The Best Tablets and Smartphones of CES 2013
The latest and greatest in mobile hardware.
Year after year, CES serves as the launching point for some of the most anticipated smartphones and tablets, and this year's show was no exception. We've traversed the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, hunting down the hottest, most innovative devices. We've rounded up the front-runners, which are certain to be contenders for our regular Best of CES awards. So, without further adieu, here are the mobile devices that could soon be topping your wishlist.
Sony's Xperia Z
The Xperia Z isn't just one of the best looking phones at CES, it's one of the best looking Android phones we've used. With a sleek, minimalist design, powerful hardware, and Sony's renowned video processing and camera technology, the Z is the new flagship in the Xperia line. While Sony has yet to commit to specific pricing, carriers, or release beyond a general Q1 estimate, the Xperia Z could turn out to be a key player in the Android market. To read more about the Xperia Z, check out our hands-on impressions.
Huawei's Ascend Mate
This year, China-based manufacturer Huawei introduced the largest smartphone display to-date. Clocking in at a whopping 6.1-inches, the Ascend Mate is absolutely massive, but don't be fooled — it's hardly a gimmick. The Ascend Mate is thin, well-designed, and the 1080p IPS+ display is absolutely gorgeous. It's got plenty of power inside provided by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and it's running the latest version of Android — 4.1 Jellybean. Of course, such demanding specs require significant power, so Huawei has dropped in a staggeringly large 4,050mAh battery. Of course, there's no telling if smartphone shoppers will want a phone so large, but it's without question one of the coolest devices on-display in Las Vegas this week. Read more of our hands-on impressions.
Vizio's 5-inch and 4.7-inch Android Phones
In 2011, Vizio introduced a smartphone prototype at CES, which unfortunately never made it to market. However, this year, the company is back in the game with a pair of Android handsets scheduled for release in China (and later, possibly North America). While Vizio's first foray wasn't much to look at, it's latest efforts look great. Both feature sleek designs, powerful internals, and bright, colorful 720p displays. Now, if only we could persuade the company to offer them in the United States.
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