CES 2013: NVIDIA announces Tegra 4, the “world’s fastest mobile processor”

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Jan 072013
 
NVIDIA Tegra 4

CES 2013 unofficially kicked off this evening with NVIDIA announcing the NVIDIA Tegra SoC, billing it as “the world’s fastest mobile processor.” It combines four Cortex-A15 CPU cores, a power-efficient “2nd Generation Battery Saver Core” and a a 72-core GPU that promises six times the graphical prowess of its predecessor, the Tegra 3. It also offers worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional NVIDIA Icera i500 processor.

“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.”

The Tegra 4 is more power-efficient than its predecessor. It will consume up to 45 percent less power than its predecessor and can support up to 14 hours of HD video playback on a smartphone.

NVIDIA is also touting the Tegra 4’s Computational Photography Architecture which promises to automatically deliver “high dynamic range (HDR) photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.”

Look for the Tegra 4 to first make its way into NVIDIA’s own Project Shield, a gaming platform powered by Android. It will make its way onto tablets later this year with smartphones to follow.

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Huawei Ascend D2 shows up on CES 2013 billboard

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Jan 062013
 

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Yu Chengdong already confirmed last month that his company would announce its latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Ascend D2, at CES 2013. Needless to say, Huawei revealed little about the device, saving those details for its upcoming press conference. But specifications and pictures have leaked several times since. Now an advertising billboard near the cabstand line of the Las Vegas Convention Center has revealed the device ahead of its official announcement tomorrow:

Huawei Ascend D2 billboard

Rumours have suggested that the Huawei Ascend D2 will, like many other upcoming flagship devices, come with a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display and a 1.5GHz quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor. We will bring you all the official details about it as soon as Huawei announces them.

Read more: Engadget

Sony Xperia Z spotted at CES 2013 Sony booth

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Jan 062013
 

Sony has promised something “extraordinary” for CES 2013. Rumours have repeatedly pointed to the company announcing its latest flagship, the Xperia Z (and its smaller Xperia ZL sibling). It now appears that we have confirmation of this announcement tomorrow as someone has snapped the picture below at Sony’s CES booth:

Sony Xperia Z at CES booth

There were no details about the Sony Xperia Z to go along with the picture. It is expected to come with a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and 13MP rear camera.

All should be revealed tomorrow at Sony’s CES press event.

Read more: Engadget

Sony Mobile promises something “extraordinary” for CES 2013

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Jan 062013
 

With only days before CES 2013 kicks off, the hype is in full gear. Sony has sent out an email promising that “The extraordinary is coming” is coming to the tradeshow.

Sony Mobile CES 2013 teaser

Little is revealed in the teaser but the Xperia branding suggests that it will be smartphone related. With all the Sony Xperia Z (and Xperia ZL) rumours swirling, could it be anything but Sony’s new flagship smartphone?

Keep it locked on Gadgetorama over the next few days. We will bring you all the highlights from CES 2013, including Sony’s announcement.

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LG to unveil Optimus G2 at CES 2013?

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Jan 032013
 
LG

Despite LG having just announced its Optimus G flagship in late August, rumours about its successor, the LG Optimus G2, have been swirling since late November. Digitimes today indicates that LG will in fact unveil this device at CES 2013. It could well be that LG will announce it at the event and launch it sometime within the first half of the year as other rumours have suggested.

The report suggests that the LG Optimus 2 will come with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) LCD display and a quad-core MSM8974 Snapdragon S4 Prime processor. This again lines up with earlier rumours.

Digitimes also expects other flagship devices to be announced at CES 2013. Huawei will unveil the Ascend D2 with a quad-core processor and a 13MP rear camera and the Ascend Mate with a 6.1-inch, 1080p Full HD display, 1.8GHz quad-core processor, and 4,000mAh battery. Sony Mobile will announce the Xperia Z, also with a quad-core processor and a 5-inch Full HD display.

The report adds that shipments of smartphones with 5-inch displays could reach 100 million units in 2013.

Read more: Digitimes

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to be unveiled at CES 2013

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Jan 032013
 

Corning today announced that it will the next generation of its Gorilla Glass product at CES 2013. Gorilla Glass 3, billed as “a new glass composition with durability enhancements” should prove to be even tougher than its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 2. It will also unveil new fiber-based Optical Cables for device-to-device connectivity solutions, promising performances that goes beyond the limits of copper-based cables.

“This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers’ favorite devices,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. “These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity.”

