IFA 2019: What to expect from the likes of Garmin, Fitbit & others

IFA 2019 is the next big tech show, which could mean a bunch of new wearables. The event is between 6-11 September and we expect some big announcements in the wearable space from Garmin, Fitbit and AmazFit.

While the show officially kick off on the 6th, the actual arranged media events take place on the Wednesday and Thursday. So you can expect some big announcements coming out ahead of the show.

What is IFA 2019

IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung, is Europe’s biggest tech show. Held in Berlin at the start of September. It’s one of the most significant dates on the calendar for tech product launches. The show started in 1924 as a radio convention. But it’s now one of the world’s largest tech shows.

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Normally tech firms make some major announcements as a kickoff to the Christmas spending. So here’s our rundown of my big IFA 2019 wearable predictions.

Fitbit

It looks like Fitbit could be about to launch the Versa 2 at IFA 2019. The series of renders that surfaced recently, show that Fitbit’s next smartwatch could support Alexa. The new wearable will also support several fitness activities and feature its PurePulse HR sensor.

Fitbit will be at IFA with a stand to show off its products. So we should see the Versa 2 alongside all the fitness trackers and smartwatches it has already launched this year.

Garmin

Garmin has confirmed that it will hold a press conference at IFA 2019 on the 5th September, so we will see some new wearables announced.

The company has a track record of announcing new products at the European tech event. The Vivomove HR and the Vivoactive 3, were both unveiled back at IFA 2017. Since then we have seen incremental updates to those lines.

In terms of announcements, we are expecting the Fenix 6, although many believed including myself it would not arrive until CES 2020. We are also expecting to see the Vivoactive 4 which will feature an updated design and features. It also looks like the Vivomove will get updated with several variants in the range.

Lastly Garmin may be set to release a new product line called the Venu. However, based on Original leaks, this was billed as the Vivoactive 4 premium model and I still think this may be the case.

Amazfit

Huami, makers of the Amazfit range of smartwatches and fitness trackers, has confirmed attendance at this year’s IFA.

The company has already unveiled the Amazfit Verge 2 in 2019 along with many others wearables Most of these new affordable, feature-packed devices have yet to make it out to Europe.Back in June the company revealed it would unveil 10 new devices in the second half of 2019. So with Huami attending IFA 2019, we could see the Stratos 3 announced to follow on from the reasonable successful Stratos fitness watch.

Huawei

Following the announcement of HarmonyOS, a new operating system that will eventually power the full range of its devices. Huawei suggested that its smartwatches would be some of the first devices that will run on the Android alternative.

So having already moved away from Google’s Wear OS with its Watch GT range, IFA could well be the place to see a Huawei Watch or Watch GT running on HarmonyOS

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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