CES 2013 Notes #2

Further updated with Walmart/iPhone/Straight Talk news at end

Further updated with Sharp news at end

CES Day Two hasn’t begun yet as I type this, but new information has emerged about that new Asus All In One PC I mentioned yesterday. The best way to relay it is via this video:

That is very weird. It’s a separate Android tablet but can also do full Windows 8 via WiFi. I’m not sure what to make of that at all. How good would Windows 8 be via WiFi? And why would I want Android at all? And the base station doesn’t tilt, so there’s arm fatigue to consider.

More from CES as the day develops and I continue to monitor reports.

I’m still waiting for some news about eight-inch tablets.

Updated after the break.

“Insane!” “Crazy!” blared the technoids about Panasonic showing a “twenty-inch 4K” tablet, thus proving that too many of those who write about tech have weak backlighting.

The Nexus 10 tablet is a ten-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 pixels; that’s a pixels-per-inch of 301.89.

According to one account, the Panasonic prototype at twenty-inches has 3840 x 2160 pixels; that’s just 220.29 ppi. Another account has it as 4096 x 2304, for a ppi of 234.98. Further update: A video at The Verge has the tablet self-reporting 3840 x 2560 pixels; that’s still just 230.76 ppi.

What the hell is so “crazy” or “insane” here? The pixels-per-inch aren’t as high as a ten-inch tablet! To match it, it’d have to be just about 5120 x 3200 pixels.

Other than that, a rather dull day. And just one account of an eight-inch tablet.

Sharp throws split-screen web browsing on its Smart TVs (hands-on)


That shows how out of the modern TV loop I am. Can’t things like Google TV do that? It seems to me all TVs should do that.

It also makes me wonder, if Steve Jobs had lived, would we be seeing an Apple TV introduced later this month?

Walmart and Straight Talk to offer prepaid iPhone 4 and 5 starting January 11th

At one time I would have been interested in something like that. But since that time, I’ve learned just how stingy these “unlimited” plans really are and how they’re quick to dump people and keep their money. And despite my love of iOS, for a phone I think I’d rather have a Galaxy Note with its split-screen capability. But I’m still not in the market for any smartphone yet.



Filed under Other Hardware, Video

4 responses to “CES 2013 Notes #2

  1. I’ve done a lot of Windows 8 work over a remote desktop connection, and it works really well, especially on the same network. I was even playing back video and running games over WiFi with great responsiveness.

  2. Mike, you’re spot-on re. the arm fatigue. I beta tested HP’s original touch-screen PC (HP-150) years ago and I was quickly getting RSI-like pain in my upper arms and shoulders. It was fundamentally unusable for more than a few minutes at a time. This will suffer the same problem.

  3. Pingback: Where’s the technology I want at CES? « bluedeckshoe.com

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