Hot Android smartphones, tablets and devices emerging at CES 2012

by Marty Gabel

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas officially begins Tuesday. However, the buzz has been building for a few weeks now. This huge trade show showcases a wide variety of electronic products including TVs, cameras, computers and smartphones. Here is a look at just a few of the many Android-focused devices making waves at CES 2012.

Lenovo makes a splash

As Appolicious Advisor Kristen Nicole reported, the Lenovo connected TV has attracted a lot of publicity. This 55-inch behemoth is an Android-powered smart television from a company perhaps not usually associated with Android so much. The K91 smart TV will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), features an in-built camera for face recognition, and rocks Qualcomm's 1.5-GHz 8060 Snapdragon CPU. As well as regular TV programming, this device promises voice command, cloud access and of course, plenty of Google TV apps.

More than just TV, Lenovo is also dropping a slim, modular 10-inch dual-core tablet and a hardcore NVIDIA Tegra 3-equipped device, perfect for gaming. Lenovo even plans to get into the cellular market, with its S2 smartphone. Aimed more at enterprise customers, this rugged Android device offers plenty of security features to protect personal data and malware attacks. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, there’s no word (yet) from Lenovo about whether it will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Le Pan ce n’est pas cher

Whereas Lenovo offers devices at the higher end of the price spectrum, Le Pan’s tablet offerings are a lot less expensive. Already, the Le Pan II tablet is available at Amazon for a reasonable $300, and at CES the company announced a couple of follow-up devices boasting better specs and a tasty slice of Ice Cream Sandwich, all for a good price.

The Le Pan III is the star of the show. This 10-inch tablet will run Android’s latest OS, boasts a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. It also has front and rear cameras, Bluetooth capabilities and can output video at hi-def 1080p. Ice Cream Sandwich on a tablet for around 300 smackers? Nice job, Le Pan.

The skinny on the Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S

Outslimming (if that’s not a word, it should be) the already extremely slim Motorola Droid RAZR is the new P1 S smartphone from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. At a svelte 6.68mm (compared to the positively gargantuan RAZR’s 7.1mm, right?), the new Ascend offers a super AMOLED 4.3-inch display with a 960x540 pixel resolution and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. With Gorilla Glass, front and rear cameras, and 1080p HD video capture, just make sure you don’t drop it.

The P1 offers similar specs, but packs a slightly fuller figure at 7.69mm and includes a thicker battery for longer life. There is no word on carriers or pricing just yet, but it’s interesting to see Huawei—usually known for their lower-end, cheaper devices—really upping the ante with these two smartphones.

Take it for a dip

Finally, there’s Fujitsu. Its Arrows tablet (which is already available in Japan) doesn’t really look like anything too special at first glance, with its moderate specs and performance. But it does boast one major advantage over its fellow tabs: it can be dunked under water!

As the video from Forbes below demonstrates, there’s also a submersible smartphone which will be available soon. When (or even whether) these will hit the U.S. market is unknown, but the technology is certainly going to come in handy, and we can expect other manufacturers to follow suit. Also, it probably means I’ll be expected to write these articles next time I’m taking a scuba diving vacation off the Caribbean coast... Thanks, Fujitsu.