Posts tagged with: CES 2013
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    Since late last month, we've been expecting ZTE to bring its Grand S Android to display at the CES. There hasn't been any real secret about the phone's debut – ZTE even calls the phone out by name in the title for its CES press event, set to get started in just a few minutes. That may explain why we're not even waiting until then to bring you news on the Grand S, as ZTE has already let the cat out of the bag with this 1080p smartphone. Like so many of these other first wave 1080p handsets, the ZTE Grand has a five-inch display. The phone's powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon, packs ...

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    When it comes to televisions at the CES this year, 4K Ultra HD is king. It seems like every serious TV manufacturer has arrived with some of these incredibly high-res screens to show off, pushing pixel counts well past the now-commonplace 1080p displays. Back when we were covering Sony's press conference last night, we mused that it would probably be some time, if ever, before we saw these same kind of out-of-the-park resolutions come to tablets. It looks like we'll have to eat our words already, as Panasonic just pulled out a 20-inch 4K UHD Windows 8 tablet at its own press event today. ...

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    NVIDIA isn't the only chip maker showing off new technology at this year's CES.  Qualcomm has some news, too. Just incase you don't remember, Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon SoC and in particular the S4 line that powers our high-end smartphones and tablets. To start with, Qualcomm is changing the naming scheme of their processors to help differentiate the powers and abilities of their various chipsets. The new 800 series is high-end, 600's and 400's are middle-tier, and lower-end chips are in the 200's. Let's focus on the higher-end goodies for a moment. The Qualcomm 800-series ...

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    Yesterday, Huawei paraded out its new Androids, the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate, at its CES press event, but the Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 handset, which the company has previously said would make a CES appearance, was oddly absent. Afterward, a company exec showed-off a W1 spec sheet, but we still hadn't heard a formal announcement; what was going on? For whatever reason, Huawei has decided to wait until today to make the Ascend W1 official, confirming the smartphone and describing plans for its global launch. The W1 is on the lower-end of Windows Phone 8 devices, with a dual-core 1.2GHz ...

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    Back in September, we told you about one of the biggest Android "tablets" around, a 22-inch monitor that, when it wasn't being used with a PC, could run a stand-alone copy of Android. That 22-incher from ViewSonic was interesting, sure, but a few specifics (like an underpowered 1GHz SoC) had us wishing it delivered just a little bit more. This year, at the CES, ViewSonic is ready with a follow-up Android monitor that certainly seems to address some of our concerns. The VSD240 is a 24-inch device, again with a 1080p resolution. This time, ViewSonic bumps the processor up to a 1.7GHz ...

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    Alcatel brought its line-up to the US with the occasion of CES 2013 where it announced phones as well as a phablet, but the story doesn't end there. The OneTouch EVO 7 tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich was announced in October of last year and the manufacturer took this opportunity to show it off, alongside the new OneTouch EVO 7 HD. The EVO 7 features a seven-inch screen with WSVGA resolution of 600 x 1,024 pixels, a single-core CPU clocking at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card), a VGA front-facer, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The EVO 7 HD ...

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    Microsoft has always been kind of stingy when it comes to official numbers regarding how well Windows Phone (and Windows RT, for that matter) performs on the market. They surely have the figures, and so do the OEMs, but it seems like the Redmond-based company is having a different approach towards quantities than others do. While having a surprise appearance at the Qualcomm keynote at CES 2013 -- where the company unveiled its Snapdragon 600 and 800 series SoCs -- Steve Ballmer was kind enough to let the audience know that Windows Phone was doing better this Christmas compared to the ...

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    The Xperia Z is one of the two phones Sony recently unveiled at CES 2013, alongside the fairly similar Xperia ZL, and, aside from taking a closer look at both the Xperia Z and ZL, we have compared it to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5. A new video on Sony's Xperia YouTube channel shows off the device and its main features, including the full HD display, the 13-megapixel camera with Exmor R sensor and HDR video recording capabilities, as well as its ruggedized build. Check it out below and let us know of your thoughts. Source: YouTube

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    The press is not the only one criticizing Microsoft and its Windows RT platform; a Dell executive tried to warn Steve Ballmer about using the Windows moniker to describe the new RT operating system. On the other end, Acer's President Jim Wong recently defended the Redmond-based company (after criticizing it earlier) just to get its critical hat on again for this year's CES. After unveiling the B1-A71 Android tablet, Wong said that Microsoft is employing a marketing technique for its Surface tablet that is "confusing to consumers". “The promotion of the product is really focused on the ...

