Fanfare please -- CES, the world's largest consumer technology show kicked off in Las Vegas this weekend, and although things won't be heating up properly until later today, there have already been several announcements and plenty of juicy rumours to keep us excited for now.
Ahead of the pack, Acer has already teased a tablet with the highest resolution yet. With a 1,920x1,080-pixel (1080p) display, the new tablet is set to blow the iPad 2 out of the water. Acer also took the opportunity to show off its latest ultrabooks, the Timeline Ultra and the Aspire S5, which we were excited to go hands-on with.
Those with a sweet tooth will be overjoyed to hear an Android-powered Ice Cream Sandwich TV is on its way, courtesy of Lenovo. The 55-inch 3D LED TV will feature 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a
2GB SD card, as well as voice control and a webcam. Sounds to us like it could provide serious competition to the rumoured Apple TV.
Toshiba has introduced a 7.7mm tablet dubbed the Excite X10, which might just be the thinnest slither of a tablet we've ever seen. Its diminutive dimensions are expected to attract a hefty price tag though, which may well be its downfall in a competitive market dominated by the iPad 2 and Kindle Fire. Toshiba usually floods CES with a stack of new laptops, but the company has chosen to draw attention to a 14-inch ultrabook prototype bearing the Satellite logo.
Ultrabooks have been touted as this year's big thing in technology and so expect to see plenty over the coming week. We're hoping some of them will be boasting Intel's super new chip, the Ivy Bridge processor, which is destined to populate all of the ultrabooks and hybrids coming out in the second half of the year.
Also debuting later this week is the first solar-powered Kindle cover, which comes with a guarantee of three months of unplugged Kindle use under "normal sunlight environment". This sounds like the ideal accessory if you're heading off on a long trip to Australia or the Med, but we can't see it being of much use during this dreary British winter.
We're on the edge of our seats for the Nokia press conference later today, when it's expected that everyone's favourite Finnish phone manufacturer will be announcing the latest in new Lumia range, the Nokia Lumia 900. Despite some concerns over battery issues, we thought its predecessor, the Nokia Lumia 800, was a cracking phone and we can't wait to get our paws on the latest instalment. Fingers crossed it's not US-only.
For full coverage of the Nokia press conference and for all the CES news as it happens, head on over to our sister site CNET.com. There'll be announcements and previews all week long and maybe the odd sleb thrown into the mix (we hear rumours of 50 Cent and Justin Bieber).
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