For four days in January CES descends on Las Vegas and the world’s biggest tech companies scramble to show off their latest products, ideas and innovations.
It’s the place to spot previews and tech trends that will define the rest of the year and, with less than two months to go, the rumours and leaks are already starting to spill.
CES started way back in 1967 as a humble trade show in New York City attracting around 100 exhibitors and 17,500 guests. Since then, it’s swapped to Sin City and regularly pulls in well over 130,000 attendees.
Some notable CES technology launches have included the VCR, DVD and Blu-ray formats, Microsoft’s original Xbox as well as OLED and 3DHD TVs. There was plenty of exciting kit on display at last year’s CES and we’re expecting 2013 to be no different.
We’re expecting some lightning keynote speeches, previews of some of the hottest tech in the land and hopefully, a couple of outrageous concepts all crammed into the four days from January 8th to January 11th, 2013.
CES 2013: Cameras
Canon EOS 7D Mark II: According to photography site Northlight Images, we could be seeing a new premium DSLR from Canon in the form of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The original Canon EOS 7D launched back in 2009, so is probably due for an upgrade.
If you don’t want a full-frame DSLR, then Canon’s current EOS 7D is the company’s top offering, so a new version is almost certainly in the works. Rumoured specs include a frame rate of 10fps and an APS-C sensor of 25MP. The question is whether the Japanese company will plan a reveal at CES 2013.
Sony Cybershot RX-1: This powerful compact camera has already been given the CES Innovation Award so it’s no secret that Sony will be touting it around the Vegas trade show. Boasting a 24.3 million pixel CMOS full-frame sensor, this is making a play for the ultra-premium compact camera podium traditionally enjoyed by Leica.
At a rumoured retail price of £2,500 this is going to be one for the professionals and serious camera enthusiasts. The fixed length, 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens should result in some rather nice looking pictures though.
CES 2013: Smartphones
Huawei Ascend W1: Huawei will signal its entrance to the Windows Phone 8 arena with the Huawei Ascend W1 handset – with various sources all but certain CES2013 will provide the staging ground.
According to reports, the Ascend will pack in a 1.4GHz processor, 2000mAh battery and a slightly smaller-than-we’re-used to 4-inch WVGA display showing off those lovely Windows 8 live tiles.
A couple of pictures of the handset have also surfaced on Twitter, showing a couple of different colours to choose from.
Source: Know Your Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S4: No CES rumours piece would be complete without a mention of the possible appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S4. There is plenty of speculation that Samsung’s next offering could make an appearance - but more likely the South Korean company is holding back until MWC 2013 in Barcelona.
Details have slowly been leaking about what might be in store for the next Galaxy handset. So far, we’re holding out hope for a 4.9-inch Super AMOLED touch screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a 441 PPI.
Other sites are claiming we’ll see a 2GHz quad-core processor with an 8-core GPU and 4G support. There have also been whisperings of new type of on-board memory chip that gives you 64GB of memory without compromising on the thickness of the handset.
Whatever Samsung is planning, it’s early days yet and if we were betting types, we wouldn’t put money on a CES 2013 reveal for this device. Stay tuned for MWC though.
Sony "Yuga": Sony is on an all-out smartphone assault at the moment. After hooking up James Bond with the Sony Xperia T and putting out an affordable handset in the Sony Xperia J, the newest flagship model could be on course for a CES 2013 reveal.
Sony has already confirmed they will be bringing us a new handset next year; we just have to wait and see if they’ll give us a peek at CES.
Sony’s Mobile Sales and Marketing VP Dennis van Schie spoke to Germany’s Financial Times to confirm Sony has a handset in the works, and was sure to name-drop the iPhone 5 as the chief rival for this new device.
According to Android Headlines, we could be seeing a 5-inch 1080p screen and a quad-core S4 processor in the new smartphone, which we believe to be codenamed “Yuga”.
Source: Android Headlines
CES 2013: TVs
CES has been the benchmark for television technology for years now – both OLED and 3D had a big presence at the last two shows, and we’re expecting 4K to be a massive draw this time around.
Samsung Ultra HD TV: Yet again, Samsung appears to be taking much of the headlines when it comes to TV with a new 85-inch Ultra HD (4K) 3D TV that has already won a CES 2013 Innovation Award.
We haven’t heard much by way of specs, but to be a legit 4K TV, it will need a pixel resolution of at least 3840 x 2160 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. We’re sure that when the show rolls around Samsung will talk us through (in minute detail) all the wonderful tech crammed inside.
CES 2013: Tablets
Nvidia: If there was a decent tablet out this year, chances are it had Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip stashed inside. Word is that the Nvidia Tegra 4 chip is in development and could make an appearance at CES 2013. This would be a good indicator for the tablets of 2013.
Although early expectations put the Tegra 4 chip at speeds of 1.8GHz, there’s no reason to think it won’t be firing at 2.0GHzs as 2013 rolls on.
The radio waves are still quiet on whether we’ll see an Android or Windows 8 tablet running on Tegra 4 appearing at CES 2013.
Nokia "Senna" tablet: Following a dramatic re-invention of its smartphone business with the likes of the colourful Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset, Nokia could now be planning its first tablet.
According to mynokiablog, the Finns are working on a Windows 8 RT tablet codenamed “Senna” that could make an appearance in early 2013.
Specification details are thin to say the least, with the only snippets being that it will sport an 8MP rear-facing camera and come in a range of colours.
Stay tuned to T3.com as we’ll hit you with all the latest news, rumours and pictures in the run up to CES 2013.