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January 07, 2011

Roundup of Consumer Electronics Show News - the hot Tablets and more gadgets

1. EETimes reports on six hot tablets at CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

* Intel Corp. is showing off a Samsung tablet called Gloria, which features a 10-inch touch screen and a slide out keyboard. The Gloria, which runs Windows 7, is said to be set for release sometime this spring.

* ViewSonic Corp.'s ViewPad line of Android-based tablets includes the ViewPad 7 and Viewpad 10 (pictured) that were launched last November. On Tuesday (Jan. 6) the company added the ViewPad 4, which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip set, a 4.1-inch WVGA touch screen and also includes phone functionality. The ViewPad 10, which uses an Intel Atom processor and is capable of running Windows 7 or Android 1.6, is scheduled to be available in March and priced at $629.



* Dell Inc. introduced the Streak 7, the company's first 4G tablet on the T-Mobile Network. The Streak 7 is based on Android 2.2 and features a 7-inch display with full Adobe Flash 10.1. Dell did not announce pricing information or say when the Streak 7 would be available.

* WeTab was introduced last September by Germany's WeTab GmbH. The device features Intel's Atom processor and is based the free Linux distribution MeeGo. It offers Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n), optional 3G and GPS. It also supports Adobe Flash. It has an 11.6-inch multi-touch tablet with 1366-by-768-pixel resolution

* Creative Labs Inc. began offering Ziio, a 7-inch Android tablet available in 8GB and 16GB, late last year. The device emphasizes audio quality and is priced starting at $270. A 10-inch Ziio is reportedly on the way.

* Aluratek Inc., an e-reader supplier, launched a 10.1-inch touch screen Android with WiFi capability.

2. Verizon did not announce that it would be carrying Apple's iPhone.

The first ten LTE devices were announced -

* LG's first 4G smartphone. The Revolution has HD support for streaming, playing, and recording video; a 4.3-inch touch screen; Android 2.2; video telephony support with front-facing camera and mobile hot-spot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices

* HTC's first 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt. "Let me tell you, it's blazing fast," said HTC CEO Peter Chou, who noted that he has been using the phone as his "personal device" and specifically touted Skype video chat and video streaming over LTE. The Thunderbolt features HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile with video, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, an 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, and wireless DLNA capability.

* Samsung's Galaxy Tab, 4G LTE Smartphone (previously called the Inspiration), and 4G LTE mobile hot spot, which is small enough to fit into a pocket or purse.

* The Motorola Droid Bionic, which has Android with Adobe Flash and HTML5, a front-facing VGA camera, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch HD quality screen, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, and 512 DDR2 RAM.

* The Motorola Xoom. The 10.1-inch tablet runs on Android Honeycomb, plays 1080p HD video, has an Adobe Flash Player, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, and a 5-megapixel camera to capture video in 720P HD. Mobile hot-spot capability provides connection for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

* The HP Pavilion and HP Compaq notebooks in their 4G incarnations.

3. ZDnet has a CES wrapup

Top 5 performances at CES from a strategic perspective.

1. Nvidia: (Grade A+) The graphics chip maker is really stepping on the gas. Its Tegra2 is at the heart of several new handsets from Motorola and LG. In addition, Nvidia is positioned at the heart of 4G devices. With Motorola’s Atrix, which docks to create a PC, Nvidia is subliminally positioning itself beyond phones. Speaking of that move, Nvidia also unveiled a CPU effort. Simply put, Nvidia was everywhere at CES—even at Audi press conferences.

2. Motorola Mobility - (Grade A) Motorola diversified with AT&T and showed off the Atrix, which looks like a interesting contender to win the superphone crown. James Kendrick already has it pegged as best in show. Motorola was also out front with its Verizon Wireless 4G LTE launch with the Bionic. Toss in Motorola Mobility’s Xoom tablet (right), which appears to be a showpiece for Google’s Android Honeycomb effort, and the company had a solid CES. Motorola Mobility sees itself as a bridge between computing and mobility.

3. Apple: (Grade A) Apple wasn’t at CES, but the company looks better than everyone there strategically. The biggest takeaway: Despite dozens of tablets at CES there was nothing that looked ready to duel with the iPad. Motorola’s Xoom looks promising, but the tablet needs to get to market first.

4.Google: (Grade B) The biggest event of CES—in my view—was the long demonstration of Android Honeycomb. Overall, the video—relayed by Jason Hiner—was impressive. If the tablet market is riding on Honeycomb, the demonstration gave me confidence that Android may just step up to the iPad plate. Google gets dinged because its TV efforts were barely worth talking about at CES.

CES video: Google’s surprise demo of Android 3.0 Honeycomb


5. Samsung (Grade B) is everywhere. The company is talking phones, PCs, TVs and everything in between. The biggest standout for Samsung was its slider PC, which is a workable mix between a tablet and a laptop. Is Samsung’s device an iPad killer? No way. However, Samsung may just have found a way to create a netbook done right. On the 4G device front, Samsung was also all over the place boasting powerful Android smartphones. One knock on Samsung was all the talk about Smart TV, which could be a rathole since the market is so fragmented
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