It’s day two of CES 2013, currently in full swing in Las Vegas, and after a slightly slow start concerning smartphones yesterday, Huawei and Sony came to the rescue last night with the announcement of the Ascend D2, Ascend Mate and the Xperia Z respectively. It didn’t end there either, so here’s the latest news from the show.
U.S. network Verizon confirmed it will be stocking the Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone handset very soon. The phone will join the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 822 in the network’s growing Windows Phone range, and may be available for free with a contract. The phone has a 4-inch screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 5 megapixel camera. As it’s a CDMA phone, it won’t be getting a UK release in its current form.
The CEO of chip manufacturer Qualcomm, Paul Jacobs, gave his keynote speech last night and took the opportunity to launch the company’s new Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600 processors. He called the quad-core Snapdragon 800, “The most advanced wireless processor ever built,” and promised it would be available in smartphones and tablets during the second half of 2013. Amazingly, it will produce up to 75% better performance than the S4 Pro, and reach speeds of up to 2.3GHz.
As for the Snapdragon 600, it’ll provide a 40% improvement over S4 Pro chips, while consuming less power for improved battery life. It’s also a quad-core processor capable of speeds up to 1.9GHz, and will come with the Adreno 320 GPU, while the Snapdragon 800 will benefit from the brand new Adreno 330 GPU for twice the performance. Check out the cool teaser video Qualcomm has released to promote the new chips here.
American electronics company Coby introduced a wide-range of new products, including the Coby MID7065, a 7-inch Android tablet. The new tablet has Android 4.0 installed and for the first time, access to Google Play. Previous Coby tablets weren’t Google certified and therefore users had to use third-party app stores. It also has a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage memory and a microSD card slot, all for $150.
Hardly the most well-known name in smartphones or tablets in the UK, Alcatel aims to change that with the announcement of the One Touch Evo 7 tablet, a basic 7-inch slate which can be updated in the future with the addition of a 3G connectivity module, should your needs change while you own it. The tablet is otherwise quite basic, with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1GHz processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The price and release date have yet to be confirmed.
There’s still more to come from CES 2013, so join us again tomorrow for another news round-up.