CES 2011 is over, and life will resume to normal (once Verizon make’s its announcement). But what have I (and you) gathered from this spectacular geek fest?
I’m not going to post links to what was announced and showcased at CES this year, you can already check that out on Engadget, Gizmodo and plenty of other tech blogs that were ACTUALLY there. Here are some of my thoughts after following all the blogs and the events of CES for the last few days 1. There was an overload of Android devices. Cellphones and tablets, all slapped with some form of Android OS (2.3/3.0). 2. 4G announcements from ATT and Verizon (even though the standard was NOT actually 4G but marketing is a powerful tool, and supposedly ITU rolled back on it’s definition of 4G). 3. Tonnes of 4G phone launches from HTC, Motorola and Samsung. 4. Motorola is seriously pushing bleeding (beyond cutting) edge hardware in their phones and tablets (AtrixandXoom) 5. Dual core phones are now a reality, and in exhibit A, we have Motorola Atrix. 6. LED TV’s will become really cheap (because the market is about to get flooded with 3D LED TV’s). 7. Microsoft Surface is ridiculously appealing.
There were quite a few other announcements and launches but they sadly did not entice me enough to post about them. For the most part, CES essentially lays out a path for what you need to start saving up for. For example, Intel just released their entire new Core i3/5/7 lineup few days prior to CES and a few machines on display at CES had this “Sandy Bridge” line of chips already pre-installed, with availabilities for the next month or so. The TV’s announced there would also be available for purchase in this quarter itself. Phone’s are either readily available, or will be very, very soon. The expected roll out for the 4G networks (a.k.a LTE) is expected to take the next year or so.
All in all, 2011 looks bright for us geeks getting bored of our Christmas gifts which will be obsolete by the time these gadget’s hit the shelves (seriously).