The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Vegas every January is usually the place where new products are announced and unveiled to the general public. Often, final details of new products are kept under wrap, to build suspense until the show actually begins where they are then rolled out with a bang hoping for an ooh-aah response. However, with the number of press releases hitting my inbox in advance of CES 2012 with very few embargoed until after Jan 10th, I wonder if this trend is really reversing.
Since the cat is out of the bag, sort of speak; let’s have a look at a few of these.
LG Smart Appliances
We’ve already discovered what LG is up to with their 55” inch OLED TV we looked at in a recent post. They’re also coming out with a series of smart appliances like fridges and washing machines that incorporate their upgraded Smart ThinQ technology. This, will not only help you save energy and manage your appliances, it appears that you’ll also be able to get them to talk to each other.
HP, another major player, has also announced in advance, a number of new products including a line of monitors and a souped-up funky looking desktop called the HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix PC. But one item that piqued my attention was the HP Omni 27 PC, HP’s first foray into the 27-inch all in one market.
Looks like they want to compete head to head with the iMac in that department.
The official spec sheets for Canada have not been finalized, but I suspect they will be similar to those in the U.S. It features a high-def display with a flat panel edge-to-edge glass that will tilt up to 25 degrees. They will come with multi-core processors (Core i5 or i7), advanced HD graphics and up to 2TB of storage.
It’s also the first non-touch HP PC to feature HP’s Magic Canvas, so users can work without ever leaving the interface.
Optional on some models are blu-ray drives, a TV tuner and a 30Watt RMS HP Pulse subwoofer.
Availability is expected to be February 19th in Canada, with prices starting at $1,399.99.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid
Lenovo has also announced a number of laptops and ultra notebooks. What caught my attention in this release was the thin and light 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop, which acts both like a laptop as well as a tablet. It comes with a battery life of up to 10 hours, made possible by its ability to switch from Windows to Instant Media Mode (IMM), which runs on a second processor and operating system. With IMM, the X1 runs like a smartphone, remaining turned on and requiring fewer charging sessions. It has many other features including Rapid Charge2, that charges the battery up to 80 per cent in just half an hour.
No final Canadian details, but prices will start at $1599 in the U.S and availability will be in Q2 2012.
Fuji SL280 with 28x Optical Zoom
Fuji has also jumped on the pre announcement bandwagon with the unveiling of 12 new models camera offerings across its HS, F, XP, S, J and A series. One that jumps out is the Fuji FinePix SL280. It features a 24mm wide-angle lens with a humongous 28x optical zoom, a 14MP CCD, a 3” monitor, 720p video recording with in-camera editing and ISO from 64 to 6400. It retails for $289.99.
Nikon D4 FX Multimedia
And one last camera to mention is the Nikon D4. This unit is an FX-Format multimedia digital SLR designed for professional multimedia photographers. It has a 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor along with Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine. It’s fast and ready to shoot in 0.012 seconds. It has a 91,000-colour matrix pixel metering for true precision photography system along with full 1080p recording at 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p. It also has full time autofocus and simultaneous live view output so you can monitor what’s happening on an HDMI display while shooting. These are just a few of the many incredible features it has. The Nikon D4 is expected to available in February and will retail for $5,999 US.
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