The CES events usually saw launches and announcements by several major manufacturers. However, this year, there was an overwhelming number of tablets and laptops. All-in-one (AIO) PC systems and laptop-tablet hybrids by some major tech firms like Samsung and Asus, were also on parade.
While Lenovo and Dell ruled the laptop and tablet segments, other tech firms like Samsung, Acer, and Toshiba also stole some of their limelight with their own devices. Smaller players like Archos and Alcatel showcased their technology under the tablet section. We have compiled a list of all the devices to give users an idea of what they can expect this year.
Lenovo Tab 2 A7-10 & Tab 2A7-30
THE Chinese tech giant launched two tablets, Tab 2 A7-10and Tab 2 A7-30, which are for budget-conscious users. The Android 4.4 KitKat running devices has already hit the shelves. The devices are powered by MediaTek processors, 1GB of RAM and feature 7-inch 1024x600pixel resolution display. Some specifications however differ between both the devices.
Samsung ATIV Book 9 2015
THE ATIV Book 9 2015 (also known as Samsung Series 9 2015 Edition) ultrabook, and the ATIV One 7 Curved AIO (also known as Series 7 AIO). The 12-inch Samsung Series 9 2015 Edition is said to be the thinnest and lightest offering by the firm, with an 11.8mm thickness and a weight of 950 grams.
Asus Transformer Book Chi T300
THE T300 Chi hybrid has a 12.5-inch display and will be offered with either a 1,920×1,080-pixel or 2,560×1,440-pixel screen resolution, along with the Intel Core M. Billed by Asus as something of a MacBook Air killer, the T300 is a 12.5in tablet with an accompanying detachable keyboard section that allows it to function as a laptop too. Thinner, lighter, faster and with a higher resolution screen, runs windows 8.1.
Alcatel One Touch Pop 2 tablet
ALCATEL launched the One Touch Pop 2 (10) tablet, which features LTE Cat. 4 network support along with other specifications that make it a mid-range device. The tablet features a 10-inch IPS display, 5-megaixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB of inbuilt storage, and a bunch of other accessories including a keyboard dock to let users work on it as a laptop.
Dell Venue 8 7849
DELL showcased what it calls the world’s thinnest tablet, Dell Venue 8 7849, with a 6mm thickness along with other near bezel-less designed XPS 13 laptops. As for the Android 4.4 KitKat-based tablet, the device features an 8.4-inch Quad-HD (2560×1600) OLED display, quad-core Intel Atom Z3500 SoC, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a front 2-megapixel shooter. It also comes with the Intel RealSense ’3D snapshot’ photography solution that creates a high-definition depth map to enable measurement, refocus and selective filters with a touch of a finger.
Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8-inch and 10-inch tablets
THE firm launched the Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8-inch and Toshiba Encore 2 Write 10-inch tablets, which are the refreshed versions of the company’s Encore 2 tablet lineup from last year. The specifications of the Encore 2 Write are mostly identical to last year’s Encore 2 tablets. These include 8-inch and 10-inch 1,280×800 pixels multi-touch displays; an Intel Atom processor; 2GB of RAM; 64GB of built-in storage; expandability via microSD card (up to 128GB), and Windows 8.1 with Bing.
Archos 101 Helium
ARCHOS launched three tablets named Archos 101 Helium 4G, Archos 80b Helium 4Gand Archos 70 Helium 4G. All the tablets come with dual-SIM support, but do not support voice-calling. The 80b Helium 4G and 70 Helium 4G share most of the specifications except the screen size, camera resolution and battery. However, the Archos 101 Helium 4G tablet is the best amongst the three. The tablet includes a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280x800pixel) resolution IPS display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8732 processor.
HTC Desire 826
HTC presented the HTC Desire 826 during the CES 2015. The newest addition to the Desire line, which is a series of budget devices which are reputed for good specs and an even better price, comes with a 5.5-inch LCD display of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.
The Desire 826 comes with 16 GB of internal storage, but with a micro SD slot to expand storage space. It’s also got a 13 MP shooter on the back and 4 MP Ultrapixel camera on the front, though in some markets it has a 13 MP f/2.0 sensor on the front instead. The HTC Desire 826 also comes with HTC’s recently released Eye Experience software as well. The whole is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a 2,600 mAh battery.
It comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box!