CES has kicked the year off to a great start, with a whole host of smartphones, tablets and gadgets being launched.
So what delights did we catch a glimpse of under the sparkling lights of Vegas? Let’s take a look at the best smartphones of CES 2014…
As usual, Sony managed to dominate the show with the unveiling of the Xperia Z1 Compact. Unlike most ‘compact’ phones, however, the Zperia Z1 Compact hasn’t downgraded its specs and features in order to cut down on size.
The device has a 4.3-inch screen- considerably smaller compared to the Z1’s 5-inch display- though Sony has managed to keep the phone’s impressive specs, including its 20.7 megapixel camera, quad-core 2.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.
We’re expecting to see the device launch into UK markets by the end of this month, making January a better start to the year than we expected.
Asus might not be one of the big dogs when it comes to smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that we should disregard Asus’ new ZenFone range.
The range of smartphones includes a 4, 5 and 6 inch model, and all run Android 4.3 (though Asus insists that Android KitKat is just around the corner).
It’s the Asus ZenFone 6 that has caught our attention in particular, with its massive 6-inch 1280x720 resolution display and 2GB processor.
The range of Asus smartphones is also available in a series of colours including an aqua blue, yellow, white, black and red, which certain brought a smile to our day.
Huawei is again a little known manufacturer in the UK, but it’s certainly one that we should keep an eye on.
The Chinese company has launched a series of successful smartphones and tablets, and this year it has topped it off with an upgraded version of the Ascend Mate 2.
The Ascend Mate 2 4G, as you might have guessed, is specially designed to be compatible with the new 4G spectrum, and slips into the mix with most other flagship 4G phones.
It has a decent 13 megapixel snapper, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and has doubled its internal storage from its predecessor to 16GB.
Another welcome offering from Asia, the ZTE Grad S2 hit the news when it was launched early on in the show this week.
The device features a 5.5-inch screen, slipping into the large phone category somewhat, a mighty 2.3GHz processor and a 13 megapixel rear facing snapper, which seems to be becoming the norm for smartphone cameras.
The phone offers advanced voice command options which allow multiple users to unlock the device using their voice, whilst various features including the camera can be carried out hands-free.
So there are just a few devices which caught our eye at CES this year. Although none of them look to take the spotlight away from Apple, Samsung or HTC just yet, it sure is a promising start to 2014.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel