CES 2012 – close up from afar part 2
So the doors have officially opened, with over 3,100 companies showcasing more than 20,000 new products. “The 2012 International CES is”, according to Gary Shairpo, President and CEO, CEA “the world’s largest hub for consumer technology innovation”. Focus will be on ultrabooks, digital health products and connected TVs (as opposed to 3D TVs the previous two years).
The 2012 International CES covers 1.851 million net square feet of exhibition space – equal to more than 37 US football fields – filled with consumer technology innovations. (Last year’s CES had 2,865 exhibitors on 1.65 million net square feet.)
During his pre- CES keynote address, Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft Kinect will come to Windows on 1 Feb, 2012. (Kinect is the software technology that enables advanced gesture recognition, facial recognition and voice recognition in Xbox 360 Video Game Consol.) He also demonstrated the Windows phone – showcasing the Nokia Lumina 900 and HTC Titan 2. He went on to demonstrate Windows 8.
Nokia Lumia 900
As mentioned above, the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone was announced this week. The Lumia 900 features a 4.3” Clear Black display that shows off Windows Phone Mango operating system well. Lumia 900 has a 1.4GHz single-core SnapDragon processor and is designed for the LTE networks. It comes with an 8 megapixel camera with Nokia’s familiar Carl Zeis optics, a front facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth and GPS, along with some smart software. Surprisingly Nokia has not included NFC. Given strong support from Microsoft and the relatively small US market share, it will be interesting to watch the Lumia 900 bring Nokia back to be the “flavour of the month”.
Sony Xperia Ion
What has a 4.6” 720 pixel HD screen, a 12 megapixel camera with superfast shutter lag, built around a 1.5 GHz SnapDragon processor, and is designed for LTE networks? If you answered the latest member of the Xperia family, the Sony Xperia Ion, you would be right. Interesting to see Sony have opted to include the Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. Actual release date and price is still to be confirmed.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Samsung once again used CES to wow the market. From all reports I have received, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be one of the “must have” products of the year. Dual core processor, and 7.7”, brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display (1280 x 800 WXGA), weighing 340g and 7.89mm thick – the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will easily fit in your coat pocket. Samsung have built in a range of connectivity, from HSPA+ 21Mbp to 802.11n WiFi channel bonding. Although probably one of the largest mobile phones you will ever use, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 works just like a mobile phone, allowing you to make and receive calls privately in Receiver Mode – removing the need for headsets or Bluetooth for voice calls.
Gorilla Glass 2
When the going gets tough……the tough get tougher. Corning have made their popular Gorilla Glass stronger, 20% slimmer and better than the original. Check out this YouTube clip – I am sure you will be as impressed as I was.
There’s still plenty more to come – I look forward to sharing it with you soon.
Images sourced from CES 2012 multimedia gallery: http://www.cesweb.org/