When it comes to consumer electronics, the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas could have a profound impact on what gadget and tech buyers are hunting come the later part of the year. Like any technology trade show, gadgets, gizmos, and bright lights generally steal the stage, and 2012 was not really any different. The highlights of the events showcased some impressive devices, but the underlying tones of any CES is that the best is yet to come.
Whenever Apple is not around to dominate the show with their market leading iPad series, the other manufacturers get a chance to see some sunshine, or least the lights of the convention center. As TechRadar reported, tablets running the newest Android software Ice Cream Sandwich were near the top of their game. The Acer Iconia Tab A700 made some waves, and the Excite 10 from Toshiba will offer a ten inch screen for Android fans. However, a Windows based tablet made an impression, as the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga could become a major player for anyone looking for a 13 inch screen, and does not mind folding over a computer. However, Apple’s shadow loomed over the event, as rumors of a new iPad 3 are circulating fast and furious.
While smartphones are nothing new to tech users, the Nokia Lumina 900 is trying to bring Nokia back to the front, or at least nearer than they are now, of the line along with a Windows Phone system, as reported by the Associated Press. While Apple and the iPhone remain formidable competitors in the world of smartphones, Android powered phones from soon to be Google owned Motorola Mobility could shake things up in the later parts of the year, as the report suggests.
Laptops that are super-small are all the rage, and Ultrabooks are getting ready to fill the void. According to Engadget, Acer had the S5-shaped ultra book that has a thirteen inch screen and sits at 15mm thin. In addition, the report mentions Dell’s XPS 13, which has an i5 processor and 4GB of RAM despite being 18mm thick. The Ultrabooks are a direct response to the popularity of the MacBook Air.
The video game industry is set to be rocked in 2012 by the Nintendo Wii U. As WebProNews reported, Nintendo used 2012 CES for a hands-on demonstration that generated a lot of positive buzz for the second-coming of the Wii. The touch screen controller is what is helping the unit make waves. Still Nintendo is keeping price and release date close to the chest, and will probably have more to offer at the E3 conference in June.