A busy “Press Day” on the show floor of CES 2012 just wrapped up. Today was busy with announcements from AT&T, Intel, Samsung, Nokia, Panasonic, NVIDIA, Sony, and more. While we only covered the Google-oriented side of things, there was also a lot of news around HDTVs. Samsung unveiled it’s’ rocking 77-inch TV that just looks plain amazing, and Microsoft wrapped up its very last CES keynote ever. However, we are here for the Google news.
We will be on the floor tomorrow, showing you cool gadgets and a few hands-ons of the products announced today. CES is just kicking off so do not go anywhere! Without further ado, here is a round up of today…
The tablet will be priced at $249 and will have a quad-core Tegra 3 chip inside powering the Kindle Fire competitor. The 7-inch (1280×800) Transformer Prime tablet will also ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung just announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon 4G LTE at its 2012 Consumer Electronics Show event. The device’s specifications include a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 3-megapixel rear-camera, 2-megapixel front-camera, 16GB of internal storage, and Android 3.2 with TouchWiz. Information on pricing or availability was not made public yet.
As expected, Motorola just announced the 4G Motorola Droid 4, in addition to a purple Droid Razr and the new Droid Razr Maxx. There is not much news when it comes to the Droid 4′s specifications: 4-inch qHD display, 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. The device will run Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with an ICS update coming soon, and it includes 16GB onboard memory expandable to 32GB via microSD. The device will be available “in the coming weeks”.
The new Sony Ericsson Xperia ion —the handset maker’s first 4G LTE smartphone seen above— is an AT&T network-exclusive boasting a 12-megapixel camera and a large 4.6-inch display. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note largely resembles its European counterpart, sans the added support for 4G LTE radio technology.
The Arrows prototype, photographed above, packs NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an LTE chip, 13.1-megapixel camera with an ISO of 25600, 4.6-inch HD display, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Boy, is she pretty!
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The first set-top box, dubbed the NSZ-GS7 Network Media Player, is without Blu-Ray onboard and is simply just for streaming media from Sony’s pre-loaded apps Media RemoteTM, TrackID and apps from the Google TV marketplace. The second set-top box, dubbed the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc Player, is the same as the first but features Blu-Ray onboard. A backlit QWERTY keyboard will control both.
The update was originally slated for later this week, but ASUS is ready to give it out a little earlier. This is the first Android tablet to be graced with ICS, so make sure to check for the update.
Today Google confirmed the rumors with an official announcement through the Galaxy Nexus Twitter account by stating a 4G LTE version of the device with Google Wallet is coming to the carrier.
As for specifications, the Ascend P1 S packs in a 4.3-inch (540 x 960) qHD Super AMOLED display, 1080p video support, SGX 540 GPU, 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor, 8-megapixel main cam, 1.3-megapixel back cam, LED flash, and 1 GB of RAM.
The Xperia S is a beautiful smartphone and has a very solid list of specifications. First off, the device rocks a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch 720p display, and NFC. Secondly, Sony dubs it “Playstation Certified”. This certification means it will have some type of gaming experience like the rest of the Xperia line. Sony also announced a similar phone today, called the “Xperia Ion.” The Xperia S lacks 4G, because it will most likely go big in Europe.
Samsung updated its television lineup with the Samsung ES8000 LED TV. It features a dual core processor, slim bezel and U-shaped stand. The television goes up to 75-inches and displays a more intuitive user-interface with an emphasis on voice interaction, facial recognition, integrated camera controls for multi-video conferencing, and multitasking. Samsung covered all aspects of the Smart TV market from 3D content to voice-command options at its latest CES press conference held Jan. 9, and it seems Google TV —at this point— is certainly lagging in terms of adequate competition.
The Walkman Z1000 is set to be an iPod and Galaxy Player competitor, with its Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 16-or-32GB of storage, and Android 2.3 with Market access. The Z1000 is set to launch this spring, priced at $280 for the 16GB version and $330 for the 32GB.
A storefront for web apps called the “App Center” will be available later this year (developers can sign up for a beta here). In short, this new platform is conceived from the ground up with HTML5 developers in mind and targets most cellular networks, not just AT&T’s…
The device’s biggest upgrade is its display, jumping up to a full 1080p 1920 x 1200. It definitely is not the first Android 4.0 tablet announcement at CES, as just yesterday Acer unveiled its Tegra 3-powered Iconia Tab A700. The device’s casing was also apparently altered to allow for improved Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, while Android 4.01 will come preinstalled when it ships in North American in Q2 2012.
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