Although CES 2013 remains open until 11 January, the majority of the major announcements have now taken place, so this will be our last round-up of mobile news coming out of the show, although we’ll continue to mop up any last minute snippets in our general weekly news round-up this Friday. In the meantime, here’s what happened on day 3 at CES.
While the company did show off some new Windows 8 computers and tablets, Asus didn’t reveal anything much related to Android, or any smartphones for that matter. Just in case we think it has run out of ideas, a spokesperson told the Inquirer the best was yet to come, and it would all be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2013 next month. Describing the show as, “Huge” for Asus, we’re hoping for some new Android tablets and maybe a new smartphone too.
You may not have heard of Corning, but you’ll no doubt know its primary product Gorilla Glass. This super-tough material provides the screen protection on many of the world’s best smartphones, and the company has announced the third version of Gorilla Glass at CES. By changing the formulation, it has come up with a product which is three times stronger than before, and easily able to withstand more than 100 pounds of pressure. We can expect Gorilla Glass 3 screens to arrive before the end of the year. You can hear Corning chat about its benefits here.
It may not be the first name we think of when it comes to Android tablets at the moment, but with Polaroid’s new M7 and M10, that could all be about to change. The M7 has a 7-inch screen, 8GB of storage and a dual-core processor, while the M10 has a 10-inch screen, 16GB of storage and a quad-core processor. The resolution on both models is 1280 x 800, but the prices are excellent – $129 for the M7 and $229 for the M10, which converts over to £80 and £140. Sadly, Polaroid hasn’t said if either tablet will make it to the UK yet.
In addition to various Windows 8 tablets, Panasonic teased the gathered press at CES with a project it has been working on behind the scenes – a Windows 8 tablet with a 20-inch screen. While that on its own would normally be enough to make it standout, the really impressive thing about Panasonic’s nameless prototype is the resolution, as it’s 3840 x 2560, or 4K. Designed with media production, video editing and photo manipulation in mind, the tablet runs Windows 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor, however, at the moment there’s no word on when it will go on sale, or what price would be attached. Still, as a showpiece, it looks incredible.
Samsung may not have brought any phones to CES, but it did reveal a processor which could find its way into future versions of its flagship Galaxy S phone. The Exynos 5 Octa is the name of Samsung’s first eight-core chip, which the company claims has twice the performance of anything currently on the market, yet uses 70% less power. In its demonstration, the chip managed web searches and HD movie streaming at the same time, as well as running a 3D racing game. Sadly, there’s no information on when it’ll make its first appearance.
That’s all from day 3, but be sure to return tomorrow for our Top Ten CES 2013 special in which we’ll take a look at some of the tech launched in Vegas that may have escaped your attentions.