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CES 2011 Preview - What to expect

PlayStation Phone

The PlayStation Phone PSP Phone Zeus Z1 or whatever name Sony Ericsson decides to give the device is soon to be launched, and some hands-on time may come as soon as January 6 in Vegas. Sony Ericsson phones are lagging seriously behind its rivals’ devices and the PlayStation Phone could be its saving grace.

HTC Tablet

Having conquered the smartphone market with its endless array of Android-powered devices, HTC will no doubt be turning its attention to the tablet market which Apple has dominated since the launch of the iPad. It could be the first tablet to run Android 3.0 - designed with tablets in mind - and if rumours are to be believed (it’s just more fun if we believe them), the HTC Tablet will boast a Tegra 2 processor, have a 1280 x 720 multi-touch panel, a 32GB solid state drive, 2GB of RAM and the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Fingers crossed then.

Google Chrome OS and Android 3.0

The long running saga of the Chrome OS from Google could finally be coming to an end in Vegas. While there has been delay after delay with this software, Cr-48 laptops running Chrome OS are already in circulation (check out what we've already learned in our Guide to Chrome OS) and the final product should be unveiled in all its cloud-based glory at CES. Android 3.0 (nicknamed Honeycomb) will also make its debut, and we're hoping it will steal the show running on the new HTC tablet. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose.

Gorilla Glass

Ok so this may not sound as flashy as a PlayStation Phone but Corning has just emailed us to say it will be at CES with new announcements about its top product, Gorilla Glass. This tougher-than-tough glass is used in all sorts of devices from mobile phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S) to televisions. As the technology improves at a rapid pace, we will see this ultra-thin and ultra-tough glass in more and more products, and could see some of these on display in January.

Google TV

While Sony has already demonstrated GoogleTV running on its hardware, CES 2011 will be the place we get to see a significant number of Google TVs in action. For instance Logitech is expected to be revealing its Google TV-powered set-top device. The world’s largest TV manufacturer Samsung has said that it is still considering whether or not to go into partnership with Google on this, but CES sounds like the kind of place where such an announcement may be made.



January 3, 2011, 7:19 am

That HTC tablet looks distinctly 4:3 to me, which would seem to rule out 1280×720...?


January 3, 2011, 8:46 pm

@Ryan Concept art, no?


January 4, 2011, 2:38 pm

I doubt the PSPhone will be announced until the MWC next month in Barcelona.

I hope that CES brings some decent tablet options. I've been considering a Archos or Cowon PMP for years, but one thing or another has always held me back. Even the cheapest current Android tablets are way better than what I was looking at 5 years ago and i'm tempted by them, but as well to wait for this first crop of Honeycomb devices to get something that can also double as a half decent computing companion as well.

My biggest wish is for cheaper faster Sandy Bridge PCs so that something like the Lenovo X201 Tablet or a 2 year old Sony Z series crashes from almost £2k to around £300-500. Why waste money on the latest computers, they are 10% faster and since i don't game I see no need for them. The only advantage to me for a new PC is battery life, but that's not enough to make me spend an extra few hundred pounds.

DSL Slap Head

January 4, 2011, 7:14 pm

The Logitech Google Set Top Box has been available for ages http://www.logitech.com/en-... and there is alot of rumour regarding Logitech pulling the device till Google sort out the software and also get more content available.

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