Posts tagged with: CES 2013
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    RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event is coming up in just a few weeks, and everything we've seen suggests that the company will get the ball rolling with a pair of BB10 handsets, the full-touch Z10 and the hardware-QWERTY X10. Over the course of the past year, though, we've seen a whole lot of leaks and heard rumors discussing other potential BlackBerry 10 hardware, though with nowhere near the level of corroborating evidence we've seen for the Z10 and X10. Just how many BlackBerry 10 devices does RIM really have waiting in the wings? In a recent interview, RIM CMO Frank Boulben tackles the ...

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    Samsung's CES press conference was back on Monday, but today the company has even more news to share with us at its CES keynote address. The first go-round was a little bit of a letdown; thankfully, Samsung has followed through with some news worthy of our attention. It sure seemed like SoC fabricators were going to stop at quad-core designs, and focus their efforts on increasing both computational and power efficiency. Well, Samsung still has those goals in mind, but that's not stopping it from stepping-up the core count, announcing the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa. This isn't a pure ...

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    We've been excited about the Pebble smartwatch for the better part of last year, and after seeing the watch hit the FCC late last month, we've been anxiously awaiting word of just when if would finally become available. At the CES today, the company finally revealed just when we'll be able to get our hands on the Pebble. The first Pebbles will ship to those customers who backed the company's Kickstarter campaign, and will start going out on January 23. Pebble hopes to get watches out to all those backers over the following six to eight weeks. The 144 x 168 pixel screen isn't an electronic ...

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    Huawei's really been stepping-up its game at this year's CES, and between the Ascend D2, Mate, and W1, there's a decent chance that at least one of the company's new offerings has managed to intrigue you. We're already finding ourselves looking beyond even those brand-new smartphones to what the company could have next, after hearing about the company's pending move to A15-based HiSilicon K3V3 SoCs. There's little doubt that A15 is going to be huge this year; we've already seen what it can do for the Nexus 10, and as more chip manufacturers incorporate it into their designs, we'll get to ...

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    Overnight, we shared news with you of Lenovo's 2GHz K900 Android, but as it turns out, that's just the tip of the Lenovo Android iceberg. In addition to the K900, the company has five other new Androids making their debut at the CES this year. First up, in the S-series, a designation promising media and entertainment superiority, Lenovo is introducing the S890 and S720. The former has a 5-inch qHD display, while the S720 goes with a 4.5-inch component in the same resolution; both feature eight-megapixel main cameras. Lenovo doesn't mention the S890's SoC, but spells-out that the S720 runs ...

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    At this year's CES, Polaroid introduced an Android-powered camera and also a ten-inch tablet, dubbed the M10, which we've briefly analyzed. Since good things come in pairs, there's also a seven-inch tablet accompanying the M10, dubbed the M7, which will land in Spring for $129. The tablet features a seven-inch screen with 1280x800 resolution, resulting in a PPI of 216, and is powered by a dual-core of unspecified make and model. There are 8GB of internal storage on-board, expandable via microSD card slot, and a two-megapixel web camera on the front, acting as the only image capture ...

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    The 20-inch monster Panasonic 4K UHD Windows 8 tabletwith a resolution of 3840 × 2160 is not the only tablet announced by the company at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Still Windows 8 but this time the selling point isn't the enormous screen but the words "world's thinnest and lightest" ruggedized tablet (2.4 pounds and 0.75 in thin). The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 runs full fledged Windows 8 and has a 10.1-inch screen with 800 nits of brightness and Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Specs also include a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-3437U processor Ivy Bridge CPU, 4GB of RAM, and either 128GB or ...

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    OLPC stands for "One Laptop Per Child" and the company who aims at overseeing the creation of affordable educational devices has just announced a new, seven-inch tablet, at CES 2013. The design will be licensed to Sakar International and the slate will be sold in the U.S. via Walmart, though no pricing is available yet. As far as specs are concerned the XO Tablet has a seven-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, is powered by a dual-core processor, and has 1GB of RAM. There are 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card slot, WiFi functionality as well as a pair of front ...

