CES 2011: Google's Honeycomb tablets, Verizon smartphones, and other anticipated devices
The Consumer Electronics show runs from Thursday through Sunday, and as vendors set up in Las Vegas, speculation about the hottest tech devices has reached a fever pitch. Here's a quick rumor roundup for those who just can't wait.
Tablets: Most of the buzz leading up to CES this year has been about tablets. The Washington Post noted Tuesday morning that tablets are a whole new product category, and one that's in need of cheaper models. Companies -- including LG, Samsung, MSI, Asus, Vizio, Toshiba and Motorola -- have all teased that they're making tablets they hope will fill that void.
Many of those tablets are expected to run Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, the latest release from Google. PC Magazine reported Monday that many tablets now running Gingerbread and Froyo will not be able to upgrade to Honeycomb, as the new version requires a different processor.
It's all but confirmed that Motorola's tablet will be running Honeycomb after a teaser for the product featured a bee buzzing around the end logo.
Mobile: Verizon is expected to make a strong showing at its first CES with new smartphones, including those that run on its new LTE network. Its first 4G phone, which the latest reports say will be called the HTC Thunderbolt, has been getting buzz after leaked photos hit the Web last week. Two other phones, the Motorola Olympus and the Samsung SCH-I520, are also likely to be in Verizon's Android-based 4G lineup.
Sprint is also expected to announce a new 4G phone, the HTC Evo Shift, while T-Mobile is teasing some Android, smartphone, tablet and 4G releases.
Television: Set-top boxes should make a splash at the trade show. LG announced that they will be unveiling the Smart TV Upgrader. According to Information Week, the 11-inch box will let owners of regular TVs upgrade to LG's connected TV capabilities.
Microsoft will also be launching a set-top box, according to a Tuesday report from the Seattle Times, to cost less than $200. That should provide competition for embattled competitor Google TV, and for Apple TV, which just hit 1 million units.
Conspicuously absent: Apple will skip CES, as usual, which means no hint about how the company will answer the new crop of tablets and smartphones out to take down the iPad and iPhone. It also means we'll get no clues from Steve Jobs and co. about the Verizon iPhone or the iPad 2 at the show.
| January 5, 2011; 12:35 PM ET
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