It’s a new year. While that might be a rather arbitrary measure of time, more importantly, it’s a very real moment in the tech calendar because it means that, as ever, CES is just around the corner: International CES 2013, as it’s known this time.
Pocket-lint will be on the ground in Las Vegas, ready and poised to bring you all the action as it happens but, as per normal, there’s plenty of talk already - both rumour and real - about what’s going to be on the show floor. So here’s a little CES 2013 preview taster of what to look forward to
CES 2013: Phones
Similarly to cameras, phones have normally been better associated with the Mobile World Congress show in February, but Vegas has started to see some of the manufacturers getting their handsets in ahead of the game. These are the phones to expect at CES 2013.
Samsung Galaxy S IV: rumoured
Samsung could launch the Samsung Galaxy S IV as early as CES 2013 at the start of January, after suggestions that the company will unveil a new smartphone at the show. According to rumours currently circulating, the SGS4 will pack an even bigger screen than the SGS3.
If correct, it will sport a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display that includes a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch. It's not the first time the 5-inch display specs have been touted. That said, sources report that Samsung plans to unveil its next flagship Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013, so who knows on this one?
Sony Xperia Yuga / Z: rumoured
Whether it will be called the Xperia Yuga or the Z doesn’t really matter. The fact remains that one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets of 2013 is set to be the first phablet from Sony. It’s rumoured to be water and dust-resistant, have a 5-inch screen and measure 139 x 71 x 7.9mm.
At its heart will be a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 chipset with Adreno 320 graphics, with great graphics results reported from an early prototype - just the ticket to power the Full HD 1080p display.
Huawei Ascend D2 & W1: confirmed
Yu Chengdong, Huawei's CEO, has confirmed that the company will announce two new phones at CES 2013. The Huawei Ascend D2 is expected to be a 5-inch 1080p monster phone that features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 13-megapixel camera.
The Ascend W1 isn't so power-focused, however. The low-end Windows Phone 8 handset will have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM and a 5-megapixel camera, putting it on par with the HTC 8S or Nokia 620.
Huawei Ascend Mate: confirmed
Not content with a 5-inch phone, Huawei has confirmed a full HD, 1080p Android smartphone that sports a mammoth 6.1-inch touchscreen. The Huawei Ascend Mate is being marketed as a phone nonetheless.
Key specs include a 1.8GHz Hass K3V3 quad-core processor, 1920 x 1080 resolution with 361ppi, and the display is of the low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) variety. It is believed to carry a massive battery to drive that screen - 4,000mAh - and will be 9.9mm thick. Its price is rumoured to be around 3,000 Chinese yuan (£297).
ZTE Nubia Z5: confirmed
Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE has lifted the lid on its latest, the Nubia Z5, ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. That's a Chinese manufacturer revealing an African-region-named phone to be unveiled in the US. Designed by an Italian. Whew.
The 5-inch, 1080p screen of the Z5 delivers a 443ppi resolution, the thin bezel surrounding the screen looks particularly fetching in white and, at a svelte 7.6mm thin, the aluminium body sure does look like an easy-to-pocket device. Under the hood there's Android Jelly Bean (v4.1.1) handled by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of 533MHz RAM.
CES 2013: TV
The world of AV is the more traditional heartland of the likes of CES and IFA later in the year. Fortunately, with LG doing its annual bean spill well ahead of proceedings, we’ve got a pretty good idea of how CES 2013 might shape up in the TV world.
LG Google TVs - GA7900 & GA6400: confirmed
LG has announced two new Google TV sets - the GA7900 and GA6400 - both of which will be on the company's stand at the forthcoming trade show. They will come in various sizes, feature LED display technology, and sport LG's proprietary Cinema 3D TV tech, that will work with the company's own passive 3D glasses.
Each of the TV models will work with the redesigned LG Magic Remote Qwerty to deliver a full Google TV experience, including voice search. Plus, each has a dual-core processor to ensure the Smart TV functionality is smooth and speedy. Cloud gaming service OnLive will also be pre-installed on the TVs.
LG Smart LED TVs with NFC: confirmed
One of the standout features that will come with LG’s line-up of plasma and LED TVs is NFC compatibility. Namely, through the "Tag On" technology, the sets will feature an NFC "sticker" that will pair the set with a capable smartphone automatically, allowing you to stream content with the minimum of fuss.
The sets will also be compatible/come with the new, redesigned Magic Remote- the motion-sensing pointer and voice-controlled device - have WiDi and Miracast connectivity, and support LG Cloud. LG also boasts that its new line-up of TVs comes with CPUs that run 120 per cent faster than in previous models, while the graphics processors run 300 per cent faster.
Samsung Series 7 monitors: confirmed
Samsung has made an early reveal of its forthcoming Series 7 monitors with two available for Windows 8 machines. The Series 7 Touch SC770 supports all the swiping fun that the MS OS offers with 10-point sensitivity and all on a 24-inch screen with a 5000:1 contrast and 60-degree tilting.
The Series 7 SC750, on the other hand, offers 90-degree rotation. It's a 27-inch panel with a full HD resolution, offering a contrast ratio of 5000:1 and wide viewing angles from the LED display, and an HDMI connection around the back.
CES 2013: Gadgets
One of the joys of consumer electronics trade shows are the gadgets that don’t sit in any particular standard category. That’s largely because such gadgets are generally relatively new ideas. So, here are a few gadgets on that front to look out for at CES 2013.
Vuzix Smart Glasses 100: confirmed
Google Glass may be getting all the headlines, but Vuzix has been dabbling in the augmented reality glasses market for years now. Its latest product has just been awarded a Best of Innovations honour by the CES 2013 board.
The Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 is a hands-free display that you hook over your ear like a Bluetooth earpiece. It also uses Bluetooth to connect to an Android smartphone or iPhone and features a virtual display that the user can see, an integrated camera and its own processing engine, running a modified Android operating system. Is the dawn of proper AR finally here?