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    Cellular-connected tablets are great, but if you're not careful, that data plan can end up costing you way more than you ever paid for the hardware in the first place. T-Mobile is interested in giving users a little more comfortable of a way to access its network, and by partnering with some device manufacturers, it's going to start offering some options for completely free cellular data access. With this new 4G Connect program, when you buy a participating device, you'll get up to 200MB a month free T-Mobile data, for up to two years after purchase. If you want more than that, or want the ...

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    One of the nicer aspects to CES is that it doesn't focus just on cellular phones and tablets like many of the other events that we cover. Of course, we're not "Home Appliances Now", we're "Pocketnow", so much of what is announced and displayed at the show isn't all that relevant to our audience. Sometimes, however, those worlds collide, and when they do, the result is either magnificent -- or disastrous. In either case, it's fun to watch! If you've listened to any of the episodes of our podcast, Pocketnow Weekly, you'll probably be familiar with all the banter between Michael, Tony, and I ...

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    A couple months back, they didn't even exist, but now with the 2013 CES in full-swing, we're finding ourselves positively inundated with 1080p smartphones. The most recent to get announced is ZTE's second-such handset (following the Nubia Z5), its Grand S. We got a chance to try it out ourselves, and see just how well it performs. While the Grand S is going to make its debut abroad, plans are for it to eventually make its way to the West later in 2013. The phone runs a 1.7GHz quad-core SoC, arrives running Jelly Bean, and ZTE has customized it with some of its own UI tweaks. There's a lot ...

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    There are plenty of entities looking to upset the balance of power between the major smartphone platform players; whether that's Firefox OS or Tizen, 2013 will see many of them take their first shots in the ring. Ubuntu's also a member of that club, and we just learned that the first Ubuntu download for Galaxy Nexus hardware will be made available next month. At the CES tonight, we had a run-in with just such a handset, letting us take an early look. As you can see in this demo, Ubuntu is all about rethinking the smartphone UI. That means fewer on-screen buttons, and an increased reliance ...

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    We got our first look at the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD back at the last big smartphone expo we hit up, the IFA back in late August. Since then, Huawei's paired the MediaPad up with a keyboard dock to help it compete against the likes of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. Let's take a look: The slightly-better-than-1080p 1920 x 1200 10-inch MediaPad 10 FHD has the same cool soft-button hiding trick as we just talked about on other Huawei Androids, a feature we wish someone thought up long ago. With a super-thin construction, its seriously high resolution, and now this keyboard dock, the ...

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    Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W1, missed the company's big event yesterday, and after leaving us wondering what was going on, we ended up seeing Huawei finally announce the phone today. Now that's it out there, we decided to spend a little hands-on time with the phone. The W1 is most assuredly not a high-end Windows Phone 8 device, with specs like 512MB of RAM, a WVGA screen, and an only-VGA front-facing camera. While it's not going to wow anyone with those, it still has a nice design to it, certainly reminiscent of some of HTC's efforts. We also found the screen to be ...

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    We got a chance to take a quick look at Huawei's Ascend D2 1080p Android around the time of the company's CES press event last night. If you were hoping to get an even closer, more thorough look at the D2, we swung by Huawei's booth and picked one up again in order to offer you a few new thoughts on the smartphone. Like on the Ascend Mate, Huawei's custom software lets you hide the on-screen Android soft buttons with a tap, and on a smaller screen like this, that feature's going to be all the more valuable. Unfortunately, despite the phone's quad-core SoC, it just really doesn't seem to be ...

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    Last night, Qualcomm took the lid off its latest changes to its system-on-a-chip lineup, unveiling its new naming scheme as well as its new top-tier chipsets, the 600 and 800 series. While the 600 doesn't sound like any slouch, its the 800 that's going to power the fastest of the fastest Android devices later this year. Let's take a look at just what it's capable of. If you've ever shaken your fist in frustration while your seemingly-high-end Android phone or tablet just couldn't keep up the pace when placed under the processing demands of a fast 3D game, pay special attention, because the ...

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    For our latest CES smartphone head-to-head, we decided to put the bigger-than-anything 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate against its chief phablet competition, Samsung's hugely successful 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II. Despite an overabundance of screen real estate, Huawei doesn't mess around at all when it comes to letting you take full advantage of the display, enabling you to hide the Android soft keys with a tap. While the Galaxy Note II might be a little more usable a size, and have a display with higher visual quality, there's little doubt that the Ascend Mate has batter power to spare, and its ...

