CES 2013 Highlights: Mobile Technology
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 came to an end after running for four days from January the 8th till the 11th in Las Vegas, USA. During this time, several innovative technologies were announced that seem to set a new standard among their piers. This article covers the highlights products related to mobile technology in terms of new devices and hardware.
Sony Xperia Z and ZL
Perhaps the star of show in terms of mobile was Sony, which announced two new devices in their Xperia line for 2013, the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL. Both Android phones have impressive specifications; 5″ 1080p (1920×1080 pixels @ 441 ppi pixel density), 2 GB RAM, 13 MP cameras with HD video recording, Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 for better image rendering, microSD card expansion, Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 out of the box, and of course, a Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Krait Processor.
The main difference between the Z and ZL is that the former is IP57-certified, which means that it is dust and water resistant, and can endure water submersion of up to 1 meter.
The Chinese giant also had some tricks up its sleeves, with the announcement of both the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2, two Android power horses that somehow look like each other but with different specifications.
The Ascend Mate brings a new standard to phablet devices with its 6.1″ 720p screen covering around 73% of its front panel, giving it one of the slimmest front bezels among its peers. It also comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 out of the box with Huawei own customization, along with 2 GM RAM, 8 MP Camera, Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an impressive 4050 mAh battery, not to forget the microSD card slot.
The Huawei Ascend D2 packs a 5-inch 1080p display at 441 ppis, it is water and dust resistant and has a 13 MP camera, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and of course a Quad-Core processor at 1.5 GHz.
The heroes of this category were of course, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Samsung, were each company announced an update to their line of mobile processors.
The new Tegra 4 quad-core processor of Nvidiafor tablets and smartphones is based on ARM’s latest Cortex-A15 architecture, which means that its processing power will be dramatically faster than the current Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, which is based on ARM Cortex A-9. In addition to the new architecture, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip contains a whopping 72 graphics cores — six times what’s built into in Tegra 3. It also includes Nvidia’s first 4G LTE modem. The new Tegra 4 maintains Nvidia’s 4-plus-1 design, in which a much smaller fifth core helps regulate power consumption among the other, more powerful cores.
Qualcomm announced two new quad-core Snapdragon processors, the 800 and 600 series. Both processors support 4G LTE modems and offer a boost in performance of 75% and 40% respectively when compared to the current Qualcomm lineup. Both processors can play UltraHD videos where the 800 in particular is capable of of shooting such quality. The 800 and 600 can be clocked to a maximum of 2.3 GHz and 1.9 GHz respectively.
Samsung was the company that turned heads, with the announcement of its eight-core Exynos 5 Octa ship; a pair of Quad-Cores that offer superior performance, better battery life and of course an expansion to the overall power of the smartphones.
The Pebble Smartwatch
An E-paper watch, the Pebble watch was developed by Pebble Technology, which raised the funds for this project via the crowd funding site Kickstarter. With a resolution of 44 x 168 pixels, the watch connects to Android and IOS devices via Bluetooth 4.0 and provides users with music control and mobile notifications (Email, SMS, incoming calls, Facebook messages, Twitter notifications, weather updates and so on). The watch is also customizable with apps that can be pushed directly to it and that can make use of its GPS, vibration motor and accelerometer capabilities. Pebble can also receive OTA updates, which will be pushed by the mobile device it is paired with.
The watch is expected to start shipping on January the 23rd, 2013 and will come in red, white and black colors.
Sources: CES, Sony, Huawei, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Pebble