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning will hold hourly demonstrations to show off the toughness of its new Gorilla Glass 3.

There is no word yet on any devices that will come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Perhaps we’ll hear about such devices next week.

Read more: Corning (Source: Engadget)

Video: LG CES 2013 Press Conference teaser

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Jan 032013
 

LG today posted a teaser video for its upcoming CES 2013 press conference. As is so often the case, little is revealed but what appears to be a smartphone can be glimpsed at one point. Could it be the rumoured Optimus G2?

If you’re not making your way down to CES 2013, LG will be livecasting its conference. It will be take place on January 7th at 0800 PT (1100 ET). The livecast will be available through Facebook and through LG’s newsroom.

LG is also offering up the LG CES mobile app to keep you updated on its latest CES 2013 announcements.

Read more: LG [via YouTube] (Source: PocketDroid)

CTIA to hold single “Super Mobile Show” in 2014

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Jan 022013
 
CTIA-The Wireless Association

CTIA, also known as The Wireless Association, today announced that it is making changes to its trade show event schedule for 2014. Rather than holding two shows as it has done in years past, it will hold a single “super” mobile industry trade show in the latter half of the year starting in 2014. The more consumer-centric CTIA event which took place in the spring will be merged with the more enterprise-focused MobileCON show which took place in the fall into a single event.

“The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centers on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn’t existed among the current shows, which is why CTIA 2014 will be unique. The mobile revolution is positively affecting nearly every industry, such as M2M, connected home, media and advertising, money and global consumer electronics, and CTIA 2014 will serve as a worthy platform to showcase those companies and individuals that are leading this charge and will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to be a part of this innovative industry,” said Rob Mesirow, CTIA Vice President and Show Director. “In addition, the timing of the 2014 show will deliver the perfect stage for companies to debut mobile consumer products and services for the annual holiday buying season.”

As CTIA points out, the new event should be “the perfect stage to debut mobile consumer products and services heading into the annual holiday buying season.”

CTIA will hold on to its two event schedule in 2013 with CTIA 2013 taking place May 21st to 23rd and MobileCON 2013 running from October 9th to 11th. The first CTIA super mobile show, CTIA 2014, will take place from September 9th to September 14th at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Will HTC announce HTC M7 flagship smartphone at CES 2013?

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Jan 022013
 
HTC

There is little to go on but a tweet from the usually reliable @Football4PDA indicates that HTC may announce its next flagship device, known so far only its HTC M7 codename, at CES 2013. An earlier rumour suggested that the announcement would instead take place at MWC in late February.

The tweet also suggests that the HTC M7 could come with software buttons rather than hardware ones.

A launch by HTC with the rumoured Sprint and Verizon would give it a head start over other flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S IV and the Sony Xperia Z.

Earlier reports have suggested that the HTC M7 will be powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Google Android with HTC Sense 5. It will come with a 4.7-inch or 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) SoLux display, LTE connectivity, and a rear 13MP camera.

Read more: @Football4PDA [via Twitter]

Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL confirmed by Sony Mobile website

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Jan 012013
 

The latest evidence that Sony has two new smartphones up its sleeve comes from none other than its own website. Press shots of the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have been located on the site and pretty much confirm that the former is none other than the upcoming Sony Yuga and the latter the Sony Odin. Without further ado, here they are:

Rumoured Sony Xperia ZRumoured Sony Xperia ZL

The images line up well with earlier rumours. The Sony Xperia XL even seems to have its front-facing camera at the bottom right corner as one rumour suggested. Past rumours have indicated that both will be powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors and come with 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) displays, 2GB RAM, and rear 13MP cameras.

Sony is expected to unveil both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at next week’s CES 2013.

Read more: Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL (Source: Engadget)

LG to show off new 5.5-inch 1080p and 7-inch tablet displays at CES 2013?

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Dec 292012
 
LG

It appears that Samsung will not be the only company showing off new smartphone displays at CES 2013. LG also looks set to unveil its next generation of mobile device displays (and perhaps new devices sporting these as well).

At the smaller end of the scale, LG will show off a new 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) display and a pixel density of 403 PPI. It will also unveil a 7-inch tablet display offering a WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and a 324 PPI pixel density (besting the PPI found on either the Apple iPad or Google Nexus 7).

If these are too large for you, LG will also unveil a new 4.7-inch display. Unlike the one on the recently launched LG Optimus G and Google Nexus 4, this one will reportedly feature a bezel only one millimeter thick, making an edge-to-edge display a very near reality.

