New form follows speculative renderings
After unveiling the Gear 2 on Sunday, Samsung made a surprise announcement--the Gear Fit--during Monday's Mobile World Congress event focusing on the Galaxy S5. The Fit departs from the squarish, chunky form of the first- and second-generation Gear watches, opting instead for a narrow display and focusing on fitness applications. Electronista donned the Fit to see if the sleek design equates to an improved experience.
Four drivers aim to deliver robust audio
Shure brought its latest and greatest audio gear to Las Vegas this week for CES, including the high-end SE846 earphones that arrived in 2013. Wading through a myriad of new audio products at the expo, we weren't expecting to find anything that would really knock our socks off. Trying to remain optimistic, we made sure to try on the SE846 and hear if it is worth its $1000 price tag.
Fitness features paired with notifications
As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.
Case integrates thermal imager
Among the many iPhone accessories announced at CES, FLIR's thermal-camera case was a particularly unique introduction. The device essentially replicates the functionality of FLIR's standalone thermal-imaging cameras, but well under the $1000+ price tags of the industrial niche tools. We had a chance to see the FLIR One case in action at CES and ponder its many uses for average consumers.
Carbon frame keeps weight below 3lb
Among Lenovo's slew of CES announcements, the company introduced a new X1 Carbon notebook. The revised model brings a number of improvements, integrating a newer Core i7 chip, an "adaptive keyboard" and adding a 2560x1440 display option, among other features. We stopped by Lenovo's CES booth to take a closer look at the refresh, which is even lighter than its three-pound predecessor.
Tech demoed on Vita, Bravia
After a slew of announcements yesterday, Sony waited until this morning to formally introduce its PlayStation Now streaming game technology. The system promises to bring the company's game ecosystem to Bravia TVs and eventually non-Sony hardware such as tablets. We were curious to see the technology in action, so we stopped by Sony's CES booth to try out game streaming from a Vita and a TV.
Lenovo maintains competition with Surface
Among the first of Lenovo's CES announcements, the new ThinkPad 8 represents the company's latest midsize tablet powered by Windows 8. Powered by Intel's Bay Trail hardware, it aims to compete with Microsoft's own Surface lineup and other players in the segment. We met with Lenovo in Las Vegas for a quick hands-on preview ahead of the ThinkPad's public debut.
Second-gen phone supports all networks
Huawei has introduced its second-generation Ascend Mate2, bringing a long list of upgrades as the company continues to promote its brand in the US and elsewhere. The gigantic 6.1-inch smartphone is claimed to reach two full days of heave use, and even integrates an extra USB port so other devices can be charged from its 4,050mAh battery. We checked out the new device at the company's CES press conference today in Las Vegas.
Revamped Android flagship
Samsung yesterday formally unveiled the Galaxy S 4 handset at a spectacular Radio City Music Hall launch event, which attracted enough people to completely fill the sidewalks around the entire block. Although the festivities were certainly impressive, we spent some time with the new smartphone to see if it lives up to the hype.