At Consumer Electronics Show, Thin Is In
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show will reportedly be bigger than in recent years—except perhaps where the products being introduced are concerned. In the past day, the “world’s thinnest” smartphone, 10-inch tablet, and ultrabook have debuted at the annual CES in Las Vegas. Here’s the skinny on all three:
* Huawei introduced the Ascend P1 S smartphone. At 6.68 mm thick, the company claims it’s the world’s skinniest smartphone—even slimmer than the Motorola Droid Razr (with a 7.1 mm width).
The Ascend P1 S will ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich; feature a 4.3-inch, 540 x 960 Super AMOLED screen; a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU; 1 GB of RAM; 8-megapixel camera; and more. The smartphone is scheduled to be available Q2, but no pricing or carriers have been announced.
* Toshiba’s Excite X10 is a 10-inch Android tablet that is just 0.3 inches thick and weighs 1.2 lbs, making it the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet, according to Toshiba.
Despite its petite form factor, Toshiba has added a lot of I/O ports, such as Micro-SD, Micro USB, and Micro HDMI along with an audio jack. The Excite features a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel camera on the back, as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core Texas Instruments CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. Pricing should be around $500 to $600 when it ships during the first quarter.
* Acer says its new Aspire S5 ultrabook is the world’s thinnest. It measures only 0.59 inches at its thickest point, compared to the MacBook Air’s 0.68 inches, and weighs 3 pounds. The ultrabook also features Acer Green Instant On, which the company says will revive the computer from sleep mode within 1.5 seconds.
The Aspire S5 features HDMI, USB 3.0, and surprisingly, a Thunderbolt port, and will be available in the spring. Pricing was not available.