CES 2011

LG Optimus Black official: NOVA display, 9.2mm thick

LG's latest Android smartphone has broken cover, the LG Optimus Black, a 4-inch Android 2.2 handset with a new screen technology. The Optimus Black uses a NOVA panel which LG reckons saves 50-percent of the power versus a regular LCD, but still offers 700nits brightness. The Optimus Black is also super-skinny, just 9.2mm at its thickest and tapering to 6mm, despite fitting a 1,500mAh battery. There's a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video calls, and WiFi Direct technology for easy data transfers. The Optimus 2.0 Gesture UI  recognizes lifting, shaking and tapping, for taking calls, entering camera mode, or playing music. LG expect to update the Optimus Black to drop in the first half of 2011, along with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. [via SlashGear] Press Release:
LG introduces next generation smartphone design and display with LG Optimus Black New LG Optimus Black Delivers Breakthrough NOVA Display Technology in the World’s Slimmest Smartphone Device LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) announced today it will unveil a new Android smartphone, LG Optimus Black, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 6th in Las Vegas. Providing users with a dramatically brighter 4-inch NOVA display in the world’s slimmest 9.2 mm mobile device, LG Optimus Black creates a one-of-a-kind user experience unlike anything before. Available for the first time in the mobile market, LG Optimus Black’s NOVA display is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. LG Optimus Black provides users with an easier and more natural experience when browsing the web, reading emails, or writing documents with higher levels of brightness and pure white tones that deliver true black and white colors for ideal handset viewing. NOVA technology featured on LG Optimus Black also enables users to maintain visibility whether indoors or outdoors under strong sunlight. In addition to greater luminosity, the NOVA display on LG Optimus Black also radically reduces power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to a conventional LCD. Similarly, AMOLED consumes twice as much power as NOVA to display a full white screen, the most frequently used color scheme for web browsing. Combined with the 1500 mAh battery of the LG Optimus Black, users will have enough power for their daily needs, even at maximum brightness settings. Users will never be out of style with the LG Optimus Black’s ultra slim 9.2 mm design. Making a strong visual statement, LG Optimus Black weighs only 109g and offers sleek lines and smooth edges that improve handheld grip. Tapering down to the world’s thinnest smartphone profile of 6.0 mm, LG Optimus Black’s subtle back arch helps to create the illusion of even greater slimness. Unique to the LG Optimus Black, the flush and flawless finish of the front display is achieved by innovatively hiding the Invisible Receiver behind the edges of the phone. “We are excited to introduce this stylish new Android smartphone and expect the LG Optimus Black to play a key role in the mobile market,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG Optimus Black reflects our core strengths of advanced technology, in both display and design, offering the world’s brightest screen and the world’s slimmest design in an attractive and smart package.” The LG Optimus Black also offers a set of smarter features designed for easy and faster access to important apps and content. Optimus UI 2.0 lets users directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the locked screen with just one single finger tap. The Gesture UI offers more intuitive commands, including lifting, shaking and tapping, for taking calls, entering camera mode, or enjoying music. LG Optimus Black also introduces the world’s first Wi-Fi Direct™ for quick and high-quality data transfer between mobile devices and adopts the world’s first 2MP front-facing camera. All LG Optimus Black features are available on the Android 2.2 Froyo platform with Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade capability. Utilizing the 2MP front-facing camera, LG Optimus Black allows users to utilize video telephony functions of higher quality after upgrading to Android’s Gingerbread. The LG Optimus Black will be rolled out globally in the first half of 2011.

Engadget goes hands on with Vizio Android phone

The geeks over at Engadget went hands on with the Vizio Android phone at CES today and the thing looks really cool. They point out that the phone they played with is in early production stages and that neither the hardware nor software is ready for production. Apparently, the design and user interface of the device has lots of promise.

Parrot ASTEROID car radio powered by Android

Parrot has unveiled a new car stereo head unit at CES that runs the Android operating system. Android really is branching out to all sorts of product types at CES and this is one place I really didn’t think of the OS landing, but it's very cool to see. The ASTEROID has all sorts of features and since it's from Parrot, the king of Bluetooth, one of those features is the ability to use the head unit for hands free connectivity to your phone.

