CES 2013: Preview of Phones and Tablets

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The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube), the largest consumer electronics show in the United States, runs from January 8th to the 11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

CES features 500 speakers, dozens of Keynotes, and hundreds of Tracks, including Sessions, SuperSessions, venues like the CES TechZones with Dozens of Categories and events like Mobile Apps Showdown. Here’s the press event schedule.

Here’s a preview of coming attractions:

1. Phones:

Smartphones are now a huge part of CES although the big carrier show happens in Barcelona next month. Microsoft is notably absent from Las Vegas show, and but expect to see a gaggle of Android smartphones sporting big screens and quad core processors.

Handset manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics, Huawei and ZTE are all here, along with dozens of smaller brands. They mostly run Android and Windows Phone.

  • Samsung (press event) is not expected to show their planned S-4, with a quad cord chips, but the Galaxy Grand, a midrange phone, is. The new Galaxy Grand handset will be shown on Tuesday, and looks like a large Galaxy S III, with a large 5-inch display but a relatively low 800 x 480 resolution.
  • HTC: The HTC M7 is expected to feature a 4.7in screen and a similar resolution to the S4 but with a higher pixel density – 468 ppi, some 40 percent higher than the iPhone 5’s Retina Display. In addition, the device will use a new version of HTC Sense – Sense v5.0 – updated with what the company claims is a “simple and clean” User Interface (UI). It will likely be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor running at a clock speed of 1.7GHz and will also have 2GB of RAM.
  • Sony Xperia, a 5-inch, 1080p smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording. It will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will pack a powerful quad-core processor, possibly clocked at 1.5 GHz.
  • LG Electronics: According to a GSM Arena report, LG is aiming to take on Motorola’s RAZR M with a 4.7-inch screen and an edge-to-edge display with a bezel measuring around 1mm. LG is also looking to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 phablet, with a 5.5-inch, full HD 1920 X 1080 display with a pixel density of 403 ppi (pixels per inch). The third rumored device will be a 7-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1200 resolution display and 324ppi. This sharp screen has a higher ppi than Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7, two of the most popular 7-inch-plus tablets on the market.
  • Lenovo is rumored to announce an Intel-based IdeaPhone K900 smartphone. The existing Lenovo smartphones are all based on ARM processors and are designed for China and other emerging markets. The models Lenovo displayed included the S720, A800, S890 and K860, which are rumored to be the predecessor to the K900. All run recent versions of Android.
  • Motorola is keeping a low profile and is not expected to have a large presence.
  • RIM: T-Mobile launching the Blackberry Curve 9315 later this month, but RIM is saving its BlackBerry 10 announcement for a standalone event on January 30th.
  • Vizio announced 5-inch 1080p and 4.7-inch 720p handsets… for China. Both are running stock Android Jelly Bean, just like Vizio’s new tablets; the 5-inch phone has an unspecified dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with 2GB of RAM while the smaller phone has a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek chip with 1GB of RAM. They feature dual SIM slots.
  • Windows Phones. While most of the new smartphones run Android, Samsung, HTC and others will show their stuff. Samsung’s ATIV Odyssey. It will be a global ready smartphone and sport a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Huawei, a partner of Windows Phone 8, will also show their Ascend W1, its first Windows Phone 8 device
  • Huawei: The giant Chinese company will roll out a trifecta with the Ascend W1 (Windows phone), Ascend D2, and Ascend Mate (phablet) slated to make and official appearance at the CES 2013. The Ascend D2, has a 5-inch Full HD display (1080p) with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. The 6.1-inch Ascend Mate is a phablet.
  • ZTE: ZTE is expected to announce a 5.7in smartphone – the ZTE P945 . It will likely have a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Other features expected are a 720p pixel-packed screen, an eight megapixel rear-facing camera. The Grand S is believed to be the international variant of the Nubia Z5, a 5in quad-core (Qualcomm 1.5GHz) device with full 1080p display, 2GB of memory and a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera. Nuance and ZTE announced a multi-year collaboration for voice recognition new portfolio of ZTE Android devices worldwide. Among those applications is ZTE’s new Car Mode application unveiled at CES.
  • Nokia‘s only booth will be related to its mapping and commerce division. Similar situation with Motorola, apparently.

2. Tablets:

  • Acer: The 7in Iconia Tab B1 tablet is expected to be a low-cost Android tablet with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and a pixel density of 170 pixels per inch. The device is likely to come with a two megapixel front-facing camera, with the ability to record video at 720p at 30 frames per second. The MediaTek processor will likely be paired with a PowerVR SGX 531 graphics card and ship with 512MB of RAM. It will cost under $150.
  • Asus: The Asus ME301T, a new 10.1in tablet, will come with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and run a HD display with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The device is expected to be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. A second Asus tablet (the ME570T) will also be announced CES 2013 and is expected to feature the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.7 GHz processor
  • Lenovo The Lenovo Yoga 11S is not really a tablet, since it will carry Windows 8 as the operating system of choice. One of the main advantages of the IdeaPad Yoga 11S would be to bring it closer to the iPad as well as other notable Android-powered tablets in the market when its screen is folded all the way to transform it into a tablet mode.
  • LG: LG Phablet? LG has been using devices like the Vu to address that space. Maybe we’ll see it jump back in the full tablet space again at CES.
  • Samsung: Google’s own Samsung-made Nexus 10 has been out for a while with its 10-inch screen, Android 4.2 OS and Retina-like 2,560 x 1,600 resolution.
  • Vizio: debuts its first Windows 8 tablet, an 11.6-inch slate with a 1080p display. It packs a dual-core, 1GHz AMD Z60 chip

Coverage is available from All Things D, C/Net, Engadget, The Verge, Fierce Wireless, TWIT.tv, Liliputing, Venture Beat, PC Magazine, PC World, TechCrunch, Phone Arena, ZDNet, TechMeme, Google News, and others.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 1:12 am .

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