What tech products are we most excited to check out in 2011? Here's a look at the contenders.
BlackBerry Playbook tablet
BlackBerry is already showing off early builds of its iPad competitor. Will it live up to the hype? We're not sure, but a lot of people are intrigued to see how it performs when it's finally finished and ready to ship early this year.
Intel's next-generation CPU has an integrated graphics chip that competes with Nvidia's and ATI's (AMD) entry-level graphics cards. Sandy Bridge laptops and desktops are due to ship shortly and should offer compelling performance enhancements for the money.
The Nintendo 3DS, which offers a glasses-free 3D gaming experience, is due to arrive March 27 in the U.S. for $249.99. How well it does may determine whether others jump into the 3D portable gaming space.
Google has been seeding developers with rather spartan-looking Chrome OS laptops that include the Chrome OS SDK (software development kit), so they can begin developing apps for the new OS. Later this year, we should start to see actual Chrome OS laptops shipping.
We've been waiting to see what HP planned to do with its purchase of Palm and the WebOS. The company was quiet at CES, but recently, photos of an upcoming WebOS tablet leaked, so details should begin to emerge soon.
Rumor has it that Sony may introduce its next-generation PSP early this year, though it also has a PSP Phone in the works that could arrive first.
In any case, word is that Sony will have a new PlayStation Portable ready to go in time for the holidays. It allegedly will offer a larger screen than the existing PSP models, as well as impressive graphics that rival those of the PS3.
The iPhone 5 rumors are running rampant, with some suggesting that Apple's next iPhone will simply be an upgrade to the existing iPhone 4(dual-core processor, better graphics chip and battery life, and possible 4G data capabilities), while others say the phone will get thinner and truly get a makeover.
If the past is any indication, we should know the answer in June--or earlier if an Apple employee leaves a prototype in a bar.