CES 2013: Thursday Roundup
While CES officially runs through the end of the week, the big unveils and tech demos of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show have come and gone. With nothing in the way of big breaking news yesterday, I thought that today’s CES Roundup would be a good time to look back at some of the more interesting news that we haven’t covered so far.
NVIDIA Tegra 4 – It’s the world’s fastest mobile processor. Can I ask what we’ll use it for?
When I mentioned the new NVIDIA Project Shield portable/handheld console on Monday, I kinda overlooked NVIDIA’s big announcement. They officially unveiled their new Tegra 4 processor which they’re promoting as the world’s fastest mobile processor.
It’s a quad-core processor with four Cortex A15 CPU cores, 72 GeForce GPU cores and 4G LTE network compatibility. It also comes with a new internal graphics processing engine which NVIDIA says gives the Tegra 4 ten times faster image processing and rendering. Just for added fun, the Tegra 4 will have 4K Ultra HD video support. So your phone will soon be able to handle higher resolution video than even your TV can handle. I’m not sure whether that’s funny or not.
Sony Xperia – Sony looks to step up to be a major mobile player
One of the best looking phones at CES was the new Sony Xperia. The Xperia unveiled the Z and ZL versions of the phone which are both over 5″ in size, have 1080p screens powered by 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processors and 2 GB of RAM. The phones will run on Android 4.1 (AKA Jelly Bean), have 16 GB of storage and a 13 MP camera. Thanks to the camera and Sony’s software, not only will this phone show you 1080p HD video but you can film 1080p HD video. You know, I’m already in the market for a new phone. I’m hoping the Q1 2013 release target sticks.
REDRAY – Could RED be better than Blu?
If you’re a film buff, you’ve probably heard of RED. They made the then-groundbreaking RED One digital video camera which was among the first 4K video cameras released. They’re back with a 4K movie streaming box which just so happens to complement their raison d’être. The Redray player has a 1 TB hard drive for movie storage. RED says that movies will be streamed by a service called Odemax whose website is short on details but does confirm their partnership with RED. The Redray was on display at CES and reported video quality is good even with compressed video files.