CES 2014: the new officers before the fair
This year the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), an event dedicated to consumer chooses as the main location of the city of Las Vegas, begins. Born in 1980, the CES is one of the most important fairs for this ever-changing industry. The event is often chosen by many manufacturers to announce basic changes to loom over the market, and 2014 seems to confirm what many collecting proposals from the best-known companies.
Enclose in this article, all the new formalized in the day of January 6, the day before the opening of the gates of the fair and preferred by many prominent names in the electronics industry to proclaim loudly their upcoming products. Here we go.
nVidia: space for 64-bit processors
The first interesting piece of news comes to us from nVidia . The California-based company decided to break the classical nomenclature saddled with the Tegra processor for mobile devices presenting the new CPU family Tegra K1 . Continue to increase this suffix to the last model available, Tegra 4, according to nVidia would have been a mistake. The reason is basically that Tegra K1 is the result of many years of work, and it is a project that seeks to impose itself on another level compared to common processors used in most smartphones and tablets (with little consensus, moreover).
What’s this? In summary, a new experience in the design of the hardware inside that aims to bring, even on products other than desktop computers,unmatched performance. Obvious examples are smartphones and tablets, but also smart TV and the on-board system for the cars of the new generation. Tegra K1 integrates the GPU a new generation that bears the name of Kepler. This, almost tripling the number of cores in unison exploitable within the logical drive (192 CUDA cores compared to 72 CUDA cores inside the latest edition of Tegra 4), will provide incredible performance.
The product will arrive this year across multiple types of devices in two variants: the first quad-core 32-bit architecture based on ARM Cortex A15 and with a clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, and the second dual -core 64-bit architecture with ” Denver “, the first designed by nVidia. This should offer new types of performance, similar to those promises last A7 processor contained inside the iPhone 5S , first smartphone in 64-bit. For this latest version, which will arrive on the market at a later time, the clock frequency is fixed at 2.5 GHz sector, as expected, will open. I see some good.
Google: Android in your car
The Mountain View company also wants to get inside cars, common goal to Apple. To do so, gave birth to Open Automotive Alliance, a partnership that unites companies such as Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and nVidia in the introduction of a new central system for cars based on Android . No coincidence that nVidia has announced the Tegra processor K1, which is likely to be present in solutions produced by the new houses just mentioned to give life to a new experience in car use, more and more “smart”.
Expect the announcement of Audi car company that should present the first passenger car model equipped with precisely the central control system created by this partnership. In the meantime, you can deepen the Alliance of Automotive Open Google taking a look at the official page.
LG entertainment is ready to change
Lots of news from LG , which presents in addition to the already seen G Flex coming February in Italy, including new types of products. Among these was without a doubt the adoption of WebOS for almost all the new smart TV that LG will propose on the market in the coming months. The operating system, long since abandoned, it was brought to light and chosen for its great simplicity, according to the manufacturer fundamental devices such as televisions. They believe in the platform of partners, including YouTube, Facebook, Vudu, HuluPlus, Amazon, and the popular Netflix. The streaming service is unfortunately not yet arrived in Italy will introduce its WebOS 4K content streaming to TV.
Sudden shift in the roundup at CES proposal to Lifeband Touch , bracelet widely shown in advance in pictures leaked a few days ago. Offering a small OLED touchscreen , this will be able to communicate with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and to keep track of their movements and their fitness exercises. There will also be the earphones are able to monitor your heart rate to be used in combination with the bracelet. In short, two interesting solutions for sports lovers who will arrive in the course of this spring, but we do not know what kind of devices will be compatible. Also check a computer all-in-one 22 “board with ChromeOS , which is a real Chromebase, unlikely arrival on our market at least for the next few months.
Let’s move on the side of entertainment . In addition to new models of Soundplate systems for audio playback from the living room also seen in a first edition of IFA in Berlin, of course, comes from the specific televisions ever higher. Curved display, OLED, 4K: new technologies have come to play a vital role in TVs use again, and LG confirms it well presenting 5 new lines of smart TV . Little room for small models: the new models boast of very interesting specifications of the monitor up to 105 inches diagonal. Among these is a curved OLED display with 4K resolution, top model along with the other Italian probably come on the market in the coming months, according to much lower than that present in the diffusion nell’Oltreoceano. This will be the first OLED TV plus able to slouching through the user’s command, deciding at will if you keep the flat panel or not.
The latest innovation from LG is presented to the house, and appliances specifically. LG HomeChat is a service that will be implemented in a number of appliances manufactured by LG that will be able to communicate remotely with the owner via email messages . Yes, you read right. Using a database of commands you can communicate for free with your refrigerator, or your washing machine, for performing automated certain functions. Sounds like science fiction, and probably will be for a bit ‘of time since the spread in our country of these new technologies is always lagging behind compared to other countries.
Intel hardware and software to 3D
It is time to CES also for Intel , famous name in the production of processors for all types of electronic products, but also for the development of many new technologies. The new features offered by the Santa Clara are many. Among these stands out RealSense , a new project that Intel is pursuing the development of next-generation software and hardware designed to make the interaction with computers, tablets and other devices “smarter.” This will rely on the availability of a 3D camera can recognize the movements made by the user in front of the screen, producing results on the software side. In practice, a real system can operate even with aerial gestures that will be integrated in the future on Intel-based products.