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    Intel introduced its new Lexington (Z2420) platform for mobile devices at CES 2o13, a follow-up to its previous Medfield SoC, however, aimed at emerging markets. The chipset is optimized for Android applications and the processor clocks as high as 1.2GHz, making use of hyper-threading technology. There is support for five-megapixel main camera and 1.3-megapixel webcam, 1080p 30 fps video and HSPA+ data speeds. Graphics duties are carrier out by the PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Acer and Xolo are already employing the Lexington platform in their smartphones, as pictured above. However, no more ...

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    If you thought for a second that other manufacturers will let Samsung do "its thing" with the Android-powered Galaxy Camera, well, you were wrong. Camera-maker Polaroid unveiled its own Android-powered shooter at CES and this one has inter-changeable lens. The iM1836 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the moment but will receive an update to Android 4.2; this all means that you'll have access to all the apps in the Google Play Store, just like in the case of the Galaxy Camera or any Android-powered smartphone. It features a 10-30mm zoom lens but you can swap those out for another one as the ...

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    Android versus iOS is always a contentious issue, but with the great Android hardware we're hearing about at the CES this year, the heat's on Apple more than ever. Sony's next flagship is the 1080p Xperia Z; how does it stack up against the iPhone 5? With its screen measuring a solid inch longer in diagonal than the iPhone 5, the Xperia Z towers above its iOS competition, at least in its physical dimensions. For users who are already struggling to adjust to the iPhone 5 after years spent using smaller iPhones, that itself could be a big deal. Check out our hands-on video comparison to see ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S III was one of the biggest smartphone success stories of 2012, so it only stands to reason that any Android with its sights on the top spot for 2013 will need to measure-up against the GS3. We've already given you a hands-on look at the Sony Xperia Z, one of the company's brand-new 1080p Androids, and now we wanted to see how it compares to the best from Samsung. While the Galaxy S III ran either a quad-core Exynos 4 or dual-core Snapdragon, and featured a 4.8-inch 720p screen, the Xperia Z is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon and has a 5.0-inch 1080p display. Both are ...

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    Of all the smartphones we've had a chance to learn about today, Sony's Xperia Z is arguably the most highly anticipated. Does it measure-up to all the hype? We went hands-on with the Xperia Z to find out. Despite the 1080p display, we were less than completely blown away, finding the screen's viewing angles to be just a bit lacking. We're also a little concerned about the heavy use of glass around the phone's edges, making us fear for its durability. For those of you who aren't big fans of OEM UIs, Sony's skinning, while still present, is at least a bit lighter than we might have expected ...

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    Along with its sibling, the Xperia Z, Sony's Xperia ZL is one of the company's first 1080p Androids. While the ZL shares much of the Z's hardware, there are a few changes that make it stand-out on its own, which we take a look at in our hands-on video. The ZL's substantial plastic construction, rather than making the phone seem cheap, instead manages to give the handset the appearance of being just a tad more rugged than the Xperia Z. The smart design continues to the phone's bezel, which we found to be quite minimal and attractive. Then again, not all the ZL's changes are for the best, ...

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    Alcatel? Who's that? Maybe you're more familiar with Lucent Technologies. Lucent was a telecommunications company established back in 1996 through the "demerger" of the former AT&T Technologies business unit from AT&T Corporation. Lucent went on to become a well-known name in enterprise-level telecom equipment, providing medium- to large-sized companies with VoIP, PBX, and PSTN phone solutions. Lucent's stock roared from $8 to $84/share but was ultimately another victim of the Dot Com Bubble's collapse. By October 2002 their stock was worth only 55 cents. In December 2006 Lucent ...

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    NVIDIA may have kicked-off the CES with news of its Tegra 4 SoC, but now it's Qualcomm's turn to raise the silicon stakes, as it reveals to CES attendees what's next for its own line of mobile processors. After a surprise appearance from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Qualcomm announced its new chips, the Snapdragon 600 series and the higher-end 800 series. The 800 will support high-speed LTE-Advanced connectivity, along with the latest WiFi standards, and should be quite the number-cruncher with a quad-core design operating as fast as 2.3GHz. Ultra HD (4K) is all the rage at the CES this ...

