Remember Think Big!, the store that sold comically oversize objects (a Swatch (UHR) you could hang from a wall, six-foot-long wooden chopsticks, you get the idea)? If it were around today, it would likely sell Huawei's new Ascend Mate, a gargantuan phone (or, as the industry likes to call these hypertrophic mobile devices, “phablets”) with a 6.1-inch display. Fortunately the Ascend Mate has an equally massive 4050 mAh battery to power its IMAX-like screen. Without it, you'd likely be able to keep the thing on for no more than 3 seconds.
You know the Contractor's Triangle? You can get a job done fast, well, and cheap, but you can only choose two out of three. That's been the rule with cell phones, too: They can be powerful, pretty, and/or inexpensive. Pantech's new smartphone, the Discover, attempts to deliver on all three. It has a 4.8-inch screen, a 12.6-megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android, and it operates on fast LTE networks (starting with AT&T (T) on Jan. 11). With a two-year contract, it will cost $50.
For a long time, refrigerators were coupes: They had two doors. Then manufacturers started making French-door models, with two doors up top and a single freezer drawer below. Samsung's (005930) latest, the T9000 (which sounds like it was made by Cyberdyne Systems), is a sedan: two doors up top, two on the bottom. Behind each door is a chilling compartment, one of which can be switched from freezer to refrigerator. The T9000 also has a built-in touchscreen that can display photos, recipes, calendars, and other information. It’s part of a long and noble effort to put displays on refrigerators, even though nobody has ever really asked for that.
Nvidia's Project Shield
Chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA) has a new, dedicated portable gaming device called Project Shield. Designed by Nick Fury (kidding!), the handheld features a quad-core Tegra processor running Android. It can play games from Google Play (GOOG) as well as from Nvidia's own game shop, the TegraZone. It can also stream video from Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu.
Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator
The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator (such a short, punchy name), is a flash drive. You know, like the ones you get for free at trade-show booths. But this one is different: It can hold a terabyte of data. That’s 1⁄20 of the text held in the Library of Congress. Kingston's not saying how much the DataTraveler HyperX Predator will cost, but bear this in mind—the currently available 512-gigabyte model (half the capacity of the 1TB drive) costs around $1,300. Kingston's not giving these away at the booth.
Teenage Engineering's OD-11 Cloud Speaker
Sweden really punches above its weight class. Among the Scandinavian countries, they can claim Ikea, H&M (HMB), Volvo, and ABBA (OK, maybe that last one is an outlier). Now they have Teenage Engineering, a small tech-design firm that has revealed the OD-11 Cloud Speaker at CES. The OD-11 has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and will be able to play streaming music (Teenage isn't saying which services will be available, but you have to figure that fellow Swedish music service Spotify will be in on the action) without a computer required. Four speakers can be used together, and all functions are controlled by a Nest-like rotating disc that can click and spin to change tracks or volume. Expect it later this year, priced at $800 a speaker.