Las Vegas has played host to the International CES this week, one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world, where most of the biggest names in tech displayed their latest and greatest products for all to see. So much news has come out of the show that it would have been easy to miss out on some of the important mobile and tablet releases, so here’s a recap of the headline-grabbing announcements.
Huawei Ascend W1.
Joining the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate was Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W1. It has been rumoured for a while, so it was good to see the phone finally get its official announcement. The Ascend W1 has a 4-inch screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4GB of internal storage memory and a 5-megapixel camera. Huawei says it’ll be out in China and Russia later this month, then head out into Europe, the Middle East and America over the coming months.
Panasonic 20-inch Tablet.
While the rest of the world goes 7-inch tablet crazy, Panasonic is working on a tablet with a 20-inch screen, and it showed a prototype of the device off at the show. Designed primarily for business use, the unnamed tablet has an amazing 3840 x 2560 pixel resolution, or 4K as it’s also known, and is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The screen makes full use of a digital pen and can display A3 pages at almost full size, making it great for editorial work, and thanks to that incredible resolution, it should attract video editors and photographers too. No price or release date has been given.
Asus Transformer AiO.
Another tablet with a massive screen, this time from Asus, the Transformer AiO looks like a Windows 8 desktop machine with an 18.4-inch screen at first glance, but when you unclip the screen it becomes a 18.4-inch tablet instead. But here’s the clever part, at the press of a button it switches to running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This amazing all-in-one machine even has two processors to make this feature work, an Intel Core i3 for Windows 8 and a Nvidia Tegra 3 for Android. It’s coming soon and has been given a US price of $1500, the equivalent of £900 in the UK.
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa.
Move over quad-core, as the eight-core processor has arrived. Samsung demonstrated the Exynos 5 Octa processor on stage at its CES keynote presentation, and claimed it was twice as fast as the very best chips available today. The super chip was seen playing a high definition movie, running a 3D game and performing a web search, all without breaking a sweat. Even better is it can operate in a way that makes it up to 70-percent more power efficient than today’s chips too. Sadly, we don’t know when it’ll appear in a Samsung phone or tablet yet.
Samsung Ativ Odyssey.
American network Verizon will be releasing the Samsung Ativ Odyssey in the coming weeks, a Windows Phone 8 device which differs from the Ativ S we have here in the UK. It’s possible the phone will be available for free with a contract, an important step for Windows Phone in the U.S., although this has yet to be confirmed. As Verizon phones are different to our GSM devices, it won’t be coming over here either, however the 4-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 5 megapixel camera doesn’t make it standout against the HTC 8S and the Nokia Lumia 820.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
At the moment, the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip is the processor of choice for most manufacturer to place inside their flagship smartphone, but later this year the S4 Pro will be replaced by the Snapdragon 800, Qualcomm’s next super chip. Unveiled during a star-studded presentation, the chip is expected to be up to 75-percent faster than the S4, reach speeds of 2.3GHz, produce incredible next generation graphics and benefit from improved power efficiency.
Nvidia Tegra 4.
Qualcomm and Samsung both unveiled their next-generation mobile processors at the show, but Nvidia got in before the pair of them with an event on the Sunday prior to CES opening, where it revealed the Tegra 4. The new chip is one of the first to use the ARM Cortex A15 architecture, and retains the same quad-core with a single companion core system of its predecessor. We’ve yet to see the first devices announced which will use the new Nvidia processor.
Many of the mobile devices on display at CES 2013 weren’t for the European market, with phones such as the Samsung Ativ Odyssey announced only for America, and this, the Lenovo K900 for China. The phone sits at the top of Lenovo’s smartphone range, and has a 5.5-inch touchscreen with a 1080p resolution; but what makes it even more interesting is the Intel processor. It’s the latest Z2580 chip with a clock speed of 2GHz, tasked with running Android 4.1 on the phone. If it’s coming to the UK, we may hear more at Mobile World Congress next month.