New Sony Bravia 4K Ultra HD televisions are displayed after being unveiled during a Sony news conference at the CES in Las Vegas (Photo : Reuters)
CES 2013 is in full swing and several major press conferences are out of the way, giving consumers a glimpse into in a new generation of tech. Whether you're in the market for new Android-powered gaming devices, ultra high definition TVs, tablets, PCs, laptops, smartphones, or cameras, the Consumer Electronics Show logged in an exciting first day. Let's take a look at Monday's highlights.
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Nvidia unexpectedly announced its "Project Shield" device today, a streaming system which shares more than a passing resemblance to the Xbox 360 controller, except with with a 5-inch screen attached at its top. Set to run on Jelly Bean, the Shield streams content from your PC onto its screen, making high-end computer gaming portable. Keep in mind that the host PC will need a GeForce GTX 650, according to CNET.
Official news of a Steam console was absent from the show, but the Xi3 corporation has disclosed that a new product, partly funded by Valve, is being developed explicitly for computer gaming. Jason Sullivan, Xi3's CEO, promises a system "that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand" in a statement. IGN reports that the device will be shown off on the show floor.
Vizio had a strong showing today, with the debut of the several Tegra 4-equipped gadgets. The Android Tablet features a 10.1-inch screen, meanwhile the new Windows 8 tablet sports a 11.6-inch screen. Expect the larger screen to be accompanied by 2GBRAM, an AMD Z60 dual-core processor, and a 2-megapixel camera. As for more traditional PC offerings, Vizio is developing notebooks in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch sizes, as well as PCs at 24-inches and 27-inches. The company also showed off a 70-inch 4K Ultra HDTV known as the XVT70.
Sony, never one to be left out of the television race, introduced both 55 and 65-inch 4K TVs in addition to a 56-inch 4K OLED TV. On the smartphone front, the Xperia Z smartphone was shown off. Specs include a 5-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera, and quad-core processor.
Samsung joined the Ultra HD party with its 85-inch 4K TV known as the UN85S9. The home theater system ships with an internal 120-watt 2.2 speaker system, and a quad-core A15 processor. As for cameras, the Wi-Fi capable WB series took center stage, and reportedly grants users the ability to edit photos on the fly.
Sure to be a hallmark of upcoming 2013 smartphone releases, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processors were announced today. CNET notes that the "newest 4G LTE technology...offers speeds up to 150Mbps."