Just when we thought Samsung pushed the envelope with the Galaxy Note II and its 5.5-inch display, Huawei drove right over it with the Ascend Mate that was announced earlier today. It sports a whopping 6.1-inch IPS display at 720p. Seriously folks this is just about Nexus 7 territory, but Huawei thinks the consumer will eat it up. The rest of the specs should satisfy everything you desire with Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.0MP front camera, and a massive 4050mAh battery. It has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the latest version of the Emotion UI. Looks like China will get it in February, and as usual no word on a U.S. launch. Hit the break for the hands on video.
It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.
We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.
Sony put on an amazing press conference tonight and as expected, they unveiled the Xperia “Zed” or Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The guts of both phones are essentially the same, but the Xperia Z is dust and water resistant. It also has a glass back and a little bit bigger footprint, but it’s a little thinner at 7.9mm. It sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. The size of the battery wasn’t mentioned, but it’s non-removable. Hit the break for the hands on and also check out the Xperia ZL video since it makes an appearance in that one as well for some good comparisons. It will be available Q1 internationally, but no word on pricing or a U.S. release.
By now you may have heard about NVIDIA’s awesome and revolutionary Project Shield gaming device, right? The 5-inch toy boasting NVIDIA’s brand-new Tegra 4 processor is all set to revolutionize gaming as we know it thanks to the openness of the Android platform. While the portable gaming wunder-gadget has generated a lot of excitement, it has generated even more excitement from the gang at NVIDIA. As they would put it best: NVIDIA’s “goal with it is to design and sell a truly great piece of hardware, one that fits comfortably in your hand, delights your eyes and blows out your ears“.
I’d say that NVIDIA is certainly on its way. Hit the source link to see the blog post from NVIDIA in all its glory and while you’re at it— stay with us for all the CES coverage you can handle.
source: NVIDIA Blog
Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.
The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.
No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.
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One of the worst-kept secrets is officially announced as Sony has formally launched its Xperia “Zed”— also known as the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones. The devices are comparable to other flagships by featuring a stunning 5-inch 1080p Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for incredible brightness and clarity, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and One Touch, which allows the ability to wireless share multimedia content across all sorts of devices. Oh and best of all— the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones each feature a sleek and clean design, yet the Xperia Z is completely dust and water-resistant, while the Xperia ZL has a more compact body.
We’re awaiting additional details for when the devices will be available and on what carriers here in the States— though we’re aware that both models will be available “in select markets” sometime in Q1 2013. In the meantime, hit the break for the full presser– but don’t forget to check out our nonstop CES coverage here.
ASUS already unveiled the Transformer (AiO) All-In-One last year at Computex, but we finally got a chance to play with it. It’s a dual boot Windows 8 / Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 computer/tablet. It’s a complete desktop, but you can remove the 18.4-inch display and it becomes a behemoth tablet. It features a Tegra 3 and has a button on the side that switches the OS in seconds. It will be available by the end of the first quarter, but we still don’t have any idea on price. I don’t think anyone is expecting this one to be cheap, but for those that want it all, this one might be for you. Hit the break for the hands on video.
As we expected, ASUS unveiled the Qube Google TV box. It’s not only shaped like a cube, but the UI is cube-like. It’s the first Google TV product that has Version 3 of the software, which give you voice support and Google Primetime. It seems to be feature-rich with a nice remote and DLNA, but it appears to lack Miracast. It will be available in February for $129. Hit the break for the hands on.
It seems as though “Smart” is the rage this year at CES. It’s going to be Smart appliances and Smart homes, and LG is going all in with appliances. Many of their top appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens, and refrigerators will have NFC tags for connecting your Android phone and controlling them. They also showed the LFX-31995 smart refrigerator that has a built in display that will allow you to look at recipes, check your Google calendar, build your shopping list, and so much more. The rep wasn’t sure if it was built on Android, but he did say it’s compatible with both Android and iOS, so I suspect not. What it does mean is that your Android phone will be compatible and will sync with it so that you will be able to see your grocery list when you’re at the store. It’s pretty cool, but not sure if it’s worth the extra bucks as you could just buy a Nexus 7 for $199 and slap it on your fridge and save $2,000. Hit the break for the hands on video.