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HTC Titan II live photos and camera samples – see the 16 megapixel monster in action

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The HTC Titan II is one of the hottest smartphones to be announced so far at CES 2012 and with its impressive 16 megapixel camera even hopes to become one of the devices of the season.

Just like any Windows Phone 7 Mango device, the Titan II feels incredibly smooth. The Microsoft platform will make sure that you won’t feel the absence of a dual-core CPU, when navigating the UI or when opening and closing apps. Read more »

Huawei Ascend P1 and Huawei Ascend P1 S hands-on

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Huawei surprised quite a lot of people with their announcement of the Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S smartphones at this year’s CES. The smartphone maker was previously known for its affordable devices with modest functionality, but these two are aiming to take on the big boys out there.

The great news is that impressions made by the Huawei Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S based on their specs sheets, still stood after we got a chance to play with them. The two ultra-slim droids are really solidly built and those 4.3″ Super AMOLED screens of qHD resolution are every bit as impressive as they sound. Read more »

Asus Transformer Prime 700T with FullHD screen officially announced, makes quick work of other tablets

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Asus is certainly aiming to become one of the big players in the tablet game. After releasing the first quad-core tablet last month, today at CES the company unveiled the Asus Transformer Prime TF700T featuring a 10.1″ 1920×1200 resolution display.

That’s right, we got another FullHD tablet. Clearly, ASUS is responding to Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 tablet challenge. The Transformer Prime TF700T display uses the same SuperIPS+ technology as on the original Prime TF201, which promises splendid viewing angles and contrast. Read more »

Lenovo continues CES invasion with IdeaCentre B-series all-in-ones and refreshed desktops

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If you thought Lenovo was going to stop its announcements at ultrabooks and netbooks, you obviously don’t know the company very well. The Chinese announcement marathon continued with a bunch of solid desktop computers and refreshed all-in-ones.

More specifically, the IdeaCentre B-series got a refresh in the form of the B540 and B340 powerful all-in-ones, while the Lenovo desktop family got new members from the IdeaCentre K and H series. Read more »

In case of emergency: The new SpareOne mobile phone promises to hold its charge for up to 15 years

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You read correctly, not 15 days, weeks or months but years. Xpal Power, makers of other power savvy mobile kit, designed to prolong the life of your smartphone, have just announced the SpareOne.

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Powered by a single AA battery, its makers say that the SpareOne will be capable of holding its charge for an unbelievable 15 years and what’s more, it’s intended to be super cheap to buy too. Read more »

LG brings a ton of new HDTV stuff to CES, 3D is everywhere, and there’s a motion-controlled remote with voice input

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Well, while there was just one new phone from LG at this year’s CES, their TV division has been working overtime – they showed their 84″ 3D Ultra Definition TV, an 55″ OLED TV, 3D TVs with and without glasses, 2D-to-3D conversion, some services and a new chipset to power their Google TVs.

The most attention-grabbing thing LG showed, however, was the Magic Remote – a Wiimote-like device that lets you control your TV and play Fruit Ninja too. Okay, that’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s start. Read more »

Canon PowerShot G1 X is a 14MP compact with a DSLR-sized 4:3 image sensor

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Canon has brought out the big (but compact) guns in the Canon PowerShot G1 X. While it may look like a point-and-shoot camera it nonetheless packs a real punch under the hood. Its huge sensor measures 18.7x14mm, which is larger then the Micro Four-Thirds sensor and nearly as big as the APS-C sensors found in some DSLRs (22.3 x 14.9 mm for Canon).

What sets the G1 X apart from those types of cameras is that it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens – you get the 4x built in lens, covering the 28mm-112mm range in 35mm equivalent with a maximum aperture of F/2.8-F/5.6 and that’s that. Read more »

Sony Ericsson LiveView successor spotted at CES, announcement seems imminent

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In the midst of all the super phones we’re eagerly watching pop out of every manufacturer’s hat, it’s nice to take a little breather by enjoying some of the cool gadgets that play the sidekick role.

If you remember the Sony Ericsson LiveView you’d know that it was an Android-driven wristwatch of sorts that could show you notifications, wake you up and let you control your smartphone without taking it out of your backpack. Well it appears that we are just about to see the official announcement of its successor. Read more »

OCZ Lightfoot SSD boasts Thunderbolt connectivity, speeds beyond belief

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OCZ opened their CES 2012 tally by unveiling a new member of their SSD lineup. Dubbed Lightfoot, the new OCZ SSD comes with a twist – it uses Thunderbolt as its only connectivity option.

You remember Thunderbolt technology, right? Cool, because this OCZ model is utilizing it perfectly by combining its high transfer speeds with the great write/read speeds of Solid State Drives. Read more »

Android-powered webcam-like device, the Samsung inTouch, adds Smart TV magic to your boring HDTV

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I guess I’m not the only one who has a relatively new HDTV that doesn’t have fancy “Smart TV” or “Connected TV” functionality and thinks the price of the upgrade isn’t worth it. The Samsung inTouch is a curious Android-powered device that solves this problem by adding such functionality (Skype, YouTube, etc.) to any TV with an HDMI port.

It looks like a web cam and indeed features a 3MP camera that can be used for snapping photos or placing 720p video calls on Skype (the inTouch has its own microphone for that). Read more »

Parrot shows AR.Drone 2.0 at CES – now with 720p video recording, easy sharing and sturdier hardware

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Two years after the original, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ascends the CES stage. The new version is easier to fly yet more capable than its predecessor. It packs an upgraded camera that shoots HD videos and photos in-flight, as well as a tougher exterior and new sensors.

The apps which control the drone are getting an update to support the new functionality – the update should hit the iOS and Android versions at the same time. The new app makes sharing the videos you shoot easier – one tap lets you share and upload to YouTube. Read more »

Lenovo announces IdeaPad S200 and IdeaPad S206 netbooks, will launch in June

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Following the announcement of its new line of ultrabooks, Lenovo has now lifted the curtains off the IdeaPad S-series netbooks.

The IdeaPad S200 and S206 target the already too-crowded niche of affordable and decently performing netbooks. Read more »

Tablets and smartphones to be equipped with high-speed USB 3.0 by the end of the year, early next year

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This just in from the USB standards setting organization – USB 3.0 should begin rolling out to smartphones and tablets before the end of this year or early next year.

Now don’t expect to see full-sized USB ports on your next smartphone – the upgrade should be in the form of USB 3.0-supporting microUSB ports to meet the demands of thin industrial design. Read more »

Gigabyte keeps Atom dream alive with Cedar Trail powered T1006M convertibe netbook and tablet, Windows 7 on board

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Gigabyte is showing off two new devices at CES – the T1006M, a Windows 7 convertible netbook-tablet, and the S1081, a pure Windows 7 tablet. Both have 10.1″ capacitive multi-touch touchscreens outside and Intel’s latest Cedar Trail Atom dual-core processors inside.

Where they differ is the keyboard. The T1006M has one, but unlike traditional netbooks, you can quickly transform it into a tablet by turning the screen around. Impressively, its 10.1″ screen has a 1366×768 pixel resolution, typically found in larger displays. Read more »

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 new Ultrabook laptops get under the spotlight

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The competition for the best ultrabook at CES 2012 has begun, and Lenovo entered it with the unveiling of the IdeaPad U310 and U410.

The Lenovo U310 is 0.7″ (18mm) thick and weighs 3.74lbs (1.7kg) whilst the U410 is a pinch thicker at 0.83″ (21mm) and just slightly heavier, weighing in at 4.18lbs (1.9kg). Read more »