IFA 2019 preview: Wearables to expect at Europe’s largest tech show
Europe’s biggest technology show, known as IFA, is held annually in Berlin. The event is a chance for companies to showcase their existing and upcoming products. Over 250,000 people have attended the event last year. In 2019 the 58th IFA will take place.
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Wearables are a much talked about technology in the run-up to the gathering. The actual event opens to the public on September 6th (and leasts until September 11th), but there will be a string of press conferences in the run-up to the big day.
We will be on the ground in Berlin to report on all the news. Last year we witnessed a number of launches including the Fitbit Charge 3, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Garmin Vivosmart 4, Skagen Falser 2, Diesel On Full Guard 2.5, Bellabeat Leaf Chakra and more. This year should be no less exciting. As usual, Apple will not be there but many others will.
Here is what to expect.
Fitbit is a regular at the show and last year it used it as an opportunity to launch an update to its most popular fitness tracker, the Charge 3. In the run up to that event we knew what to expect as there were lots of leaks. This year is no different.
The company has made official its Inspire and Inspire HR fitness trackers in early 2019, churned out a Lite version of Versa and added another kids fitness tracker. We can now add to this list the Versa 2. It comes with some upgrades over its predecessor such as a better display, longer battery life, more powerful processor and Alexa support.
The tracker can be pre-ordered now for shipping in mid-September. No doubt it will feature prominently on Fitbit’s stand at IFA.
Garmin has debuted a string of devices at the Berlin gathering in recent years. While there was little so far this year on the fitness tracker front, Garmin has been quite busy churning out sports watches. We’ve seen the launch of the Forerunner 45/45S, Forerunner 245/245 Music and Forerunner 945.
The last one to arrive is the Fenix 6. This one comes in several variants including a Solar charging one. Garmin also has a few other wearables which may land ahead of IFA. This includes the Venu, Vivoactive 4/4s, as well as three different variants of Vivomove.
In the run-up to last year’s event Samsaung debuted the Galaxy Watch – an updated version of its ageing Gear line. It comes with LTE connectivity, comprehensive fitness smarts, GPS, water resistance and a price-tag to match. This year, the South-Korean tech giant debuted a sportier version of the same, called Galaxy Watch Active 2.
The new smartwatch comes only 6 months after its first iteration which is a bit of a surprise. It comes with ECG, a touch-sensitive bezel, size options and an LTE variant. Pre-orders begin on September 6th (to coincide with the opening of IFA), so we are guessing Samsung will be proudly displaying it at the Berlin gathering.
Its a safe bet that Fossil Group will be showing off new touchscreen and hybrid smartwatch collections at the event. The company already has a rich portfolio of over 300 wearables across its various brands. This includes Misfit, Diesel, Emporio Armani, Skagen, Michael Kors, Fossil and others.
Expect the new Carlyle HR and Julianna HR to make their debut. These are Fossil’s first 5th generation devices. They come with a built-in speaker, longer battery life via smart battery modes, increased storage capacity and the Snapdragon 3100 processor.
Other devices might make a showing, too. Five new Fossil Group branded watches hit the FCC in July. This includes two watches from Michael Kors, and one each from Fossil, Diesel and Emporio Armani. All of these share the same underlying smarts, the only difference will be design and antenna placement. What we suspect could be the Fossil Sport 2 has also received certification from Bluetooth SIG recently.
Huami is putting all other wearable manufacturers to shame with a slew of devices launches in recent months. This includes the Amazfit Bip Lite, Amazfit Verge Lite, Amazfit Health Watch, Amazfit Smart Watch 2 and Amazfit GTR. More recently it added the Amazfit GTS and Amazfit Stratos 3.
We’ve been told they expect to unveil five new products in Berlin. This will probably include most (if not all) of the above as so far they have only made their China debut.
New Bluetooth certifications suggest Huawei is working on a new smartwatch, most likely the Huawei Watch 3. Going by the previous specs, it would not be too much of a stretch to expect a bigger and better screen, hopefully improvements on the 2-3 day battery life and perhaps the Snapdragon 3100 processor. Better water resistance is also likely, considering the current versions are only IP68 certified.
We are also expecting a new Huawei kids watch. The company already has a number of such devices under its belt. These include the Kids Watch 3, Kids Watch 3 Pro and the Disney Kids smartwatch.
Many other companies will be showcasing trackers for sports, outdoor activities and sleeping, along with smartwatches, smart clothes, smart helmets and much more. You can find a full list at this link.
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“In 2019 the 58th IFA will take place.” Interesting…
Hard to believe – isn’t it? Here’s a quote from Wikipedia “The IFA or Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (International radio exhibition Berlin, a.k.a. ‘Berlin Radio Show’) is one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany. Between 1924 and 1939 it was an annual event, but from 1950 it was held every other year until 2005. Since then it has become an annual event again, held in September.”