Sony Xperia Z Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, 13 MP Camera

As expected, Sony finally released the much-awaited Xperia Z smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset comes with some powerful specs including a 5 inch Full HD 1080p display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and much more. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display. It also features Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones.

Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out. With great specifications, Sony’s media applications and One-touch functions, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

This handset comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode that can improve the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on. Sony Xperia Z will launch globally during the Q1 of 2013. The price of this handset is still a mystery.

Verizon Announces The Windows Phone 8 Powered Samsung Ativ Odyssey

Samsung has just added a new smartphone in its popular Ativ family, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey. This handset runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System and it will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey is a Global Ready smartphone, which gives users the ability to call and email from more than 220 countries in the world. This handset will go on sale in the coming weeks. The price of this handset will be announced soon.

Alcatel One Touch Idol And Idol Ultra Smartphones Announced

Alcatel is popularly know for manufacturing cheap and entry-level smartphones. Today, the company surprised everyone with the launch of Alcatel One Touch Idol and One Touch Idol Ultra smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is touted to be the world’s thinnest smartphone with just 6.45 millimeters thickness. This device breaks current market records of Vivo X1 which measures 6.55 mm thick.

Alain Lejeune, Head of Research and Development for Alcatel One Touch, said,
“The One Touch Idol device series represents a breakthrough in technology. We’ve pushed the barriers on design, resulting in devices that offer the perfect balance between ultra-slim form factor, large display, outstanding performance, and rich user experience, while keeping the devices affordably priced to consumers.”

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB RAM and much more.

On the other hand, Alcatel One Touch Idol is touted to be the lightest smartphone in its category. It comes with a 4.7 inch IPS display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera, 3G Connectivity, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Alcatel One Touch Idol and Idol Ultra will go on sale starting this month in China. Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra comes with a price tag of 2,799 RMB (approx. $450). The price of One Touch Idol will be announced soon. These smartphones are not expected to arrive in the European and American markets anytime soon.

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 Complete Events Schedule

The much-awaited Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is finally here. As usual, the event will be held between January 8 – January 11 in Las Vegas, United States. HP, Lenovo and Vizio are expected to launch a number of ultrabooks, while LG, Samsung, Sony and HTC will launch their flagship smartphones and tablets. Check out the complete schedule below. All timings are mentioned in PST (GMT -0800).

Monday, January 7, 2013:

  • 08:00 am – LG Press Conference
  • 09:00 am – Sharp CES Press Showcase
  • 09:00 am – AT&T Developers Summit
  • 12:00 pm – Fujifilm Press Conference
  • 12:00 pm – NETGEAR Press Conference
  • 01:00 pm – Huawei Device Press Conference
  • 01:00 pm – Intel CES Press Briefing
  • 02:00 pm – Samsung Press Conference
  • 03:00 pm – Casio America Inc. Press Conference
  • 04:00 pm – Ford Motor Company Press Conference
  • 05:00 pm – Sony Press Conference
  • 06:30 pm – Qualcomm Keynote

Tuesday, January 8, 2013:

  • 11:00 am – Audi Press Conference
  • 01:00 pm – Bang & Olufsen Press Conference
  • 01:30 pm – ZTE Grand S Announcement
  • 04:00 pm – U.S. Launch of Motörheadphönes
  • 04:30 pm – Verizon Wireless Keynote
  • 05:30 pm – T-Mobile Press Event

Wednesday, January 9, 2013:

  • 09:00 am – Pebble: E-Paper Smartwatch for iPhone and Android Announcement
  • 11:30 am – Official Launch of SendBoo Mobile Application
  • 02:00 pm – SmartKlear by LensPen launch: Remove Fingerprints from your iPhone Screen
  • 02:00 pm – TAIWAN Products Launch & International Press Conference
  • 03:30 pm – Synaptop: Living in the Cloud Announcement
  • 06:00 pm – Kenwood USA Press Conference

Nvidia Unveils Project Shield Handheld Gaming Console Powered By Tegra 4 With Steam Support

Tegra 4 was not the only thing that Nvidia unveiled at its event in CES 2013. The company also announced a new handheld gaming console — Project Shield — based on its Tegra 4 SoC with which the company aims to compete with the PS Vita, Nintento Wii and other gaming consoles.

Project Shield packs in a 5-inch 720p Retinal display with multi-touch display, Nvidia’s own Tegra 4 which consists of a quad-core Cortex-A15 and 72 GPU cores, along with a microSD card slot. The 5-inch display of Project Shield is integrated on the controller itself, which somewhat resembles Microsoft’s Xbox controller and features a calm-shell design.

On the battery front, Project Shield can provide gamers with up to 5 to 10 hours of battery life for gaming, and up to 24 hours for HD video playback.

The handheld gaming console runs on stock, pure, unadulterated version of Android along with the usual bunch of Google Apps including GMail and Play Store.

The killer feature of Shield is that users can stream their games from their PC to the console over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. They can then even stream the game to their HDTV and play it using the Shield as a controller. It will also provide Project Shield users access to the world’s largest PC gaming platform – Steam.

Even though the company had some live demo units on stage, it did not mention anything about its availability or pricing.

UPDATE: Nvidia says that Project Shield will be coming to the U.S and Canada sometime in Q2 of this year.

Nvidia Unveils The Fastest Mobile SoC – Tegra 4; Quad-Core Cortex-A15 And 72 GPU Cores

Today, Nvidia unveiled its next generation SoC at the CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The company released its successor to the quad-core Cortex-A9 based Tegra 3, the Tegra 4 codenamed Wayne. The Tegra 4 is Nvidia’s aim at offering an SoC that competes with the Exynos and other high-end SoCs directly.

The Tegra 4 packs in a quad-core Cortex-A15 which is accompanied by the company’s patented 5th core to save battery. The SoC is also based on the 28nm fabrication process that should greatly help in improving battery life compared to Tegra 3. On the GPU side, the Tegra 4 packs in a 72-core GPU which should provide at least 10x boost in gaming performance compared to its predecessor.

Nvidia has also worked on improving the imaging capabilities of its SoC, which the company calls “Nvidia Computational photography engine”. The new ISP allows Tegra 4 based devices to take HDR photos in realtime along with live HDR video recording.

The Tegra 4 will also be accompanied by a new i500 Icera modem from Nvidia. The only downside here is that there is no integrated LTE modem on the Tegra 4. This will lead to a higher manufacturing cost for the OEMs, and also higher power consumption. The company aims to release a Tegra 4 variant with integrated LTE modem sometime in the second half of this year.

Nvidia’s CEO also showed some live demo prototypes of Tegra 4 powered tablets, but did not comment as to when Tegra 4 equipped devices will hit the shelves.

Corning To Unveil Gorilla Glass 3 At CES 2013

Today, Corning announced in a press release that it will be showcasing the successor to the massively popular Gorilla Glass 2, the Gorilla Glass 3, at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas.

Corning’s Gorilla Glass series has been massively successful and is used in nearly every smartphone or tablet today including the Galaxy S series, iPhone, iPad and the HTC One series.

While Gorilla Glass is tough to scratch, it is not impossible to do so. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 3 will be up to 3 times more resistant to scratches and will also reduce the visibility of scratches by 40%. Apart from this, Corning also states that even after Gorilla Glass 3 is damaged or has a major crack, it will still be 50% stronger than its previous versions.

Corning will be unveiling Gorilla Glass 3 at its booth in CES at Las Vegas on January 7th. The company expects Gorilla Glass 3 equipped devices by the middle of the year.