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Last Updated: January 16th, 2012

Even though CES technically starts today, there was no shortage of announcements, unveilings, and surprise devices during yesterday's back-to-back press conferences. If you missed out on any of the action and don't have time to dig through ump-teen posts trying to find the best info, here's a quick recap of the hottest things to hit the scene.

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Verizon

Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE

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Verizon added yet another tablet to its ever-increasing lineup: the Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Tab 7.7 is nothing less than impressive, as it's the first tablet to rock a Super AMOLED Plus display. Pair that with Verizon's LTE network, and you have one smokin' hot device on your hands.

Specs:

  • 7.7-inch 1,280x800 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB Storage
  • 3 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • 2 MP Front camera
  • 7.9 mm thick
  • Sd Card Slot
  • LTE
  • Android 3.2 with TouchWiz UX

The Tab 7.7 will be available "in the coming weeks."

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Droid 4

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Love it or hate it, the QWERTY infused Droid line is here to stay. The Droid 4 is the "thinnest 4G LTE QWERTY slider" on the planet now, and exactly what the physical keyboard-loving crowd has been asking for.

Specs:

  • 4-Inch "scratch-and-scrape resistant" display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)
  • 16GB internal memory, Up To 32 GB microSD card supported
  • Full five-row QWERTY 
  • 8MP rear shooter with 1080p HD Video Capture
  • 4G LTE Capable

The Droid 4 will be available "in the coming weeks."

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Sprint

Galaxy Nexus

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As expected, the Now Network rocked the house by announcing the Galaxy Nexus as one of the first devices (alongside the LG Viper) for its upcoming 4G LTE network.

Specs:

  • 4.65-inch 1,280x800 display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage Update: We just got word from Sprint that the GN will indeed have 32GB of internal storage.
  • Android 4.0
  • Google Wallet

There's no word on availability at this time, but we expect it to show up sometime before Sprint flips the switch on its LTE network.

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AT&T

Galaxy Note

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While we've seen plenty of leaks suggesting that the Note was coming to AT&T, Ma Bell too the wraps off of this monster device yesterday.

Specs:

  • 5.3-inch 1,280x800 display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (no word on make)
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • S-Pen
  • Android 2.3.6 with TouchWiz UI

No release date or pricing information was given.

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Pantech Bundle

If you're looking for a new smartphone and tablet without breaking the bank, this might be the deal for you. The bundle includes a couple of new Pantech LTE devices, the Burst (phone) and Element (tablet), all ready to go for $250 with a two-year agreement on both.

The duo isn't the most impressive in terms of spec, but for the price, it's going to be hard to beat.

Pantech Burst Specs:

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We don't know a whole lot about this little device at the moment, but here is what's been released:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor

The Burst should be available on January 22, 2012.

Pantech Element Specs:

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  • 8-inch display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • 5MP rear shooter, 2MP front cam
  • Android 3.2
  • Waterproof

No availability information has been released for the Element, but expect it to show up around the same time as the Burst.

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Sony

Xperia S

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You've probably heard the name 'Nozomi' by now, and now it's official - only it's called Xperia S, and it's damn pretty.

Specs:

  • 4.3-inch 1280x720 display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 12MP Exmor R camera
  • NFC
  • Android 2.3.x
  • Two different colors: black and silver

The Xperia S will be available in March, though no carrier or pricing information has been released at this time.

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NVIDIA/ASUS

Eee Pad MeMo ME370T

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This was probably the biggest thing to come out of yesterday's announcements -- a 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet for $250. Two-hundred and fifty dollars. For a quad-core tablet! Insane.

Not much else is known about this mystery device at the time, but we should expect it to hit the retail scene sometime in Q2.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://mendicantbug.com Jason A

    Can the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE look any more like an ipad? I'll be amazed if there's not a new host of patent lawsuits between Samsung and Apple on this one. Really glad to hear the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Sprint, though.

    • Dan Bobke

      Well - an iPad is 9.7 inches, not 7.7, it doesn't have soft buttons in the OS for going to the home screen, it uses a different typeface...what are you looking at?

    • Tommy

      4:3 ratio....16:9 ratio, those two things don't look alike.

    • http://www.nutcan.com Jeremy

      It looks like every other tablet in this post too. What else should it look like? A sphere?

      • http://mendicantbug.com Jason A

        A sphere would be awesome.

        And glad all you rushed to defend the ipad copying, rather than hoping someone in the Android world would actually innovate on the design. OH yeah it's got soft keys *plays sad trombone*

        • http://www.twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott

          Okay smart guy, what would you do to make them different?....go on, I'm waiting...

        • Rome

          Yeah I don't see your point either. Its a different aspect ratio, different screen size, branded with samsung and verizon instead of nothing on the face, different camera placement. It has no physical home button. It also has the silver edge visible from the front, unlike the ipad. I think you're looking at the wrong picture.

        • http://mendicantbug.com Jason A

          My bad, there's no way to make anything any different at all, smarter guys.

    • Justin

      Your right Apple totally invented the rectangle, the color black, and the touch screen. I guess we better start making tablets hexagon shaped, with round screens, a "cluttered appearance", and of course colored purple.

  • http://romrepo.info TechJeeper

    I will pry pick up one of the Eee Pad MeMo ME370T if they keep it $249. I have a GT101 but it would be nice to have a 7" tablet just for when I need more mobility. Thanks for the updates AP!

  • Soukthachone

    Right now for me it's probably the Galaxy Nexus for Sprint and the Asus ME370T. Want want.

    • mastermind26

      Same here. The GN and a $250 tablet with a quad core processor seem to be the only things that have caught my eye. :)

  • Murtaza

    Oh Droid4 i still love your QWERTY slider =)

  • Tkun

    The best thing about the $250 quad-core tablet is that it'll likely make all the other manufacturers rethink how they price their tablets. Which could mean cheaper tablets in general (without sacrificing quality)!

    • Teovald

      the rumored 200 $ nexus tablet would also kill the insane pricing hopes tablets manufacturers have.
      You want to propose an alternative that doesn't have a flashy feature to differentiate it, you can not seriously try to sell it at an higher price than the reference and them complain because you have an enormous stock of unsold items.

  • L boogie

    Wondering what processor is used for the galaxy tab 7.7, galaxy note & skyrocket hd? The price might be the difference between Asus 7 incher & the tab 7.7 though both great

  • slurms mckenzie

    had my eye on the note but i know it has qualcomm so ill pass

  • Roland

    Need to see what's up with Tmo.

  • http://Androidgal.com Jessica

    Everytime I hear about Apple suing, it really makes me laugh, Steve Jobs used to quote, "Good artists copy, great artists steal" and steal they did. So its hilarious they cry wolf on the very thing they did that basically created what they are now thanks to what they stole from Xerox.

  • Eric

    Hey.. last link is wrong. It opens up Nozomi's article

    • Cameron Summerson

      Thanks. Fixed!

  • jbonics

    My droid 2 is still pegging 3500 in quadrant, droid 4 nah I'll wait for tegra3 goodness. That Asus looks good my girl is on the OG rite now. Everything else is looking weak with no ICS, just a big disappointment just like last year, dual core ooooh fail

  • Naga

    Is anyone sure about the processor in the Asus 7" tablet? The above says a Tegra 3, but other articles are saying a Qualcomm MSM8260.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com Cameron Summerson

      There are two different variations of the MeMo tablet - one has a Tegra 3 (ME370T), while the other has a Qualcomm chip (ME171).

      • Naga

        That answers my question. Some media sources are showing the ME370T with both hardware specs. They are not mentioning the other model name.