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Weekend poll: CES 2014 hot hardware

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This week was marked by CES and we were busy covering all the new hardware manufacturers were throwing our way. But now that the show is over, we though it’s time to hear what you think about some of the most interesting gadgets that debuted there.

Take the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – it was the most exciting phone announcement at the trade show (one of the few), but the phone had its proponents and detractors. Read more »

Huawei shows Android-powered Tron console

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Every tech company seems to be making smartwatches, but also Android-powered game consoles. At CES Huawei unveiled the Tron – despite the name, it looks more like a coke can (or a Mac Pro) rather than something to have come out of the neon and black movie.

Anyway, the Huawei Tron is powered by a Tegra 4 chipset, similar to the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. but will reportedly cost around half as much (about $120). Read more »

Xiaomi MI-3 hands-on

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Xiaomi unfortunately has yet to make its smartphones global, but the smartphone maker was at CES and we got to handle the MI-3.

It’s an Android-powered phone but Xiaomi uses a custom interface – MIUI v5 built on Android 4.2. It looks and feels quite different. Read more »

Archos unveils three smartwatches, the cheapest is $50

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Smartwatches are a hot new trend at CES but as with any new tech, they can get pricy quick. Archos brought three models, the cheapest of which (pictured below) starts at just $50 – this could make your introduction to the world of smartwatches pretty painless.

The manufacturer also showed a flagship model with curved, e-ink touchscreen and aluminum casing. Read more »

Samsung offering 14 freebies with the new Galaxy Pro tablets

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The middle name of Samsung’s Galaxy devices is “value-added”. The latest batch of tablets fresh from CES, the Pro lineup, are getting a list of goodies so complex it comes in table form. That’s for the new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet, but also the Galaxy Tab Pro tablets (12.2, 10.1 and 8.4).

With these apps under its belt, the Pro tablet will be all set for cloud storage, social networking, organizational tools, news sites, creative and other tools. Read more »

Alcatel One Touch Hero phablet hands-on

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The Alcatel One Touch Hero is a 6″ phablet with a stylus to boot that aims to win the hearts of people who can’t afford the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We were pleasantly surprised at how well put together the device is – solid build quality, small bezels and good materials bring the Hero well out of Alcatel’s usual entry-level range.

The phablet also has an intriguing accessory system that promises to be among its biggest assets. Read more »

XOLO Win is an AMD A4-powered 10.1″ Windows 8 tablet

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XOLO is playing Pokemon with chipset provides, doing all it can to catch them all. The latest addition is AMD. The XOLO Win is a 10.1″ tablet running Windows 8, powered by an AMD APU that uses the same CPU core as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (Jaguar).

XOLO aims the tablet at youths and working professionals. Read more »

Sony car head unit turns your phone into an infotainment system

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Android in cars has suddenly become a hot topic with the foundation of the Open Automotive Alliance by Google, but who know how long it will be until the first Android-enabled car hits the showrooms. Sony has a simpler solution – a double-DIN smartphone dock.

If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, double-DIN is basically the standard for car head units. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 hands-on

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Samsung did well to refresh the Android-powered Galaxy Camera, yet despite the “Galaxy Camera 2″ moniker, the changes are minor. The most obvious thing is the finish – gone is the glossy plastic, replaced by Samsung’s cool faux leather.

This, combined with the brushed metal accents (also plastic), actually makes the camera look classy. Read more »

Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has become known for its low- to mid-range Android phones lately, but with the One Touch Idol X+ the manufacturer attempted a higher-end product.

The Idol X+ was previously announced in China, but now Alcatel has brought it worldwide and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to take it for a quick spin. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra K1 graphics demo impresses

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We stopped by the NVIDIA booth at CES for a quick demo of the company’s new Tegra K1 chipset. In case you missed it, the K1 is more graphics oriented than the already powerful Tegra 4. It uses the Kepler architecture NVIDIA uses for its desktop GPUs and the K1 has a whopping 192 cores.

For comparison, the Tegra 4 had 72 cores (older generation too). Read more »

Lenovo announces Miix 2 detachable hybrids and Flex laptops

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Lenovo brought out more convertible laptops than just the refreshed Yoga lineup – the Miix 2 line got 10″ and 11″ models and for those who prefer bigger laptops, Lenovo brought the Flex 14D and 15D.

The Miix lineup consists of detachable laptop/tablet hybrids, while the screens on the Flex lineup can do a swivel motion of up to 300 degrees. Read more »

Pebble unveils Steel smartwatch, app store

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Pebble has delivered on its promise of big CES news – the company is launching the Pebble Steel and an app store. Plus, more partners have come on board to develop cool new things with Pebble. The Pebble Steel, as the name suggests, is a smartwatch with a metal body and is way better looking than its predecessor.

Looks aside, the Steel will be completely compatible with the current Pebble and all apps that work with it. Read more »

Lenovo unveils Windows 8.1-running Yoga 2, 13″ and 11.6″ versions

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Lenovo updated the non-Pro Yoga convertibles, meet the Yoga 2 in both 13″ and 11″ versions. Both laptops now run Windows 8.1 on an Intel processor (the original Yoga 11 ran Windows RT on an ARM processor).

The Lenovo Yoga 2 is a mid-range version of the Yoga 2 Pro, which was unveiled in September. Read more »

Photos of metal Pebble smartwatch leak hours before announcement

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The Pebble smartwatch receives a lot of praise for its functionality, but its looks could be better – imagine if it had a stainless steel casing and Gorilla glass, with a metal wristband to boot. As it turns out, this might be less than a month away from reality as the smartwatch leaked in photos, presumably shortly before its official unveiling at CES.

According to the rumors, the Pebble Steel watch will come in two color versions – brushed steel and matte black. Read more »