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With CES just days away, we're about to head into a dense week of tech product news. New devices across the board - phones, tablets, accessories, TV's, speakers, cameras, and more. A large chunk of those product announcements will probably, at least in some roundabout way, be relevant to Android.

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But it's the phones and tablets I think that we're all most excited for, and that will probably make the biggest bang during this year's show overall. And though we won't see a Galaxy S IV, a Nexus product, or likely anything really game-changing in the Android sphere during CES, there will be products that could shift the balances of power in the mobile universe.

LG is gaining momentum, being the most recent Nexus handset partner, and having released the Optimus G, what I'd argue is LG's first really serious attempt at an Android smartphone. There's growing speculation that LG will release a successor to (or variant of) the G at CES, so they're definitely on our radar.

Sony has all but confirmed (directly and through an absolute mountain of leaks) that it will be launching the Xperia Z at CES, supposedly the company's try at a real competitor to the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III. Sony will be holding its press conference on Monday at 5PM PST, so expect the phone (along with other products) to be announced then.

HTC has remained relatively quiet leading up to this year's show, though HTC has never had much of a presence at any CES. HTC prefers to focus its attention on MWC and its own private product announcement events. However, there's been a little less-than-reliable-sounding rumor-mongering suggesting the company might give a sneak peak at its upcoming flagship handset, codenamed M7. We're less than convinced on that front, but it's noteworthy regardless.

Samsung has been all but airtight in the lead-up to this year's show (despite valiant efforts), with nary a word of impending announcements or leaked products. In fact, Samsung itself has already announced three products prior to the show that will be unveiled officially in Vegas, in an effort to avoid getting lost in the tidal wave of tech news the conference generates. My personal guess (with absolutely nothing to back up this hypothesizing) would be that we'll see a new Samsung tablet or two, possibly some kind of new Android companion device or other gizmo, and maybe some interesting smartphone side projects.

But what do you think? Who's going to be the one to watch at this year's CES?

Whose new products are going to be the highlight of CES 2013?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TareX

    Sammy, but only if they show off a flexible phone.

  • Himmat Singh

    No Asus in there? I think Asus might just hit us with an amazing Tegra 4 tablet! nVidia could also do well at the CES while showcasing their Tegra 4 chip.

    • Kokusho

      Exactly, Nvidia is going to steal the show, with a beastly SoC and beautifull games. Any OEM that show a product with T4 inside will do fine too. S4 Pro is old news

      • Napster87

        ugh, fanboyism within fanboyism. every nvidia processor to come out has been horrible outside of gpu and even then has yielded horrible results. source: i had the galaxy tab 10.1 with tegra 2 and jetpack joyride was horribly laggy.

        • John_Merritt

          You're an IDIOT.

          • Napster87

            Your caps lock is broken.

        • Kokusho

          right right...
          You know, Tegra 2 is like the stone age of modern SoC. I mean... Adreno 200 on the nexus One was the worst thing ever, and yet today's adreno 320 seems fine. So I don't see your point, why Tegra 4 should not be good ?
          But because I'm not as stubborn as you are, I took what you said about the Tegra 2 (and called a "source") and tried to see by myself.
          So I took my old Transformer 101 on Jellybean with the same Tegra 2 as your shitty galaxy tab with its lovely touchwizz crap probably still stuck on good old Honeycomb and I decided to take Jetpack Joyride.....for a ride...
          Well I'm sorry to report to you that it works like a charm no lags or stutters or anything. Just like with pretty much everything that doesn't require a 2012 SoC to work (heavy 3D games mostly)

          Thing with Tegra 2 is that, yeah it's not the best SoC ever made, after all it's the first attempt at a mobile chip for nvidia, But the true is that most people have experienced it with Android Honeycomb which was horrible performance wise.
          My TF101 performs 10 times better today than when I bough it 2 years ago. Maybe the SoC isn't garbage after all ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Lehman/1321902066 Dustin Lehman

    Since you didn't mention in what category, I say Samsung because they plan on showing off some new touch screen monitors, new smartphone accessories, and the biggest announcement is the new TV they've been teasing with the new shape. If it were the smartphone category, I would say maybe HTC if the M7 is to be believed

    • Zeoxzy

      This is a website about mobiles and tablets!?

  • MrJigolo

    Sony with OLED TVs and Xperia Z/ZL.

  • PCSievers

    I think Moto could steal a LOT of press coverage with some prototypes of what a next gen Google made phone that isnt a Nexus will be like and I agree Samsung will probably have something tablet related with a 7" Note tablet being where my wild money is going.

    But I think the dark horse here could be Huawei who we know is going to reveal some handsets and if they price them well and have some partners set up for distribution in US and Europe it could make a lot of people sit up and take notice.

    Agreed that HTC likely wont be making waves at CES and will wait for MWC like they did last year. Basically no chance the GS4 is announed by Samsung and it sucks to be Sony and LG because no one cares what they have to say. Sony all but announced what it was releasing and everyone shrugged, even at the 5" 1080p flagship that on paper should be a great device.

    • PCSievers

      In fact I think the Smart Window is going to get a launch. It was the cool niche demonstration last year but a year of development means I reckon they are going to be ready to roll this out in some way as a thin screen that goes in front of your window at home.

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    I'm hoping there are some miracast dongles floating around out there. Ones that work...

  • casinrm

    No Nexus products? Did you forget about the rumored Asus Nexus Qube?

  • xdsdfsdf

    Sony... Without a doubt./

    • http://twitter.com/thezymo zymo

      Yeah, probably because launching a flagship device with Android 4.1 LOL

      • imran

        8 core smart phone is good to make them shine, if they want to.

  • Kenny O

    I'm not expecting much at CES, at least in the way of phones and tablets. I think we are going to see a lot more at MWC, but I hope to be surprised. The biggest thing I'm looking for if this rumored "X-Phone" - but I doubt we will see that, at least officially, until May. Out of morbid curiosity I am interested in Rim's hail mary pass on Jan 30th.

  • Kenny O

    I'm hoping to finally see the Sabre Pyramid.

  • http://twitter.com/thezymo zymo

    Lenovo + Intel with an x86 based dual core Android device

  • Tatsuya

    Nvidia with Tegra4.

  • Tatsuya

    ...and perhaps Ubuntu for mobile, announcing their image release for Galaxy Nexus.
    This would be the start of something interesting to follow on xda.

  • Alex

    Maybe we see the first phones coming to public with the Sharp IGZO Screens.

  • http://twitter.com/DzakwanRizaldi Dzakwan Rizaldi

    Xperia Z by sony will be the most anticipated smartphone at ces 2013

    • John_Merritt

      Would prefer a updated Xperia Play, perhaps a Xperia Play Z ?

  • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

    I can't wait to see Sony's new Google TV devices! And hopefully I can have one in my living room by my birthday in July.

  • Napster87

    :( i'm disappointed in what is speculated to be announced tomorrow. I guess only google, samsung and apple events are the only thing that get me hyped anymore