Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Report: Top New Launches Direct From CES (Consumers Electronics Show) At Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show is the world's biggest technology trade show and plays a vital role in deciding the trends of the year. As the first day at the CES 2013 comes to a close, it leaves us with an array of announcements, gadgets and smart technologies to talk about. This year the highlight seems to be "Smart Technology" and manufacturers seem to be geared up to make all gadgets smarter - be it televisions, cameras or phones. Read on to know about the best tech displayed at the Day 1 of CES 2013.

 Top: Sony unleashes it’s 2013 flagship smartphone


We were anticipating it since long and finally it’s out! Sony has announced it’s flagship smartphone for the the year 2013 and it’s none other than the rumored Xperia Z/ZL. The smartphone features almost all the specifications that were predicted earlier and we guess Sony might just have a winner at their hands.

Sony Experia Z

The impeding launch of the Sony Xperia Z was long prophesized before it actually became a reality today at CES. The device was leaked left, right and center and some gadget blogs even put it through a review process even at a prototype stage, but here we are and for the first time we can say that.

Both the smartphones, Xperia Z and ZL are almost similar in their specifications and feature all the top-end specifications which you would see in every flagship device this year. The Xperia Z features a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) display which is almost a benchmark for all the flagship smartphones in 2013 and is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM. IT comes with 16GB of internal storage with a micro-SD card slot for storage expansion, which is quite a relief as more and more flagship devices now a days tend to miss out on an additional card slot

The Sony Xperia Z sports a 13-megapixel camera with an “all-new” sensor and is the first smartphone to introduce Video HDR (High Dynamic Range).  HDR in images basically combines 3 images taken at different exposures into a single image which has best detailed parts of each oh the image and somehow, Sony has managed to introduce this feature in videos as well. The snapper on the Xperia Z now also allows to click pictures while recording videos. The front of the smartphone also get’s a 2.2 megapixel camera.

The Xperia Z runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on top of which there is a Sony skin. Purists will obviously prefer a skin free Android experience but that rarely happens, but the good news is that Sony has historically provided a light Android skin, though that can always change.

The Xperia Z comes of as a block, but yet from the looks of the press shots it looks unmistakably impressive. Both sides of the device are covered in Gorilla Glass and Sony touts that it is waterproof and dust proof and has IP55 and IP57 certifications. It’s also a rather svelte device at a thickness of 7.9mm and a weight of 140 grams. The Xperia Z also works smartly to save the battery as it kills all the background processes when the screen is turned off, thus offering a 4 times greater battery life and helps in increasing the running time of the device, which comes with a 2,330 mAh battery.

Sony says that it will launch the Xperia Z globally at the end of Q1, but it has not revealed any pricing information. That said, we can expect it to price in excess of $550 or Rs 30,000 considering the spec it commands.

You Can Visit The Official Website - Xperia Z

Huawei unveils the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and the 5-inch Ascend D2 at CES

Huawei was expected to launch a few smartphones at CES and that’s exactly what it has ended up doing. The company announced the gigantic Ascend Mate, which has a 6.1-inch display and a more portable Ascend D2, which comes with a 5-inch display.

With the Ascend mate, Huawei surely blurs the thin line between a phablet and a small screen 7-inch tablet as it comes with a 6.1-inch IPS+ display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The device packs quite some power under the hood as it comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Huawei uses its quad-core Hi-Silicon chipset to power the device, which is clocked at 1.5GHz. The company also talks about a Magic Touch technology that is very similar to the display on the Nokia Lumia 920 enabling the user to use gloves with the panel.

Other features of the Ascend Mate include a large 4,050-mAh battery that has a fast charge mode, an 8-megapixel camera and has a Samsung multi-view/pop-up-play like floating Window mode for multi-tasking. OS wise we are looking at an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone.

