IFA 2011: What will be unveiled?

IFA, one of the world’s oldest consumer electronics exhibitions, kicks off Friday in Berlin. What cool gadgets are people expecting to see? Well, 3D is expected to be a major theme at this year’s show, Sony will probably offer some hands-on time with its S1 and S2 tablets, and HTC may be showing off a new Mango phone, according to Boy Genius Report.

Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the other reports out there:

Samsung, Samsung, Samsung: Samsung got the ball rolling early, announcing that it will be unveiling an LTE version of the Galaxy S II — maybe making the upcoming U.S. launch of the phone lose a little bit of its sparkle. The company also announced that it will take the wrapping off an 8.9-inch tablet infused with LTE.

This Is My Next reported that the company will also be releasing a 7.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab, a Wave 3 smartphone and a mysterious, as-yet-undetailed device called the Galaxy Note.

Toshiba: Another point of speculation, from Android and Me, is that Toshiba will be unveiling a thinner version of its versatile Thrive tablet. The current version is .63 inches thick, compared with the slimmer, trimmer .34-inch iPad and Galaxy Tab, but it has full-size USB, SD card and HDMI ports. The site said the company is planning a slimmer tablet that’s half the thickness of its predecessor, with mini-versions of each of its expansion ports.

LG: From Slashgear come reports that LG is planning to show off new monitors that are the latest in chrome-industrial chic — two super-thin LCD, 23-inch monitors. And from Android Community comes the report that the company is also supposed to be unveiling a 3D game conversion engine for smartphones, which will let developers pump up the depth on their titles with a much smaller investment — perhaps for LG’s own 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus, which will soon hit AT&T as the LG Thrill.

HTC: In addition to the rumored Windows Phone 7.5 device (a.k.a.. the Mango phone) HTC is also likely to show off the HTC Puccini, said gadget Web site T3. The 10.1-inch tablet is rumored to have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP rear-facing camera. HTC already has a tablet on the market — the HTC Flyer — but this size will set up the company’s iPad rival.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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