CES 2012 kicks off on January 10th. The biggest gadget show in the world, normally it’s the focus for TV and AV fanatics.
But as tablets and phones continue to be more global affairs, you can bet that some of tech’s biggest players will be using the Las Vegas gathering to tout the best new mobile kit going.
Here’s our pick of the five best new tablets and smartphones likely to make an appearance.
1 HTC Quattro
This quad-core tablet has already been mooted by HTC’s own CEO, so there’s every chance it’ll be on the show floor for gadget fans to fondle.
As well as packing a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, it’s said to have 1GB of RAM, a 1280x768 10.1-inch screen, using Android Ice Cream Sandwich as its OS.
Word is it’ll use Beats Audio too, just like the HTC Sensation XE, making this the most music fan-friendly tablet ever.
2 Panasonic Android smartphone
As-yet-unnamed, but already given the official nod, this handset is likely to make its first appearance in the wild at CES 2012.
The handset rocks a 4.3-inch screen, with a 960x540 resolution. There’s NFC smarts, as well as a waterproof and dustproof coating, putting it in the same league as the nails-hard Motorola Defy.
The design is stunning, too. All of which means we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
3 Nokia Lumia 900
The beefed-up successor is highly likely to make its debut, with Nokia desperate to use Windows Phone to build on its paltry smartphone share in the US.
The new handset is rumoured to have a massive 4.3-inch screen, while rocking a similar design to the current Nokia Lumia 800.
It’s also expected to use the Big M’s new version of Windows Phone, dubbed Tango, bringing deeper social integration and snappier Live Tiles.
4 Samsung Galaxy S3
More likely to rear its head at Mobile World Congress, but Samsung could just give a select few tech hacks a sneak peek of its new flagship phone at CES 2012.
The new phone is likely to ape the Galaxy Nexus when it comes to specs, but use a skinned version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich instead. Expect the display to trump the iPhone 4S and Sammy execs to endlessly crow about it.
5 Sony Android phone and next-gen tablet
The death of Sony Ericsson and the return of Sony to the smartphone business has been widely greeted with joy in the tech industry.
The Big S absolutely loves showing off loads of new kit at CES, and you can bet it’ll use its keynote to talk up a new Android phone chocked full of next-gen tech to take on Samsung, HTC and Apple.
And after the minor success of its first two Android slates, don’t be surprised to see an updated model on the show floor too.