- Crapgadgets at CES 2012: the best of the worst
For one week at the beginning of each year, we see the gadgets that will help define the industry for the following 12 months. The Las Vegas Convention Center is brimming with innovation and excitement at the moment, but for every hot new Ultrabook there are hundreds — if not thousands — of devices that make us scratch our collective heads. But we’ve got a special place in our hearts for the strange, sometimes frightening, and often downright useless products we spot. Check out some of the highlights after the break, and be sure to check back in, because there are plenty more Crapgadgets to come, we’re sure.
- Crapgadget CES, round seven: Because everything looks better in fur
This furry case was unfortunately un-priced. But nothing exudes premium more than the combination of faux pomeranian tail and leopard print.
Crapgadget CES, round seven: Because everything looks better in fur originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Motorola website points to January 26th launch for Droid RAZR MaxxMotorola didn’t provide an launch date for the Droid RAZR Maxx when it officially announced the consonant-heavy phone at CES earlier this week, but it’s now filled in that little detail on its website. Assuming it’s not a mistake of some sort, you can look for the latest addition to the RAZR family to be available on January 26th from both Verizon and Motorola itself. If you missed the announcement, the Maxx is mostly identical to the existing Droid RAZR, with the notable exception of a longer-lasting battery that promises 21 hours of use on a charge, and 32GB of storage instead of the standard 16GB. It’ll also set you back $100 more than the standard RAZR.
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- Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.0 Plus get bleached, on sojourn in Vietnam
Release a device in black to much furor, and then follow it up a white variant later. That’s a game Samsung’s been playing all too well lately, and its latest are all-white versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.0 Plus. Otherwise identical to their existing counterparts, the duo spotted by Tran Quoc Huy in Vietnam extend the alabaster luster all the way to the bezel. Catch them in a cornucopia of photographic evidence at the source.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.0 Plus get bleached, on sojourn in Vietnam originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- ViewSonic ViewPhone 3 hands-on (video)No trip to CES 2012 would be complete without spending some up close and personal time with ViewSonic’s new phone for the Americas, the ViewPhone 3. Known internationally as the V350 — which we scored a hands-on with at last year’s MWC — this model retains its dual-SIM heritage and brings a few upgrades such as an 800MHz CPU and Android 2.3. Along with a 3.5-inch HVGA, TFT-LCD display and a 5 megapixel camera (sans LED flash), the phone features 802.11b/g/n, quadband GSM and 7.2Mbps HSDPA with unknown bands (save for 850MHz, anyway). The handset has a plasticky feel, but is also well-proportioned and fits comfortably in the hand. We were less impressed with the quality of the LCD screen, which is rather low-res and distorts easily when viewed from angles.
While the hardware is rather passable as a budget phone, the software is cluttered with superfluous features and effects that detract from the user experience — both in terms of performance and navigation. Given the dual-SIM nature of this phone and its availability as an unlocked device for $279, it’s actually somewhat of a rare breed. Loaded with a proper ROM, it could actually appeal to the right crowd. For some further insight into the ViewPhone 3, be sure to check the video after the break.
Gallery: ViewSonic ViewPhone 3 hands-on
- iPad 3 rumored to bring faster CPU, higher-resolution display and LTE this March
On one hand, it’s just another iPad rumor. On the other, there’s an interesting wrinkle here that hasn’t been confirmed — let alone talked about seriously — in past reports. Bloomberg is reporting that the iPad 3 will go on sale as early as March, boasting a higher-resolution screen, a speedier processor and support for “next-generation wireless networks.” According to the all-common “unnamed sources,” the outfit’s manufacturing partners are purportedly “ramping up production” of the device this month, with full volume to be hit by February. Within, you’ll supposedly find a quad-core chip and support for LTE, but it’s unclear whether or not both AT&T and Verizon’s 4G networks will be supported.
As it stands, the iPad 2 can be purchased with a Verizon 3G or AT&T 3G module within, and we highly doubt Apple would prefer to launch the next iPad with LTE support on just one or the other. Moreover, the solidification of LTE within the iPad is the best confirmation yet that the wireless spec will also be a part of the iPhone 5; granted, that’s far from written in stone, but if Apple has managed to get battery life to a comfortable place, there’s no reason to not give prospective buyers an avenue to hop on the faster mobile superhighway.
iPad 3 rumored to bring faster CPU, higher-resolution display and LTE this March originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- KDDI and Kyocera create speaker-free smartphone, we go hands-on (video)Leave it to the Japanese to blast us away with another sweet smartphone feature we’ve never seen before. This Kyocera handset, running what appears to be a heavily skinned Android OS, has had its earpiece summarily disposed with, preferring to transfer your phone-call audio through vibrational technology. Due to the way this works through physical contact, it means you can actually touch any part of the phone with your ear to transmit audio. It’ll even work through hats, in-ear headphones and — as demonstrated above by the brilliant Mr. Suzuki (above) — over noise-cancelling headphones. So how many years until we get to see this in real phones? You’ll be happy to hear that the team-up between Kyocera and Japanese carrier KDDI is a real-world technology that will arrive in Japanese customer’s hands later this year. However, further availability outside of the Land of the Rising Sun remains out of ear-shot.
Amar Toor contributed to this post
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- Spotted: Samsung’s 17-inch Series 7 Chronos laptop
And then there were three. The first time we saw Samsung’s Series 7 Chronos, we knew it was going to be offered in two mainstream sizes — 14 and 15.6 inches — but now we know the line’s going to include a desktop replacement as well. The company’s soon to ship a 17-inch model with a matte, 300-nit, 1080p display, next-gen Core i7 processor, JBL speakers and some unspecified ATI graphics card with 2GB of video memory. As you’d imagine, the industrial design is identical to the 15-inch version we reviewed, and incorporates the same SuperBright display used on the Series 5 Chromebook and Ultrabooks. Which is to say it’s bright with decent viewing angles, though not quite as sunny as the screens used on Samsung’s Series 9 laptops. No word yet on when and where it’ll go on sale, but we’re hearing it’ll run for $1,499 when it does show up. In the meantime, we’ve got some requisite hands-on photos below for your viewing pleasure.
Spotted: Samsung’s 17-inch Series 7 Chronos laptop originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Toshiba (update: video embedded)Toshiba’s senior product manager swings by to talk about Toshiba’s ever growing product line and the future of their brand. Join us live at 3:00PM ET.
Correction: The Toshiba Excite X10′s correct pricing is $529.99 MSRP for 16GB and $599.99 MSRP for 32GB
Update: Interview video now embedded.
Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with Toshiba (update: video embedded) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.