LAS VEGAS: THE 2013 Consumer Electronics Show was about all things big. Big crowds, big stars and big screens. As the show winds down, The INQUIRER takes a look back at the some of the biggest stories from the biggest consumer technology show of the year.
The show kicked off Monday night with a keynote from Qualcomm chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs. The opening presentation was the first at CES not to be delivered by a Microsoft executive. Those who were pining for a visit from the Redmond software giant were rewarded early in the presentation when Steve Ballmer made a surprise cameo appearance to preach the virtues of Windows Phone.
The Qualcomm chief was later joined on stage by a parade of celebrities, including actress Alice Eve, director Guillermo Del Toro and Nascar driver Brad Keselowski.
The star of the Qualcomm keynote, however, was actually something very small. The company's new mobile processor, the Snapdragon 800 processor, made its debut during the presentation. The chip promises to break new ground in the mobile device market by delivering console quality graphics performance.
While Qualcomm's new chip generated no shortage of buzz, it was TV sets that captivated many on the show floor. Much of the talk centred around the new class of 4K television sets. Offering display resolutions up to four times greater than that of a standard 1080p screen, the sets offer support for high-definition television standards not yet in use.
Sharp looked to distance itself from competitors by introducing a new semiconductor material. The company believes that its use of IGZO semiconductors will enable the design of high-resolution monitors that consume far less power than traditional screens.
Though much was made of big TV screens, handheld devices also captivated convention goers. Lenovo won headlines when it unveiled the K900, an Android handset that sports an Intel Atom processor and high-end camera hardware.
Huawei joined the handset parade when it revealed a new smartphone, its first to run the Windows Phone operating system. The Ascend W1 is set to launch later this year in the UK on the O2 network. The firm also unveiled the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate smartphone, which earns the title of the world's largest smartphone thanks to its 6.1in touchscreen display.
Intel also made noise in the mobile arena when it announced that it will produce an Atom chip designed for low-cost handsets. The company hopes that the Atom chip designed for mobile devices will be successful in emerging markets where low-cost smartphones are popular.