Phablets and curved TVs among hot gadgets at CES

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 9, 2014

LAS VEGAS – More than 3,200 exhibitors from all over the world convened at this year’s International CES in Las Vegas, and it is certainly a record breaking number in the history of the electronics trade show.

Korean manufacturer Samsung struts off at this year’s show a more advanced version of their popular Galaxy tablets and phablets—this time called the Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro.

“The user interface is different,” one Samsung representative said. “It’s more interactive, fully customizable. You can customize whatever preferences you have and interest you have, whether it’s music and entertainment. You can even edit the different types of applications you have so it’s fully customizable for people who likes the classic version. You still have that as well so you can have seven different screens on your device.”

The 12.2-inch TabPro boasts a 16×9, 4 million pixel LCD display, front and rear cameras, and a faster processor than its predecessor. It currently runs on the latest version of Android 4.4 Kitkat.

The flat TV is no longer the norm as the curved TV offers a different kind of viewing experience.

“You get the feeling so it looks more immersive,” Samsung’s Andrew Woon said. “You are more into the movie than watching on a regular flat TV. For Samsung, we have another technology called ‘auto depth enhancer’ where the contrast for objects that are nearer are enhanced so it looks even closer. And objects that are farther, the contrast becomes less so it looks farther. So you get more depth because of this particular technology.”

“Content wise, we will be shipping together the UHD TVs and 50 different types of content,” Woon added. “We will be providing download options as more and more content gets into the pipeline.”

For selfie enthusiasts, Samsung’s NX 30 camera captures and shares high quality photos directly to social media sites without extra steps. You can wirelessly transfer the photos to your phone using NFC technology.

“You can tap it right here and they will transfer the photos right from the camera over your phone, at original resolution at the original resolution,” Samsung’s Andrew Bieker said.

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