The tech world saw its first glimpse of the smartphone industry’s plans for the coming year at CES 2013, and it seems that there are plenty of new features to get excited about between now and December. Here, we take a look at the most innovative and exciting top of the line releases, coming into a market already filled with fantastic deals on mobile phones and tablets – which one are you looking forward to?
HTC’s newest offering has been pegged as a bit of a last-ditch attempt at pushing back into the market, as the tech giant has seen a few ups and downs over the past 12 months. The new flagship handset is not due to launch until February, where it will be displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but it’s already rumoured to have a 4.7-inch display and an impressive 13MP camera, as well as the new HTC Sense 5.0 software.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung seem to have a new contender from its Galaxy series constantly in the pipeline, and this is yet again expected to blow competitors out of the water. Also boasting a 13MP camera, the S4 is also expected to have an additional 2MP camera on the front alongside a 5-inch LCD display. We’re most looking forward to the flexible design, though – Samsung has reported that it has developed a bendable, foldable display.
The hype around this handset may not be for all the right reasons – many are speculating about what the new device can do for ailing manufacturer RIM – but the Blackberry 10 is likely to impress the make’s fans, with a 4.2-inch LCD touchscreen and a dual-core processor to boot. 2GB of RAM makes it more than capable of handling high-intensity use, showing that RIM are developing their smartphone technologies.
Garmin Approach S2 GPS golf watch comes preloaded with over 30,000 worldwide courses. Golfers don’t need to pay any subscriptions fees as it’s ready to use right out of the box. This sleek, and stylish golf watch features layup and dogleg distances at a glance so golfers can be at the top of their game, all while keeping track of their strokes on the digital scorecard. And just like its predecessor Approach S1, the new S2 also measures distances to the front, back and middle of the green.
As announced by EA and Criterion Games, Need for Speed™ Most Wanted is coming to Nintendo’s Wii U™ system on March 19 in North America for $59.99 and March 21 in Europe for €69.99. The game includes the Ultimate Speed Pack offering users to choose five of the most ludicrously fast cars ever made: McLaren’s F1 LM, Lamborghini Aventador J, Pagani Zonda R, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey’s Venom GT Spyder.
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When I was a kid, I used to love to draw. And my greatest moment was in primary school when I won some awards for this hobby. Now I still love to draw in my spare time. But I don’t draw on paper any more, I draw digitally on my new iPad with the help of Ten1 Pogo Sketch Pro Stylus as the newest addition to my collection of iPad accessories. You may wonder what app I use to draw and sketch, I choose PAPER app from Fifty Three. The app is very intuitive, easy to use, and proudly wins Apple Design Award 2012.
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Thinner than a credit card, the CST-01 is claimed as the thinnest watch in the world at only 0.80mm thick. Inspired by the capabilities of E Ink’s electronic paper displays, this watch is manufactured by a Chicago-based company, Central Standard Timing (CST). Regarding powerhouse, the CST-01 comes with an embedded Thinergy Micro-Energy Cell that charges in 10 minutes from an external dock, lasts for over a month and has a lifetime of 15 years. The CST-01 is available to back on Kickstarter. Pre-orders are being taken for $129/each and is expected to ship in Q2 2013.
At the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo announced its new premium smartphone, the K900. Coming with a 5.5-inch IPS screen, this super-slim smart device boasts a super slim 6.9mm profile and weighs in at a mere 162g (5.7 ounces). The K900 is running on an Intel Atom processor and comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera with an F1.8 focal length lens. And don’t worry for narcicists and video call lovers, the premium smartphone also features a front camera with an 88⁰ viewing angle. Expected to be avaialble from April in China with pricing to be announced, the K900 also offers 1080p full high-definition resolution performance at 400+ pixels-per-inch.
Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available in the U.S. through Verizon Wireless starting January 24. Mentioned as Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the country, ATIV Odyssey is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display (800×480). For connectivity, this compact smartphone supports the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
Just like Samsung with its famous Galaxy series, ZTE is now more confidence with its Grand series to win more customers and to be number one in the hot Android ecosystem. Debuted at CES 2013, ZTE Grand S is a 5 inch FHD smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and mentioned as the world’s thinnest of its kind. Highlights: 4G LTE; Android Jelly Bean; 13M AF camera with Flash and 2M FF 1080P video; 2GB RAM + 16GB EMMC; and Dolby Digital surround sound. Did I mention Galaxy Grand, the 5-inch jumbo smartphone with dual core processor?