CES 2013: Day 1


I’m enjoying CES from the comfort of my desk. No flying, getting in a shuttle, checking in at an expensive hotel, waiting in lines, using dirty bathrooms, and buying over-priced food. Instead of posting dozens of individual posts I’ve culled here a list of interesting display-centric news coming out of Las Vegas on the first day of CES 2013.

The Verge: Intel announced 4th generation Core processors, codenamed Haswell, good for all-day computing, but to use those power-sipping CPUs a touch screen and WiDi wireless display technologies are mandatory. WinTel is back, to push Windows 8 hard. I wonder what Apple will do with this requirement.

Smartphone

BGR: The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is the world’s thinnest smartphone, for now, sporting a svelte profile of 6.45 mm. That’s 15% thinner than the 7.6-mm iPhone 5. The Jelly Bean smartphone features a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display.

Huawei: The Huawei Ascend Mate may be the world’s largest smartphone with a 6.1-inch LCD, but sporting a ho-hum 1280×720 pixel format.

The Verge: Vizio is re-entering the smartphone market with its VIA Phones. One is a 5-inch sporting 1920×1080 and the other is a 4.7-inch 1280×720. Both sport Jelly Bean, and both are geared for the Chinese market.

The Verge: The flagship Sony Xperia Z is a 5-inch 1920×1080 LCD Jelly Bean smartphone that’s IP55 and IP57 dust and water resistant. Looks good except for the power button.

Camera

DPReview: Fujifilm X100S is the updated X100. The ‘S’ is for speed thanks to a faster EXR II processor. Fujifilm claims the X100S sports the world’s fastest AF. Priced at US$1299 and available in March.

The Verge: The Polaroid iM1836 is a mirror-less interchangeable lens Android camera, and it’s awful. US$349, but maybe not cheap enough.

Engadget: The Canon PowerShot N is a tiny squarish point-and-shoot, but what’s the point if you’re always toting a smartphone.

TV

Engadget: The LG 55-inch OLED TV has been priced at US$12,000 and will be available in March. The 84-inch 4K TV is available now for US$19,999.99 (Source: The Verge)

The Verge: The Sharp 60-inch ICC Purios is a 4K LCD TV will be available in Summer 2013 for about US$31,000.

Panasonic is focused on making blacks blacker on its plasma TVs. There’s no OLED or 4K LCD.

Gizmodo: Vizio announced its XVT series of 4K LCD TVs and comes in 55-, 65-, and 70-inch sizes.

Forbes: Samsung showcased its 4K LCD TVs in six sizes: 60, 65, 75, 85, 95, and 110 inches. But no mention of its F9500 55-inch OLED TV’s pricing or availability.

The Verge: Sony unveiled a 56-inch 4K OLED TV prototype. Commercially available 4Ks were LCDs in two sizes: 55 and 65 inches (Source: c|net).

Tablet

Acer announced its Iconia B1-A71 7-inch 1024×600 Jelly Bean tablet with a price around US$150.

Mobile Industry News: The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is a 27-inch tablet. John Gruber says it best: “This is nuts.”





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