Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we’re always looking forward to trade shows where there’s a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year’s Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile.
We’re seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple’s lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably refrained from CES, waiting to show off whatever it is that they’re having up their sleeves for this year at MWC.
All this doesn’t mean that CES was poor; we were probably expecting more and were left with a slight bitter taste, but there was innovation at the show. In this post, we’ve summed up everything for you so that you can easily stay on top, recap, or just fill in all your CES-mobile-related blanks.
- Sony unveiled its two rumored smartphones, the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL. We were there for a hands-on on both the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL but we didn’t stop right there; so that you can get a better idea of what the phone is, how it looks and performs against other devices currently on the market, we’ve compared it to the popular Samsung Galaxy S III as well as Apple’s iPhone 5.
- Huawei announced the Ascend D2 as well as the enormous Ascend Mate. Check out our hands-on with the Ascend D2 as well as our in-depth look, and the encounter we had with the Ascend Mate; since we knew you’ll want to see the Ascend Mate compared to the Galaxy Note II from Samsung, that’s what we did. Don’t worry if you’re a Windows Phone fan, we’ve got you covered. You can check out our encounter with the Ascend W1, also announced at the show.
- Alcatel is probably a company not that renowned if you are in the States but they want to change that with a new 2013 line-up that introduces the thin OneTouch Idol Ultra, the phablet OneTouch Scribe (X) and entry level phones like the OneTouch Idol.
- A five-inch 1080p and a 4.7-inch 720p smartphone, both running on Android: this is what Vizio prepared for CES as far as phones are concerned.
- Acer and Xolo have been confirmed to already employ Intel’s new Lexington platform with modest specs but excellent price points.
- ZTE introduced the Grand S, a five-inch Android powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon. Check out our hands-on and first impressions of the device.
- About the only smartphone related news from Samsung was the addition of the mid-range ATIV Odyssey, a Windows Phone destined for Verizon. Make sure to watch our first impressions as we go hands-on with the company’s second phone running Windows Phone 8.
- Lenovo made the Android landscape richer with its five new phones which pale in comparison with the company’s IdeaPhone K900 powered by a 2GHz Intel Atom processor.
- Alcatel brought a refresh to this year’s CES, namely the OneTouch EVO 7 HD, a seven-inch tablet with WXGA 800 x 1280 resolution and a dual-core 1.6GHz processor.
- Alongside a pair of smartphones Vizio also brought a pair of tablets to the show: a Tegra 3-powered seven-incher as well as a Tegra 4-powered ten-incher, both Androids.
- The long-rumored Nexus-competitor from Acer was officially unveiled as the Iconia Tab B1-A71, a seven-inch Android-powered slate which will arrive at a starting price less than $150.
- ViewSonic brought a refresh to its Smart Display, the 24-incher VSD240 powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and running Android Jelly Bean.
- The resolution race if far from being over and if you’re obsessed with pixels, or the lack of visible ones, this 4K Ultra HD tablet from Panasonic is something you should pay attention to. It’s big though, at 20 inches, as you can see in our hands-on video. There’s also a new, ruggedized, Toughpad FZ-G1 running Windows 8 as well as a similar slate with almost the same build, running Android, dubbed Toughpad MA1.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is not a new tablet at all! On the contrary! However, Samsung showcased the Verizon variant packing LTE functionality and we had to take a look. On that exact same note we went hands-on with the Samsung ATIV Smart PC for AT&T, packing LTE connectivity.
- Polaroid is not only making cameras but also tablets and the seven-inch M7 is definitely worthy of the Nexus-7-competitor title. There’s also a ten-incher, dubbed the M10, which we’ve captured on camera together with our thoughts.
- ASUS brought a Windows 8-powered tablet to CES, the ME-400, which is special through its lightweight design and the full-fledged Windows 8 OS that it runs. Of course, we went hands-on!
- The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is by no means a fresh tablet. We’ve seen it at IFA last year but the company brought its new keyboard dock to CES and we knew we had to take a look.
- OLPC unveiled a seven-inch tablet with modest specifications, dubbed the XO.
- Archos brought four budget-friendly tablets to CES: 70, 80, 101, and 97 Titanium models, with a wide range of specs and screen sizes.
