As I said before one of the first announcements at CES was the S2 smartphone by Lenovo. As it was before the official announcement I wasn’t sure of the name but it appears that the S2 is the K2 and if you don’t remember, it has the following specs:
1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 dual-core processor
Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI (Gingerbread, surprising it’s not ICS)
While checking out the Archos booth at CES 2012 we were hoping to get a hold of some new tablets and smartphones for the year, but instead they weren’t really showing much at the event. While we did see some devices from the G9 series, they were old news other than the fact they were confirmed to receive ICS at some point. However, we did manage to come across this little guy dubbed the Archos Home Connect. The Home Connect is a little Android based alarm clock that offers several little tidbits to accompany you on the bedside both for night and day. The small set offers a touch screen with access to all of your familiar applications like email, social media and heck, even Angry Birds. Other apps can be side loaded as well. The device is running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and offers a few cool features in the clock management dept. There’s obviously an alarm clock which you can set virtually an unlimited amount of alarms for. There’s a tune in radio offering 50 thousand popular web stations, live traffic, weather and even a dimmer so you’re not blinded when you peek over at the time in the middle of the night.
There’s a music player on board so you can rock your tunes via an sd card slot in the back up to 32 GB’s and the speakers sound pretty decent for a little guy. It does offer a unique design as far as body style goes and my guess is that you’ll either love it or hate it. There’s a micro usb port on the back and it comes with 4 gigs of internal space. Battery life is touted at around 10 hours or so. Obviously, the device operates over wifi and to top it all off it can be used as a web cam. The device will go in the US for around $149. Check out the quick hands-on demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. If you’ve happened to miss any of our other CES 2012 coverage be sure to check our link out here where there’s more where this came from.
You know that new DROID RAZR phone that boasts the 3300 mAh battery with the darn near 24 hours of talk time? I’m talking about the DROID RAZR MAXX announced at CES this year. Well what we didn’t know was when this beast of a device would be released. Now we do. According to the Motorola web site the device will be available from Verizon on January 26th. If you are interested in this device check out our hands on with the device here. This device should help those battery conscious folk rest a bit easier and it will be in your hands in less than two weeks. Will you be one of the first ones to get this device? Sound off in the comment section below.
Just when everyone thought Google TV was dead, Boom, LG, Vizio, and Samsung came in with strong support, along with Marvell and MediaTek for chipsets. I had a chance to stop by the LG booth at CES and they gave me a quick glimpse. Google TV is becoming like Android in that the manufacturers may start skinning it a little to differentiate themselves. You can see Google TV has a new look with LG Televisions, but the core is essentially the same. The other area of differentiation is the remote control. LG designed a really nice remote called the Magic Motion Remote, which includes three gyroscopes, three accelerometers, and RF control.
LG and Verizon took some time at CES 2012 to introduce the new Spectrum LTE device. Our own Rob Nazarian went hands-on and was able to give us some nice insights of the new phone. You will notice right off the bat the huge screen and bright display. That’s because the phone has a sweet 4.5-inch AH-IPS display complete with Corning Gorilla Glass. The resolution will be at a not-too shabby 1280 x 720 with 329 ppi, all in glorious High Definition. The phone also utilizes RGB striping— which is a fancy way of saying the phone gives you true color matching and “giving you colors as they were meant to be as if you were looking at them with the naked eye”.
Of course the phone doesn’t skimp on additional features too, despite it’s incredibly thin appearance. It’s powered by a smooth 1.5GHz dual-core processor matched up with 1GB of RAM. There’s also approximately 17.5GB of onboard storage. For those of you who love taking photos on the go, you’ll find there’s an 8MP camera with complete the ability to record videos in full 1080P HD and a front-facing camera for video chat. This is all operated on Gingerbread 2.3 with LG’s custom UI skin (though the phone will be predictably updated to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime later in the year). Speaking of LG’s custom UI skin, they’ve added the ability to create not only categories of apps in the UI, but you can even create a unique folder containing all the apps in that category and place the folder onto your homescreen.
The phone has some added exclusive bonuses too. LG and Verizon both teamed up with ESPN to drive exclusive HD content and video to the Spectrum over Verizon’s state of the art 4G LTE network. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Look for the phone to be out on January 19th for $199 on a 2-year contract. Check out the video after the break. » Read the rest
Huawei just announced the Ascend P1 S, which is their newest flagship phone. This one dethrones the DROID RAZR as the World’s thinnest smartphone. It comes in at 6.68mm thin, and we probably won’t see a release until around April. For now, there is no schedule for a U.S. release since a carrier hasn’t been finalized at this time. There will be three color choices – metallic black, ceramic white, and cherry-blossom pink.
The unit at CES was a stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but it most likely won’t stay that way as they will add some UI tweaks by the time it’s ready for release.
One of the first news articles we brought you from CES 2012 was regarding Lenovo’s introduction two new Android devices. One was the S2 smartphone and the other whas the IdeaTab S2110. In case you missed it, the specs for this 1.5lb tablet are as follows:
Is there another follow-up to the uber-cool Samsung Galaxy Note in the works? The above screenshot sure indicates there may very well be a follow-up to the Galaxy Note. We’ve already seen one possible successor in the works and now we likely have another. A mysterious device called the Samsung GT-N8000 received WiFi certification for the a, b, g, and n WiFi standards. If you recall, the original Galaxy note is also known as the GT-N7000.
Of course the model numbers all being similar could be a complete coincidence and this mysterious device could be something completely different. The signs we do have though seems to imply this newly certified device is likely one of the Galaxy Note successors. Look for more information of this possible successor to the Galaxy note to leak out as the coming days and weeks go by.
The features may not be considered cutting-edge or high-end these days, but they’re still nothing to scoff at either. What makes the phone look even more appealing is the fact that it’s priced at a cool $279.99. Of course you’d have to sign up for the “Android Monthly Unlimited” plan, but hey– a solid mid-level phone with no contract or committment is a always a winner in our book. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest
Toshiba certainly brought their A-Game to CES 2012 when they unveiled their new flagship tablet, the Excite X10. The X10 definitely has something to boast about among the rest of the tablets in the market today much in the same way that the Droid Razr has some bragging rights within its smartphone community, and that is that it’s thin as hell! The 10.1-inch device is a breakthrough milestone as stated by the Toshiba rep we spoke to at the event. Not only is it rightfully claiming to be the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also one of the lightest. The device comes in at 1.1 lbs or 535 grams and only .3 inches (7.7mm). That’s pretty darn thin if you ask us. The device offers a premium tablet experience thanks to its multiple port access on hand despite how thin the device is. There’s a micro sd card slot, micro HDMI out and a micro usb sync port for syncing and sharing.
The flipside of the device is definitely something that commands a look as it offers a premium surface with magnesium alloy backing. The glass is none other than the popular Gorilla glass technology so as to add to the durability of the device. OS wise, we’re looking at Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a confirmation that the device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, the rep says depending on when the official release date is, this bad boy could ship with ICS already on-board. Under the hood is the ever popular TI OMAP 4430 for its dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU. In the camera dept you’ll find a 5 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p video recording. There’s two offerings in the size dept, a 16 gig and a 32 gig. The 16 gig will run you $529 and the 32 gig will cost you a whopping $599. Ouch, that’s a bit steep if you ask us. Check out our hands-on video of the monster tab and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. And if you’ve missed any of our special CES 2012 coverage, be sure to check it out here. » Read the rest