In addition to mentioning a new smartwatch currently in the prototype stage, and a remote control service for Android devices ready to compete with Siri and Google Now (also in its infancy), Intel officially reveals Edison , the first computer enclosed in size of an SD memory card. Edison is a compact desktop solution that features a Intel Quark (name fits perfectly), run by a Linux distribution. Present inside the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but still difficult to understand how it will be used and if you can find space in some way within the home.
Important, and closely connected with what ASUS has presented (see next chapter), we find Dual OS . It is not anything new, but it is now a reality for devices with dual boot Windows and Android. Intel confirms that the transition between the two operating systems will be very fast on all devices (about 4 seconds to perform the procedure), and that the platform will also integrate a protection system owner focused on the protection of the user during the execution of Android . When? The new ASUS tablet hybrid that combines the platform should hit the shelves this year.
ASUS: between desktop and mobile, with some middle
Part fortissimo ASUS : just two minutes from the fall of the lights has a new tablet, the Transformer Duet Book TD300 . It is a laptop or a tablet? It is not known: it is a subtle and interesting hybrid between the two that mounts both Windows and Android. 13.3-inch diagonal screen (full HD resolution) in a product that equips both Android 4.2 and Windows 8.1, with the ability to switch from one to another in just four seconds. Inside the tablet there is a Intel Core i7 CPU and a 128GB SSD, but by connecting the keyboard get a second 1TB storage drive, as well as USB connections, Ethernet and HDMI. Price? $ 699 for the unit range and top 599 for a model with a lower resolution screen and Intel Core i3. Considering the price, it is a product to watch very carefully.
Below we talk about the union between ASUS and Intel, and attention you want to give to the world of gamers. Speaking of gaming, it was launched a great monitor: the ‘ ASUS ROG Shift is a panel 27 “from the stunning 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, refresh rate of 120Hz, supporting NVIDIA G-Sync, 1ms response time and price interesting: $ 799 (in the world of the panels 27 “Full HD is more than a price lower than average, mainly because of the support to 120Hz).
He returned, however, in the mobile world: indeed come not one, but three smartphones. ASUS Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 are three devices from the equally attractive price, respectively 99, 149 and 199 dollars. The Zenfone 4, the cheapest of the three, is characterized by a discrete hardware and the presence of a camera “well” five-megapixel camera, which become Zenfone 8 at 5:13 in the Zenfone 6. The Zenfone 5 has on its can also be used with gloves on, while the Zenfone 6 also equips a system for pen input and a photographic part most voted photos in low light. But ASUS did not forget the Padfone, and on this occasion also launched the new Mini Padfone smartphone with 4-inch display that can be attached to a larger 7-inch tablet. Price? $ 249. Surprise, also comes an Android interface customized by ASUS, which takes its name ZenUI. Its premises are, in addition to “a lot of color,” great potential in photo software with particular attention to low-light situations. There is no shortage dedicated player, an email client and a new application for the management of commitments.
Samsung tablet and appliances, no smartwatch
I’m past the 14 in Las Vegas (about 23, here by us), even when it comes Samsung to present its novelties: you start with lighter Smart Home , a service that promises to unify the management of all devices in the home, by smartwatch the smart-TV, from the lighting system, and why not, from the fridge. The interesting thing is that Samsung is working to collaborate with other manufacturers of mobile devices and appliances, in order to be eligible for this service management products with a circle of much larger than you might think. He then speaks of resolutions and 4K Ultra HD, revealing a majestic stage on TV 105 “high definition panel, curved and 3D viewing without glasses. Definitely interesting, but at what price?
However, according to Samsung, “the new high definition” will see the light in everyone’s homes by 2017, with products available to everyone. Among other things, the new Smart TV that Samsung will soon launch on the market will be “much more powerful than the current ones.” The power is mainly reflected in new features, like the ability to split the screen to both the TV and, for example, a web browser: it is all possible thanks to the adoption of fast quad-core processors. But the feature most ” wow “that we saw is fitted in so-called” Bendable TV “, a television that you can” bend at will “with the push of a button, allowing you to choose the best way to enjoy the multimedia content you are watching. Incredible.
The news, however, touch on all of our products for routine use. Even the world of cooking has been achieved by technology, with a series of smart appliances (fridge, freezer, kitchenette, dishwasher) able to figure out the best temperature for cooking and storing food that you are preparing, as well as wash dishes in a … more “intelligent”. The amount of objects from the future that we are parrying in front at the moment is rather worrying. There would also be quoted a smart washing machine (was launched really), but we finish here. We return to the tablet.
