Posts tagged with: CES 2014
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    Last week, we talked to you about the idea of companies subsidizing your smartphone's wireless connection, inspired by news that T-Mobile and Facebook were making the latter's apps free-to-use for customers who otherwise lacked data service on their accounts. This week, however, AT&T took things one step further and announced a formal “Sponsored Data” program, inviting companies form all over to make their apps more attractive to AT&T users by offering to pay themselves for the data consumed, rather than putting that cost on the user. For instance, maybe Hulu could sponsor Hulu ...

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    Is there even a dividing line between phablets and tablets anymore? Is the 7-inch ASUS Fonepad really a giant phone? Or the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 a tiny tablet? This year the CES brings us one more device to straddle that line, the 6.8-inch X1 from Hisense. “From whom?” you ask, incredulously? That's fair; we haven't really spent any time talking about Hisense as a manufacturer of tablets. Will this X1 manage to finally pique our interest? Well, its hardware sounds respectable enough: Snapdragon 800 SoC, 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera, and a 3900mAh battery. Hisense throws its ...

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    It's been clear that T-Mobile was planning to make with the details behind the next phase of its Uncarrier transformation today at the CES for a while now. Last month, we heard about this plan to offer subscribers to competing networks compensation for their early termination fees should they switch to T-Mobile, supposedly worth up to $350. Then early this morning we saw a leaked T-Mobile ad that seemed to confirm the news, while adding the note that it would only apply to users transition from the three big carriers, and was limited to five lines. This afternoon, T-Mobile has finally ...

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    I've got four cores in my Nexus 5. My old Nexus 7 has four cores. Some of today's smartphones have eight cores (though it's arguable whether or not they can use all eight at the same time). My desktop computer has four hyper-threaded cores, so it looks like I have eight. Now, news out of CES 2014 is that NVIDIA has a 192-core processor: the Tegra K1, and it just might power your next smartphone or tablet. 192-cores: that's what the headlines are saying, but they're wrong -- sort of. Let's take a look at what goes into an SoC, and why NVIDIA's new Tegra K1 might not be all it's cracked up ...

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    (Updated to correct typo in title.) Our tour through ZTE's CES presence isn't over just yet, as we'd be remiss if we didn't stop to check out the company's just-announced (well, last week, at least) phablet, the aptly-named Iconic Phablet. When we first heard about the Iconic Phablet, we didn't have much to go on; ZTE revealed a 5.7-inch 720p display - which while pressing the limits of what manufacturers can get away with before switching to 1080p, is still something we can live with - along with support for wireless charging. We also knew to look for Dolby Digital support, but that still ...

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    ZTE's CES announcements came last week, and while that means there's less for us to be surprised by at the show now that we're there, we're also finally able to check out its new hardware in the flesh. The company had news of a number of devices to share, but one of the handsets we've heard the most about has been the Grand S II. ZTE followed-up yesterday on its initial announcement to share a little more about the phone's advanced voice features, so of course we had to see how those function for ourselves. Jump on down to the video below to join as we get our answers, looking at the Grand ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when we were bringing you a review of the ZTE Nubia 5, and now we're already looking at the arrival of the next Nubia models, the 5s and 5s mini. Today at the CES we went looking to check out the hardware, and ran into the Nubia 5s at ZTE's booth. The handset features what ZTE calls "professional-grade photography hardware," consisting of a 13-megapixel Sony RS sensor and an iris with f/2.0 aperture. It's capable of recording 4K video (to give you something to play back on one of the many, many 4K TVs hanging out at the CES) and offers users advanced manual ...

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    When we heard Samsung announce the Galaxy Camera 2 last week - getting an early start on all this CES hubbub - we were left scratching our heads a little. The thing was, looking at some of the hardware's specs, we found it difficult to suss-out just how it improved over the first-gen Galaxy Camera, launched all the way back in 2012. Clearly, some hands-on action was required if we were going to get to the bottom of just what Samsung was up to with this sequel. Picking the Camera 2 up, if immediately became apparent: this new edition is noticeably lighter than its predecessor - and ...

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    CES is a time of the year for us smartphone-obsessive types where we find ourselves coping with an utter deluge of new announcements, previews, products, and demos. We're keeping you up to date with all the really big news, but the sheer amount of info coming our way means that some of it inevitably gets shuffled around a bit. This afternoon, we're looking back to an announcement that came down the wire overnight, with word arriving of the hardware partner Cyanogen Inc. is going with for its first from-the-ground-up CyanogenMod smartphone. While we've been expecting to get word of this ...

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    We knew Audi would be making a big splash at this year's CES, but just how? We already told you about its role in forming the Open Automotive Alliance, and last night the company took to the stage for its keynote address. It didn't have any Android-powered car to show off, but now we get what might be the next best thing, with the introduction of a tablet designed for in-vehicle use, the Mobile Audi Smart Display. So, what makes this better for car use than your run-of-the-mill tablet? Well, besides an interface that's supposedly optimized for operation by vehicle passengers (and no, we're ...

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    We're not quite done with new Sony products at CES just yet, and before we turn our attention to what some other OEMs have to share, we wanted to touch on the topic of car integration. Unsurprisingly, that's been a big focus of CES announcements thus far, but what if you aren't planning on buying a new vehicle with any kind of baked-in smartphone support in the near future? Are you out of luck? Sony may have just what you need, as it introduces its double-DIN, in-dash, Smartphone Cradle Receiver. What's the big deal? Well, aftermarket systems that attempt to meld your phone with your car ...

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    Putting Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 up against some of its competition from other manufacturers (not to mention other platforms) let us get a quick sense of how it fits into the greater tablet landscape, but what about existing Samsung tablets? How does this new batch compare to devices Samsung's brought to market over the past several months? The last big Samsung tablet to ship was this year's edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1, arriving back in October, and with 3GB of RAM, an Exynos of its own, and another high-res 2560 x 1600 display, it sure sounds capable of giving these new tablets ...

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    You just saw us go hands-on with Samsung's latest tablets, checking out the company's spread as part of our ongoing CES 2014 coverage. If you've followed any of our trade show coverage before, that should clue you in to what's coming next: after the hands-on, it's time for some comparisons! That means putting these new Samsung slates up against some of our favorite existing tablets, and we start things off with the winner of our 2013 Readers' Choice poll, the Nexus 7, as well as the smallest iOS tablet available, the iPad mini. With no seven-incher among Samsung's new lineup, we'll go with ...

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    We just gave you some quick tours of the three new Galaxy TabPRO models (from SamSUNG, apparently, or...? No, not like that?), including the Gregor Clegane of the bunch, the hulking TabPRO 12.2. Initially, however, when following rumors of that model's development, we were expecting this 12.2-incher to be a Note model, complete with S Pen. As luck would have it, we actually got both options, and complementing the TabPRO 12.2 we have the new NotePRO 12.2. While in years past we might have expected to see Samsung skimp a little on the Tab model and give all the great hardware to the Note ...

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    So long, Galaxy Tab 3 models, with your middling specs and underwhelming user experiences! We hoped beyond hope that Samsung might give its tablet lineup the shot in the arm it needed in order to stay relevant in 2014, and wouldn't you know it, that's just what we saw the company do yesterday in Las Vegas. That meant both a new Galaxy Note as well as a few new Galaxy Tabs, this time trying on the stylized moniker TabPRO (yeah, we're spelling it Samsung's way now; what are you going to do about it?). Samsung's hitting a good spectrum of sizes with its offerings this time around, though the ...

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