CES 2013: What Can We Expect for Mobiles and Tablets?

Jan 31

January 8th saw the launch of one of this year’s major events in Las Vegas – the Annual Consumer Electronics Show. As the world’s biggest electronics and technology companies descended on this once-a-year stage, journalists and tech-fans alike queued for hours to get a glimpse of the newest hardware and software to be hitting our shelves in the coming months.

Unsurprisingly, phones and tablet devices were the main focus of the show, and many predict 2013 will be the year of mobile media. From iPads to HTCs, Windows Surface to Google Nexus, there are hordes of gadgets ready to hit the consumer market, and just for you we’ve separated the good from the bad and the ugly.

The Samsung Galaxy S4

Releasing their ‘something new’ trailer to waves of budding smart phone enthusiasts, Samsung have had the tech world giants (namely Apple and Windows) firmly on the tiptoes for the last few years. So what did the Korean tech giant have to offer at this year’s Annual Consumer Electronics Show? Although no official design was released, experts predict that the Galaxy S4 is next on the list of ground breaking devices from Samsung.

Whether it’s going up against the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, we’re not sure, but one thing we do know is that this is a device to keep your eyes on. Rumoured to have an amazing five-inch screen display, improved touch screen technology and an even faster processor, the Galaxy S3 will look like a fax machine in comparison.

The ZTE Grand S

Although most haven’t even heard of this Chinese mobile maker, they’ve already made waves in the Asian mobile market. Stating that they’ll be displaying their new model at the Annual Consumer Electronics Show, experts believe that this will be one of the slimmest phones on the market. Its features reflect traditional Chinese design and style, and will also benefit from a five-inch screen.

The Asus Windows 8 Tablets

Asus have a reputation for revealing big products and designs at consumer electronics events, so this year we’re predicting something big. Not only is their presentation always spot on (usually courtesy of CEO Jerry Shen), but having partnered with Windows for their latest range of tablets, we’re pretty excited.

If you’re expecting something completely out of the blue from Asus, prepare to be disappointed, as we firmly believe Windows have the reins on this partnership. Windows have had to completely redesign their operating system (Windows 8) for a new launch late last year, so the last thing they want is brash and wacky designs. We’re predicting functionality and more user control for this range of tablets.


HTC continue to lose ground in the smartphone market, but 2013 could be the year that the company turns it around. The M7 is a 1080p HD phone, and experts predict that the model will certainly be able to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Pumped full of Android Jelly Bean and with a unibody design, the smartphone does look promising. Whether it will be able to handle the copious number of software updates Google will throw its way is another question altogether.

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