I have to honest this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) gave me a case of the Mehs. Now a yearly complaint about the show is that for many CES isn’t worth the trip; CES is as much about what’s absent as it is what’s there.
Maybe what I’m feeling and noticing is the fact that CES isn’t the show where the really big announcements happen; at least not the ones I find interesting. CES is after all a trade show; its put on so buyers can see potential wares and hardware makers can test the waters with new products. CES is the type of show where they should put up a warning asterisk warning that what you may see is a prototype and may not come to market or may be marketed only in specific countries.
Now let me be fair and state up front I don’t attend CES I only read the coverage and I’m looking more at tablets and computer devices, so for me a lot of CES is inconsequential. My reaction is based on profiled devices, in that I felt nonplused by what I saw.Knowing that any tablet or phone or even a bit of information seen at CES has 40/60 chance of coming to market kind of buts a damper on the techgasm.
I think the big news of CES for consumer technology and computing , as it has been for a while, are tablets and televisions. There were smartphones at the show as well as phone announcements. Among them was Canonical with their Ubuntu for mobile and Lenovo’s IdeaPhone running on Intel’s new mobile chip. However most of the major news for the phone market won’t be coming until February or March when the Mobile World Congress is held in Barcelona.
On the TV front the name of the game was 4k. 4k is the next screen imaging technology on the heels of high definition; which means a much clearer image when you turn on your television. 4k screens started popping up last year with SONY showing of one. Panasonic this year showed off something that connects to the second big thing a prototype 4k tablet running Windows 8. The 20 inch tablet is said to be inspired by the paper used by architects and photographers and in many ways looks like a portable draft table. Lenovo showed off a similar 27 inch tablet that reminds me of the Microsoft Surface Table now known as PixelSense. With the introduction of Windows 8 touch was one of the other stars of the show. Lenovo showed off the ThinkPad Helix, a tablet PC hybrid device running an Intel Core i5 or 7 chip, the aforementioned 27 inch tablet, and the ThinkPad tablet 2 all running Windows 8. HP, MSI, and Vizio also showed of tablet PCs running Windows 8; Vizio and MSI were showing off the first Windows devices based on AMD’s new chips.
Intel made a few waves announcing the Y series set of Ivy based chips aimed at making thinner laptops and tablets with improved energy and battery life. Samsung introduced YOUMA, a new line of devices based on Plastic materials. Nvidia and Qualcomm both showed off new SOCs for the one three.
Oh and Microsoft showed off the Surface Pro for select journalists.
And that was CES from my seat
(Good night, I love you all ….maybe)