The Ascend D2 on the other side is a more pocketable device. It is also packs in top of the line specs that ought compete more with the likes of the Sony Xperia Z then say a Samsung Galaxy S III. It has 5-inch 1080p IPS+ panel that totals to 443PPi. For photography it has a 13-megapixel BSI sensor and it is powered by a quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It even flaunts a very large 3,000-mAh battery along with a proprietary quick power control mode and automated discontinuous reception technology. Huawei says that it will also make a 4.7-inch model of the same. It also runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Huawei says that the Ascend Mate will launch in February, while the Ascend D2 will be available in January. Both devices will first ship in China and no other markets have been announced for both the devices.

Samsung shows off 85-inch 4K TV with floating design at CES


Before CES started Samsung was teasing something special for the show. Most of it was hinting towards a new television. The consumer electronics giant today announced a colossal 85-inch 4K TV – the UN85S9 – that also combines a unique floating design that allows the contraption to tilt upwards and downwards. That said, the whole assembly is so huge that one has to admit not many households will be able to incorporate it in their living room.

The metallic frame that surrounds the TV isn’t just a show off and accommodates a mammoth 120 -watt 2.2 channel speaker system so you can be rest assured that along with spectacular video, you also get an equally amazing sound from the U85S9. Unlike Sony, which had promised it’s users native 4K content, Samsung is relying on it’s upscaling mechanism, which can enhance the content to 4K resolutions.

Samsung’s U85S9 is powered by 1.35 GHz quad-core A15 processor and the company has included it’s new Smart Hub software in to the TV along with S-Recommendation and voice control. The TV also gets all the standard ports like 4 HDMI ports, optical audio port, etc. The TV would go up for sale in March but Samsung hasn’t revealed pricing of the U85S9 yet.

Also, we were also expecting to hear more news about Samsung’s OLED TV’s, specially after it’s rival LG started taking pre-orders for it’s OLED TV’s but Samsung didn’t provide any details regarding the release date or price of it’s OLED TV’s.

NVIDIA unveils Project SHIELD, an Android gaming handheld at CES 2013


NVIDIA has showcased it’s Project Shield, a handheld Android gaming device at it’s press conference during CES 2013. Powered by the newly announced Tegra 4 processor, the Shield comes with a 5-inch flip-up screen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, amounting to 294 pixels per inch (ppi). The screen is mounted over a DualShoch3-like controller and the device also features an HDMI port for video output, a microSD card slot storage expansion and a micro-USB port as well.

NVIDIA boasts of a running time of around 38 hours on the device with the 3,400 mAh battery that comes in the Shield and also, an audio system which gives incredible sound levels. According to the company, the shield is a “pure Android” device , so expect it to come with the standard Android UI and also, all the games and Apps from the Google Play Store.

Showing off the prowess of it’s Tegra 4 processor that comes inside the Shield, NVIDIA connected the Shield to LG’s 4K television  and demonstrated HD video and real-time gaming on the display without any degradation or lags.

Canon PowerShot N point-and-shoot with Wi-Fi announced at CES


Canon has kicked off its CES product announcement cycle with the quirky little PowerShot N, which is unique because of its square design that basically ensures that the camera’s control scheme neither favors right or left-handers.
It’s a very thin camera and measures just 1.1-inch deep, but that does not stop Canon from arming it with 28mm f/3-5.9 lens along with 8x of optical zoom. As far as the sensor is concerned we are talking about a 12-megapixel sensor, a DIGIC 5 processor, an ISO range of 80-6400 and a 2.8-inch 461-dot capacitive display. Besides this, it can also shoot 1080p video at 24 fps and has a LED that acts like an AF assist, flash or video light.

Canon has opted for slower microSD cards for memory, so photographers will probably scoff at this decision. That said, Canon has added an interesting ‘Eco Mode’ that will give a 30 percent battery boost that powers down the display as the built-in gyroscope detects the orientation of the camera. The battery can be charged via USB as well.

Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, a creative shot mode that applies ‘Intelligent Screen Analysis’ and automatically crops the shot according without overwriting the original. Canon says the PowerShot N will cost $300 (Rs 16,302), but it is yet to announce the camera in India officially.

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