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4 years ago

Alcatel Onetouch announces Pop 7 and Pop 8 tablets, we go hands on

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A pair of small tablets launch as part of Alcatel's CES lineup

Also making a CES debut from the folks at Alcatel Onetouch is a pair of tablets, the Pop 7 and Pop 8. Both are aimed at the lower end of the tablet market, and first time tablet buyers. The Pop 7 comes with a 7-inch 1024x600 resolution display, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, and a 2MP rear camera. The black variants as seen here also come with a soft touch back, while the white ones have a glossy finish. 

The ever so slightly higher spec'd Pop 8 has an 8-inch, 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot and a 2MP rear camera. Both come running Android 4.2.2, which has some very slight manufacturer customizations, including a flatter, stylized UI and stylized menus. 

Both tablets will be available in the EMEA region in Q1 2014, at €149 for the 3G variant Pop 7, and €199 for the similarly cellular enabled Pop 8. For our money the more expensive Pop 8 is the smarter buy, with its higher specs, clearer display and smaller bezels.

We've got a few more snaps and of the new tablets after the break. 

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4 years ago

Hands on with the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ and wristband accessory

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We go hands on with Alcatel's newest handset live in Las Vegas

We're here in Las Vegas at CES with Alcatel, and we've had chance to spend a little quality time with its latest Android handset, the Idol X+. Launching today, the Idol X+ is due to go on sale in January beginning in Asia, with selected Russia to follow in Q1. 

The Idol X+ isn't the most spec'd out Android smartphone you'll find, but it's plenty solid enough. Out front we're looking at a 5-inch, 1080p display, and a wholly plastic construction with an exterior trim that bares a pretty accurate resemblance to brushed metal. Down bottom it looks like there's a pair of speakers, but it is in fact only one, with a 13MP camera round the back, and a 2MP 1080p shooter on the front.

At 7.9mm, the Idol X+ is pretty slim, and for a large phone it's plenty light enough to hold. Underneath, the Idol X+ is carrying a new Mediatek MTK6592 octa-core processor, clocked to 2GHz, with 2GB of RAM backing it up, and 16GB of internal storage.

More, including our hands-on video, after the break.

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4 years ago

Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ announced at CES

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Octa-core processor and 1080p display the highlight features on Alcatel's latest handset

Alcatel One Touch is leaping out of the CES gates early with the announcement of its latest Android handset, the Idol X+. With a design familiar to previous Idol devices, the headline hardware specs for the new Idol X+ are the 2 GHz octa-core processor, and the 5-inch 1080p display. 

Other hardware features of note are a 13.1MP rear camera, a 2MP 1080p front facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2500mAh battery. Alcatel also promises that the Idol X+ will pack some good quality, loud audio from the speakers mounted along the bottom edge of the device. 

While there's plenty of decent enough stuff underneath, there's a slight disappointment that the Idol X+ comes to market running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and there's no sign of LTE. No word on specific pricing or availability at this point, though Alcatel did tell us that it will begin shipping in China in January. We've got a hands on look at the new Idol X+ coming your way, and the full press release can be found after the break. 

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4 years ago

Open Automotive Alliance aims to make 2014 the year of Android in cars

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Six founding companies want to see Android devices integrate seamlessly with our vehicles

It's clear that cars are one of the next platforms ready for a jump in innovation, and the newly-formed Open Automotive Alliance plans to lead the charge. Announced quietly via a press release and a post on the Android Google+ page, the OAA is a group that hopes to improve the integration between cars and Android devices. Google, GM, Audi, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA are the six founding members of the OAA, and naturally more companies are welcomed to join.

While initial details are a bit sparse, the broad goal of the OAA seems clear: be for the automotive industry what the Open Handset Alliance is for Android on phones and tablets. The group suggests 2014 can be the year of the connected and intelligent car, explaining that integration between our mobile devices and vehicles should be seamless. Not only for ease of use and entertainment purposes, but most importantly for driver safety.

The basic idea here is to not only push Android into the car itself, but to create a common platform across cars so that Android devices know how to connect and interact with them. If you've spent any time with various phones and cars you know it can be a rather hit-or-miss experience right now — the OAA wants to fix that.

