Wednesday’s CES Recap: Apple Aims at Education, Sony’s Xperia Smartphone

On Wednesday, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was in full swing. Here are some of the day’s highlights.

Best of CES Finalists

The Best of CES Finalists list from CNET has been compiled and its winners will be announced on Thursday, at 11 a.m. PST. The list includes a broad range of categories.

There’s also the People’s Choice Award suggested by CNET. Go ahead and cast your vote. Winners will also be announced on Thursday morning.

Apple’s January 19 Education Announcement

Interrupting the flow of the CES on Wednesday and stealing some thunder, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced it will have a January 19 event at New York’s Solomon Guggenheim museum. It is believed Apple will roll out its 2012 digital textbook strategy. Rumors had been swirling the event would take place, but details have not been disclosed.

There is one hint of its topic: the invites include the tagline, “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.” Others have speculated the topic will include news about either iTunes or Apple’s iTune U.

Sony’s Xperia Smartphone

One of the hot new phones unveiled at CES has been Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Xperia Ion smartphone. It comes with a 4G LTE speed from AT&T (NYSE:T) and it features the following: HDMI output, 4.6-inch display (larger than the iPhone 4s’ 3.5-inch display), a 12 megapixel camera and a very thin body, according to ABC News.

Additional features are unique to the Sony brand. The phone runs on Sony’s mobile version of its Bravia engine, which is also in Sony’s Bravia HDTVs; colors on the phone’s screens are very vivid. Users can also download PlayStation and its portable games to the phone. It also comes with a compatible dock to watch on a bigger display. A price has not been listed but it is expected to be available in stores in the second quarter.