1. iPhone 4 on Verizon
Without a doubt, the most anticipated of all technologies in 2011 is the iPhone for the Verizon network. What makes this new release so comical is the fact that the iPhone 4 for Verizon will be no different than the iPhone that was offered by AT&T; however, consumers would argue that this is the first time that the iPhone will be offered on a network that actually works - the anticipation isn't for the upgraded device as much as it is the upgraded provider.
2. Nintendo 3DS
Ever since the launch of the Nintendo NES is 1988, the Nintendo gaming brand has clearly been on the front wave of innovation. 2011 will be no different. This time, their newest Nintendo 3Ds will boast 3D graphics without the need for 3D glasses! Set to be released in March, this handheld device will have a hefty 3.5-inch LCD, motion sensors and an alleged dual 266MHz ARM11 CPU for a top-notch gaming experience.
3. Sony VAIO 3D Laptop
Another contender in the 3D market for 2011 is the soon-to-be-released 3D laptop by Sony. Yep, they've improved on their popular VAIO laptop series to bring us a vibrant 16-inch LCD monitor with 1080p resolution and 3D imaging. Set to be launched in the Spring, loyal VAIO advocates are salivating in anticipation for the upgraded machine.
4. Windows 8
Deviating from the handheld gadgets for a moment, there's always a buzz surrounding Microsoft and any of their new generation operating systems. Optimistically expected to launch in late 2011, the Windows 8 public beta is rumored to have a more substantial integration between mobile, home and work computers for a more modern and timely twist to their former offerings, as well as, an app store and improved startup time, power management and digital media tools.
5. Apple iPad 2
With any Freshman tech release, the Sophomore version is always highly anticipated because of the inevitable improvements. That said, the Apple iPad 2 is amongst the most anticipated technologies in 2011 because it promises to trump its predecessor with better speakers, two cameras (one on the front and one on the back), an improved smudge resistant screen and a number of other software upgrades.
6. Chrome OS Laptops
While we've long relied on Microsoft, Linux and Apple to be the sole providers of our operating systems, Google will join the market in 2011 with its Chrome OS laptops. As young as Chrome might be, the market tests have reportedly gone very well; therefore, expect a number of laptops to be released in 2011 that are featuring the Google OS.
7. Sony PSP Phone
Gamers everywhere are salivating at the prospect of the new Sony PSP Phone - a device that combines the ever-popular Sony PSP gaming console and an android powered smart phone. While rumors have circulated for a long time about Sony's endeavors in the cellular phone arena, 2011 appears to be the year when dreams become reality and gamers will no longer have to carry two devices … just one power gadget.
8. Motorola Android Tablet
While most tablets on the market use an android-based operating system that is intended for smart phones, the anticipated Motorola tablet promises to be the first android-based tablet that will have a dedicated operating system called Honeycomb. While the exact specs are simply rumors at this point, it is said that this innovative tablet will come equipped with an HDMI output and an HD screen for a crystal clear viewing experience.
9. Intel Sandy Bridge
The folks at Intel have full intentions of wowing us again in 2011 with the launch of their latest Sandy Bridge processor. It's an interesting name for such a techy company; however, Sandy Bridge is the codename for the newest processor that has been in development since 2005. Equipped with an integrated graphics chip that aims to out-shine its competitors, this new chip will offer a substantial bang for its buck.
10. Blackberry Playbook
It was bound to happen but Blackberry has put their wheels in motion for entering the tablet market in 2011. The Blackberry Playbook is a highly anticipated gadget that is expected to be released in the first quarter of the year and promises to support Flash 10.1 and HTML 5 with its 7-inch screen, dual HD cameras, HDMI support and a 1 GHz dual-core processor.
11. iPhone 5 ???
No matter what the others companies do, when it comes to anticipated technologies, all eyes are on Apple. Known for their well-deserved reign over innovative handheld technologies, 2011 is rumored to be the stage for the shiny and new iPhone 5 with its thinner body and improved features. Hold your breath!?
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