CES Highlights: Palm Pre, Skype For Mobile, LG Watch Phone

By  Susan Nunziata — January 11, 2009

While circumstance prevented us from attending the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11, 2009, that's not going to stop us from doing some Monday-morning quarterbacking about the latest wireless and mobile news at the show. Herewith, the product highlights most relevant for enterprise customers and gadget enthusiasts alike.

Palm arguably made the biggest mobile buzz with the launch of its Palm Pre smartphone and new Web OS operating system (it will not run Palm OS apps). The 3G smartphone, which incorporates both a touchscreen and a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard, is due in the U.S. exclusively from Sprint in first-half 2009. Pricing hasn't been set yet, but industry analysts are predicting a $200-$250 price range.

LG debuted a 3G wristwatch cellphone, the LG-GD910 which has a 1.4-inch touchscreen and can make video calls as well as play music. The waterproof gadget is slated to be available later this year.

Motorola's got the rugged Tundra launching in the U.S. through AT&T on Jan. 13. The handset maker also debuted the Surf A3100 touchscreen tablet which runs on a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1. There are no U.S. release plans yet for the Surf.

Nokia announced that it's bringing its previously unveiled E63 Qwerty smartphone to the U.S. in 1Q 2009 quarter for $280 without a cellphone carrier contract. The smartphone can be purchased unlocked and supports the AT&T 3G WCDMA network. It features the open-source Symbian S60 3rd Edition OS.

Skype released thin client versions of its VoIP service that can be downloaded to Android phones, more than 100 Java-enabled mobile phones and for Intel-based mobile Internet devices.

There were several Pico projectors debuting, including models from 3M and Samsung.

HP targeted mobile professionals with its new line of Mini PCs.

Toshiba also aimed its new notebooks squarely at the professional users, with a lineup that incorporates the Sun Microsystems OpenSolairs OS as well as WiMAX connectivity.

Qualcomm debuted its Snapdragon chipsets running the Google Android mobile operating system.


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