CES 2013 and the Mobile Geeks

Diana and I meet the Mobile GeeksIt’s too bad that CES doesn’t take place more often. Then again, if it did, I wouldn’t have such wonderful memories to bring home in order to share with you. Instead I’d have more of these types of experiences — either that, or a very robust immune system from being constantly exposed to rampant international viruses! (And no, Diana did not wet herself. That’s just me, speaking in my flu daze. If you haven’t seen the video, you have no idea what I’m talking about — so what are you waiting for? Watch the video!)

Honestly, though, I love mixing it up with people from all over the world. Though the body pays the toll tenfold, it’s an opportunity for us to catch up with people like Sascha Pallenberg of Mobile Geeks. (The Mobile Geeks website can be accessed at either MobileGeeks.com or MobileGeeks.de). Sascha is someone whose opinion I trust, so when he shows me his latest devices, I’ve got my camera ready and my ears are listening to what he’s got to say about them.

Sascha showed us his favorite point-and-click shoot camera, which also happens to be the very last Symbian-based Nokia smartphone, the 808 Pureview. This is one device that seems to be clearly asserting that it is a camera first, and a smartphone second. Even its website describes it as “Camera Mobile Phone” (which may or may not be a typo on Nokia’s part, but is nevertheless somewhat telling). Sascha tells us this device packs in a 41-megapixel camera, with a Carl Zeiss lens. “I think camera technology is very, very important, and after complaining about Nokia for so many years, I have to give this edge to [it]. This is by far the best camera technology that is out there.”

“Everybody seems to forget about audio these days.” Sascha recalls the age of the boombox (the 1970s and ’80s), and expresses his belief that we’re going to be seeing (or hearing, rather) more audio-enhancing technologies coming to our mobile devices. He describes his listening experience of a platform Qualcomm developed, which turned a smartphone into a virtual surround sound system, and he expects similar manufacturers to follow in kind. “This is a huge trend,” says Sascha. “It’s so much more fun to watch a… 1080p video on your mobile device when you have a great surround audio system with it.” I agree. I even believe that people are more apt to tolerate lesser-quality video as long as the sound is good, so I’m looking forward to seeing some good mobile sound systems hit the market before mobile devices go out of fashion. (We probably have few more years. Or a few dozen more.)

He also showed us the recently released international version of the HTC DNA, the HTC Butterfly, which sports a 5 inch, 1080p full-HD display (which Sascha claims is better than a 4k 55 inch display). Besides the beautiful display (which cannot be overlooked), the Butterfly is said to pack some high definition, studio-quality sound. It’s devices like these that seem to be begging for the sound systems Sascha sees as a developing trend. (I also see devices with the ability to project video to be in particular need of higher volume, higher-quality sound systems. Once video is able to be projected from a smartphone at a reasonable quality, we’ll definitely want to be able to hear sound better. The other day I walked by a neighbor’s house where they were projecting Star Wars on a portable screen for the neighborhood children. Perhaps we’ll begin to see that type of thing more often, like a new generation of drive-in movie theaters. Wouldn’t that be cool?)

If you watch the video all the way through, you’ll come to Sascha’s overall impression of CES 2013, in which he asserts that this year’s conference was all about displays: “You need to create a seamless experience all over the displays. We have this multi-display strategy and user scenario even in our living room.” Sascha is not only excited about being able to move from one device to another throughout home (or home office) environments, but he is also thrilled about the prospect of flexible displays (which we saw are being developed by companies such as E Ink).

“I would love to be a kid in the 21st century, to grow up with this technology, and to have a chance to play around, for example, with something like the Raspberry Pi… you have a motherboard that has as much performance as a desktop… for 29 dollars!” says Sascha. I couldn’t agree more — except that you don’t have to be a kid to love this technology.

I was able to cover CES 2013 thanks to AMD. View more of the technology innovator’s latest announcements, including last week’s press release video, at AMD Live.

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