CES roundup: Walkman, ROKR, Neonode and more

Motorola, Nokia, SonyEricsson, Samsung and Neonode are among the handset vendors that have already launched phones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Motorola has so far released a new ROKR device, the E8, which makes use of Motorola's ModeShift touch technology. Motorola also debuted a phone aimed at the novice filmmaker, the Z10. The "kick slider" allows users to capture video, edit clips, create transitions between scenes as well as add title slides and a soundtrack.

Nokia has unveiled a 8GB version of its N95 that runs on HSDPA for the U.S. market. The phone also features a 2.8 inch QVGA screen with support for up to 16 million colors, eight gigabytes of built-in memory, A-GPS positioning for improved location access and enhanced battery life.

Samsung is showing off a number of luxury phones at CES this week, too. First up: The Giorgio Armani-Samsung phone, which the handset maker characterizes as the "size of a credit card" and a mere 10.5 mm thick. Samsung and Bang & Olufsen's Serenata is also on display in Vegas. It features a context-sensitive touch screen and a large aluminum wheel for navigation. Finally, Samsung is showing off its B'Phone (B for Beyonce), an update to the Upstage available exclusively through Sprint.

Swedish handset maker Neonode is making its Neonode N2 handset available to the U.S. market at CES this week. The phone utilizes the exclusive neno user interface and zForce optical touch screen technology. Neonode executives suspect that some of the gestures that Apple built into the iPhone were lifted from their N1 device.

At CES, Sony Ericsson launched the Z555, a diamond-shaped handset that uses a gesture control application running off of the phone's camera. The phone lets users ignore a call or an alarm just by waving their hand. -Brian

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