Most Notable Phones at CES 2013

CES_2013CES 2013 is over, taking all the excitement and guessing with it.  So what did we end up seeing at CES this past week? Well, for the most part 4k TV’s took the spot light on most tech blogs, while phones took more of a backseat, even to tablets. But Samsung and Sony managed to surprise quite a few people, with even Huawei turning a few heads. So what do we got?

First up is Samsung’s prototype Youm, Which uses Samsung’s flexible LCD screen Smart Phone. One reason for flexible screens is the ability to have the LCD screen sort of bend around the edge of the phone. So if you have a cover to protect the main screen, you still get ticker like information along the edge from the continued curved edge of the screen. No one is expecting to see this phone on shelves this year, or anytime soon, let alone this product in particular. But it is very refreshing to see Samsung actually have a demo product to show what can be done with a flexible screen. Flexible screen have been shown a few times in the past few CES’, but none with a product built around it.

The “Phablet” isn’t going anywhere, as I predicted, with a few companies sporting 5 inch, or larger, displays. But it is Huawei who came out on top as the largest Phablet screen out there at 6.1 inches with the Ascend Mate! Beating Samsung’s Note 2

Huawei's Ascend Mate, the largest phablet at CES

Huawei’s Ascend Mate, the largest phablet at CES

by over an inch, this monster will be available in China later this February. A video demo shown on Engadget made the phone look even larger by having it displayed by a rather small woman, but even with an average height person this phone will be a beast to hold… And probably look silly to make phone calls on.

Resolution wasn’t just for the new Ultra HDTV’s, as many phone companies were pushing for bigger resolutions as well as bigger screens. Sony showed off two 5 inch 1080p phones, the Xperia Z  and ZL. Hauwei, having a strong presence this year, showed off their own HD phone called Ascend D2 showing off a nice 5 inch screen. With bigger screens and better resolutions comes bigger and better processors. You may be wondering why they would push all these cores into phones. Well, the more cores a phone has the more ability it has to save battery life, multitask and do more fancy graphical tricks. This is why some operating system updates stop on phones over a certain age, because their processors can’t handle the OS.

Samsung, again, wow’d the crowed with a new 8 core processor called Exynos 5. Not to be outdone, Huawei has their own 8 core processor in development while Qualcomm has a super powerful processor they claim will be able to record 4k resolution video at 30 frames per-second. NVIDIA’ newest chip line, The Tegra 4, has 72 GPU cores and will be able to handle 4k resolutions easily. What that means when it comes to phones and computers will be left to the companies that use those chips. Until then we can be sure the battery lives will be improved and this years phrase for all big name phones will be “8 cores”! Will Apple have a response to this jump in power? Will there be a rise in people selling their iPhone for something gigantic with a monster processor and 4k resolution? My guess, probably not… But bigger and stronger phones only means bigger better competition, so let the games begin!

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