CES 2012: What we know so far

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show doesn't officially open until Tuesday, but that hasn't stopped a flood of product announcements and leaks. Here are the best ones so far.

LG's 55-inch TV is pencil-thin.
LG's pencil-thin OLED TV is the buzz of CES, days before the doors of the convention floor actually open LG

LAS VEGAS--The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show doesn't officially open until Tuesday--after a marathon of press conferences on Monday--but that hasn't stopped a flood of product announcements and leaks in the days leading up to the show.

While many of these products don't have full details--such as the ever-elusive pricing and availability--the 2012 preshow news slate is longer and more impressive than any year I can remember. The two main reasons for that are the late start of the show (sometimes it begins right after New Year's Day; this year it's a week later), and the fact that rival manufacturers are more aggressive than ever in trying to one-up the competition.

But whatever the reason, it's great news for tech fans looking for a sneak peek at the latest and greatest gadgets. Click through the photos below to see some of the biggest highlights of the early news so far.

Let us know in the comments which of the early product announcements is the most exciting--or the biggest yawner.

In the meantime, if you're new to this whole Consumer Electronics Show thing, check out our category-by-category previews on what to expect at the show. (Caveat: most of these were written before the recent wave of news and leaks featured above.)

Editors' note (Sunday, January 8, 3:40 p.m. PT): The accompanying slideshow was updated after its original publication with additional products.

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