CES 2012: What we can expect from it
World’s largest technology expo,is going to start on 10th Jan and we’re already geared up to report every single happening at CES 2012. In case you’re too anxious to know what CES 2012 is all about, we’ve added some expected and rumored stuff to happen this year at the expo.
Microsoft planned to leave the trade show from CES ’13 onward
The very first in the list which you must know about (although many of you might be knowing about it..) is that Microsoft has decided to leave CES from 2013 onward. This is an official announcement made about a week ago.
So, CES 2012 will be the last year for Microsoft in which the software giant would be showing off some of its upcoming products. Frank Shaw, head of corporate communications at Microsoft stated, “We won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don’t align with the show’s January timing… It feels like the right time to make this transition.”
Windows Phone and Amazing Everyday event
Last week, Nokia sent out press invitations for the Amazing Everyday event that is to be held at CES on 9th Jan. Later on it was speculated that the event must be bringing more lights on its Lumia/Windows Phone lineups. Meanwhile a Nokia employee from Finland spilled some information regarding the event. He told (officially unconfirmed as of yet) that Nokia will debut Lumia 719 and Lumia 900 at the event – the devices will sport the upcoming and unannounced version of Windows Phone – “Tango”. So going by his words, it might be a collaborative event with Microsoft for the launch of Windows Phone Tango.
Recently, a roadmap of Windows Phone 7 series was leaked on web. It defines the release timing of the past two versions of Windows Phones and Tango devices (at Q2 2012) followed by Apollo later in the year. So the roadmap too adds up confirmation on Tango launch at CES. Remember the date – 9th Jan. Nokia Ace, an LTE based Windows Phone for AT&T might also make an appearance at CES.
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Smart TVs; LG’s affordable 55 inch OLED panel, and 84 inch ‘ultra high definition’ TV
Korean manufacturer Samsung released a teaser video for its upcoming Smart TV lineup, and Sammy wants us to wait until CES as it’s going to reveal the new lineup at the expo. On the other hand Lenovo confirmed its Smart TV named LeTV which will also be shown up at CES. LeTV with 200GB storage capacity will feature cloud storage service which can sync medias between connected devices.
About a month ago, Samsung and LG were reportedly said that they will be showcasing 55 inch OLED TV panels at CES 2012. Few days ago LG confirmed that it will be putting on its 55 inch OLED panel at the expo. LG claims that its OLED panel uses Oxide TFT technology, a cost effective solution than LTPS for backplanes which is being used in exisiting OLED displays.
“Our objective has always been to actively define and lead emerging display technology markets. Although OLED technology is seen as the future of TV display, the technology has been limited to smaller display sizes and by high costs, until now. LG Display’s 55-inch OLED TV panel has overcome these barriers.”
— said Dr. Sang Beom Han, CEO and Executive Vice President of LG Display.
There’s no announcement from Samsung though, so we can’t really say whether Sammy’s 55 inch OLED is also using similar-to-LG technology for reducing the cost or not. Samsung didn’t yet confirm the showcase of its 55 inch OLED at CES.
LG will also be showcasing world’s largest (84 inch) UHD (ultra high definition) television. This mighty TV after being displayed at Society for Information Display (SID) 2010, is all set to amaze CES 2012 attendees. It bears twice the full HD resolution that is 3840×2160. Undoubtedly it’ll be one of most expensive TVs which also includes features like 3D and Smart TV.
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We’ll definitely carry more stories when CES 2012 opens for press on 8th Jan. So stay with us while we bring you more updates on happenings at CES. Go right here in case you want to dig in to our CES 2011 coverage.