CES 2013: Day 3


Tablet

ViewSonic showcased a 24-inch Jelly Bean display. Or is it a giant tablet. Reminds me of the 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon.

A pre-production Surface Pro was shown. Tom Warren, The Verge:

Surface Pro has a gorgeous 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display that outputs a 1920 x 1080 resolution. I say it’s gorgeous because this display is unprecedented on this type of device. Text reproduction and colors were spot on and viewing angles were great for tablet use.

Unprecedented? Yes, unprecedented. The Surface Pro should be categorized as a full-blown computer in slate form, and not like the iPad or Android tablets. Remember the term “tablet PC”? That’s what the Surface Pro is. And as far as I can remember there has not been a tablet PC this small with this many pixels.

Camera

Polaroid is getting whipped. Jeff Blagdon at The Verge thought the Polaroid iM1836 mirror-less interchangeable lens Android camera was awful. Now Michael Zhang at PetaPixel thinks it’s “a bit like playing with a mid-level smartphone combined with a mid-level airplane entertainment system.”

A bit more about that squarish Canon N. PetaPixel‘s Michael Zhang:

Unfortunately for Canon, smartphones DO exist, so the question will be whether the general public is still willing to shell out $300 and carry an additional gadget in order to document their daily lives.

I think the trend is clear: We want to carry one gadget that can do everything. Fortunately a lot of great smartphones can be that one gadget. And not so fortunate for Canon these smartphones take great photos, videos, and are always connected. If only Canon made the N an Android camera instead…

Notebook

Engadget: Dell XPS 13 had a terrible 1366×768 display, now it’s better with a 1920×1080 LCD sporting an improved color gamut of 72%… of? The improved display option will cost an extra US$300. That’s expensive.

Smartphone

Samsung showed off a prototype smartphone sporting a flexible OLED. Samsung has a name for that curvy OLED: Youm. Terrible name. The flexing capability of displays will certainly come in handy for certain applications, but this? I don’t think we have a pressing need to look at our smartphones from the side. Samsung thinks it might be good for notifications such as text messages and stock tickers. I think this is a good example of a solution searching for a problem.

Monitor

LG Display introduced a 30-inch 4K LCD monitor with a 4096×2160 pixel format. That’s four 1024 pixel windows on a single display. I can get used to that.

AIO

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M92z is an all-in-one (AIO) sporting a 23-inch IPS LCD with a 1920×1080 pixel format. Touch is optional, but what a touch it is. A specially etched glass is used resulting in a matte display that’s resistant to wear and fingerprints. Soon everyone will be touting how fingerprint resistant their touch displays are. A good thing.

TV

Sony unveiled a 4K OLED TV. So did Panasonic. Now anyone willing to procure a 56-inch 4K OLED TV panel from AUO can, too.





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