The Consumer Electronic Show, or CES for short, has always been one largest showcases of new technology in the world. Mobile offerings such as smartphones and tablets has increased over the years. Not surprising as mobile device adoption becomes mainstream and utilization expands beyond simple email and internet access. Here is a quick rundown as to what will be showcased in terms of what’s next for mobile:
HTC: Zenith and M7
It is no rumor that HTC has been working closely with Microsoft as of late to help elevate both Windows Phone and HTC in the mobile market. The 4.7 inch HTC Zenith has been rumored to be the new Titan III or HD8 continuing HTC’s longest running and most notable flagship line within the Windows Phone realm. The even larger 5 inch HTC M7 will also be showcased and rumored to include a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor, 13 megapixel camera and Android operating system wrapped neatly in a uni-body aluminum shell.
Huawei: Ascend W1 and D2
Huawei has confirmed to showcase both the W1 and D2 smartphones for CES 2013. The W1 is Huawei’s new entrant into the Windows Phone arena and the D2 will be a 5 inch Android smartphone with a 1080p display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 13MP camera. All eyes will be on Huawei as this will be their first real showcase as to how they will combat the other OEMs here in North America.
ZTE: Grand S
ZTE will be debuting the Grand S at 1:30pm on January the 8th. Not much is known about the smartphone other than it will showcase a 5 inch screen and, as ZTE claims, will be the world’s thinnest 5 inch FHD smartphone supporting 1920×1080.
Intel: Red Ridge Tablet and Bay Trail-T processor
Very little is known about Intel’s upcoming Red Ridge tablet other that it utilizes Intel’s Medfield-based tablet platform. While the tablet was recently filed at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, this launch could bear fruit to production tablets being offered at the start of CES 2013.
The Bay Trail-T processor is rumored to be a new quad-core offering providing longer battery life, increased memory capacity, superior audio, and higher end graphics capability when paired with a Gen7 Intel GPU.
Samsung: Galaxy S4
Amidst rebranding rumors confirmed to occur at CES 2013, very little is known as to what Samsung plans on showcasing at CES. There has been talk of the flexible AMOLED screen being showcased which apparently is different from the screen showcased at CES 2012 and the unlikely launch of the Galaxy S4 which has been slated for launch April 2013 to take on the upcoming Apple iPhone 5s. Other speculation is that this year’s booth will actually be smaller than last years in favour of operating additional booths and the CES 2013 new Techzones offering.
Acer: V350, V360 and Iconia B1
Acer will be showcasing a pair of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS smartphones this year. The V360 will offer a 4.5 inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz processor and 5 megapixel main camera and the V350 will offer similar specs except for a lower 720p screen.
In addition Acer will be entering the low-end tablet slot sporting the new 7 inch Iconia B1 sporting a 1.2GHz processor and 1024×600 screen resolution. While not jaw dropping, the Acer Iconia B1’s price will be as it will be sold for as little as $99.
CES 2013 looks to be an exciting show for mobile devices. One interesting twist to CES 2013 will be the launch of Techzones which will include everything from fitness to education. Look for many of the smartphone and tablet manufactures to participate in these zones showcasing their mobile offerings amidst a zone.
Sony Mobile Communications (Updated 12/31/13)
A new quad-core Sony Xperia Andorid smartphone is now rumored to be announced at CES 2013. The Xperia’s screen is expected to be around the 5 inch range and will support 1080p. Branded as the Xperia Z L36h, the smartphone is reported to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor harnessing the power of the Adreno 320 GPU, a 13MP backside-illuminated camera, 2GB of RAM, and a microSD slot for expandable storage.