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    We've seen so many leaks of the Sony Xperia Z over the past few weeks, it almost felt like the Android had already launched. That's getting ahead of ourselves a little, but after catching some last-minute glimpses of the hardware last night, we're finally ready to see the Xperia Z made official. This evening, Sony wasted no time in doing just that, announcing the Xperia Z at its CES 2013 event. The Xperia Z is Sony's first 1080p smartphone, and features its proprietary BRAVIA 2 engine for enhanced picture quality. The flagship Android is dust and water resistant, 7.9 millimeters thick, and ...

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    We're on a bit of a Windows Phone roll this evening, and we've got one more entry to help keep things moving. You might remember that last fall we heard about Samsung's ATIV Odyssey, and even got to check out some early press renders, but besides knowing that the phone would be coming to Verizon, we didn't have any details on it. Today Samsung has gone ahead and made the ATIV Odyssey official, finally spelling-out just what we can expect. The ATIV Odyssey feels like it's more to the mid-range of Windows Phone 8 devices, with a four-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, five-megapixel main camera, and ...

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    Huawei's anticipated first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W1, was suspiciously absent from the company's press event today, but a quick glance at a spec sheet Huawei prepared has us reassured that the company hasn't forgotten about this smartphone, and also has us intrigued about another possible WP8 model in the company's future. The spec sheet you can see above gives us a solid run-down on what to expect from the W1. As a lower-end WP8 model, the W1 will only have 512MB of RAM, but that's not going to stop it from running Windows Phone 8, much like the Nokia Lumia 620. Its 4GB of ...

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    The more pocket-friendly cousin of Huawei's 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, the Ascend D2 is the company's first smartphone with a 1080p display. At Huawei's CES event this afternoon, we got a little hands-on time with the phone. The D2's five-inch screen gives its display a very respectable 443ppi density. It runs a quad-core SoC, and while it doesn't have the Ascend Mate's huge 4050mAh battery, its 3000mAh component is still pretty hefty by smartphone standards. As we told you during Huawei's press event, the D2 is dust and water-resistant, and based on its ability to survive an on-stage fall, ...

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    Huawei's Ascend Mate is, by the manufacturer's own boasting, the largest-screened smartphone around. Just how big is big, though? We just took a hands-on look at the Ascend Mate to really show you what you can expect from this Android giant. The Ascend Mate has a 6.1-inch 720p display, and while it may not have the thinnest bezel on the block, the huge screen gives it what Huawei says is the highest screen-to-frame ratio around. To power this beast, Huawei's outfitted the Ascend Mate with a 4050mAh battery and employed power-saving technology to give it a longer operational life time than ...

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    Now it's Samsung's time to shine at the CES, and like LG and AT&T before it, it's very focused on connected devices and the interactions between them. Samsung got started with its new TVs, and its S-Recommendation system for streaming content. The idea is that S-Recommendation connects to your smartphone, tablet, and PC, and pulls all the content stored on those devices together for you to enjoy in one place. But enough about connected appliances – we're here for the smartphones and tablets. First up down that alley, Samsung announced that an LTE-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1 is coming to ...

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    Last night, the discovery of some Ascend D2 promotional signage made Huawei's announcement today feel almost like a lock, and sure enough, the company has used its time at the CES to announce the Ascend D2 and giant-sized Ascend Mate. First up, the Ascend D2: the phone gets a five-inch 1080p display, quad-core SoC, 3000mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera. The handset is also dust and water resistant, demonstrated by pouring an entire pitcher over the phone. Huawei's grand idea for the D2 is that smartphones should be "all-in-one" devices, and a small battery or low-resolution camera ...

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    CES is a great time for checking out not just the latest gadgets, but the latest advancements in the components that help make up our gear. That usually means at least a flexible display or two, and we certainly hope to see a number of such projects this year. The first to catch our attention is PaperTab, a flexible electronic-ink-based system from Plastic Logic. The idea of PaperTab is to replace a multi-window PC interface with a number of discrete, paper-like flexible sheets. By rearranging them on your work surface, you can maneuver through their contents, which change based on their ...

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