From new-age processors to high-end smartphones, CES 2013 has seen it all. KYMI brings you the show’s top 10 releases so far
This year’s CES is testament to all the new and improved devices and technologies that will hit the mobile world in 2013. Check out the ten most exciting announcements that rocked CES 2013.
1. Nvidia Tegra 4 processor: Nvidia unveiled its Tegra 4 chipset, a processor that boasts of 6 times the visual processing power of the Tegra 3 with its 72 GeForce GPU cores with 4K video support. It ships with a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 processor, complete with a second generation battery saver core.
The chip is manufactured using the 28nm method and is compatible with PRISM 2 technology which ensures that less power is used by the backlight.
Not only can a device powered by Nvidia’s new processor load in a whopping 27 seconds, it can also ensure some gorgeous photography thanks to the tech giant’s Computational Photography Architecture. Faster capture, HDR panorama, 3D reconstruction and strobe motion are all possible with Tegra 4.
2. Huawei Ascend D2: Huawei unveiled the Ascend D2 and dubbed it ‘the most powerful smartphone’. The phone features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 443ppi. Its 13-megapixel camera comes with an f/2.2 aperture, hybrid IR filter and a 5P lens. A 3,000 mAh battery powers this water and dust proof handset that offers users a RAM of 2 GB.
The Ascend D2 will launch next month, runs as it does on a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.1.
3. Huawei Ascend Mate: Huawei has taken a giant leap forward with the Ascend Mate – its gigantic 6.1-incher that runs on a quad-core processor and Android Jelly Bean. 73 per cent of the phone’s face is taken up by its screen. Powered by a 4,050 mAh battery, the Mate boasts of Magic Touch and One-Hand UI.
It sports a 720 pixel display and an 8-megapixel camera. Guiding Wizard, Smart Reading and Easy Panel are some of the phone’s bestselling features. Huawei will make the Ascend Mate available in March.
4. Sony Xperia Z/ZL: Powered by a 1.5G Hz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, Sony’s high-end 5-inch offering is equipped with a scratch-resistant 1080p 443ppi TFT Reality Display that runs on the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. This Jelly Bean handset comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera which boasts of an Exmor RS sensor capable of HDR video.
Sony’s latest flagship is water resistant and sports a 2-megapixel front facing camera with an Exmor R sensor as well. The LTE and NFC enabled device promises a long battery life thanks to its battery stamina mode, despite its demanding specs. Sony will be launching its newest creation in global markets within this quarter itself.
5. Acer Iconia B1: Acer’s 7-inch tablet is finally here. It runs on Android’s Jelly Bean operating system and a 1.2 GHz Mediatek dual-core processor. Its WSVGA screen comes with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and houses a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera.
The slate’s 8 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM can be expanded with a microSD card. Connectivity options on the tablet include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and micro-USB. A 2,710 mAh battery powers the device.
6. Alcatel One Touch Pop: Alcatel has released a series of colourful budget friendly Android Jelly Bean smartphones under its new series One Touch Pop. The One Touch X’Pop is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor and offers users a RAM of 512 MB along with HSPA+ connectivity. It boasts of a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5-megapixel primary camera, a VGA secondary shooter and microSD support.
The One Touch S’Pop ships with a 1 GHz CPU, a 512 MB RAM, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel primary camera and a VGA secondary shooter.
Also powered by a 1 GHz processor, the One Touch T’Pop sports 256 MB of RAM, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot. Unlike its siblings, this handset runs on Android 2.3. Alcatel will be releasing its latest offerings in the market between January and February.
7. Alcatel One Touch high-end smartphones: Alcatel also unveiled high-end smartphones under its One Touch banner. The Scribe X presumably runs on Android Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU. It ships with a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 720p HD secondary camera and a 5-inch 1080p display. The Scribe HD-LTE is the LTE version of the same phone.
Apart from these flagships, the tech giant also unveiled three high-end Android Jelly Bean handsets. The One Touch Idol runs on a dual-core processor and sports a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. Weighing only 110 grams, it ships in both single Sim and dual-Sim versions. While the former comes with 4 GB of built in storage, the latter boasts of 8 GB of internal memory.
The One Touch Idol Ultra, dubbed ‘the slimmest’ smartphone, has a thickness of 6.45mm and runs on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Other specs of the handset include a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display, 8 GB storage, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera and 1 GB RAM.
The Scribe HD sports some cool features of its own, including a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, a 5-inch HD IPS display, 1 GB RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, 4 GB built in storage, a microSD card slot and a 2,500mAh battery.
8. Alcatel One Touch tablets: Alcatel’s new budget slates will hit markets in the latter half of the year with Jelly Bean on board. The One Touch Tab 7 is powered by a 1 GHz processor and comes with a 7-inch WSVGA TFT display with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, a front facing VGA camera, 4 GB of storage and a microSD card slot.
Powered as it is by a dual-core 1.6 GHz CPU, One Touch Tab 7 HD sports a 7-inch WXGA IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a front facing VGA snapper, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage and microSD card support.
The One Touch Tab 8 HD has the same features as its Tab 7 HD cousin, the only difference being that it comes with an 8-inch XGA IPS display with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels.
9. Intel Lexington: Intel’s new processor is designed especially for use in emerging markets. Lexington runs on the tech giant’s hyper-threading technology and offers a clock speed of 1.2 GHz. It encodes and decodes 1080p video at 30 frames per second and supports Burst shooting of 7fps. It is compatible with 1.3-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras.
The Z2420 processor also supports dual Sims, dual standby, FM radio, Intel Wireless Display, HSPA+ and microSD cards. Lava, Acer and Safaricom will be using this chip in their smartphones this year.
10. Intel Bay Trail: Intel’s processor for tablets, Bay Trail is based on 22nm technology. This quad-core chipset boasts of 2x the performance of current processors. This Atom based processer will be seen on devices towards the end of 2013.