For a better idea of what goes on at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), have a look at some of the cool stuff we saw last year.
Razer Project Fiona
|Much to our delight, we were able to get a private demo of Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet. The tablet boasts a 10.1in WXGA (1280 x 800) multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, and an Intel Core i7 to provide a mobile gaming experience without compromise. What makes this tablet especially unique are its side-mounted controllers, each equipped with an array of four primary buttons, two shoulder buttons, and a joystick. The unit we saw was running [client name] atop Windows 7, although Razer plans to adopt Windows 8 once it is released. The controllers will most likely be detachable on the final product as well.|
Nvidia Tegra 3
We were blown away by the performance of the Nvidia Tegra 3 platforms at this year's show, namely the ASUS Transformer Prime. As we were shown at the Nvidia press conference, these devices are extremely capable gaming machines, especially when coupled with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Demos of Shadowgun and Riptide showed off some very impressive physics and light effects comparable to those seen on dedicated gaming consoles. Just when we thought the Prime had been pushed to its limits, we were treated to a demo of Skyrim being played via a remote desktop program. The tablet didn't so much as skip a beat as we watched a dragon being slayed at 60fps. At the conclusion of the press conference, ASUS announced the launch of a 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet with an unbelievable $249.99 price tag.
The Tegra 3 has also found its way into the infotainment systems of the Audi A7, Tesla Model S, and Lamborghini Aventador. Audi announced that all of their 2013 models will use the quad-core processor to power their in-car digital systems at lower energy levels. The chipset will also help drive the adoption of digital instrument clusters. The resulting weight savings are very attractive to high-performance car manufacturers resulting in reduced weight in high-performance cars such as the 700hp Lamborghini Aventador.
Tegra 4 eclipses last year's 3rd gen chipset in every way. We expect to see a flood of new tablets and smartphones packing some serious heat, including a highly anticipated Android tablet from Vizio.