Consumer Electronics Show Starts Today: Nokia, Sony, AT&T, Google TV in Focus

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off today in Las Vegas. On Monday, it was all about the press conferences and product previews. Here’s some highlights from yesterday’s pregame activities.

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Nokia’s Lumia 900 

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is ready to re-enter the U.S. market with its Lumia 710, which the company introduced in December. The phone will begin selling on Wednesday with T-Mobile  USA.

After some fanfare, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and colleagues discussed at a press event the launch of the Lumia 900 on AT&T’s (NYSE:T) network. The phone is the first LTE 4G device that runs on the Windows Phone OS. It offers a media-heavy experience with its Carl Zeiss lens, long-lasting battery and its top shelf 4.3-inch screen.

The phone offered in black and blue also has a built-in Facebook chat, Nokia Drive and videoconferencing technology. It also has some new social and media features from its partners’ content including ESPN (NYSE:DIS), CNN (NYSE:TWX), Univision, and Sesame Street.

AT&T’s LTE Devices

AT&T kicked off its pre-show press event by unveiling seven LTE devices. It showed five Android phones, an Android tablet and a Windows Phone with a 16-megapixel camera.

Sony’s Blu-ray Player with Google TV and Its New Camcorders

Sony (NYSE:SNE) will introduce two new home theater products at this year’s show. On Monday, it announced its updated Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) TV-powered Blu-ray player, the NSZ-GP9 and the inaugural Google TV set-top box, the NSZ-GS7. Both products carry improvements from the recent Google TV update. This includes access to Android Market apps.

Also unveiled by Sony, were 13 camcorders. CNET pared the selection down to five they deemed as the top ones. These included the Handycam HDR-TD20 (good for 3D), the Handycam HDR-PJ710V (lots of bells and whistles), HDR-PJ580V (a nonprojector version) and the Handycam HDR-PJ260V (good mainstream options) and the Handycam HDR-CX190.

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