The International CES began today in Las Vegas, where many of the world’s top technology firms got together to show off their latest and most exciting consumer electronics gear. Day one was packed with announcements from the likes of Huawei and Intel, while others preferred to keep their mobile products back for Mobile World Congress next month. Here’s a rundown of yesterday’s big stories.
Although rumoured to launch the Optimus G2 and a 5-inch tablet/smartphone hybrid device with a 1080p display, LG’s press event was dedicated to connected home appliances, with a washing machine – yep, really – complete with NFC taking centre stage. Aside from a new notepad feature for the Optimus Vu II – which it doesn’t sell anywhere except Korea – the company had nothing much to say about mobile, confirming it’s waiting to reveal everything in Barcelona at the end of February.
The chip manufacturer finally confirmed its quad-core Bay Trail Atom processor, manufactured using the 22nm process for lower power consumption, will be coming out at the end of the year, when it’ll be used in tablets. Intel also talked about the Atom Z2580 chip, which will be installed in smartphones in the near future.
Vizio is quite well known for its televisions and computers in the US, but hardly known at all in Europe, a fact which won’t change with its latest smartphones, as they’re currently only destined for China. It’s a shame too, as the two phones – one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other with a 5-inch 1080p display – both look great. Neither seem to have names, but they both run Android 4.1 and have a 1.2GHz and a 1.5GHz dual-core chips respectively.
The U.S. network launched a single phone just prior to its press event, named the Pantech Discover. It has a 4.8-inch display with an impressive 720p resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage memory and a 12.6 megapixel camera. The operating system in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, plus it has NFC connectivity too. As it’s an AT&T branded phone, and Pantech isn’t really known in the UK, it’s likely to stay in the U.S. for now.
As CES 2013 is a U.S. trade show, there are a more than a few U.S. focused announcements. Samsung’s only mention of its smartphone and tablet range during its press conference related to the release of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet on the Verizon network, where it will gain 4G LTE connectivity. In related Samsung news, which wasn’t announced during the event, it’ll also be launching the ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone 8 handset on the Verizon network too. It hasn’t provided a final date, but says it’ll arrive in the coming weeks, when it could be available at no cost on a two-year contract.
CES 2013 continues tomorrow, when we’ll be back for another news round-up.