Posts tagged with: CES 2014
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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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    By now, you probably know that the Sony Xperia Z1S isn't arriving like we expected - as another spin on the Z1F. So if the Z1S is that different, larger hardware, what about the idea of an international Z1F - the one with the 4.3-inch 720p screen and the Snapdragon 800? Enter: the Xperia Z1 Compact. While small, it still looks extremely powerful, and it's waterproof to boot. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, we were able to swing by Sony's presentation and get a look at the Z1 Compact in the flesh. Let's see if all this waiting is really going to be worth it:

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    Tonight we finally see the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1S in the US - though it isn't quite what we had been expecting. Instead of another Z1F - a miniature version of the Z1 and an impressive phone in its own right - we get a 5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 800 device with a big 3000mAh battery, 20.7-megapixel camera, and a waterproof body; all that's hugely impressive in a whole different kind of way than the Z1F (but really still kind of sounds like another Xperia Z1 to us). It's going to be a T-Mobile exclusive, and we had a chance to go hands-on with the smartphone at the CES just now - take ...

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    Several hours ago, we brought you what sure seemed to be a very official-looking leak, containing not just detailed technical data on a set of four new Android tablets from Samsung, but pics and all the associated trimmings. By all appearances, the cat was out of the bag. Well, now Samsung's had time to make its official CES presentation, and in doing so, has confirmed its new Galaxy Note Pro and three Tab Pro models. Well, if we're being precise (or drinking the branding Kool-Aid) these are the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO lines, but it remains to be seen just how well that odd presentation ...

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    Considering all the teasers it had been dropping, we sure had some pretty high expectations for today's ASUS CES announcement. The company had been hinting at a dual-boot Android/Windows tablet, and a later video sure seemed to imply we'd be seeing new smartphones in 4, 5, and 6-inch screen sizes. Now that's all been confirmed, as well as some surprises. The Transformer Book Duet is ASUS's new dual-boot, hybrid, all-sorts-of-convertible tablet. It goes from Android to Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button, and from tablet to notebook with its keyboard dock. There's a beefy Intel Core i7 ...

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    Manufacturers at the CES this year are all about convergence: bringing a lot of things together in one package. For some that's meant putting smartphone brains in their home appliances; others, like ZTE, have come up with some some decidedly odd hybrids, delivering a fusion between smartphone, hotspot, and pico projector. Huawei's not immune from this drive, and its new Ascend Mate2 4G does a little double-duty action of its own, offering a "reverse charge" feature to let it power other devices. After all, the battery in the 6.1-inch phablet is nearly twice as large as the sort you'll find ...

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    As you've no doubt picked up on by now, there's a whole lot about Huawei's new Ascend Mate2 4G that reminds us of last year's model. Don't get us wrong – there a number of noteworthy improvements – but with the same-sized display and and very similar external dimensions, these two are clearly fruit form the same tree. Last year, when we were first introduced to the original Ascend Mate, we felt compelled to see how the handset measured up against the phablet du jour, Samsung's Galaxy Note II. Well, with one more year under our belts there's a new king of phablet mountain to size-up ...

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    Huawei just finished up announcing the Ascend Mate2 4G phablet, and if you're only looking at the specs, the phone can sound like a bit of a mixed bag: choices like the less-than-bleeding-edge processor or only a 720p resolution for its 6.1-inch display might make the Ascend Mate2 4G sound less attractive than its competition. But dig a little deeper, and features like that huge battery, with its ability to charge other devices, start offering their own compelling reasons to consider the handset. Of course, all the specs in the world can't compare with a real hands-on encounter with the ...

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    Remember back a little over a month ago when some comments attributed to Huawei's CEO sure made it sound like the company might be planning to focus its efforts away form the US market? Every since we've been trying to figure out just how much truth there might be to that idea, and while we've been holding on to the assumption that Huawei wouldn't do anything quite so drastic, we've been waiting for news of another major US launch – some real evidence to counter the theory. Today at the CES in Las Vegas we got just that, as Huawei announced its new Ascend Mate2 4G, along with plans to ...

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    The big news from Pebble's CES announcement today was the new hardware: the debut of the metal-bodied Pebble Steel. That's a great new option for users first trying out a Pebble, but the hardware's only half of the equation; while it's a lot less spotlight-grabbing, today was also about Pebble software. We got to sit down with Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble himself, to check out what's happening on the software side. That means getting an early look at some of those new apps from companies partnering with Pebble (like we mentioned during the Steel announcement), as well as seeing some of ...

