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A Roundup of 'All the Gadgets' Launched in CES 2013

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Consumer Electronics Show or CES is certainly one technological event that both tech analysts and gadget fanatics eagerly anticipate at the start of each year. Since its inception in 1967, CES has been held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Winchester, Nevada. Most of the present outdated gadgets and devices were once debuted at the CES. From the video cassette recorders of the 1970s to the digital audio devices of the 1990s, all of them flaunted the CES. Almost 40 years on, CES still dominates the front pages of newspapers and web portals with the same resplendence it had in its early years.

Having showcased some of the revolutionary gadgets and gizmos in the world on previous occasions, CES 2013 was expected to be another show window event. CES 2013 was held from January 8, 2013 to January 11, 2013 with more than 3,000 exhibitors participating to showcase their products and gadgets. Having attracted more than 100,000 visitors, CES 2013 exhibited products pertaining to different categories like smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, processors, tech accessories, auto electronics, consumer electronics, and embedded & wireless devices, among others. Find below the summary of the showpiece gadget launches in CES 2013.

Smartphones:

Those who had attended the tech event would assert that there was not much in terms of new smartphone launches at CES 2013, primarily due to the fact that handset manufacturers had postponed their flagship handset launches for the Mobile World Congress due in February 2013. Although there was not much in terms of telling launches from big-name players, there were a handful of lesser-known players.

• Xperia Z & Xperia ZL: Sony unveiled two new flagship Android smartphones at CES 2013 as part of the Xperia family of smartphones. Both the phones sported a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with an array of innovative features and options. The phones will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2013.
• Ascend W1: The Chinese gadget manufacturer Huawei joined the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon with its Ascend W1 smartphone. Boasting a 4-inch IPS display, Ascend W1 hopefully will uphold Huawei as an exclusive smartphone manufacturer.
• Ativ Odyssey: Though much was expected from Samsung in terms of smartphones after its critically acclaimed Galaxy S III, there was nothing resplendent, apart from its new Windows Phone 8 ‘Ativ Odyssey’.
• ZTE Grand S: Powered by Android Jelly Bean, the Grand S sported 5-inch full HD display with number of other ZTE-exclusive features.
• Lenovo K900: The K900 smartphone announced the entry of one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers in the mobile handset space. With a thickness of 6.9 millimeters, the K900 was one of the thinnest smartphones on display and is the first phone to be powered by Intel’s Clover Trail+.

Tablets:

The tablet space has undergone drastic changes over the past year and has become one of the highly competitive spaces with numerous tablet makers chipping in with their new tablets. This was evident in the assortment of high-end tablets that were on display at CES 2013. The tablet show window was mostly dominated by Android tablets, with a couple of Windows 8 tablets playing their part. Though Nokia was expected to unveil its rumored 10-inch tablet at CES, the event did not happen and still remains to be a rumor for the large part.

• Panasonic’s 4K Tablet: It has to be said that this was the showpiece launch of CES 2013. Sporting a gargantuan 20-inch LCD display, the 4K tablet has been marketed has tablet, literally. The 4K tablet is powered by Intel’s i5 processor and will run on Windows 8.
• Microsoft Surface Pro: The launch of Surface Pro 10-inch tablet came as a sweetener for Windows fans. With sharper display and innovative features, the Surface Pro looks like the perfect Microsoft designed tablet.
• Acer Iconia B1-A71: Falling under the low-end Android tablet category, Iconia B1-A71 is a choice for those looking for reasonably features rich 7-inch tablet under $150.
• 97 Titanium HD: Having launched its Android powered GamePad just a couple of months back, Archos enters the highly-competitive 10-inch tablet market with its 97 Titanium HD Android tablet.

Gaming Consoles:

Gaming became the theme of CES 2013, with many big-name players entering the gaming console arena. Though most of us had chance to preview Valve’s Steambox and Razer’s Fiona project, NVIDIA’s gaming platform ‘Shield’ was totally out of the blue.

• NVIDIA’s Project Shield: Came as a surprise for many, as most expected only the Tegra 4 launch along with a few GeForce updates. With new Grid server architecture and Tegra 4 processors, the Shield gaming project is widely reported to conquer the gaming space by storm.
• RAZER Edge: Developed as part of the Project Fiona, Razer unveiled its Modular PC Edge that can be used as a portable and a home console with optional controller docks.
• Oculus Rift: A 7-inch gaming tablet with innovative gaming options and features received a fair bit of onlookers.
• Valve: Unveiling hardware prototypes of its Steambox, Valve showcase a flexible gaming device rather than an expected exclusive gaming console. The hardware prototypes are said to be compatible with a number of other devices and machines.

Processors:

CES 2013 was all about ultra-thin processors that would cater to the increasing mobile computing and gaming needs. When it comes to processors, there are two primary players that make the headlines, one is Intel and the other is AMD. While there were few other players like Qualcomm and NVIDIA who had their say, Samsung stole the show with its cheap and productive dual chip Exynos 5 Octa.

• Intel: Unveiling its Haswell hybrid called North Cape and BayTrail, the focus for Intel this time around was on enhancing battery life and reducing the weight of its processors.
• AMD: Showcasing its Temash hybrid powered by Radeon HD 8000M-series of GPUs, AMD yet again proved that its GPUs were far more superior to Intel’s HD 4000 graphics.
• Qualcomm: Pioneering the ARM-based chip architectures, Qualcomm showed off its Snapdragon 800 and 600 chipsets. These chips are set to enhance the performance of the already efficient S4 pro chips.
• Samsung: Though not known for its chip manufacturing prowess, the Korean giant moved a notch higher to the 12.8 gigabit per second bandwidth with its new ARM-big.LITTLE based Exynos 5 Octa chipset.
Conclusion:

CES 2013 yet again proved to be a massive success in terms of new product launches and average attendance. Now that CES 2013 is behind, we can look forward to the Mobile World Congress in February 2013 and hope that it will match the CES all-out.

This is a post by Jena Branch. She is a writer and a blogger from Buycox.com, a site that offers savings and current information on cox communications internet. You can visit the site for more information.

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