CES is usually a show chock full of TVs and laptops. But with Android Honeycomb grabbing the headlines, mobile makers are also out in force and touting some killer new blowers and slates to sate our appetites until Mobile World Congress kicks off next month. Here’s our pick of the best tablets and phones currently doing their thing in Las Vegas.
1 LG Optimus Black
At just 9mm, this is among the slimmest phones so far. But it’s the capacious 4-inch screen that’s the real headline grabber. Dubbed Nova, it claims to be brighter than Super AMOLED and Apple’s Retina Display. Chuck in a 2MP front facing camera for video chat and this is LG’s best phone yet.
2 Sony Ericsson Arc
At last, a Sony Ericsson phone replete with the latest Android software. The Arc packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, along with a curved design a la the Nexus S (just 8.7mm at its thinnest point). There’s also a Bravia Mobile engine onboard, which should make the 4.2-inch screen a stunner.
3 BlackBerry 4G Playbook
BlackBerry hasn’t released the PlayBook yet, but its new 4G version has been trailed at CES. The updated model will land on the US Sprint network some time over the summer and will apparently offer 10 times the speed of a standard 3G connection. Sadly, this is very much a US only release.
4 Motorola Xoom
The tablet we’ve all been waiting for, the Xoom comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb inside and looks every bit as sharp as it did when Andy Rubin showed it off last month. There’s a dual core processor installed and a massive 10.1-inch screen. Add 720p video recording and 32GB of storage, plus SD support and this is an iPad battler in waiting.
5 Toshiba Android tablet
Yet to be slapped with a title, this new Android tab is absolutely stacked with features. There’s HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as GPS and even a removable battery - something other slates tend to eschew. This’ll have to be a lot better than the woeful Folio 100 though and represents Tosh’s last chance to convince with its tablets.
6 Asus Eee Pad Memo
Asus’s stylus-friendly slate isn’t due until later this year, but it’s arguably the pick of its new Eee Pad range. It comes with Android 3.0, a 7-inch screen, a five megapixel camera and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor, which should mean it runs at a fair old lick when it does finally hit shelves.
7 Panasonic Viera tablet
Few details were released about the Viera Tablet, but with Panasonic’s heritage in making eyeball-stroking screens, expectations are already high. It comes, unsurprisingly, with Android onboard, with more details to be revealed as CES 2011 continues apace.
8 Motorola Atrix 4G
This is a US only number, but shows just how far Moto has come from the bad old days of the late noughties. With sleek looks, a hi-res QHD panel and a dual core processor inside, this is a phone we’re desperate to see here in Blighty.
9 Samsung TX100
This tablet-cum-netbook pushes the boundaries somewhat and may not be the Galaxy Tab 2, but it’s certainly worth closer inspection. Sadly, Windows 7 rather than Android is Sammy’s OS of choice, but the smart looks and 32GB of storage should make it one to watch as 2011 gathers pace.
10 LG G-Slate
Launching in the States with T-Mobile, the G-Slate has been long in the making. It comes with Honeycomb, 3D Google Maps and a stunning 10-inch screen. LG isn’t saying much more, with a ‘coming soon’ release date the best they can offer right now. An iPad botherer, nonetheless.