation of the company’s high-end Flex line of curved phones. It’s expected to pack hardware similar, if not nearly identical, to the V20, including a Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 820 chipset, and 4GB of RAM. But uniquely, it’ll reportedly sport a self-healing exterior similar to its predecessors — that is to say, one that absorbs light knicks and scratches.
Otherwise, LG might debut new virtual reality tech — the company is a Google Daydream partner, after all — and new products on the audio/visual front. Expect new televisions, at the very least — at last year’s IFA, the firm showed off four new 4K high dynamic range (HDR) panels and a paper-thin, curved OLED panel.
LG’s skipping a press conference in favor of an “Open House” press tour on Thursday. We’ll be reporting from the company’s booth.
Unsurprisingly enough, Asus has already unveiled its latest smartwatch, the ZenWatch 3. The device features a radically different design compared to its predecessor, the ZenWatch 2, shifting from a rectangular design to a circular one. The device also features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100, and is powered by Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch-targeted operating system.
The company also took the wraps off of a new display, the ZenScreen, which is basically a portable 15.6-inch monitor. The screen is designed to offer a ton of extra screen space without taking up too much room in a bag, and is actually being pitched as the world’s lightest and thinnest display. It features both Type-A and Type-C USB ports, which can be used for charging, and can be bought alongside a foldable smart case.
Last but certainly not least is the new 9.7-inch ZenPad 3S, an Android-based tablet that was formally unveiled in Taiwan earlier in August. The device is pretty big compared to other Android tablets, and features a sandblasted aluminum body with diamond-cut chamfered sides. Pretty impressive. Even more impressive is the fact that its a miniscule 5.8mm thick. Under the hood the device features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with a MediaTek processor.
Although unlikely, it’s possible Asus isn’t done yet. The company partnered with Intel to launch the ZenFone 2 at last year’s IFA convention, and there’s a chance history will repeat itself: the chipmaker features heavily on Asus’ 2016 promotional website.
Huawei has been busy this year, no doubt. It debuted its flagship P9 and P9 Max handsets in April; launched the mid-range Mate 8 in China and later the U.S.; and unveiled the astoundingly cheap ($90) Honor 5 Play in August. But rumor has it the company is gearing up for yet another series of refreshes.
The Mate 9 is perhaps the likeliest to appear at IFA. It’s the rumored successor to Huawei’s bleeding-edge Mate 8, and leaks paint it as such. It reportedly packs the company’s newest silicon architecture, the octa-core Kirin 960, paired with a 5.9-inch screen of an unknown resolution and either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It’ll reportedly be one of the first to launch with Android Nougat, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, onboard.
A new smartphone from Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, is a good bet, too. At a press event earlier this year, Huawei handset chief Kevin Ho said that that company would debut a new, never-before-seen line of phones at IFA. Subsequent leaks have revealed a potential name, Nova, and a tidbit: they’re affordable phones targeting women. We’ll undoubtedly learn more soon.
That’s not all Huawei might show. The latest rumblings suggest the company’s prepping a new Mate S phone and Huawei Watch. And on the virtual reality front, Hauwei CEO Richard Yu told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that the company would release “at least” one handset compatible with Google’s Daydream platform. Might we see a headset from the company, too? Could be — Huawei’s last VR peripheral, the eponymous Huawei VR, hasn’t seen a refresh since April.
Huawei’s big event begins on September 1 at 4:30 a.m. ET.