We're now a matter of days away from not only Apple's usual autumn launch event for the new iPhone 7 but Berlin's IFA 2016, where loads of new tech will be announced. Here's what to expect from this IFA 2016 including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, TVs and more from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, Motorola and more. See also: Best new phones 2016.
IFA 2016 is one of the big technology trade shows on the calendar, alongside CES in January (Las Vegas) and MWC in March (Barcelona). It falls in September and this year the dates are 2-7 (although press conferences take place prior to the show opening at Messe Berlin).
As usual, we'll have a team of PC Advisor reporters over in Germany to bring you all the news and hands-on reviews of the new products but we before we pack our bags and jump on an early morning flight, we like to take a look at what might be unveiled.
What to expect from IFA 2016: Samsung
IFA used to be the place where Samsung would launch a new Galaxy Note smartphone but we've already seen the Galaxy Note7, although it does have a 2 September release date which coincides with the show. The new GearVR was also unveiled alongside the Note7 and both will be on display in Berlin.
So what will Samsung launch at IFA 2016? Well the main new device it has in store looks to be the Gear S3 smartwatch, its third-generation wearable which will arrive a year after the Gear S2. As you can see from the below tweet, 'Talk About 3' with a clock animation is a big hint for the event on 31 August in Berlin promising 'timely innovation'.
Stay tuned for a timely innovation. August 31. Berlin. pic.twitter.com/kUMG3l6BEs— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) August 15, 2016
While the Gear S3 seems very likely, it's not such a sure bet that Samsung will launch a Galaxy Tab S3 tablet with the market tailing off over the past year or two. That said, it has released the Galaxy TabPro S so it's not forgotten about tablets entirely – we just want a new Android slate.
Update: Ahead of the show, Samsung has announced new Quantum Dot curved monitors which come in 24- and 27in sizes and are aimed at gamers.
What to expect from IFA 2016: Sony
What Sony will announce at IFA 2016 is a lot less certain with few rumours around to go on. As usual, the invite shows a range of devices including headphones, a smartphone, a TV, plus audio and photography devices. Expect updates on all the above.
It's possible that Sony has killed the flagship Xperia Z line of phones but we hope that isn't the case and it's just managed to keep the Xperia Z6 a very good secret.
What we'd also like is a new Xperia Z Tablet and for Sony to launch two different sizes at the same time, but that might be just a pipedream.
What to expect from IFA 2016: LG
IFA is an important tech show for LG and we expect it to update product ranges across various categories just like Sony – including TVs and audio.
Rumour has it that LG will launch a new G Flex 3 smartphone to add to its curved-screen range. Those looking forward to the LG V20 will have to wait until 6 September where it will be launched at a separate event (also see LG V20 UK release date, price, specification and feature rumours).
As for new tablets or smartwatches, it's anyone's guess but we'd certainly like to see some new hardware on those fronts so fingers crossed.
Update: Like Samsung, LG has got a monitor announcement out of the way before IFA starts. It has unveiled a range of ultra-wide monitors with Google Cast built-in. The two models (above) have an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a 4K resolution.
What to expect from IFA 2016: Motorola
The firm's other popular area is wearables and we're hoping to see a new Moto 360 (which would be the third-generation), ideally with the 'flat-tyre' effect of the screen gone. There haven't been any leaks for the watch so we're not holding our collective breath too much.
What to expect from IFA 2016: HTC
It's been a quiet year for HTC with just the HTC 10 phone launch (which didn't go as well as the firm hoped) so what it will do at IFA 2016 could be very important for its future.
Don't expect a new flagship phone but mid-range and budget devices are possible. What we'd really like to see is a long-rumoured HTC smartwatch so we hope It has something juicy and exciting for us in Berlin.
Update: Matching up with our thoughts, Evan Blass has revealed that HTC will launch the One A9s smartphone at IFA 2016. Not only is the device an iPhone lookalike, it appears HTC is also following the 's' model sequence.
What to expect from IFA 2016: Huawei
There's not much to go on when it comes to Huawei at IFA 2016 but we're expecting new smartphones and tablets at the least.
Last year the firm announced the Mate 8 phone so your money wouldn't be unwisely bet on a successor – a Huawei Mate 9 seems a likely launch this year. It also launched (for the second time) the Huawei Watch last year so a successor to the Android Wear device is possible.
Update: Via the ever reliable Evan Blass, it looks like Huawei will have new phones and tablets at IFA as we suspected. He says the firm is launching the Huawei Nova, Huawei Nova Plus and MediaPad M3. The teaser images above hint at two different phones.