With CES set to open in two days, workers at the Las Vegas Convention Center are scrambling madly to set up. CNET takes a look at the big cell phone booths under construction.
Nokia leads off
Mobile devices always have a big presence at CES and even now, two days before the show opens, we can tell that the 2012 show will be the same. The booths under construction are as big as ever with each company eager to show its best sides to the thousands of attendees who will descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday. So join Jessica and I as we tour the show floor and watch these creations taking shape.
Most cell phone manufacturers and carriers reserve space in either the South or Central halls, with many companies occupying the same spot as they did in previous years. We started in the South Hall and came first to the Nokia booth. Though it's not especially big, everything from the "Experience Nokia Lumia" sign to the cube-centric design has a Windows Phone 7 feel.
After going big at the 2011 CES with its PlayBook, the company should take a lower profile this year by focusing on apps and software. Yet, that didn't stop our Canadian friends from building a big presence on the show floor.
Over in the Central Hall, Motorola occupies a prime spot near the front. There was little to see at this point, though the big numbers on the far wall reminded us of the countdown that you'd see at the beginning of a film.
Never one for subtlety, Samsung again squats in the middle of the Central Hall with one of the largest booths in Las Vegas. The Galaxy Note sign in the center is further proof that the phone/tablet will make its debut here.
Admittedly, Sony gives Samsung a run for its money in terms of booth size. Everything Sony is there with Sony Ericsson phones occupying a small table near the front. And in case you didn't guess, it looks like we'll see an Xperia phone.