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CES 2012: Smartphones getting larger; tablets are getting smaller

by Blogger on ‎01-12-2012 07:42 PM - last edited on ‎01-07-2013 01:18 PM by Retired Administrator

GalaxyNoteFutureShop.jpgThe Samsung Galaxy Note is drawing-in crowds at the company's massive booth. By smartphones standards, it's a whopping 5.3” operating on a Gingerbread (Android 2.3) platform and serves a mini tablet. It comes equipped with a stylus pen, dubbed the “S Pen.” Data plans that will be offered in the U.S. through 4G LTE connections via major carriers. Its launch date is TBA, but it will makes its way to Canada.

 

Smartphones are getting larger. Tablets on the other hand, are shrinking. Toshiba, for example, is showcasing its newest tablet prototypes in a variety of sizes starting at 5.1”, progressing to 7.7” and up to 13.3”.

 

Toshiba’s 5.1” tablet was unique not only by size, but also the fact it uses a 21:9 aspect ratio screen. The 7.7” tablet is equipped with a beautiful AMOLED screen. There was a 10.1” tablet on display labeled as the world’s thinnest tablet 10” tablet. Finally, the largest tablet on display at Toshiba’s booth measuring 13.3” needs two hands to handle it and takes viewing media or playing Angry Birds to the next level.

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The most exciting tablet at Toshiba’s booth was the Toshiba Excite X10, a 10” Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) powered device. The Excite X10 boasts some other impressive features:

  • Gorilla Glass protecting its 1280x800p in-plane switching display
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Front and rear cameras (two megapixels and five megapixels respectively)
  • Micro HDMI, micro USB ports and a micro SD card slot

 

Aside from the details above, we’re left guessing when the Excite X10 will release at Canada. Future Shop carried the Toshiba Thrive at launch so you can expect announcements for the Excite X10 to be announced this year.

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