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ZTE BlueWatch hands-on

ZTE did a bit of pre-CES teasing so we knew some of what they were planning to unveil. They had a new smartphone, and phablet as well as their entry into the wearable space. The ZTE wearable is a smartwatch and it is called the BlueWatch. We made sure to head over to the ZTE booth to spend a few minutes playing and were greeted with somewhat of a clunky and Pebble-like design.

Toshiba Chromebook hands-on: 13.3-inches and a 9 hour battery

Toshiba entered the Chromebook market here at CES 2014 with a 13.3-inch notebook. This has them sitting in sort of a middle ground as many of the other Chromebooks are sporting an 11-inch display. Then we have the HP Chromebook 14. But while Toshiba has found the middle ground in terms of display size, the resolution will come in at a familiar 1366 x 768.

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4 hands-on

Looking for productivity on your tablet but don't need the S Pen of Samsung's new Galaxy NotePRO? The company has slotted in a new range of prosumer tablets here at CES, the Galaxy TabPRO line, a trio of Android slates hitting the 8.4-, 10.1-, and 12.2-inch screen sizes. Running nearly the same specifications as the flagship NotePRO, the TabPRO gets the same Magazine UX, Multi Windows flexibility, and app bundle; we went hands-on to find out how they hold up.

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO: Hands-on with the new flagship tablet

It's time that Android tablets got serious. That's Samsung's argument here at CES 2014, and the tablet it expects to convince us with is the Galaxy NotePRO. As the "Note" branding suggests, this is an S Pen equipped slate similar to the Note 10.1 and Note 3 of 2013, but the PRO nomenclature signifies what Samsung argues is a real step up in productivity: a tablet that's just as much at home creating content as it is consuming it. We stopped by for some hands-on time ahead of the Galaxy NotePRO's launch; read on for some first-impressions.

Hands-on with the new Huawei Ascend Mate 2

At CES 2014, Huawei brought out their Ascend Mate 2. The followup to last year's Ascend Mate, we expected the newest big smartphone from Huawei to slim down while it upgraded its specs. What we didn’t expect was the litany of features we get, as well as one really interesting feature that almost encourages you to shame your current device.

Pebble Steel gives Kickstarter’s smartwatch a metal suit: Hands-on

Pebble may have taken Kickstarter by storm with its eponymous smartwatch, but not everyone was convinced by the chunky plastic wearable. Now, addressing the complaints of those who might call the original Pebble plasticky or too casual, comes Pebble Steel, a metal-bodied version of the first smartwatch that slots into a premium position and broadens the company's line-up into a range. $249 and shipping later this month, the Pebble Steel is an intriguing balance of compromise and design: we caught up with Pebble and CEO Eric Migicovsky at CES 2014 to find out more.
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