Other Big Developments at CES 2014
While 4K TVs dominated the first day of CES 2014 (the eye candy is hard to resist), there were other developments too.
After several years of companies (including Apple) madly scrambling to address a demand for smaller tablets, Samsung is trying to push demand in the opposite direction with a pair of 12.2-inch Galaxy tablets.
Going big lets users have multiple app windows open side-by-side, which is expected to be appealing for business and education. Apple has been rumored to be working on a 12-inch iPad for 2014; if 2013 was the year of the small, mass-market tablet, then 2014 may well be the year of the prosumer tablet.
As expected, wearables have been big already at CES 2014. Intel (INTC) got into the game with the announcement of its own smartwatch and a headset designed to integrate with a smartphone’s personal assistant. Pebble — a star of last year’s CES — introduced a reworked version of its best-selling smartwatch that replaces the plastic case with a metal one (the guts are pretty much the same) but is $100 more at $249.
So while Samsung’s Galaxy Gear has sold dismally, its $329 cost appears to have convinced others that the market will bear a higher price tag. And there were literally dozens of new entrants into the health wearables arena, including fitness bands to compete against the popular Fitbit Force from the likes of Sony and LG.
On the PC front, Intel is introducing PCs that run both Windows and Android and PC manufacturers like Asus unveiled dual platform systems at CES 2014. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) unveiled an interesting attempt to address the threat of tablets stealing its PC business with the HP Slate 21 Pro, an all-in-one PC aimed at the enterprise market that runs Android, not Windows. It ships with an Android productivity suite offering Microsoft (MSFT) Office compatibility, the 21.5-inch display is a full HD touchscreen and the whole thing goes for just $399.
Maybe that’s the answer for a PC maker to stay relevant as tablets gain popularity — but if so, Microsoft can’t be happy about the solution.
There was a lot more revealed on Monday and more scheduled for Tuesday as CES 2014 officially kicks off, so stay tuned for our next wrap-up.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.