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Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show floods

Finweek English Edition - - TECH TRENDS -

YOU HAVE TO see it to be­lieve it. A trade show so big it fills the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­tre to ca­pac­ity and flows over to con­sume a good deal of the ho­tels on the Strip: 120 000 peo­ple, 1,6m sq m of floor space – and all in cel­e­bra­tion of the lat­est gadgets. The Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show is be­yond ex­trav­a­ganza. And this year it was all about a new cat­e­gory of com­puter that Ap­ple has the mar­ket whipped up into a frenzy about.

It started with the ridicu­lously pop­u­lar iPad that Steve Jobs and co in­tro­duced last year: a sim­ple, af­ford­able touch­screen com­puter. Ap­ple was first but at CES hun­dreds fol­low. Mo­torola seemed to en­joy the lion’s share of the at­ten­tion at the show, with its Xoom tablet run­ning the lat­est ver­sion of Google’s An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem dubbed “Hon­ey­comb”.

Dell, Asus, Toshiba, Sam­sung and count­less oth­ers were also on the An­droid tablet band­wagon at vary­ing de­grees of in­no­va­tion. How­ever, Len­ovo had one of the more in­ter­est­ing takes on the mat­ter; its LePad tablet is also an An­droid-based touch­screen – but with a twist. It can be docked into a shell that trans­forms it into a lit­tle Win­dows 7 lap­top. LePad will go on sale in China soon, and de­riv­a­tives are ex­pected in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets be­fore year-end 2011 (For more on Len­ovo, see page 20).

While tablets were the or­der of the day at CES there were also a plethora of other tech­nolo­gies not to be over­looked. Along with the above-men­tioned Xoom, Mo­torola also in­tro­duced a new smart­phone called the Atrix that will go on sale soon in the United States via net­work op­er­a­tor AT&T. The de­vice can be docked with a desk­top­size screen and key­board or with a lap­top dock. In ei­ther case the Atrix be­comes your com­puter. The lap­top dock can’t be used with­out the Atrix. It’s merely a screen, key-

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