CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW ROUND-UP

 
Steve Dinneen
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DELL LINES UP FIRST TABLET
Dell has announced it intends to launch its first tablet in late 2012, marking its entry into a hotly contested and increasingly crowded arena that has already claimed arch-foe Hewlett Packard. The once-dominant firm has seen a growing crop of tablets and smartphones entice consumers away from PCs. Dell says it has learned from the hastiness of some of its rivals and understands that consumers value the "ecosystem" of a tablet as much as the hardware.

THE FUTURE-PROOF TV
Samsung has launched a “future proof” TV that allows users to update its hardware, in a bid to reassure people wary of making big money purchases. The internet-connected TV also features gesture control and will detect voice commands and its owners face. The Korean firm is the world’s bigest TV manufacturer.

SONY BACKS GAMING
Sony has stressed the importance of its videogaming business, which will be led by its newly released handheld Vita console. Sony says the division will be pivotal in returning the company to profitability after a torrid year which saw it slump to four consecutive losses, dragged down by its struggling TV business.