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CES 2012 – the Highlights So Far…

Every January, in the heart of Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show takes place to showcase the gadgets, gizmos and technology you’ll be buying – or wishing for – that year and beyond.

This year’s show begins properly today and already a host of big name manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and LG have come out to announce their latest innovations.

Here’s a quick round-up of the biggest and best announcements so far…

Samsung Cameras and Ultrabooks

The Korean electronics giant has unveiled a massive list of new products. From Wi-Fi cameras and camcorders to new Smart TVs that use voice control, face recognition and motion controls to work them.

Its latest Series 5 Ultrabook comes in 13 and 14 inch sizes with a second generation Intel i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and wakes up in just TWO SECONDS. Learn more about Ultrabooks in our Ultrabook Buying Guide.

Sony Android Smartphone

After dropping the Ericsson and rebranding its smartphone line-up to be fully under the Sony brand, the new Sony Xperia S is an Android smartphone with an HD screen, 12 megapixel camera and fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

The Japanese legends have also revealed a new type of TV screen technology called “Crystal LED Display”, which can go up to 55 inches and is capable of a wider colour range, higher contrast and much faster response times.

LG’s Massive 3D TV

In a bid to steal the headlines, LG have gone for a BIG announcement… an 84 inch 3D TV, apparently the world’s biggest UD (Ultra Definition) 3D telly. But even more exciting is the increase in size of OLED technology, which allows TV screens to be so thin, you can hardly see them.

LG now has a 55 inch model with a depth of just 4mm and it only weighs 7.5kg. Mind-blowing!

Panasonic Camcorder

As well as TVs, Panasonic does a great line in cameras and camcorders and the new compact V10 camcorder has an amazing 63x optical zoom lens. Even more amazingly, this can be extended and enhanced to 70x when filming on the wide angle setting.

Lenovo Google TV

They might not be your first thought when it comes to a TV brand but Lenovo has used CES to reveal a web connected telly called the K91, which is 55 inches in size and runs Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software.