“People increasingly want to follow their passions with our products,” began the Samsung spokesman. For this reason, comes the new Samsung Note Pro . gargantuan tablet is a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) that promises to better assist users in manufacturing operations. S-Pen, remote control of the computer and Multi-Window are just some of the features offered by this new product, which is to be adding things altogether unexpected as Network Booster (which unifies the power of Wi-Fi network with that of the 3G network / 4G). 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat and a new interface called UX Magazine, designed especially for devices of this caliber: All in less than 8 mm thick. Here comes another tablet called the Samsung Tab Pro: available in denominations of 8, 10 and 12 inches, the Tab Pro has the same magnificent high-resolution displays that are in the Notes Pro and the same basic hardware, losing only the features offered by the S -Pen. New tablet large and powerful, new tv futuristic curves and functions, and a set of smart appliances for the home 2.0: this will be the year 2014 according to Samsung.
Pebble: from indie to classic
It is also the duty of Pebble , a company of which we got to try the eponymous proposal smartwatch just a few days ago; Pebble precisely . The startup founded by a Kickstarter project is growing, and has decided to propose a new model of smartwatch: Pebble Steel . What’s new in the small wrist device? Not very much, indeed.
The thing that immediately stands out at first glance is a very different design, more suitable to be appreciated that even the less fans. The main interface is now presented with a more oval shape, also associated with an LED notification that the battery is charging, but also open to the use of application developers. Different materials also that, as the name indicates, are now metal. The same applies for the range of straps, in this edition more extensive and can give very different characters to the various combinations of Pebble. The new model will be available from next January 28 at a price of $ 249, while the Pebble original will still be available as an entry level model to the fixed amount of $ 149. These for Italy, for information, resulting in approximately € 300 for Pebble Steel, and about € 200 for the Pebble simple.
Sony: pays to be against?
Submitted night really because of the time zone, but there is also Sony . The producer who has managed to surprise us at the last fair IFA 2013 in Berlin with the proposal of several new products this year, at CES 2014, does his best. Putting aside the new projects on the cameras, Sony does emerge out of the hat the new Xperia Z1 Compact .
Contrary to what had been speculated until now is not yet time to Xperia Z1S for Europe, and perhaps never will be. The terminal brand that has already garnered acclaim in the East and is intended to reach the U.S. in the coming months with the operator T-Mobile is set aside to give way to a “mini” version of the top of the range Sony Xperia Z1 . The name was chosen specifically against the trend: the mini devices , according to Sony, have created the mental association of name scarce compared to the performance start device, which Xperia Z1 Compact absolutely not.
The smartphone comes only in a more compact than its predecessor, with a 4.3-inch high-resolution finally IPS TFT and not as Xperia Z1. This means to address the need not to have mandatory smartphones tend to phablet appearance, a phenomenon that is rampant lately practically in most users. Inside are otherwise present a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 800 associated with 2 GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, Bluetooth, NFC, 20 megapixel rear camera and a 2300 mAh battery module. Everything is managed by Android 4.3, which will receive an upgrade to the new version 4.4 KitKat few weeks after the estimated marketing for next February. Price still unknown.
Let’s move briefly on the desktop side. Sony announces the arrival of two new models of VAIO E, respectively, 14 and 15 inches, and two new VAIO Flip, respectively 11 and 13 inches. All the linup VAIO Windows 8 will receive the rollout of Windows 8.1 in subsequent weeks, with a particular focus on updating Wi-Fi 802.11ac to products which should give more speed in browsing internet. A glance in passing to the side of entertainment , in this case too much contrast and even a little ‘unconvincing this year. Sony decides to stand on the sidelines with respect to new fashions dell’ultrasottile and curved, suggesting the new Smart TV , however Ultra HD, a design and a decidedly massive structure, which is unusual. This should reward the performance of the audio, but perhaps a little ‘less the outward appearance. Various models and with various polliciaggio will arrive during the course of the year on the market.
We close the long speech by Sony with the proposal of the smallest device among those produced by the company. His name is Core , and is an integrated system able to track and process during sports activities. It will be integrated into a practical rubber bracelet, SmartBand (similar to the bracelet by LG), but not only. Sony wants to bring Core in many devices, also for its versatility that should not circumscribe the use of the simple fitness sessions. The thing is at the moment still in an embryonic stage, but it will probably be hearing about in the coming months.
Other curiosities: from the Steam Machine to Avegant Glyph
The companies mentioned are obviously not the only ones to have proposed their new products at all. Among those we have not named it stand out Valve , which has apparently partnered with numerous hardware manufacturers for the production of its Steam Machine (computer dedicated to the game that mount the exclusive SteamOS ), including Alienware , or Lenovo who, after having announced the new top of the range smartphone Vibe Z (discussed further on) proposes instead a series of tablets and new revisions to the ThinkPad computer to work.
Sprouting also new types of products, including the two new small drones household products Parrots (we have discussed in a dedicated focus ), the new generation of glass for desktop and mobile devices of Gorilla Glass Corning can not accumulate germs and bacteria or new proposals unusual Polaroid, among which stands out even a 4K monitor . Deserves a much larger space also Avegant Glyph , new home teather headset capable of delivering first-person users within a “digital reality”, a bit ‘as Oculus Rift. We will tell you about it later.
Day by day, until the end of the day, we will realize that others focus summary collect all the most interesting news related to the 2014 CES in Las Vegas. Do not go away.