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2012 will see 3D technology and lot more cloud computing technology occupying the consumer mindspace, says Get Ahead reader Nadeem Taslim. Here is the list of 12 most amazing gadgets to watch out for in 2012.
Nadeem is a tech blogger and runs two technology blogs: techbung.com and aliengang.com.
1. Apple Ipad 3 / Ipad 4
Apple is likely to ship the 'iPad 3' in March and 'iPad 4' in October, according to reports attributed to component makers in Taiwan.
Apple will ship the so-called 'iPad 3' with a full HD display in March and then 'iPad 4' -- named so by its component suppliers -- with killer applications in October, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
The iPad 3 will come with a QXGA (1,536 X 2,048 pixels) display and longer battery life although its other hardware specifications may not be so amazing as expected, said these sources.
The 9.7-inch iPad 4 is expected to come with much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android, Wintel or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter.
2.Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III will have quad-core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich, 720p screen and 3D technology that might be an integrate part of the S III. Some other reports however suggest that the S III will sport a 1.8GHz, dual core processor embellished with a 4.65-inch SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
Sony is all set for the launch of its Play Station Vita with quad-core graphics processor. It will have touch controls as well as dual analogue sticks. Check out the official site for more info on Sony Vita.
PCs and laptops with Thunderbolt ports
According to DigiTimes, Intel's super fast port will be available on Windows PC in April 2012. Thunderbolt port will enable the user to transfer data to and from the system and USB at a much faster rate. The transfer rate of this port will be around 10GB per second.
Lenovo has announced its first Thunderbolt-equipped laptop, the ThinkPad Edge S430. Apple too uses Thunderbolt technology.
Windows 8 tablet PC
After Android tablet we will see Windows 8 tablet PC in 2012. Samsung and HP will be the first movers to showcase a Windows 8-based tablet PC which will use the 'Metro' interface on tablets that presently enriches the user experience used on Windows Phone 7.
Reliance 4G Tab
After Aakash tablet being the cheapest tablet, Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani will be entering the arena with another cheap tablet sometime in 2012. The group will roll out its 4G network first and give users a unique experience, super fast Internet speeds on the Reliance 4G Tab.
The Reliance 4G Tab could come for a price as low as Rs 3,500 with high speed 4G connectivity.
Apple will be coming out with iOS6 that will have novel features. Like: at-a-glance information, file system, a new map App, iMessaging to OS X, Facetime 3G, Voice Choice, multi-tasking App Store, more graceful app switching, app data backup and cloud computing, etc.
Android 5 or the Jelly Bean
Google's next Android iteration is titled 'Jelly Bean'. Android 5 is expected to have some game changing features like full chrome browser, file manager, Android 5 lite for fast technology, user interface on/off toggles and better keyboard, power efficiency and theme options.
Google Nexus Ultima, the first phone with Android Jellybean is likely to make its debut soon.
Sony's portable HD TV
Sony is shrinking the TV screen into a size of a headphone. This Personal 3D viewer will give full HD experience. The user experience will be like you are watching a huge TV screen. This portable home theater will cost around Rs 40,000.
This small, Brooklyn-based company isn't very big but it's very powerful. The company just raised $10 million and is working on better ways to get 3D printing to the masses.
The Makerbot technology will make 3D printing possible this year.
Asus Padfone: Tablet-Smartphone Hybrid
Asus Padfone is a first of its kind innovation created to fulfill the demand of both smartphone and tablet users.
It allows the user to toggle between pad and phone that best fits their activities. Asus's Padfone will have a Tegra 3 chipset and four Cortex-A9 cores.
According Engadget Padfone is expected to lunch at Mobile World Congress 2012, in February.
An Ultrabook is a computer in a category of higher-end thin and lightweight ultraportable laptops, defined by a specification from Intel.
Lenovo has announced ThinkPad T430u Ultrabook for Business UsersLenovo ThinkPads, the T430u features the same soft-touch black matte design, but with an aluminum construction. It has a 14-inch display, 0.8-inch thin profile, and weighs less than 4 pounds. The keyboard is full-size, but Lenovo's laptop keyboards are renowned for their comfortably sculpted keys.