My two favourite announcements from CES 2013

The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a major technology-related trade show held each January in Las Vegas and was held last week. Lots of new devices and gadgets, electronic goods were showcased, but out of the pack there were two that caught my eye, the Sony Xperia Z and the Huawei Ascend Mate.

Sony Xperia Z

The Sony Xperia Z seems to have it all. This is the company’s first 5″ smartphone, but to make that really sing out it is their first 1080p screen (1080 x 1920 pixels) with a pixel density of ~441 ppi, which makes the iPhone 5′s ppi of ~326 look poor which it simply isn’t. The screen also runs the Sony Mobile Bravia engine 2 which as Sony claim boosts the screen brightness and clarity. The Xperia Z also comes with a 13MP camera, with an autofocus and 16x digital zoom. The camera also has included Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile which they again claim is the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones. There is just so much packed into this 1.5GHz quad-core powered phone, including running on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 with a planned upgrade to 4.2 coming soon, and a battery tweak that shuts down apps when the screen is off, and jump starts them once woken from sleep. It really is the mother of all Sony phones, and is due out in March. Vodafone have said they will be stocking it, but pricing has not yet been announced.

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate

Also announced at The CES 2013 was something I’m a big fan of and that’s large-screened phones. Huawei unveiled the world’s largest screen on a smartphone, with the Huawei Ascend Mate. The Ascend Mate has a 6.1″ 720p screen, covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass which at that size you’d want to protect. By way of comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note II has a 5.5″ screen, which they consider to be a real hybrid between a phone and tablet they have coined the phablet and, the iPhone 5 only packs a 4″ screen. Like the Sony, the Huawei Ascend Mate is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This phone, like the Sony also has some clever battery trickery, but not in the way it preserves power, but by how it replenishes it. Huawei, the Chinese firm claim thanks to some proprietary intellect, the Ascend Mate has the fastest battery charge up time of any similar smartphone (the basis of which has not been defined – 1.5GHz quad-core phones or 6.1″ screened phones, of which there are none) going from empty to fully charged 30% faster than competitors. The phone is due out in February but no official release dates have been announced yet.

Personally speaking, I would prefer if manufacturers concentrated on boosting power up times through USB when connected to a PC, as most often a phone is charged overnight when it doesn’t matter how fast it charges, as long as it reaches 100% by the time we awaken.

I certainly feel these are the best to announcements that occurred at The CES 2013 last week, and I hope this has whet your appetite for the phones and will be lining up to purchase one of them. I myself am interested in the Huawei Ascend Mate thanks to its huge screen!

- Graham - @mobilife_graham - follow me, tweet and get social.

About Graham

My First phone was the Nokia 3210, sometimes when I get fed up of all technology, I wish I could go back to using it, a simpler time. I am currently using the Samsung Galaxy Note II, running CyanogenMod 10.1 on the basis I dislike bloatware and prefer anything that improves performance and battery life. I love all things techy, especially from the phone world. I get obsessed with release dates and rumoured features.! My only real pet peeves are back-pedaling politicians and sucky gadgets, both of which I just feel shouldn't exist in our Li-Ion fueled world. Graham (@mobilife_graham)
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