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CES 2011 Reflections

It is amazing how quickly one year ends and the next begins when you have a high profile worldwide consumer electronics show to kick off the New Year. This year’s CES show had more and more focus on mobility and smartphones and of course the hottest of all, in my opinion, were “Android tablets.” Leading worldwide manufacturers and carriers leveraged the event to introduce and feature their new 4G smartphones, dongles, mobile hotspots and tablets. For Qualcomm, we continue to see more and more traction from a diverse group of mobile and PC manufacturers to use our Snapdragon processors to power many of these new leading-edge mobile devices. Leading into CES, there were more than 55 commercial devices based on Snapdragon, and now add to that another 10 new commercial products, including both smartphones and tablets, that were introduced in or around CES by Asus, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Sony Ericsson, Viewsonic, Vizio and ZTE. It is great to see some new consumer brands using Snapdragon.

A few standouts at CES on the smartphone front were the HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution for Verizon Wireless’ 4G network. These new 4G-enabled handsets feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor and LTE modem. With its super slim and arc curve design, quite a bit of acclaim went to Sony Ericsson for the Xperia ARC, also powered by the Snapdragon processor. Moving on to Android tablets, I was impressed by the Asus Eee Pad MeMo which is powered by Qualcomm’s first dual-CPU Snapdragon processor. The Eee Pad MeMO provides superb mobile flexibility with its 7.1” capacitive touch-screen. Running Android, the MeMo tablet offers a wide range of productivity and entertainment software along with support to connect to an external display for full 1080p HD video playback. Taking a different approach, Lenovo announced the IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate. This unique two-in-one device combines the mobility of a media-rich, high-definition slate featuring access to Android applications with a keyboard base that provides a full Windows 7 computing experience. At under two pounds and only half an inch in thickness, the extremely portable LePad, powered by a Snapdragon processor, keeps users incredibly mobile all day with up to eight hours of battery life.

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