Five of the best from CES 2013

Five of the best from CES 2013Another CES, another bunch of stuff that probably won’t be released in the US of A – never mind the United Kingdoms.

Still, it was fairly interesting having a nosey at junk we can’t have (and resultantly want even more), and of course we’re obliged – as with all such trade shows – to compile a Best of… list. Ready? Here it comes!

As always, the order be of no particular. Let’s rock.

Five of the best from CES 2013Lenovo IdeaPhone K900

At 5.5in, Lenovo’s IdeaPhone K900 is the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet. Just saying. The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900, however, boasts full 1080p HD.

Other Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 specs include a 13MP rear camera and 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and all in a 6.9mm body. By launch, we’re promised Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

Lenovo is aiming to release the IdeaPhone K900 in China in April, though pricing and international availability are still uncertain. Are we bothered? Well, it’d be nice to have the choice, y’know?

Five of the best from CES 2013Sony Xperia Z

Moany old Jan reckons the Sony Xperia Z (nee Yuga) will look good, but probably feel uncomfortable. Mind you, you can count on one hand the number of phones that’ve received the Jan Seal of Approval.

On paper, at least, the Sony Xperia Z is pretty impressive. Sony Xperia Z specs include a 5in full HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and a 2,300mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z storage weighs in at 16GB, and that’s augmentable via microSD, while the rear camera is of the 13MP variety.

And, something I reckon we’ll see more and more of in high-end phones, is water resistance. Good stuff.

Fancy it? You won’t have long to wait. The Sony Xperia Z’s UK release is pencilled in for mid-February at Carphone Warehouse.

Five of the best from CES 2013YotaPhone

If this list were in a particular order (i.e. an order of goodness), I’d shove this guy right at the top.

I speak of the YotaPhone, notable for having a 4.3in 1280 x 720 LCD display on the front, and a second 4.3in display (of the E-ink variety) on the rear.

Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the YotaPhone. A vertical swipe, for example, copies stuff from the front display to the rear, ideal if you’re out and about and low on juice.

And the thinky stuff doesn’t end with the E-ink display. Instead of hardware or on-screen buttons, the YotaPhone adopts a gesture panel below the display.

Man, it sounds great. Heck, even Jan approves.

Five of the best from CES 2013Huawei Ascend D2

We’re still in a huff with Huawei over the Ascend D1 Quad, though it sounds like the Chinese manufacturer would’ve released it o’er here if it could’ve. Though there were those rumours of processor problems and that. Who knows?

Anyway! Huawei lifted the lid on the Ascend D2 at CES this week, proudly declaring it the “world’s most powerful smartphone”.

Huawei Ascend D2 specs include a 5in 1080p display (441 PPI), quad-core K3V2 processor at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, and 3,000mAh battery with “fast battery charging technology”.

And, not to be outdone by the Sony Xperia Z, the Huawei Ascend D2 is water and dust resistant.

The Huawei Ascend D2 arrives in China this month, though we’re still not sure if we should expect to see it in the UK.

Processor stuff

Finally, there was plenty of processor-related talk at CES 2013. We had Nvidia with the Tegra 4 (“world’s fastest mobile processor”), Qualcomm and its new naming convention (the Snapdragon 800 will supposedly usher in a range of “premium” devices), and finally Samsung with the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa. Exciting stuff.

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