IFA 2019: Dates, launches and what to expect from the show

IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung, is Europe’s biggest tech show. Held in Berlin over the first few days of September, it’s one of the most significant spots on the calendar for product launches.

The show started in 1924 as a radio convention and now, hosted in the huge Messe Berlin complex, it’s one of the world’s largest tech shows. Unlike many such shows, IFA is open to the public, meaning anyone can go an marvel at the latest and greatest technology.

When is IFA 2019?

IFA 2019 is held in Berlin from 6-11 September. These are the dates that the show is open to the public at Messe Berlin.

However, the press day – when information about new products is released – fall on the days before, with Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September the big days that announcements are expected. In some cases, manufacturers release information in the weeks before the show, before revealing those new products to the public.

What to expect from IFA 2019

Although IFA 2019 is still some months away, we’re starting to build up a picture of what we might expect at the show.

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Acer at IFA 2019

Acer has confirmed that is hosting a press conference at IFA on 4 September. It is going to be one of the first press conferences of the show. The “save the date” doesn’t reveal much, but that there’s some sort of device in the background, probably a PC. The company often uses Acer to update laptops and tablets.

Asus at IFA 2019

Asus often updates ZenBook models at IFA and often is one of the first to make announcements. Asus has impressed with new ZenBook models in 2019 already – as well as the Zenfone 6 – and currently there’s no information about what might be showcased in Berlin.

Dell at IFA 2019

Dell has used IFA for XPS updates – as well as releasing new Chromebooks. Currently nothing is being said about Dell’s plans for IFA, but we’re expecting some action.

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Fitbit at IFA 2019

Fitbit often comes to IFA with a new device. With a number of updates already announced for 2019, the Ioniq – its flagship smartwatch – is one of the oldest devices in the portfolio. Will this see an update? Nothing has yet been confirmed.

Fossil at IFA 2019

Fossil will have a full showcase of devices at IFA 2019 and we’d expect new models to be announced before the show, probably some time in August. Fossil covers a lot of brands and we’re expecting to see the Fossil Sport 2, alongside watches from Kors, Diesel and Armani. 

Harman Kardon at IFA 2019

Harman Kardon often has a full range of speakers to showcase at IFA – previously revealing the Citation family of devices, as well as headphones and speakers from other brands, like JBL. We don’t have any details, but we know that Harman will be in Berlin.

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Huawei at IFA 2019

Huawei has had an interesting year, with the spat with the US and China seeing the company caught up in the tussle. Huawei has assured us that it’s business as usual and we fully expect them to make a big show of IFA 2019 – to not only showcase new devices, but to reassure its customers. Richard Yu, chairman of devices business, is confirmed to give the opening keynote of the IFA conference programme, so we’re expecting some fireworks.

There’s little information about what to expect in terms of products, but there’s been talk of a 5G TV from Huawei as well as anticipation for the Mate 30 series. We expect we’ll see the latest generation Kirin hardware announced.

Lenovo at IFA 2019

Lenovo use IFA to update Yoga notebooks and we’d expect more of the same. There’s no confirmation of what we might see, but we know that Lenovo will be out in Berlin.

LG at IFA 2019

LG usually announces everything before anyone arrives in Berlin, so we’ll have a good idea of what the company is showcasing out in Berlin by the end of August. For now, however, nothing is confirmed.

Panasonic at IFA 2019

Panasonic has its European headquarters out in Germany and usually has a big presence at the show. It already has a wide-range of TV models coming to market, so it might be that there’s something on the Lumix side to be updated. It might, however, fall back to talk about smart cities and batteries. Panasonic usually has a press conference on Thursday morning.

Philips at IFA 2019

Philips often launches twice and having shown off a number of new televisions already, it might just use IFA to confirm availability of some of these models – expect plenty of talk about Dolby Vision and HDR10+. But Philips is also in the process of reinvigorating core models in the Philips Audio range – so we suspect some new launches here. Philips is likely to have a press conference on Thursday lunchtime.

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Samsung at IFA 2019

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 10 on 7 August, but is likely to have something to showcase at IFA 2019. Samsung usually has the biggest stand to push QLED, with 8K and HDR10+ often being the focus. We know there’s also an updated Galaxy Watch in the works. There’s been no confirmation of a press conference as yes.

Sennheiser at IFA 2019

Sennheiser has been confirmed as audio partner for IFA 2019 and we suspect that means it’s going to be making a splash. With the Ambeo Soundbar announced at CES 2019, Sennheiser looks like it’s expanding its range. We could see some interesting new launches out in Berlin.

Sony at IFA 2019

Sony loves updating its phones and there’s talk about an Xperia 2 model that could see the light of day. Sony often has a larger presence at the show – it’s been the launch location for various TV models as well as seen updates to the flagship 1000X headphones over the past few years. Sony has yet to confirm a press conference, but we’re expecting to hear something soon.

Qualcomm at IFA 2019

It’s the year of 5G and Cristiano Amon – president of Qualcomm – is confirmed as a speaker in the IFA conference programme. You can expect to hear more about the next wave of 5G devices, those to launch with the X55 modem that will be arriving in 2020.

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