It’s almost impossible to keep up to date with tablets these days as manufacturers not only launch various versions of the same tablet but each of those has different pricing and storage.
CES 2012 will once again see major manufacturers launching high-end tablets alongside more budget offerings from second-tier companies. Of the high-end tablets on show, Tegra 3 will be the only game in town and we expect to see with quad-core processing power of Nvidia’s latest SoC in a lot of tablets.
Asus has only recently given us the Transformer Prime but reports suggest we may see a smaller version of the Transformer (7in) on show as well as the much anticipated Padfone (above) – which combines a smartphone and tablet in one.
Acer will announce a number of new tablets, all sporting Tegra 3 which will be updates to the A100 and A500 we saw last year, as well as possibly announcing the A700 – which could have 1080p resolution.
Nokia is holding a press conference on Monday, 9 January and the invite suggests a Windows theme, but we don’t expect to see a tablet from the Finnish manufacturer this early in the year, with the company probably holding out until Windows 8 becomes available.
HTC will be bringing the Quattro (above), a 10.1in quad-core tablet which will be a version of the JetStream tablet which has been launched in certain parts of the world. We don’t expect much more from HTC as it usually waits for Mobile World Congress to launch its flagship devices for 2012.
Could we be seeing the first quad-core smartphone at CES? HTC is promising the HTC Edge early in 2012 but probably won’t make an appear in Vegas waiting for MWC to take a bow.
Samsung however will almost certainly be showing off the Samsung Galaxy S III and this could feature the Tegra 3 chip, though we’re not really sure what the extra power would bring – though any battery savings it may bring will certainly be appreciated.
LG launched the first dual-core phone at CES last year with the LG Optimus 2X and won’t want to be left behind this year with reports suggesting an Android 4.0 handset called the Optimus U1 could be on show. Ice Cream Sandwich will be the holy grail for handset manufacturers this CES but we’re not sure how many will be able to show it working on one of their handsets.
Sony Ericsson will be making its final appearance at CES with the name of future phones being called simply Sony from the middle of the year. Sony Ericsson is likely to round off with a range of Xperia handsets with the rumoured Xperia Arc HD (aka Nozomi) (seen above) is likely to be top of the pile.
CES 2012 Preview - Tablets and Mobile Phones