Posts tagged with: CES 2013
  • by | January 9, 2013 7:54 AM

    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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  • by | January 9, 2013 2:00 AM

    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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  • by | January 9, 2013 1:46 AM

    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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  • by | January 9, 2013 12:00 AM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 10:15 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 10:12 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 9:21 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 8:36 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 8:19 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 8:00 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 7:42 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 7:25 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 7:00 PM

    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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  • by | January 8, 2013 6:32 PM

    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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