Tech Talk: 9 Tech Product Launches to Expect in 2013

January 24, 2013  |  
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Are the robots coming? This one is a “human ride robot.” The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images

We’ve already seen the crazy technologies that CES introduced to the world. But what will we actually see in 2013? Many tech blogs have been speculating about what devices and cool technologies will be available for the masses to purchase this year—and some that are a little more out there.

Here are nine cool technology product launches to expect this year—and ones that you might even be able to afford.

This Kinect for Xbox 360, held aloft by NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green, may already be old school. Photo by Kevin Wolf/Invision for Xbox/AP Images

Xbox 720

Microsoft is expected to release the next generation Xbox at the E3 Conference in June 2013. It’s been seven years since the Xbox 360 was released and the Xbox 720 is expected to pack a lot of power, with 8 GB of RAM. Specs of the device were leaked this week, showing a Blu-Ray Player, USB 3.0 ports, a built-in Kinect sensor for motion-controlled games, and a hard drive built to hold all of your games, music, and more.

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A Bigger… or Better iPhone 

Apple has released a new version of the iPhone every year since its debut in 2007, and this year will be no exception. So far, rumors are swirling that Apple’s 2013 iteration will be an iPhone 5S, have a super-big screen, have a lower price point, or all of the above. Take your pick!

A boom box playing an iPhone. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma


In addition to whatever iPhone will launch in 2013, Apple is also reportedly working on an iRadio service, similar to Pandora, to complement iTunes. One hold-up is the negotiations with music labels, so no official information has been released.

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Waterproof Gadgets

While not a specific gadget, this is a new technology that would impact so many devices in our lives: waterproofing! And it’s making waves in 2013. Sony announced its Xperia Z smartphone and tablet, both of which are waterproof, and should be available this year. Another company, HZO, has developed a way to waterproof the insides of smartphones and other devices, and Liquipel, an electronics coating company, is working to make its water-resistant coating and available to the public.

Will it look like a Kindle? AP Photo/Ben Margot, file

Amazon Phone

An Amazon mobile phone has been rumored for a while now, but 2013 may be the year. Reports out of Taiwan in December said that FoxConn Technology, the same company known for producing the iPhone, is working on five million smartphones for Amazon, available in the second or third quarter of the year. FoxConn also produces the Amazon Kindle.

FujiFilm X100s and X20

If you still prefer to use a real camera and not just a camera phone, you’ll be happy to know that FujiFilm is releasing two new cameras in its X series this year. After a hands-on demo at CES, the X100S and X20 will be available March 2013 for $1300 and $600, respectively.

Color eReader

Ereaders have been around for a while now, so any new entrants need to find that special something that sets them apart. Enter the Pocketbook Color eReader, with a release date of June 2013. With an 8-inch screen and 800×800 resolution, this eReader is a great step toward getting books with more artwork or photos into the electronic reader space.

Gorilla Glass 3

Again, another technology that can change the devices we use, Gorilla Glass 3 is debuting in mid-2013, according to parent company Corning. Using chemical strengthening, the glass now has better scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and more strength after a scratch.

At the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

Samsung Galaxy Note

Photos hit Twitter this week of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, a tablet that will make its debut at the Mobile World Congress in February. Samsung already has a popular tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.0, but this smaller, 8-inch tablet will compete more with the iPad Mini.


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