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CES 2011 Day 2 - more eye catching goodies

CES 2011 Day 2 - more eye catching goodies

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VZW_LTE_HTC_ThunderboltLike yesterday, there were a number of products that were announced and shown off today.  Verizon seemed to be everywhere with their wireless LTE announcements and devices. 

The new HTC Thunderbolt is a looker.  It looks very much like the HTC EVO to me and considering how popular that phone has been on the Sprint 4G network, I’m sure Verizon will do very well with it. 

Verizon Wireless also announced the LG Revolution.  Looks like a great phone, too.  I can’t wait to see both in person.  Here are some of the specs on the HTC Thunderbolt:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • Android 2.2 platform
  • 32GB microSD card included
  • HTC Sense 2.0 with new features, including Fast Boot
  • Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
  • Dolby and SRS surround sound
  • Fully integrated Skype mobile experience
  • 720p HD video recording
  • DLNA streaming multimedia support

Next up is the Xi3 Modular Computer. What an enticing little box. I mean look at it.  Small and light.  Check out the website.  They have some interesting wall and LCD panel mounts.  They also have some interesting connectable Z3RO modules. I smell another multi-module Hanselbot in the making.

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And if you like small single purpose devices, look no further than the Razer Switchblade.  This is a kick ass little gaming device with a fascinating keyboard that changes the LED keys depending on the game being played.  I think it’s a very innovative design.  Be sure to checkout the gallery for some of the other games being played and pay particular attention to the keyboard changes in the pictures.  Very kewl.

See Engadget’s article on this little beast at http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/razer-switchblade-preview-3g-intel-oak-trail-almost-definitel/.

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Last and certainly not least is the ASUS Transformer.  I’ll be darned if I can find the announcement for this slate on the ASUS Global or USA site.  When ASUS decides to post a proper announcement on one of their websites and makes it discoverable, I’ll try to come back here and update the link on the picture. 

As you can see below, the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer can be docked into a keyboard or used as a handheld slate device.  Like all of the devices in this category, it’ll be a little longer before they hit the market which is fine with me.  I’m not rushing to buy anything at the moment and will wait for the reviews to come in.  Sure looks like an interesting device.

ASUS_Transformer

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  • The keyboard on the Razer Switchblade reminds me a lot of the Optimus keyboard by Art Lebedev:

    www.artlebedev.com/.../optimus

    I wouldn't mind seeing this design make its way into more laptops.

  • Exactly what I thought when I saw the pics at the Razer site and gallery.  What a cool use of the tech.