CES 2014 Preview: What to expect from the world of mobile
We look at the smartphones, tablets and mobile technology that will be unveiled at CES 2014
The dawn of a New Year marks the start of a quest for a better self for many, but for technology enthusiasts it signals only one thing and that's the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The show, which this year takes place between January 7th and 10th, attracts exhibitors from across the world who showcase their latest technological marvels. At CES 2014 the big stars of the show from the world of electronics are expected to be super-sharp 4K TVs, TVs with curved displays, 3D printers and even the return of virtual reality.
But what about the world of mobile?
Well, the mobile companies have always faced a dilemma with CES because the Mobile World Congress, an event dedicated solely to mobile, takes place just a month later. Therefore, the major powers in the mobile industry often delay unveiling their next-gen devices until next months event in Barcelona.
But fear not because this often gives the smaller players a chance to grab the headlines. And it's also an exciting time in the world of smartphones and tablets with the advent of 64-bit mobile processors, curved displays and the boom in wearable technology - so there will be plenty of exciting things on display.
In this article we'll look at a couple of the major mobile trends expected to feature at CES 2014 and look at each manufacturers offerings in turn. By the end of our CES 2014 preview you should be pretty clued up on what to expect from the world of mobile.
Power-packed 64-bit processors
Apple officially began the 64-bit mobile revolution with the iPhone 5S and since then we've seen Qualcomm unveil their first 64-bit chip. And a whole host other manufacturers are also busy manufacturing new 64-bit chips, which should make appearances at the event.
Samsung are already working on a new Exynos 64-bit Octa-core processor that is expected to power the Galaxy S5 and it's likely that it'll be revealed at CES 2014. While, the computing giant Intel are already working on their own 64-bit mobile chip and Nvidia, Qualcomm and Broadcom are also thought to be busy on their own versions.
We expect 64-bit processor to be one of the major headliners at CES 2014, and even though many believe it's just a gimmick, the experts have decided it's here to stay. You can read more about 64-bit processors, including learning about its benefits by reading our article here.
Wearable technology has officially arrived with the Samsung Galaxy Gear (pictured above) and Google Glass now being enjoyed by the public, albeit in the latter case only by those taking part in the public beta in the US.
As you'd expect a whole host of other companies are working frantically to get in on the action and as a result wearable technology is expected to have a huge presence at CES 2014.
Archos have already confirmed that they'll be showcasing new wearable technology at the event including a new smartwatch, which versions expected for both the iOS and Android platforms. While, well known leaker EVLeaks has hinted that LG are going to unveil a fitness tracking wristwatch and possibly their first smartwatch, complete with with a curved display, at the event.
Chinese manufacturer ZTE are also working on their own smartphone and we're sure there will be a whole host of other wearable technology debuted at the event. But we'll have to wait for a bit longer for the rumoured Google Watch, Nokia Watch, Apple iWatch and HTC Watch to be revealed.
The big devices on the horizon at Samsung are the Galaxy S5 and the Note 3 Lite, but everything leads us to believe they'll be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February. However, Samsung are still expected to have a significant presence at the event.
Samsung's event is expected to focus on tablet devices with SamMobile suggesting that a number of new models will be revealed. That's expected to include the Galaxy Note Pro, complete with a whopping 12.2 inch display running at a resolution of 2560 x 1600 alongside 3 more new tablets, including a budget-friendly Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.
Even though the Galaxy S5 won't be revealed at the event a lot of the technology driving the smartphone is expected to appear. Samsung recently unveiled the first 4GB DRAM chip for mobile and that's likely to be demonstrated at CES 2014 and they are also working on a 64-bit Exynos octa-core processor which could be unveiled.
Chinese company Huawei have been making some great smartphones of late and they look set to showcase their latest creation at the event. That's the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 which they hope will build on the success of the original 6.1 inch phablet.
Details of the phablets specification and even images of the Ascend Mate 2 have been leaked ahead of the event. But there are still some unknowns to be revealed including the all-important price - which we feel will make or break the success of the mid-range phablet.
Asus have helpfully released a couple of teaser videos which cryptically reveal what they'll showcase at CES 2014.
They look set to unveil a dual-boot tablet with users having the choose on whether to boot the Android operating system or Microsoft's Windows Phone 8. That's seems like a great idea to us because you get the business benefits of the Windows platform and can still enjoy all the applications and games available on Google Play.
The Taiwenese company are also going to unveil 3 new smartphones, each with different screen sizes (6, 5 and 4 inches). Very little else is known about the new mobiles, but it's pretty likely they'll run on the Google platform and that they'll be mid-range offerings.
ZTE have already confirmed the devices they'll be showcasing in Las Vegas which includes a number of new smartphones, their first smartwatch and a new phablet.
The first smartphone is the ZTE Grand S II, the successor to the high-end ZTE Grand S, which is “ZTE’s first high-precision voice phone”, with a number of advance voice-control features. And they'll showcase the Nubia Z5S and Nubia Z5S Mini (pictured above) which launched late last year in China. The mid-range Android smartphones are expected to roll out Internationally over the next couple of months.
The Chinese company will also announce a high-end phablet, thought to be called the 'Iconic Phablet', with a 5.7 inch display. Finally they unveil their first smartwatch, called the ZTE BlueWatch, which looks set to work with the Android platform and be capable of making calls, taking photos and accessing social networks.
Overall, it's looking like a pretty decent offering from the Chinese company at CES 2014.
HTC and LG
Both HTC and LG are expected to delay the big reveals of their latest smartphones and tablets until the Mobile World Congress in February. So we'll have to wait that bit longer for the HTC One M8 (or HTC One 2) and LG's latest curvy creation to make thier debut. Although, LG are expected to debut some new wearable technology at the event including their first smartwatch.
Apple and Nokia
As we touched on briefly before Apple and Nokia tend to shun the big mobile events completely in favour of their own dedicated gatherings, so don't expect anything from either company at CES 2014. Last year Nokia unveiled their latest creations at Nokia World which took place in Dubai in October and Apple unveiled their new iPhone and iPad ranges at dedicated press events in San Francisco.
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By Simon Thomas on 04th January, 2014
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