LAS VEGAS -- Cheaper tablets, thinner laptops and an array of sleeker TVs stood out at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show. More than 140,000 gathered this week for an event that's growing despite the absence of Apple and Microsoft's decision to make this the last year it participates. Here are some gadgets that shined:
Enthusiasm for tablets was tempered this year compared to last, when more than 100 manufacturers thought they could capitalize on the iPad's success with their own models based on Google's Android software. Amazon.com showed you can take on Apple by selling a smaller, bare-bones tablet for $199. Analysts believe Amazon sold millions of Kindle Fires in more than a month.
Taiwan's AsusTek Computer showed off a tablet with a Fire-sized screen and said it would sell it for $249. It's more powerful than the Fire, sporting a premium "quadcore" processor.
Nokia Lumia 900
The Lumia 900 is Finland-based Nokia's first device for the AT&T network that uses Microsoft's Windows Phone software, and the first Nokia phone to use AT&T's faster wireless "LTE" network. In a sign of how much is riding on these phones, both the Microsoft and Nokia CEOs came to Monday's announcement. The firms didn't announce price or availability.
Now, Intel said a new line of chips is ready for smartphone use, and Lenovo of China is the first to take them up on it, with a smartphone to be sold in China in the second quarter. Outwardly, it's indistinguishable from any other touchscreen phone, and it runs Android.
Both LG and Samsung showed off 55-inch TVs with screens made from organic light-emitting diodes rather than the standard liquid crystals or plasma cells, and said they'll be on sale this year. They didn't say what they would cost, but analysts expect the price to be more than $5,000.
The sets are long-awaited. OLED TVs have been on the horizon for some time, but they're difficult to manufacture in large sizes. They provide a high-contrast picture with highly saturated colors. They can also be very thin: LG's set is just one-sixth of an inch.
Two ultrabooks that stood out were the Lenovo Yoga, which has a touch-sensitive screen that bends backward to fold over completely, turning the device into a large tablet. It will launch with the new Windows 8 later this year. The HP Envy 14 ($1,400), which goes on sale Feb. 8, has two details that set it apart: a sensor for Near-Field Communications Chips (which lets you transfer information from a similarly equipped phone by tapping it to the PC) and an audio chip that can communicate with headphones to provide much better audio quality than Bluetooth.
Canon G1 X
The Japanese company's G line of relatively large compact cameras has been popular among enthusiasts, and the 14-megapixel G1 X extends the range by including an image sensor that's more than six times larger than other models in the range. It's the first camera to use a sensor of this type, which is only 20 percent smaller than the "APS-C" sensors used in single-lens reflex cameras.