The OAA's website claims that we will see "the first cars with Android integration" by the end of this year. Naturally each manufacturer will be moving at its own pace, but lets hope that now at least a few are moving in the same direction.

Source: OAA; +Android

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4 years ago

NVIDIA Tegra K1 will be available in a dual-processor Denver model

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Two 64-bit CPUs available in next gen Tegra chip

If the fact that 192 CUDA-cores in the Tegra K1 doesn't get your blood pumping, how about a version with two 64-bit A15 processors?

That will be a reality, as the new Tegra K1 will come in two models, with one using a dual CPU configuration of NVIDIA's custom Denver processor.

The demo of the chip running Android was impressive (with animations you won't want to shut off), and the benchmarks will probably require a complete new chart. 

We'll learn more about the new chip when we talk with NVIDIA through the week, but I had to share this for the spec-junkies out there.

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4 years ago

Epic Games bringing Unreal Engine 4 to NVIDIA Tegra K1

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Epic Games looks to take Unreal Engine to the next level with the Tegra K1

Following the announcement of the 192 CUDA-core Tegra K1, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on to announce that Epic Games will be bring their Unreal Engine 4 to the masses via the Tegra K1. 

The Unreal Engine is used in a ton of games on the market to improve graphics and with the combination of Unreal Engine 4 and the 192 CUDA-core Tegra K1, both organizations are working to gaming to the next level.

The demos given on stage looked quite impressive with fantastic detail but it's certainly something we'll all need to go hands-on with in order to fully appreciate. Hit the break for a video demo.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA announces the Tegra K1 SoC with 192 GPU cores

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192 cores all in one processor

NVIDIA has taken stage in Las Vegas at CES to announce some great new things, and among them is the Tegra K1, their latest processor. Making a huge jump from the Tegra 4 the all new Tegra K1 brings 192 cores to the table. This chip, which NVIDIA calls a super chip, will be fully programmable by applications, and will allow all of the cores to be used in parallel.

This year NVIDIA has some large plans with bringing products into consoles and cars, and the Tegra K1 helps bridge that gap. Based on the Keplar technology they will be able to bridge the gap between many of their products all while giving the best experience to every user.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA dedicated to pushing Android on consoles and the auto industry

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Company's 'next steps' outlined at tonight's press event

Nvidia tonight in their CES press event made no bones about what's next on their roadmap, and is ready to push Android to consoles and the auto industry. 

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that these areas are a natural progression after televisions. Putting Android on a console makes perfect sense, because all your digital assets are already there, and the open platform allows anyone and everyone to build something that follows their vision. For Nvidia, this is the reason they built the Shield.

As for your car, Jen says it plainly. You car is the most expensive, most intricate, and most important mobile computer you'll have one day. Android is a perfect fit, because you can have the same data and applications on your mobile device that you do in your vehicle.

While there was no word just when to expect any of this new tech, but Nvidia seems bullish on it. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Pro edition tablets make an early appearance in this giant banner at CES

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Samsung outs themselves ahead of their CES event

If you were hoping for a Pro line of Galaxy tablets from Samsung this year at CES, it looks like you're going to be happy. This incomplete billboard at the Las Vegas Convention Center basically gives up the Galaxy Note Pro and the Galaxy Tab Pro, and we expect Samsung to announce them at their event tomorrow. This isn't the first time this has happened, and we imagine at this point in time Samsung isn't really worried about keeping any big secrets.

While we don't learn much from the banner, it looks like we'll be seeing a new full-size (or bigger if the rumors hold true) version of both the Note tablet and the Galaxy Tab. 

Stay tuned for the whole story tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT. We'll be there to help you sort out what's what.

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4 years ago

Watch NVIDIA's #CESlive press conference live tonight at 8 p.m. PST!

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We're coming at you live tonight from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, where our pals at NVIDIA are going to talk about ... Something. New internals? New devices? Dunno. But they're streaming the the event, so you can follow along with us here.