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    Pebble's just gone official with the Pebble Steel, its metal-bodied, thinner, and quite frankly better-looking follow up to its already successful Pebble smartwatch. As we told you moments ago, the new Pebble Steel doesn't make many big changes to the smartwatch's internals, giving Steel all the same functionality as its predecessor - including access to the upcoming Pebble app store - while doing its darnedest to really nail the aesthetics. Sure, it looks good, but how does it feel? Will we all soon be ditching out first-gen Pebbles in favor of that luxurious feeling of metal on the skin? ...

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    For those of you who don't already know, Pebble is a smartwatch that connects via Bluetooth to your Android or iOS-powered smartphone. In addition to doing everything you'd expect a watch to do, it also shows you alerts from your phone. New emails, Facebook alerts, voice and text messages, information about incoming calls, and more are all sent from your phone to your wrist -- it even lets you remotely control your music. There you can dismiss them, or reach into your pocket, pull out your phone, and reply. Unlike the Galaxy Gear, Pebble doesn't contain a camera or microphone, and it ...

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    Last week, we heard from Pebble that it had a special announcement ready to go for the CES, and would be sharing it with us today. What would it have in store; just more news about the upcoming Pebble app store, or could there also be new hardware? We were skeptical that we'd be seeing anything so bold as an all-new Pebble 2, but it turns out some new hardware really is in the cards, and today Pebble announces the new Pebble Steel. Functionally, Pebble Steel is unchanged from the original watch; we get the same display, same battery life, same feature set – it's still a Pebble at its ...

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    LG is one of those companies that bring a whole boatload of products to CES. That's because the show's more general-purpose electronics focus allows the company to show off a whole lot more than just mobile tech: TVs, refrigerators, audio equipment, washers, and dryers – LG has it all. While that means that a fair bit of its CES keynote strayed a little away from the sort of products we tend to cover, we did get to check out a few treats, like that fitness tracker that leaked the other day. We had heard that LG could be working on a number of wearables, and sure enough, it's confirmed ...

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    ZTE wasted no time in getting its CES spread out there, and last Friday we told you about the new devices it announced, including a smartwatch and phablet. As we get closer to the official start of CES itself, ZTE has some additional info to help flesh out the picture for some of its new gear, and today offers new detail about the voice capabilities of the new Grand S II, as well as delves into the feature set of its intriguing portable hotspot/projector. We heard last week that the Grand S II had “high-precision voice,” features, but what does that mean? Well, besides offering ...

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    We knew they were coming; a combination of leaks and publicly available evidence has been building up over the past several weeks, painting the picture of Samsung preparing quite a few new Android tablets for release. Those have included new small as well as new larger-than-ever models, along with the introduction of a new “Pro” designation to the company's lineup. While Samsung hasn't yet gone official with the group, they now appear to be as good as confirmed, as we see the arrival of leaked pics, complete spec run-downs, and even a spotting of a Samsung banner at the CES, confirming ...

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    As smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini have gained traction, we knew it was only a matter of time before these became a more popular breed among different platforms and OEMs. Microsoft's answer to this new market is Windows 8.1, though Redmond's strategy was to bring us more powerful tablets by allowing us to use a full desktop operating system on an 8-inch tablet. Both Dell and Toshiba have pioneered this market with their inexpensive offerings late last year, but none of these companies offered us a really powerful business tablet, as Lenovo claims to do so with their ...

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    Just a couple of days ago one of the biggest rumors we heard from CES was that Google was teaming-up with Audi to bring us the first Android-equippeed vehicle in the industry. As it turns out, the rumors were true, but there was more than just one carmaker interested in the new approach towards bringing Android to our means of transportation. Google has now joined forces with Audi, Honda, GM and Hyundai to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which closely resembles the Open Handset Alliance that was formed almost half a decade ago for the creation and adoption of the Android OS that ...

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    CES is just days away. Tony is already on the ground in Las Vegas, and Michael and I will hit the ground running Sunday afternoon. Apart from all the other trade shows each year, CES is a unique beast. This year, there are over 3,200 exhibitors spread out over a 1.9 million square foot show floor. We can't even begin to wrap our heads around how incredibly large the show is, displaying everything from upcoming car technology to smarter toothbrushes and thousands of things you never knew you wanted. We've already covered what to expect for the show. But how in the world do you prepare for ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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