CES 2012 preview: we're here
The International CES 2012 is now upon us and Pocket-lint is on the ground in Las Vegas, ready and poised to bring you all the action as it happens. But what will be at the biggest consumer electronics trade show this year to get us all excited about the months ahead in the gadget arena?
Pocket-lint will be covering the event live from the city of sin for the next week bringing you around the clock coverage of all the latest news, our impressions of the latest gadgets, interviews, features, photos, and everything in between.
So what can you expect from Pocket-lint?
All the latest announcements from the world of consumer electronics, live coverage of all the keynotes on Monday, photo galleries and First Look reviews, exclusive stories and the low down on what's what as it's happening from all the exhibitors at the show right through to Friday.
Here are the products that we know or expect will be at the show in Las Vegas:
CES isn't traditionally a platform for launching a new smartphone, with the mobile phone industry preferring Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February as the place to launch their flagship devices, however that won't stop some companies launching handsets either destined for Europe or the US.
This year we are expecting the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD, an update to the Arc launched at CES last year, as well as a handful of other smartphones too from the company. We also get to find out whether the company opts to launch them under the Sony, or Sony Ericsson moniker.
But it is not just Sony (Ericsson) launching phones. Nokia will be at CES too with the company expected to announce the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 for the US market. It, if leaked specs are to be believed, a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen version of the Nokia Lumia 800 launched in the UK in November. Our sources suggest this won't however be coming to the UK anytime soon with Nokia focusing efforts on the 900 in the USA first.
Samsung is bound to have a bevy of new phones littered around its stand and rumours suggest the US will finally be getting the Samsung Galaxy Note supposedly on AT&T.
You may just think that there is only one tablet to concern yourself with, but that's not what the rest of the industry thinks, and it will continue to show the love for the form factor at this year's CES 2012 in the usual style.
At CES in 2011 we counted over 26 tablet launches and that was just from the major manufacturers we wanted to tell you about. You can expect the same level of confusion this year around with everyone trying to tweak their offering.
The ones to look out for will be from Acer - the Acer Iconia Tab A200 (and possibly the A700 as well), and Asus with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with Ice Cream Sandwich. Asus might also possibly be showing a 7-inch Asus Transformer Prime Mini too.
We are also expecting a Toshiba tablet, new models from Viewsonic and an array of developer devices from Nvidia (Tegra 3) and Qualcomm (S4). Both will be showing off the next-generation of what is possible even if the actual devices themselves aren't ready for showing.
CES used to stand for the Consumer Electronics Show (according to the organisers it is now just CES) and that means laptops too. This year LG has already confirmed that it will be launching a new ultrabook model - the LG Z330 and Z430 Ultrabook duo - as well as some more boring "work" models too boot.
But LG isn't the only company looking to change the way we work. Asus, HP, Samsung, and Dell are all promising new models as well. Expect everything to be thin, expect everything to be deemed an ultrabook even if it isn't, and expect you to look at your current model, or worse the one you got for Christmas, with the usual disdain that you'll see on any kid has seen a better version of the toy they already have.
Powering it all will be Microsoft and we suspect that most stands, be it on the show floor or behind closed doors, will be showing off what their devices look like with Windows 8 due out later in the year.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be delivering a keynote at the show and all the money is on him detailing Windows 8 ahead of the public beta expected in February. It's the last time Microsoft is attending CES so expect it to want to go out with a bang.
The world of cameras used to have their moment in the sun later in the year at an event called PMA. No longer. Last year the organisers of PMA decided that there wasn't enough product launches at CES to be lost in the battle for centre stage so decided to merge their event in with CES. The result is that we'll see lots of camera launches at CES, or as we've been told by the organisers the 2012 International CES.
The ones we know about include launches from Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, Sony, and Fujifilm. We also expect Casio to be announcing a new camera or cameras and would have thought Kodak would be on that list too, but given the recent issues it is having (bankruptcy) we now very much doubt it.
When CES first started the main focus was around televisions and while TVs still play a big part in the show the focus has moved away somewhat to the greater gadget good.
Still that doesn't mean there won't be new TVs vying for attention in the hot halls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
LG has already confirmed that it will be showing off its shiny 55-inch OLED television that is just 5mm thick as well as a 4K screen and its LG Google TV set top box that will be launching in the US in 2012 and the UK in 2013.
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba are also expected to have new models at the show offering all the latest whizz-bangs, 3D, 4K, and streaming services galore.
Roku, a company that makes streaming boxes, has a different idea to how we should be consuming television and has launched a set top box in a USB stick that you stick into your TV to stream a number of services like Netflix.
Aside from the major categories we expect there to be plenty of everything else in between. Whether that is cube shaped mice from Logitech, crazy iPhone docks from all on sundry and bizarre Android powered beer openers or iPad cases you just know that buried in a booth somewhere at the back of the Las Vegas Convention Centre will be the gadget you think you've always wanted, but in reality would never get it out of the box.