Viliv X7 and X10 Android tablets due Q1 2011

Viliv has outed its pair of Android tablets at CES 2011 this week, the 7-inch X7 and the 10.2-inch X10. Each runs at 1024 x 600 resolution on a 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 processor, has a capacitive touchscreen and WiFi b/g/n. There's also optional 3G HSPA or WiMAX or EVDO wireless conenctivity, Bluetooth and GPS, plus a rear 3-megapixel camera and a front 1.3-megapixel webcam. Connectivity includes HDMI, microUSB and a microSD card slot; internal storage is 8GB, 16GB or 32GB while RAM is 512MB. Sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, and digital compass. The X7 has a 5,600 mAh battery, good Viliv says for up to 9.5hrs runtime, while the X10 has an 8,300 mAh battery, good for over 10hrs. Viliv hasn't confirmed whether the slates will run Froyo or Honeycomb when they launch, though given rumors about Honeycomb's hardware requirements they may be forced to use the older OS. No pricing, but the X7 will arrive in March 2011 and the X10 in April 2011. [gallery] viliv X7 Android Tablet Longest battery life powered 7 inch Android
  • Samsung Cortex A8 1 GHz CPU with Power VR SGX 540
  • 512MB Memory
  • Android 2.2 / 3.0 (TBD)
  • 7 inch (1024×600) Clear Type LCD, 16M color
  • Capacitive Multi-Touch
  • 1080p Video Playback
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G HSPA or WIMAX or EVDO
  • Bluetooth
  • Stand-alone GPS
  • Rear 3MP Camera / Front 1.3MP Webcam
  • HDMI l Micro USB l Micro SD/SDHC supporting 32GB
  • Storage: 8GB (16GB/32GB available)
  • Accelerometer/Ambient Sensor/Compass
  • 5600 mA/h, 21W, 9.5 hours Operation
  • 398g / 0.877lb,
  • 14.3mm / 0.56inch Depth Design
viliv X10 Android Tablet Longest battery life powered 10.2 inch Android
  • Samsung Cortex A8 1 GHz CPU with Power VR SGX 540
  • 512M Memory
  • Android 2.2 / 3.0 (TBD)
  • 10.2 inch (1024×600), 16M Color, 400 nits, Wide Angle
  • Capacitive Multi-Touch
  • 1080p Video Playback
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G HSPA or WIMAX or EVDO
  • Bluetooth
  • Stand-alone GPS
  • HDMI l Micro USB l Micro SD/SDHC supporting 32GB
  • Storage: 8GB (16GB/32GB available)
  • Rear 3MP Camera / Front 1.3MP Webcam
  • Accelerometer/Ambient Sensor/Compass
  • 8300 mA/h, 31W, +10 hours Operation
  • 680g / 1.50lb
[via SlashGear]

ASUS EeePad MeMO Announced, Coming This Summer

We all expected it, and now it's official. ASUS has gone an announced their upcoming 7-inch tablet today at their press conference in Las Vegas. The upcoming tablet will be heavily cloud-based as ASUS shifts its focus on cloud-based computing for 2011.

ASUS EeePad Slider Unveiled

Today has been a busy day for ASUS as they announced their CES 2011 lineup. Among these devices was the ASUS EeePad Slider. The device is a high-end 10-inch tablet with sliding keyboard that reveals itself when needed.

Live at the ASUS CES 2011 Press Event

We are here live at the ASUS CES 2011 press event. We expect to see quite a few impressive devices such as tablets and mobile devices all running the Android OS. Expect an influx in updates are we get to see the products first hand. We will be extensively covering everything as it's announced so stay tuned over the next few hours for the latest from ASUS.

Samsung SH100 digicam uses Galaxy S as remote-control

Samsung has outed a new digital camera, the SH100, that can wirelessly connect to a Galaxy S smartphone and use the handset as a remote viewfinder and shutter release. The Samsung SH100 has integrated WiFi which can be used to directly upload photos and video to Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and other online galleries; however, it can also pair with a Galaxy S, previewing the frame on the smartphone's display, and even allowing control of the 5x optical zoom. Samsung expects the SH100 to go on sale in March, priced at $199.99. [gallery] [via SlashGear]

Verizon tease “suite” of Android 4G LTE devices at CES 2011

Verizon is promising "a sneak peek of a suite of consumer-oriented Android-based devices for its 4G LTE network" at CES 2011 this week, as part of a taster to the LTE smartphones the carrier plans to release imminently. The exact brands on show have not been specified, but we're assuming the line-up will include the leaked devices from LG, Motorola, HTC and Samsung. The demo will also include a showcase of "more than 40 new solutions" using LTE connectivity, presumably to give Verizon the opportunity to explain exactly why we should want 4G. The Verizon CES 2011 event will be held on January 6 2011. Press Release:
Verizon Wireless Shows What 4G LTE Means For Consumers At CES Wide Range of Ecosystem Partners Demonstrate Products and Solutions that Take Advantage of the 4G LTE Network LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless said today that its first-ever exhibit booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will show off the consumer and enterprise capabilities of its new 4G LTE network with the products, services and solutions that take advantage of the blazingly fast speed and low latency of the new wireless network. On Jan. 6, the company will also offer a sneak peek at a suite of Android-based LTE consumer devices at a news conference. Visitors to the exhibit booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, #35216) will see firsthand how the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network can fundamentally change how consumers manage their daily lives and how businesses interact with each other and with their customers. Working with nearly 50 different technology ecosystem partners, the Verizon Wireless booth will highlight more than 40 new solutions that take advantage of the fast speeds and low latency of the new 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. Demonstrations will range from connected home and cars to gaming and entertainment to consumer devices. The demos will also feature new ways to do mobile collaboration for retail, customer service and other industries; home and energy management; and consumer entertainment, including multiplayer gaming, all of which leverage the 4G network in innovative ways. Verizon Wireless and its partners will also feature remote security and health care options and a car that shows different applications coming from the automotive industry. Many of the solutions being highlighted are the result of collaborations fostered at Verizon Wireless’ LTE Innovation Center. The LTE Innovation Center, established in 2008 and located in Waltham, Mass., provides an environment for dozens of diverse companies to work collaboratively to develop innovative products and solutions that leverage 4G LTE technology. Sneak Peek at Consumer Devices Verizon Wireless’ news conference will provide a sneak peek of a suite of consumer-oriented Android-based devices for its 4G LTE network and will include remarks from senior Verizon Wireless executives and key ecosystem partners. The news conference will be webcast live; visit www.verizonwebcasts.com/ces/2011/news to register. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years. For more information about the LTE Innovation Center and Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte. For more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces and follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless.

Notion Ink Adam Post Portrait Mode Demo

Right on CES Eve, the night before CES 2011 starts, Notion Ink posts a new video demo. That's totally crazy. This demo is the most confusing of the pack thus far, with broken English throughout the whole video about Portrait Mode, playing some flash video - from YouTube? Take a peek at it below.
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