Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) team is at CES this week.
Some key announcements from fast-growing companies at CES floor on Day 1.
Huawei stunned the industry launching two cutting edge premium phablets adding fuel to the already hot phablets war:
5.5 inch Huawei Ascend D2 & 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate (world's biggest phablet) featuring its home-grown HiSilicon quad-core processors and rising on software experience curve adding its refreshed Emotion UI with host of enabling technologies such as DLNA, NFC, HDMI, waterproof, Huawei Air Sharing.
Huawei is well positioned to attack Asian and Europe markets for relatively cheaper but premium flagship Android phablets compared to competition.
Huawei Ascend D2
Huawei Ascend Mate
Sony Mobile Communications after integration into parent Sony separating from Ericsson almost 11 months ago is starting to quickly rise on Android experience curve. Sony Mobile was the third largest smartphone OEM at the end of Q3 2012 and the Japanese OEM will try to maintain this momentum moving into 2013 taking share away from HTC and others.
In light of this, Sony today announced its first flagship phablet Sony Xperia Z featuring a quad-core processor and sporting a FULL HD display, waterproof, a very advanced 13-MP camera capable of great shooting low-light images similar to Nokia Lumia 920 Pureview camera as well as the first smartphone to capture HDR Image and Video. Sony Xperia Z will compete against Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG Vu 2, Huawei Ascend Mate and other flagship phablets in coming months. The Go-To-Market strategy will be the key to the vendor's success.
Sony also announced range of NFC based accessories from stereo NFC-Bluetooth headphones to NFC Speakers and NFC based interaction with other Sony consumer electronics products branded under "Sony One Touch".
Voxx International has been steadily growing its accessories business and leadership over the past few years leveraging many of its brands such as AudioVoxx, Voxx, Klipsch, RCA. Voxx International today had series of announcements for accessories as well as appcessories from docks, headsets, bluetooth speakers, clock radios, wireless charging stands in home, automobiles, outdoors all cleveraging smartphones and different enabling technologies such as Bluetooth, Near Field Audio (NFA), Wireless Charging (Qi), Near Field Communication (NFC) and WiFi.
This is one of the key vendors shaping up its dominance in mobile accessories space worth keeping an eye on.
Soundflow Audio System (NFA)
808 Wireless NFC Headphones