The CES is all about showcasing the present and the future of technology for consumers. Naturally, a lot of mobile tech manufacturers took this as a chance to show off their new and upcoming wares.
And they did not disappoint. The mobile tech gadgets featured got us salivating for its official releases.
To give you an idea, here are some of the must-see gadgets from the just concluded CES 2013:
NVIDIA Project Shield
One of the most anticipated gadgets in CES, the tablet and game console hybrid looks like an X-box controller latched with a 5-inch screen. The device allows you to stream games from your PC through a WiFi Connection, allowing you to play your games anywhere within the reach of the Wi-Fi Network. It is powered by a custom NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and a quad-core A15 CPU. It also features the latest Jellybean OS, allowing users to play with their favorite Android apps. It still has its limitations but hopefully the kinks will be ironed out before it is launched in the second quarter. Aside from playing games from PC, this might pave the way for more developers to develop console games under the Android OS.
Huawei Ascend Mate
Huawei unveiled a giant of a smartphone, dwarfing even the Galaxy Note 2 with its 6.1 inch 720p display. This phablet will be rocking a quad-core processor that clocks in at 1.5GHz and a very big 2GB RAM. The Ascend Mate will also be featuring Jellybean 4.1 that is layered with Emotion interface. Huawei hopes that by adding their interface will make the device simpler and easier to use. The Huawei Ascend Mate has a lot of promise both as a personal and business phone. It is slated to be released in China this February. Unfortunately, there is no news about when it will be available in the US.
Panasonic’s 20 Inch 4K Windows
The CES has been all about the new 4K TVs. Panasonic has taken it further by featuring the full-featured PC OS Windows 8 in a 20-inch tablet. The display packs a ridiculous 3840×2560 pixel resolution at 230 ppi. The prototype tablet packs an Intel Core i5-3427U chip, an unspecified NIVIDA GeForce Graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD. Lag was a consistent problem for the prototype but with a little tweaking, this is actually a product that we might actually see in the market sooner than later.
This tablet console gave us a teaser under the name Project Fiona at last year’s CES. The company launched a crowdsourcing campaign and gamers gamely gave their feedbacks on the specs they want to see on the device. The company, more or less, listened to their audience by giving a hybrid between a Game PC and a tablet. What’s great about the device is that it has multiple forms. First, it can be a touch tablet that runs a full-featured Windows 8 OS. Second, a handheld dual-controller case can be attached for single gaming. Last, it can be connected to a TV through HDMI or USB connectors and allows you to add additional controllers (similar to Xbox 360) for a two-player setup.
Sony’s Xperia Z
The Xperia Z is probably the slickest phone that Sony ever released. The 5 inch screen pops from its thin metallic body and thanks to very secure covered ports, you can submerge this bad boy in the water without worry. The specs under the hood are no slouch either. It sports a 1.5 GHzquad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip that is running Jellybean 4.1. It also has a 13 MP camera. What is interesting is that Sony claims that it can turn on HDR mode while shooting video. That is probably a first in smartphone cameras.