With CES 2013 kicking off today there has been shortage of new digital camera announcements but Canon managed to steal our attention with a uniquely designed PowerShot N 12.1 megapixel digital camera. Canon decided to ditch a standard set of controls on top of the camera becuase… there is no top of the camera! It works whichever way you turn it. The on-screen controls will turn automatically, as for the shutter button and zoom controls they have all been moved the ring surrounding the lens. On top of that the touch-screen can be tilted to offer better viewing angles depending on you shooting position. At first this all sounded a bit gimmicky to us but actually seeing a demo of it in action proved that Canon PowerShot N offers very intuitive set of controls. Check more info, hands-on video and photos after the break.
When nVidia’s chief mentioned that we can expect Tegra 3 quad core tablets to go on sale for less then $200 we couldn’t believe or at least we thought that they will feel cheep but Google proved us wrong. Meet the 7-inch Google Nexus 7, a co-branded tablet with Asus. Suddenly the Amazon Kindle Fire doesn’t look like a bargain of the century anymore as the Nexus 7 pretty much beats it in every way. Faster processor, better quality and higher resolution screen (1280x800px), bigger storage at 8/16 GB and weight. Not to mention the brand new Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. More info and a video review by Engadget after the break
Microsoft today unveiled the Consumer Preview of Microsoft Windows 8 in Barcelona at the MWC 2012. This latest version is available to download from Microsoft website to anyone willing to give it a spin for free. Luckily, for those not feeling that adventurous or if you wish to check if it’s worth installing, Engadget posted a couple of hands-on videos and a lengthy detailed preview. By the looks of it Windows 8 does a great job of serving up a god user interface for tablets and computers blessed with a touchscreen. For most of us stuck on mouse and keyboard combo there still is the old desktop mode that we have become accustomed to in Windows 7. We will definitely give it a try and keep you updated with how we get on with it. Meanwhile check the videos by Engadget after the break and hit the source link to read the full preview.
Apple finally revealed the new iPhone 4S. It looks pretty much identical to iPhone 4 but it does bring some new features to the table. Starting with a dual core Apple A5 processor which according to Apple should be up to 7 times faster then the previous version. Also the camera got a much needed spec bump with iPhone 4S featuring an 8 megapixel camera that is capable of full HD 1080p video recording.
Just when you thought your HTC Sensation was the top dog with that 1.2 GHz dual core processor HTC released the HTC Sensation XE with a processor upgraded to 1.5 GHz. That’s not all. It comes with Beats by Dr. Dre headset and a special audio profile to boost the sound depth. This definitely makes it the best smartphone for listening to music. Also after complaints regarding the battery life of its predecessor HTC fitted the XE with a larger battery. As we have come to expect from HTC that Sensation XE comes with Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense 3.0 on board. If you are after a great entertainment smartphone then we absolutely recommend you to check out the videos after the break. The HTC Sensation XE will be exclusive in the UK to Phones4U starting from 1 October at £36 month while you can expect the SIM-free version to be close to the £500 mark.
Amidst of all the legal trouble caused by Apple Samsung still manages to announce a new table. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a successor to the first Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. It features a 7.7 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and runs Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. The hardware specs haven’t been confirmed yet but we are probably looking at a dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. Now let’s hope Apple will not try to sue Samsung over this tablet as well. You can expect it to hit the retail stores in the coming months until then check the hands-on video by TechnoBuffalo and official press shots after the break.
Sony is probably the last manufacturer to join the tablet industry. Better later – then never we say. Looking at hardware Sony Tablet S isn’t really very exciting with 9.4 inch tablet running Google Android Honeycomb 3.1. It’s powered by a 1 GHz nVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. But Sony made sure to create a unique design that looks like a folded magazine which makes it easier to hold while reading. This however adds to the bulk of the tablet which makes it look like a fatty next to the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. but at least Sony won’t run into legal problems with Apple such as Samsung.
After releasing Streak 5 and Streak 7 tablets Dell revealed an even bigger tablet – Dell Streak 10 Pro. As name suggests it is a 10.1 inch tablet that runs Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It is a pretty standard Android tablet being powered by a 1 GHz dual core nVidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, 10.1 multi-touch screen (1280 x 800 px), 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. It will first go on sale in China with a 16 GB WiFi only version at a ¥2,999 (~£289). If it will go on sale for that kind of price here in the UK as well it might even tempt someone being a pretty average tablet that it is. Check the hands-on video by Engadget and press shots after the break.
Still waiting for a 17 inch gaming notebook that is actually light enough to carry around? By the looks of it you may not need to wait much longer as Razer that is otherwise known for producing gaming peripherals unveiled their first gaming notebook the Razer Blade. But this isn’t just another big and bulky gaming notebook as it is only 23 mm thick – which by the way is 2 mm thinner then a 17 inch Macbook Pro and weighs about 3.2 kilograms. More info and photos after the break.
After announcing the consumer oriented IdeaPad K1 tablet Lenovo announced another tablet but this time around is aimed at the business users. Internal hardware is pretty much the same as the IdeaPad K1 with a 10.1 inch screen (1280 x 800 px), 1 GHz dual core nVidia Tegra 2 processor, 16/32/64 GB internal storage and 1 GB RAM. Where the ThinkPad Tabled really differentiate itself from the IdeaPad K1 is the optional Keyboard Folio case which sports a ThinkPad class keyboard wrapped in a case. The concept of a dedicated keyboard is very appealing as Asus has shown with Eee Transformer which has been the most popular Honeycomb tablet so far. We’ll have to wait and see how will Lenovo’s business alternative be received. If all goes as planned we won’t have to wait long as the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet should hit the stores next month with starting price of $499 in the US. Check the hands-on video by Engadget and official press shots after the break.