New and Noteworthy at CES 2014

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As promised, here’s a round-up of mobile-related product announcements at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

My understanding is that the bulk of major press releases happened yesterday, leaving today and tomorrow for attendees to get hands-on time, interviews, etc. A helpful itinerary published by Android Police more or less confirms this.

In an effort to stay within the scope of these forums I won’t be mentioning the webOS-powered home electronics from LG or Belkin’s WeMo Smart Bulbs. Instead let’s get right to the phones. And tablets. And maybe a hotspot…

Aces for ASUS

Apparently ASUS isn’t willing to cede the low end of the Android smartphone market to the Moto G. It announced not one but three low cost Zenfone handsets, at $100, $150 or $200 USD outright for a 4, 5 or 6-inch screen.

Also revealed was their new Padfone Mini, a 7-inch tablet powered by a 4-inch smartphone, and the Transformer Book Duet, a hybrid Android-Windows laptop-tablet.

Another Alliance for Google

Google trumpeted the Open Automotive Alliance — basically Android for your car. Partners include Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA; collectively they at some point find themselves at odds with Apple’s Siri-for-the-car consortium.

A Better Mate for Huawei

Huawei has a 2014 refresh for Howard’s favourite Ascend Mate phablet. The new Ascend Mate 2 supports Cat 4 LTE for speeds of up to 150Mbps and a massive 4,050mAh battery, enough to charge your mate’s device while you use yours.

Oh, I get it now…

Core-Monger NVIDIA

When an 8-core processor just won’t do, how about 192? The mix of CPUs and GPUs on NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 mobile processor promises to bring PC gaming performance to mobile platforms.

Samsung’s Leaky Tablets

Leaked that same morning, Samsung confirmed a whole whack of tablets Monday night — specifically the Galaxy NotePRO (a 12-inch tablet, not a phablet) and three variants of a new Galaxy TabPRO series.

New Xperias from Sony

While Canadians can get a subsidized Xperia Z1 from Bell our American friends have been left out in the cold — that is until now. The Xperia Z1s, exclusive to T-Mobile, was announced yesterday. Also announced was a compact version of the Z1, appropriately named the Z1 Compact.

ZTE’s Magic Box

What do you get when you combine a MiFi, external battery and video projector? You get the ambitious yet humbly-named ZTE Projector Hotspot, that’s what. Oh, and it’s also a full-on Android device with a touch-screen LCD.

Anything Else?

That’s pretty much all the pertinent news I could find from CES 2014. If I missed anything feel free to help me out and post some links below…