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    Windows 8 tablets were all over the CES this year, and with largely similar specs, after a while they tend to blend together. That's not the case for the ASUS ME-400, though, which caught our eye by combining the light weight and slim design of a Windows RT tablet with the software flexibility you only see with Windows 8 Pro. Despite running the full-fledged OS on an Intel Atom processor, the 10-inch ME-400 manages to deliver an RT-level price tag, and will only run you about $500 – that's what Microsoft wants for the Surface RT. That Atom chip means that the ME-400 won't be as brisk to ...

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    For as many smartphones and tablets as there are to see at the Consumer Electronics Show, there are even more accessories designed for use with these gadgets. We just took a look at one of them, RCA's new wireless speaker dock, and now we have a new smartwatch to investigate, Casio's G-Shock GB6900. The GB6900 connects over Bluetooth 4.0 to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, and like most Bluetooth watches, it will alerting you of incoming calls, showing you who's calling. It keeps synced-up to your phone, so you can forget about manually setting the time, and its Bluetooth connection can even ...

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    Remember the iFrogz Boost products we looked at a couple months back, the ones that used “Near Field Audio” to connect to your smartphone without the need for Bluetooth or wires? Other manufacturers are rushing to adopt similar technologies in their own products, and we just got the chance to check out one on the CES show floor in Las Vegas. The RCA Soundflow system works just like those earlier systems we shared with you; you simply rest your phone in the right spot and, regardless of manufacturer or platform, the Soundflow picks up on the electronic signals driving your phone's ...

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    Polaroid isn't just interested in Android when it comes to cameras, and at the CES this year the company had some upcoming Android tablets to display. The M10 is its 10-inch entry, sporting a hefty 7800mAh battery. We take a look at just what it has to offer in our hands-on encounter with the device. While the M10 has a 10-inch screen, it's only packing a 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet runs a quad-core SoC, and features a five-megapixel main camera and two-megapixel front-facer. All in all, that adds up to an Android with a bit of a mid-range feel, even considering its size. The M10 ...

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    We got a chance to look at Samsung's ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro back at the IFA in August, and now it's time for some of that hardware to start finding a home on US carriers. We go hands-on with the Smart PC as it will come to AT&T as part of this year's CES coverage. Running Windows RT, the ATIV Smart PC runs an Intel Atom SoC at 1.5GHz, has 2GB of RAM, and features a 11.6-inch 1366×768 display. These are the same specs we saw four months ago, and really all that's changed here is the inclusion of the LTE modem for wireless data service on AT&T's network. Just like the ...

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    Samsung's only real Android hardware news at its press event last night was the arrival of an LTE-enabled version of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 for Verizon. We spent a little hands-on time with the tablet to give you a glimpse at what you can expect. Just like the initial Note 10.1, Verizon's version takes full advantage of Samsung's S-Pen stylus, but starts out a little bit ahead of its predecessor thanks to the inclusion of Jelly Bean right out of the gate. As you'll see in the video, Jelly Bean makes a big difference in system responsiveness, especially when running two apps at once. ...

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    Samsung's Windows Phone 8 smartphone have been a long time coming, and after a no-show at the platform's launch, we finally saw the manufacturer's ATIV S arrive last month. That's not the only ATIV we were waiting for, though, and just yesterday Samsung got around to announcing Verizon's ATIV handset, the ATIV Odyssey. At the 2013 CES in Las Vegas, we had an opportunity to check out the new WP8 phone in person. The ATIV S is just a bit lower-end than models like the Lumia 920, only offering a four-inch WVGA display. Despite that, it's got a speedy enough 1.5GHz dual-core SoC, so if you're ...

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    We just told you about the stunningly-high-resolution 4K tablet Panasonic unveiled today at the CES. Now we get to spend a little time with the tablet ourselves, and see just what the fuss is all about. The 20-inch prototype sports a massive 3840 × 2160 resolution and runs Windows 8 Pro. It's got a viewing angle of over 170 degrees, and Panasonic envisions it being used by the likes of architects or designers. With a screen this big, though, you've got to expect that battery life will take a hit, and Panasonic says you could hope to get about two hours out of it. The tablet is less than ...

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