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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

6 Gadgets That Defined CES 2012

Cheaper tablets, thinner laptops and an array of sleeker TVs stood out at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
More than 140,000 people gathered for the event that's growing despite the absence of Apple and more recently, the decision by Microsoft to make this the last year it participate.

Here are some of the more significant gadgets that shined at CES:

Cheaper Tablets
  • The industry's enthusiasm for tablets was considered tempered this year compared to last, when more than a hundred manufacturers thought they could capitalize on the iPad's success with their own models based on Google Inc.' Android software. 

  • Then, last year, Inc. demonstrated that you can take on Apple by selling a smaller, barebones tablet for $199. Analysts believe Amazon sold millions of kindle Fires in little more than a month.
Nokia Lumia 900
  • In recent years, the worlds largest phone maker, Finland's Nokia Corp., has practically been a no-show in the U.S. market. Now, it hopes to come back with smartphones that run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone software. 

  • The Lumia 900 is its first such phone for the AT&T network, and the first Nokia phone to use AT&T's faster wireless "LTE" network. In a sign of how much is riding on these phones, both the Microsoft and Nokia CEOs showed up for Monday's Announcement. The companies didn't announce price or availability.

Lenovo K800
  • While Nokia's been shut out of the U.S. phone market, Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, has been shut out of phones entirely. Its PC chips use too much power to go into smartphone: they'd drain the battery in no time. 
  •  Now, Intel says a new line of ships is ready for smarthphone use, and Lenovo Corp. of China is the first to take them up on it, with a smarthphone to be sold in China in the second quarter.It's indistiguishable from any other touchscreen phone, and it runs Android.


  •  Both LG and Samsung showed off 55-inch TVs with screens made from organic light-emitting diodes rather than stand and liquid crystals or plasma cells, and said they'll on sale this year. They didn't say what they would cost, but analysts expect the price to be upwards of $5,000.

  •  Intel created the "Ultrabook" as a marketing term for thin, light and powerful laptop computers. They're essentially the Windows version of Apple's MacBook Air. PC makers have embraced the term enthusiastically. As a result there were scores of Ultrabook models on display at the show. 

  • Two that stood out were the Lenovo Yoga, which has a touch sensitive screen that bends backward to fold over completely, turning the device into a large tablet. It will launch with the new Windows 8 operating system later this year. The HP Envy 14 is more conventional luxury model, and goes on sale Feb. 8, but has two details that set it apart: a sensor for Near-Field Communications Chips (which means you can transfer information from a similarly equipped phone by tapping it to the PC) and an audio chip that can communicate with some headphones to provide much better audio quality than Bluetooth. Th Envy 14 will cost $1,400.

Canon G1 X
  • The Japanese camera maker revealed a compact camera that pushes into professional camera territory. Its G like of relatively large compact cameras has been popular among enthusiast, and the G1 X extends the range by including an image sensor that's more than six times larger than other models in the range. Sensor size is the most important factor for cameras image quality for more than the number of megapixels - 14, for the G1 X. It's the first camera to use a sensor of this type, which is only 20 percent smaller than the "APSC" sensors used in single lens reflex cameras or SLRs. 

  • The G1 X will have a 4x zoom lens that retracts into the metal body, and will sell for $800.

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