There were several press conferences held yesterday at the CES 2011, we saw a lot of exciting announcements at the events, you can catch up on most of the news by visiting our CES 2011 site.
However, the actual CES 2011 kicks off today and we will start seeing exhibitors and keynotes. Today’s session will be kicked off with an opening keynote by CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro on the State of the CE Industry. This will be followed by a keynote by Verizon CEO, Ivan Siedenberg at the Las Vegas Hilton Center.
Verizon might announce their own CDMA version of iPhone 4, but those are just rumors yet. However, they are set to announce at-least 3-4 new 4G phones and a tablet PC.
SoC chips are small i n size and are designed for mobile computing devices such as tablets and mobile phones. Qualcomm’s famous Snapdragon is an example of a SoC. At the demo, SoC from Qualcomm, Intel, Nvidia, Texas Instruments were shown running the next version of Windows.
Microsoft showed a 1080 HD video being played on these tiny chips and even connected a printer with Microsoft Office by updating the ARM driver for Windows.
During the CES 2011 press conference and Steve Ballmer’s keynote Microsoft showcased their next version of the Microsoft Surface. The new Surface has two major improvements over its predecessor:
The table is no more the big block but has four legs and a tablet top with the rest being hollow
Surface now supports Pixel Sense
Pixel Sense is the technology that has allowed Microsoft to make the Surface 2 slimmer. Each pixel on the Surface 2 acts like a infrared camera that allows infrared sensors throughout the screen. Surface 2 has been developed along with Samsung and is also known as Samsung SUR40. From what is known, the new Surface is powered by AMD. Here’s the CES 2011 demo of Surface 2:
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A more comprehensive video from Samsung showing the features of the Surface:
The Sony press conference at the CES 2011 just got over and the company announced its latest Xperia handset the Xperia Arc. The Arc is the successor to the Xperia X10. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has a 4.2-inch multi-touch’ Sony Bravia powered display.
The back of the handset sports an 8.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor and an LED flash. The handset is insanely thin at only 8.7mm. The phone also sports a mini-HDMI port which is capable of 1080p output.
The handset will have up to 512MB of internal memory along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS, microSD card slot, microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. The Xperia Arc will run on Android 2.3 when released. Quite surprising for a company known to load its handset with older versions of the Android OS. The phone will be powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
The Xperia Arc will be available in two colors Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. The handset will hit the stores by Q1 of 2011.
Motorola recently announced the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Cliq 2 helps the users stay connected to their home, work and weekend lives. You can even work remotely on the CLIQ 2 using the Quickoffice app, which allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Smartphone users are constantly looking for a device that suits all of their needs, whether they’re in the office or at home with their families. CLIQ 2 is what these consumers are looking for, delivering on what it means to truly stay connected on their terms. With business-ready features and robust entertainment options, CLIQ 2 users will be able to make the most of every moment,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Motorola Cliq 2 Specifications:
3.7 inch touchscreen display
854 x 480 pixels resolution
Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR
5 megapixel camera
Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo FM Radio
1 GB ROM
2 GB microSD card loaded
microSD card slot
32 GB expandable memory
Up to 7.9 hours talktime
Up to 13 days stand-by time
1420 mAh battery
Motorola Cliq 2 will be available from January 19th, on the airwaves of T-Mobile USA. The price of this handset is not announced yet.
During the AT&T Dev. conference in CES 2011, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of the Atrix 4G handset for AT&T. However, the company did not announce the full specs of the handset. Now, AT&T has listed the Atrix 4G on their website with its full specs. The Motorola Atrix 4G sports an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Like the Droid Bionic, the handset has a qHD display with a resolution of 960×540. However, the size of the display measures in at 4-inches, instead of the 4.3-inch screen estate on the Droid Bionic.
The Atrix 4G also packs 16GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash while the front has a VGA camera. The Atrix 4G also has a unique security features – fingerprint login. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
The phone will be powered by a mammoth 1930 mAh battery which will provide users with up to 9 hours of talk time.
Sadly, the Atrix 4G will run on Android 2.2 with the BLUR UI on top of it. The Atrix 4G also has a webtop dock which converts it into a netbook. Users can read more about it here.
Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.
Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
Motorola Xoom Specifications:
10.1 inch touchscreen display
1280 x 800 pixels resolution
Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
2 megapixel front-facing camera
3.5mm headset jack
micro USB 2.0
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
4G LTE upgradeable
HD (720p) video recording
Full HD (1080p) playback
32GB internal memory
SD card support
1GB DDR2 RAM
Up to 10 hour video playback
The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.
Motorola just announced its first LTE phone for the Verizon network the Droid Bionic. The Bionic is one powerful superphone’ with a 4.3-inch qHD display sporting a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a dual-core processor (Nvidia Tegra 2, perhaps?) and packs in 1GB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front features a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.
The handset also supports 4G, which is up to 10x times faster than 3G. The handset features a mini-HDMI jack so that users can hook the phone on to their HDTV display and enjoy full HD content.
DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles.
The Bionic also has a Mirror Mode’ which allows users to simultaneously stream video to their HDTVs and watch it on their handset. Sadly, the Droid Bionic will run on Android 2.2 Froyo when released. The Motorola Droid Bionic also packs in support for corporate email, remote wipe and data encryption and other security features which corporate users will cherish.
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack. The phone is powered by a beastly 1930 mAh battery.
The Droid Bionic does look like a very impressive superphone. However, Motorola did not announce the release date or the pricing of the device.
The tablet from Motorola will be one of the many anticipated Android based tablet coming out this year, including Notion Ink and Galaxy Tab. This will make the tablet market more competitive and give users a wide range of choices.