Posts tagged with: CES 2014
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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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