Check in at 8 p.m. PST — that's 11 p.m. on the East Coast, and 4 a.m. in London — for the whole thing.

And be sure to swing by our CES hub for all the latest news!

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4 years ago

The #CESlive stage is taking shape ...

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The special live #CESlive coverage begins from South Hall on Tuesday. In the meantime, catch all of our pre-CES special live coverage at our CES hub here.

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4 years ago

Lenovo announces the N308, an All-in-One Android computer

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All-in-one Android powered computer starts at $450

With the start of CES Unveiled Lenovo has taken the wraps of its first all-in-one Android computer, the N308. Having to hop between an Android tablet and a desktop computer can be a bit tedious at times, and Lenovo hopes to have solved that for many people. Featuring a 19.5 inch HD+ display the N308 runs Android 4.2 at launch. Inside the computer you can have either a 320GB or 500GB hard drive depending on preference, and it will support up to 2GB of DDR3 memory as well.

Much like a full desktop computer the N308 has two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone, headphone, and LAN jack as well as a 6-in-1 card reader. In addition it will come with a full sized wireless AccuType keyboard and a wireless mouse. Inside the device you will also find a battery that is said to last about three hours, so if you feel the need to move this 19.5 inch display around with you  it can be done. With full access to Google Play and Amazon's AppStore you will be able to download your favorite Android applications without issue.

Starting at $450 for the base model and going up from there depending on options, Lenovo has unfortunately not given an exact release date at this time. 

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4 years ago

Sphero introduces an all new form factor with the Sphero 2B

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New form factor brings interchangeable parts and more

Sphero has drawn a ton of attention with their little robotic balls that were controlled by Android devices, and today they have announced an addition to the family. With the Sphero 2B they have brought a bunch of changes to the device with a whole new form factor, and the ability to change various parts like the hubcaps, wheels, and tires. Having two main points of contacts the Sphero 2B is able to turn on a dime, and offers some crazy speed along with the ease of maneuverability. 

In addition to the new hardware Sphero has also launched seven new applications for CES, which now brings their total up to 35 different titles. In addition to being able to play with this by yourself you can use the built in infrared technology for player vs player or multiplayer game play as well. Priced at $100 the Sphero 2B will start shipping in Fall 2014. If you want to be among the first to have one be sure to hit the link below to reserve your spot, and stay tuned right here to see if we can check one of these out live from Las Vegas.

Source: Sphero

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4 years ago

Follow the Android Central CES 2014 crew on Twitter and Google+

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Don't miss the color commentary from the fellows on the floor

You'll get all the news you want about CES 2014 from Android Central. We're lined up to see all the press events, we're going to walk the floors to see what's there, and of course CES Live will bring the people who make this news and the whole story behind it right to you during the week. If there is such a thing as tech overload, this week will come close to it.

But you'll also want to follow along with the crew on Google+ and Twitter to see what doesn't make the front page here at AC. We promise it will be mostly safe for work and PG-13, and you can even send some feedback to Phil, Alex, Andrew and Richard. They love to hear from you, just like all of us here at AC do. Here's everything you need to know.

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4 years ago

SuperTooth announces the Disco 4 speaker

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Bluetooth speaker packs power and portability

SuperTooth has been creating Bluetooth speakers for the past couple of years, and this year at CES they will be showing off their latest addition, the Disco 4. This wireless speaker will pair with devices through Bluetooth 4.0, or users can easily pair their devices through the tap-to-pair NFC technology inside the speaker. SuperTooth claims that after charging the device via USB for only two hours you will be able to get anywhere from 3 to 12 hours of use from each charge depending on your volume level.

The speaker itself weighs just over a pound, and features an 8 watt bass reflex system for optimal sound quality. With a 30 foot range on Bluetooth connection managing the music being played through the speaker is sure to be a breeze, and the included carrying strap will make it ultra portable.

At this time SuperTooth has not announced pricing, but they have stated that the Disco 4 will be launching in Q1 of 2014. The Disco 4 will be on display at CES, so stay tuned to see if we can get some hands-on time with it to see how it compares to some of the other options on the market.

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