For larger devices, LG will show off a 12.9-inch QSXGA (2560×1700) AH-IPS display aimed at ultrabooks and a 13.3-inch laptop display with a two millimeter bezel. Larger monitors and TV displays will also be shown off.

Read more: PhoneArena

LG to unveil Tab-Book hybrid tablet-notebook device at CES 2013

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Dec 282012
 
LG Tab-Book

LG has taken the unusual step of announcing its new 2013 PC lineup ahead of CES 2013. The new devices will be on display at the show, including the LG Tab-Book, a hybrid tablet-notebook device.

“This year, we are introducing several innovative PCs designed with one goal in mind — to meet the needs and desires of consumers in an environment which is quickly transitioning to touchscreens,” said Il-geun Kwon, Senior Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “At CES, LG will be displaying a diverse PC lineup, truly deserving of the next generation moniker.”

Powered by Windows 8, the LG Tab-Book will look like a typical if slightly larger tablet with an 11.6-inch display. 15.9 millimeters thick, a QWERTY keyboard is concealed in the tablet and slides out from underneath the screen when needed. It will also come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI output, a USB port and a microSD slot. It will weigh 1.05 kilograms.

Two variants will be available. The LG Tab-Book (H160) will come with an unspecified processor while the Tab-Book Ultra (Z160) will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor.

More detailed specifications, pricing and availability were not announced but all should be revealed at CES 2013.

LG will also show off the Windows 8-powered LG Z360 Ultrabook with a Full HD display and the LG All-In-One (AIO) V325 with a 23-inch touchscreen display.

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Sony to announce Xperia X and Xperia Z at CES 2013?

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Dec 272012
 

Sony may unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, at the upcoming CES 2013. Previously known under the codename Yuga, it will be Sony’s first 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) smartphone and its next flagship device.

The Google translation is not easy to read but it appears that Sony will first launch the Xperia Z (bearing model number L36h) in China perhaps as early as mid-January. It will sell for ¥4298 (about CA$685). There also appear to be two variants, the L36i and the L36a, that will be offered in other markets.

Rumoured Sony Xperia Z

Sony could also announce the Sony Xperia X (model L35h), described as a “sister” device with very similar specifications but with a number of differences as well (perhaps as Sony has already done with the Xperia T and Xperia TX). It should sell for somewhat less than the Xperia Z.

The report adds that both the Xperia Z and Xperia X will come with 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) displays, a quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB RAM, a microSD card slot, and a rear 13MP camera.

Sony may unveil three or four smartphones for the first half of the year.

Read more: ePrice (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: UnwiredView)

Polaroid CEO confirms Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses

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Dec 202012
 

It appears that the leaked Polaroid IM1836 Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses could be genuine. Just days after the leak, Polaroid CEO has confirmed to Imaging Resource that the company will indeed unveil such a camera at CES 2013. According to an email statement from Scott Hardy, president and CEO of Polaroid:

“There will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013. Additional information and specs will be released during the show.”

Rumoured Polaroid IM1836

If the leaked specifications are accurate, the Polaroid IM1836 will come with Google Android 4.0, a 3.5-inch LCD display, an 18.1MP sensor, a pop-up flash, Wi-Fi, and HDMI and audio outputs. It will also be capable of HD video capture. It will be manufactured for Polaroid by Sakar, a consumer electronics manufacturer.

Details such as availability and pricing should be announced at CES 2013.

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Samsung to show off 5.5-inch flexible display at CES 2013

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Dec 192012
 

Samsung has been teasing us about flexible displays for a while now, having shownoff a 4.5-inch WVGA display as far back as CES 2011. It has now confirmed to CNET that it will again have flexible screens on display at CES 2013. Don’t expect something quite as far out as this video promises:

In fact Samsung Display, a Samsung spin-off, will have two prototypes to show off. One will be a 5.5-inch display aimed at smartphones. It will have an HD (1280×720) resolution and a density of 267 pixels-per-inch. If somewhat larger is more your thing, it will also show off a 55-inch one.

There is no word yet on which products the 5.5-inch display could make its way into. The rumoured Samsung Galaxy S IV has been tipped as possible candidates but maybe the honour will fall to the Samsung Galaxy Note III instead if it keeps the same size display as the Galaxy Note II rather than the rumoured 6.3-inch AMOLED one.

It is also not clear whether these displays will carry the Youm brand name Samsung Display announced earlier this year.

Read more: CNET