As much as it pains me to say it, I think Emma was right when she suggested that sending me to Las Vegas this week for CES 2012 wouldn’t have been worthwhile. Yes, CES is the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer tech, but there was nothing majorly exciting in the end; certainly nothing that made me think: ‘Chr*st, I wish I was there!’
The pennies from the Mobot CES piggybank will instead be invested in our trip to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, with myself and cameragirl extraordinaire, Wendy, flying across in a private jet while sipping champagne.
Anyway, in case you’ve been away for the past few days, or heck – just for the fun of it, I’m about to sum up this year’s CES highlights. As I said, there was nothing majorly exciting, but there were a few vaguely interesting bits and bobs here and there.
These bad boys appear in no particular order, largely due to laziness on my part. Also, putting stuff in order of what’s “best” is silly. In fact, let’s just put them in bloody alphabetical order and be done with it.
By the time Acer got around to lifting the lid on the Iconia A510 at CES 2012, we were utterly sick of hearing about Android tablets. But then we had a closer look at the specs and a little bit of drool crept out.
The Acer Iconia A510 will boast a 10in display (possibly/probably with 1280x800 resolution), quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) in the engine room.
Er, that’s actually all we know at the moment, but it’s a pretty good freakin’ start, no?
Huawei made an early promise to debut its “smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet" at CES 2012, and that’s exactly what it delivered with the Ascent P1 S.
Notable not only for having entirely decent specs, the Huawei Ascent P1 S is also the new “world’s thinnest smartphone” (sorry, Fujitsu Arrows).
And what of those specs? The Huawei Ascent P1 S has a 4.3in Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz ARM A9 dual-core processor, 8MP camera with 1080p vid cap, 1GB RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich and a fairly modest 4GB internal storage. Not too shabby at all.
Another “world’s first” here, as the Lenovo K800 will mark Intel’s maiden voyage across the smartphone ocean.
The Lenovo K800 has a 4.5in 720p display, 8MP camera and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) down below. It’ll rock a 1.6GHz Intel Medfield processor, and be available in China first.
Mobotniks don’t seem particularly enthused at the prospect of Intel-based smartphones, but they’re reportedly pretty slick. I’m just saying.
We expected the Nokia Lumia 900 to show up alongside the Lumia 800 back in October, but the big chap was a no-show.
Instead, Nokia chose CES 2012 to debut the Lumia 900, and with good cause. Y’see, it’ll be a bloomin’ US exclusive. Sigh. Not that I had any intention of buying one, but, y’know.
In terms of specs, the Nokia Lumia 900 has a 4.3in AMOLED display, 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP/1MP camera combo, 512MB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, an 1830mAh battery and Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). Phew.
What’s this? A dual-core smartphone from Sony Ericsson? Surely not! Well, technically, it’s actually a dual-core smartphone from Sony, san Ericsson. Meet the Sony Xperia S.
The Sony Xperia S is pretty much everything we were told to expect during those months and months and months of Nozomi and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD rumours.
It has a 4.3in 1280x720p display, 12MP Sony Exmor R camera with – as you’d expect - 1080p video recording, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and – somewhat disappointingly – Gingerbread instead of Ice Cream Sandwich. But don’t worry; Android 4.0 will follow in H2.
The Sony Xperia S will reportedly land in the UK in March. We’ll be caressing it for sure at Mobile World Congress.