It wasn’t hard to predict that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show would be all about consumer tablets — Apple’s iPad carved out a new product segment that manufacturers around the world are now hell-bent on saturating. When all was said and done and the smoke cleared, however, there weren’t many people who guessed that CES would actually bring us over 100 new slate-form devices. Ranging in size from a minuscule 4-inch Panasonic tablet to the excessive dual 14-inch displays found on Kno’s 6-pound clamshell offering, we saw just about every size and shape accounted for at the show. As an homage to the borderline ridiculous number of tablets unveiled at CES 2011, CEA Chief Economist and Director of Research Shawn DuBravac slapped them all into one gigantic table. If you think you’re sick of reading about tablets now, just wait until you hit the jump for the full list of tablets preparing to invade homes in the near future. More →
Dual-core processor-packing smartphones are a hot-ticket item at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and it looks like RIM must have felt a little left out. While the Canadian phone maker didn’t have any dual-core BlackBerry phones on display at the show, RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis did confirm in an interview that a more powerful breed of Berry is in the company’s plans. Unfortunately for speed-hungry BlackBerry users, it looks like it might not happen any time soon. Lazaridis told PC Magazine that future “super-phones” will indeed have to have dual-core processors, but he noted that the current crop of dual-core CPUs are just too hard on the battery to make their way into BlackBerry phones — and we all know how much RIM loves its battery life. Hit the read link for a great little interview by Sascha Segan over on the PC Magazine website. More →
Wow. Just, wow. CES has been a nonstop roller coaster so far. Smartphone announcements, tablet announcements, keynotes, Android, Windows… and we’re barely into the second day of the show. Wednesday featured some massive pre-show events and Thursday didn’t slow down for even a second. As the first half of the Consumer Electronics Show is now behind us, we wanted to assemble some of the biggest product announcements so far into one giant gadgetgasm for your viewing pleasure. So without further ado, hit the break and enjoy the ride. More →
We have received word that AT&T will announce and detail its LTE 4G roll out today at CES — stay tuned!
There’s nothing like free gear to help greet one of the biggest consumer electronics shows of the year, and Logitech has just what the doctor ordered this year at CES 2011. The company is giving away 360 Logitech Revue units this week. The Revue is Logitech’s new set top box featuring Google TV, and it definitely is not in the midst of a production halt. It’s a great little box and for the low, low price of free-fifty, it can’t be beat. The first 50 units will be given away on January 5th, and another 100 will be given away each day from January 6th through the 8th. Winners will have to watch Logitech’s Twitter account for instructions on how to hunt down a chance to win at the show. The winners of the boxes mentioned above will be CES attendees but 10 more boxes will be given away on January 9th, and can be had by anyone in the United States. To find out how you can enter to win, just follow Logitech on Twitter at the link below. More →
Skype put up a new teaser site Wednesday that suggests a new mobile video sharing feature may be introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. Under the heading “I wish I could share moments like these,” the site displays various videos presumably recorded on cell phones. Unfortunately, it appears as though this imminent mobile video solution from Skype may be a video sharing product, where users can record video clips and then share them with contacts. Mobile video sharing solutions are quite old at this point, and consumer interest has moved toward live mobile video chat such as Apple’s FaceTime and the Qik video chat application found on various Android devices. The specifics of Skype’s mobile video offering are still a mystery, however, so let’s hope the chat and VoIP giant has something a bit more modern in store for us at CES.
Images of three upcoming Eee Pad tablets from ASUS have leaked via Techinstyle.tv, possibly in a fashion similar to the controlled “leak” from HTC last week. The images appear to show three different Eee Pad models, each with a 10-inch touchscreen display. While little can actually be gleaned from the photo set, we know at least one model will be powered by Android due to the presence of touch sensitive Android-style menu buttons. This model also appears to have a convertible QWERTY keypad. Another Eee Pad model appears to feature a physical keypad as well. According to previous rumors, one of these tablets should run Windows 7 and sport Intel’s Oak Trail processor, while the other two tablets may run Android atop NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 CPU. Hit the jump for more images of ASUS’ upcoming Eee Pad tablets.
UPDATE: As noted by BGR reader Bob, at least one of ASUS’ tablets will feature a USB 3.0 port, as indicated by the blue strip above the port opening in one of the images seen below. More →
LG announced Monday that it will unveil the world’s largest 3D LED television at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas. Or, to be more specific, LG’s LZ9700 is “the world’s largest FULL LED-backlight LCD 3D TV (FULL LED 3D TV).” Packing a mammoth display measuring 72 inches diagonally, the LZ9700 is a 400Hz HDTV capable of delivering “life-sized action” in 2D and 3D alike. Other notable specifications include DLNA support, Micro Pixel Control and support for LG’s Magic Motion Remote Control. “The LZ9700 combines the ultimate in LG’s picture quality with our latest developments in 3D TV,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company, in a statement. “With the LZ9700, LG is poised to take the lead in the TV market with the world’s largest FULL LED screen that delivers a truly outstanding TV viewing experience.” The LG LZ 9700 will launch in early 2011, though pricing and a specific release date are not yet available. Hit the break for LG’s full press release. More →
Rumors of a Verizon Wireless iPhone have swirled since even before the first iPhone was actually announced — you might remember the rumor that both Verizon and AT&T (then Cingular) would sell the device. Fast forward to the last couple of months, and countless articles have appeared from mainstream media publications like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in addition to countless other publications and blogs reporting on Verizon-related iPhone news. The consensus is that AT&T will lose its exclusivity in the United States after December 31st of this year, and that Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone starting in the first quarter of next year. Let’s assume that Verizon Wireless will get the iPhone in that timeframe for the purpose of this article. More →