5 flagship smartphones likely to launch this week

IFA technology fair 2016 in Berlin –

5 flagship smartphones likely to launch this week

Europe's largest electronics show, IFA 2016, kicks off this week and it's already brimming with new gadgets and appliances.

The IFA 2016 event will be up and running starting September 2 and as usual, Berlin, Germany will be a buzz as everyone expects something new to be announced by the major tech companies set to attend the global gathering. The show doesn't officially start until the end of this week, but with some products about to be announced, here's everything you have to look forwards to.

The event today is expected to be all about the next Samsung Gear smartwatch as the invite to the event seems to display two watch hands so it's a safe bet. Rumors suggest the Gear S3 will retain the same rotating bezel as the S2, but will come equipped with additional sensors like an altimeter, barometer, speedometer, and integrated Global Positioning System. Samsung almost nailed the aesthetics and smartwatch interface with Gear S2 and with Gear S3, that rotary bezel is set to be retained but the watch could be more useful that ever before.

The event will take place at 6 pm CET and you can watch it live on Samsung's site.

So, who's excited about what Sony seemingly has to show us tomorrow?

The ZenWatch 3 will also be made of stainless steel and it will include support for Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

Chinese manufacturers will be heading to IFA en masse, where Lenovo is lined up to announce pricing and availability for its Moto Z, unveiled in June.

What else do you think will show up at the IFA 2016? Playing games on a smartwatch would be incredibly hard so at this stage, a gaming smartwatch is pure speculation. ZTE will likely unveil its crowdsourced handset called Project CSX, while its sub-brand, Nubia is also hosting an event which might indicate another launch. However, we could see a sneak peek of the LG V20 at IFA.

The company could also launch its successor to the LG G Flex 2, the LG G Flex 3.

Check out Lenovo's IFA teaser video below. As for this Xperia X Compact, we did't really think Sony would still carry the variant but several sources have pointed the Xperia X will have a smaller and lighter version in its Compact form.

Samsung has already delivered great things this year with the Samsung Galaxy S7 but they are not stopping there as they have two IFA events scheduled. There aren't many rumors making the rounds as Samsung likes to keep its tablets under wraps in the lead up to the launch. Samsung's wearable is in line for a more powerful processor but will still run the firm's own Tizen OS.

Samsung is the biggest name in mobile to exhibit at IFA. Acer invested $9 million into Starbreeze in June.

IFA is renowned for showcasing the latest technology when it comes to TVs and media players.

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