CES 2012: sneak preview of everything that's leaked so far

This is it. Our plane's landed in Las Vegas and we're scurrying over to the first of many pre-CES 2012 press conferences as you're reading this. While the festivities don't quite officially begin until Tuesday (that's when the show floor for the Las Vegas Convention Center opens), most of the gadget goodies have already leaked or were announced in the last few days.



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Tablets

Gunning for the "thinnest and lightest tablet" award, Toshiba is expected to unveil a 10.1-inch (1280x720 resolution) tablet with a profile of just 7.7mm. That's 13 percent slimmer than an iPad 2. It'll reportedly run Android 3.2 Honeycomb and sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, one USB 2.0 port, 2-megapixel front cam, 5-megapixel rear cam, HDMI port and up to 32GB of storage.

Remember the OLPC tablet from 2009? It's back and it's called the XO-3 tablet. Rumored to be priced at $100, the XO-3 is said to be an 8-inch tablet with a full-sized USB port. Created by Nicholas Negroponte, the XO-3 is aimed at developing countries and will be capable of being powered by solar panels and hand cranks in addition to its battery. A tablet for every child? Why not?

Revealed in the run up to CES, Acer decided to announce its $330 A200 tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb before CES even started. For what's considered a low price for many, you're getting a 10.1-inch tablet, but there's a caveat: you'll only have 8GB of storage. Twenty extra bucks will get you double that storage.

Asus will apparently be joining the 7-inchers with a 7-inch tablet of its own, tentatively dubbed the "Transformer Prime Mini." While not quite as alluring as Acer's inexpensive tablet, the Mini is rumored to have a 1280x800 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB to 64GB of storage, 3G and Wi-Fi and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Oh and get this, it might have its very own optional keyboard dock, maybe. That's not all for Asus. According to NetbookNews, Asus has confirmed that an ARM-based Transformer Prime tablet running Windows 8 is on track for March.

Polaroid didn't deliver with its Lady Gaga wares. This year it's doing tablets. Tablets that emphasize cameras according to Engadget

At last, RIM is showing off the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. It's a year late, but we hope the Android support hasn't been canned.


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PCs

Vizio, conquerers of affordable HDTVs is entering the PC business. According to Bloomberg Vizio will be showing off a 24-inch and 27-inch all-in-on PC with stylish looks to go head-to-head with Apple's successful iMac business. In these pics courtesy of Mashable, we can see that Vizio will sell its own version of Apple's Magic TrackPad. Way to bring on the clones!


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Ultrabooks

Forget Ultrabooks. LG thinks its Ultrabooks are so special, it's dubbing them "Super Ultrabooks." Announced days ago, the LG Z330 (13-inch) and Z430 (14-inch) look to be impossibly thin with thicknesses of 14.7mm and 19.9mm, respectively. Specs include Core i3/i5/i7 processors, loads of SSD storage, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, card reader, HDMI and a 1.3-megapixel webcam.

In addition to PCs, Vizio will also unwrap 14-inch and 15.6-inch notebooks (Ultrabooks?). The key to Vizio's "disruption" strategy? Price. Vizio's Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae told Bloomberg that the PCs will come at "a price that just doesn't seem possible." Mashable has a nice collection of teaser pics here.

Not only will Toshiba have the world's thinnest tablet, but it wants to have the world's thinnest Ultrabook too. To be fair, nobody knows for sure if it's going to be a crazy thin new Ultrabook, or just the Z830. Not that it matters, Toshiba would only dethrone itself.

Lenovo ousted its own Ultrabooks ahead of CES as well. They're pretty standard looking ThinkPads, but with two main selling points: Ivy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports.


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Smartphones

Motorola dropped a strange video showing what looks to be a USB charger with two ports morphing into a proprietary plug, and ending with a "Stay Unplugged" tease. What's Motorola planning this year? Perhaps a form of wireless charging? But for what? Smartphones or tablets? Both? Stay tuned.

It's a secret no more. The New York Times has seemingly confirmed the existence of Nokia's Lumia 900. It's practically exactly as rumored. But with one more thing: a front facing camera. Finally. 

Samsung's massive Galaxy Note with its 5.3-inch smartphone is more like a mini-tablet, and will finally see the light of day in the U.S. Featuring a 1280x768 display, support for a stylus and an impressive 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p HD video, the Note is sure to be a charmer.


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HDTVs

Yeah, we know, CES is mostly filled with TVs from the future, but LG's doesn't seem to mind showing off it's displays. Hinted at a few months ago, LG is set to overload everybody's eyeballs with three Cinema 3D Smart TV. Besides 2D to 3D conversion technology and a 20 percent lighter than previous LG Cinema 3D TVs claim, the bezel on these suckers is only 1mm. Yes, that's almost no bezel at all, my friend.

We don't even have OLED TVs yet, and Samsung's already pushing out the next thing for TVs. We're not sure what a "Super OLED TV" would achieve, but we're hoping it's super bright, super thin and has some really good glasses-free 3D or something.



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Robots

Engadget spied a banner for what is clearly Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0. Speculation is abound that it might feature better cameras as well as social networking features based on the signage saying "Fly - Record - Share." We love the little copter and we're hoping to catch it in action at CES for ourselves.


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Gaming

Last year Razer stole the show with its Switchblade gaming netbook concept that never became a real product, but this time, the gaming company is teasing PC gaming on an "all-new form factor." Called Project Fiona, the YouTube teaser shows gameplay for Hawx 2 and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Razer's is hyping as "just badass." We hope so!

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