The International Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES 2013) is one of the largest technology trade shows in the world. Here thousands of both start-up and established companies display their wares in everything from smartphones to smart TV's to Internet-connected appliances and cars. CES 2013 will be in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11.
Larger Smartphone Screen Sizes
As we reported in Report: New iPhone being tested with iOS 7 for likely June announcement, the trend is for smartphones to have larger displays. In CES we can expect a flurry of smartphones in sizes ranging from 5 inches to more. This will be a boon to chip designers like Qualcomm Inc, according to a recent report by the brokerage firm, Morgan Stanley.
How large will screen sizes get? Barkleys of Britain predicts that smartphones greater than 5 inches will represent 15 percent of smartphone sales this year and will be 20 percent of sales by 2015.
Barkleys forecasts that Samsung will ship 97 million over 5-inch smartphones this year and will have 68 percent of this over 5-inch market.
Better Smartphone processors and cameras
A larger smartphone display will of course mean that larger and more powerful processors will be necessary. Also, because these larger screens will mean more detailed games to play, the processors will have to be faster. Higher resolution cameras are to be expected too. We can see an example of these developments in HTC's M7. This smartphone sports a 1.7 GB quad-core processor from Qualcomm plus a 13 mega-pixel camera, according to one report.
Other featured Android phones scheduled at CES 2013 will be the Optimus G2 from LG Electronics, the Xperia Z by Sony and the Grand S by ZTE, all with Qualcomm processors, according to Morgan Stanley's recent report. Each of these phones has a screen that is 5 inches or more.
Better Protected Smartphone Glass
According to a January 6 report by TG Daily, even Corning will be at this year's CES 2013 with a new version of it's Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is the glass that protects smartphones and tablet displays. Gorilla Glass was invented decades ago, but never found a market until Steve Jobs called Corning one day looking for a glass that wouldn't show scratches for Apple's still-in-development iPhone, according to Steve Job's biography.
Gorilla Glass 3, as the update is known has almost twice the strength of it's predecessor and is less likely to show any scratches.