Processors and SoCs
- NVIDIA was the first of the chip-makers to announce something at this year’s CES and the company unveiled its quad-core Tegra 4 SoC. Aside from four A15 cores, the Tegra 4 also packs 72 GPU cores.
- Huawei announced its plans to introduce its A15-Based K3V3 chips in the second half of the year. Eight-core SoCs are also a possibility for this year as far as the company is concerned.
- Intel made two announcements as far as chips are concerned: first, the Lexington platform, destined for emerging markets and bringing modest specs to phones and second, its line-up of new, low-power processors to be used in notebooks as well as tablets like the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro.
- Qualcomm has announced its 2013 chips, the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series — a quad-core design operating as fast as 2.3GHz — alongside the 200 and 400 series of SoCs. We have put the 800 series to the test; check out our video to see how it performed.
- Samsung unveiled its own, eight-core, mobile processor, the Exynos 5 Octa. The construction is rather interesting: a pair of two quad-core 28nm packages with one quad-core A15 part running at 1.8GHz for all the heavy lifting, and a more power-efficient 1.2GHz quad-core A7 for less demanding tasks.
- We looked at the RCA Soundflow wireless audio system.
- Check out our video on how this Casio G-Shock GB6900 Bluetooth watch can make your life easier.
- The Pebble Smartwatch is something many were looking forward to; the company announced that shipments will start going out on January 23 for those who contributed to their Kickstarter campaign.
- The VK200 Infrared keyboard is pure sci-fi and if you connect it to your phone you can get an awesome input solution. Check out this video to see it in action!
- When you’re abroad, on a business trip, vacation or covering a show, keeping your devices charged is essential. NectarMobile showed off its Fuel Cell, a neat way to keep everything at full power. This is how it looks and works!
- When it comes to wireless charging, you either love it or hate it! It is, however, the future, and the technology will only evolve, from table-tops to cars and other appliances. Check out this tour of QI’s booth and products!
- Android-powered cameras are nothing new anymore and Polaroid joins the game with its iM1836, a camera with inter-changeable lens. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the platform of choice once it will be available in the first quarter of the year.
- Ubuntu on smartphones became possible just a couple of days before CES. We’re always excited to see new platforms as choice is something we strongly believe in. How does it look and feel? Check out our hands-on!
- Designing smartphones and tablets isn’t as easy as it looks. A good design can sell a phone just as a bad design can kill it. Noitavonne displayed a couple of concept smartphones and tablets and we checked them out.
- Porting applications is now easy. Some platforms have a cornucopia of apps which other platform users are missing out on. However, OpenMobile showed off some cross-platform solutions to run Android apps on non-Android environments.
- Samsung was proud to showcase its flexible display prototypes and soon we’ll see them in consumer electronics like mobile devices.
- LG showed off its new AH-IPS displays at CES, ranging from 5.5- to 12.9-inches. These deliver exceptional color reproduction and brightness.
- We’re taking a look at on-the-paper specs of the new NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC.
- The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is a beast but how will it stack up against the 72 GPU cores in the Tegra 4?
- Google‘s Android has managed to be present on more and more appliances and consumer electronics despite initially being a mobile platform.
- The SoC war continues with Samsung‘s own eight-core offering. What does it mean?
- CES 2013 was a great show, despite disappointing those, like us, who are mainly interested in all-things-mobile.
- The Pocketnow Weekly Podcast‘s latest episode was recorded in Las Vegas, while on-site for the first trade show of the year. We talk about companies, products, the good, the bad, and general stuff. Make sure to tune in!
It’s been fun and it’s not over yet! We’ve still got some aces up our sleeves which we’re quite sure you’ll love. We don’t want to ruin the surprise but just to keep you hooked to Pocketnow, here’s a hint: we know you love bloopers! Stay tuned for those, and much more from CES, as we’re slowly starting our preparation for the world’s largest mobile-oriented show: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
We’ll be on-site covering the event as it happens. I, Anton D. Nagy, will be joined by Michael Fisher in bringing you a ton of hands-on videos, comparisons, a podcast or two, while trying (and probably failing) not to produce too much blooper content. Thanks everyone for being with us!