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This week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the US may not have been the biggest tech show of the year for mobile launches (that honour falls to Mobile World Congress (MWC), which takes place in February) but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a wealth of new smartphones and tablets launched at the big Vegas expo.So while most of 2014’s flagship mobiles and slates are still to be unleashed, at least now we have a flavour of the top devices coming our way in the next 12 months.

Click through for MSN Tech’s pick of the best smartphones and tablets of CES 2014.

CES 2014: Best new smartphones and tabletsTop new mobile devices coming your way in 2014Top new mobile devices coming your way in 20142014-01-09T03:45:002014-01-09T03:45:00 trueTop tablets and smartphones for 2014This week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the US may not have been the biggest tech show of the year for mobile launches (that honour falls to Mobile World Congress (MWC), which takes place in February) but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a wealth of new smartphones and tablets launched at the big Vegas expo.So while most of 2014’s flagship mobiles and slates are still to be unleashed, at least now we have a flavour of the top devices coming our way in the next 12 months.Click through for MSN Tech’s pick of the best smartphones and tablets of CES 2014.topTop tablets and smartphones for 2014 - 1Top tablets and smartphones for 2014 - 1(©MSN)Top tablets and smartphones for 2014 - 1(©MSN)Top tablets and smartphones for 2014 - 1(©MSN)Top tablets and smartphones for 2014 - 1(©MSN)Top tablets and smartphones for 2014 - 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1(©MSN)Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Sony is the latest manufacturer to introduce a smaller version of its flagship smartphone after it announced the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact during its press event at CES 2014.However, unlike some other mini smartphones, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact comes with almost identical specs to its bigger brother, including a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.You will find a smaller display, measuring 4.3 inches and offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 341ppi, as well as a smaller battery with a capacity of 2300mAh.But the rest of the specs remain the same as the 5-inch flagship, with the Xperia Z1 Compact also boasting the 20.7-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera.The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact comes with 16GB of storage, along with microSD support for further expansion, and it is also waterproof like the Xperia Z1.In terms of measurements, the Xperia Z1 Compact comes in at 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm and weighs 140g.There is no word on price or release date just yet, other than that the Xperia Z1 Compact will be cheaper than the Xperia Z1 but more expensive than the Xperia Z.topSony Xperia Z1 Compact - 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All packed into a chassis measuring less than 8mm thick.The bad news: there’s no 4G action or the ability to pop in a microSD card and it’s running a fairly old version of Android: 4.2 – we do like the customised UI though.Back to the positives and we’re told this attractive smartphone could come in as low as £150 SIM-free, which would represent a bit of a steal.topAlcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - 3(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2Huawei officially announced its much-rumoured Ascend Mate 2 at its press conference during CES 2014.The Ascend Mate 2 4G has been refreshed, bringing a bump in specs and 4G LTE connectivity to the 6.1-inch phablet.There has been no change in size of the IPS display compared with its predecessor, but the device has been reduced in thickness, measuring 9.5mm compared with 9.9mm. The company hasn't announced an upgrade in resolution, so we assume the display will remain at 1080 x 720 pixels, like the Ascend Mate.Under the hood you will find a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 4050mAh battery so it is likely to last you through the day as the original Ascend Mate achieved.The biggest update is the addition of 4G LTE, offering fast data on the move, but you will also find a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera for video and selfies.The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G will run on the company's Emotion UI 2, which has been designed to make tasks easier when using the device one-handed.There has been no word on pricing or availability yet but we expect these details to be announced soon.topHuawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Huawei Ascend Mate 2 - 4(©MSN)Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2The 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro comes with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution display, LTE capabilities, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.Inside, the Galaxy Note Pro also comes with a 9500mAh battery, 3GB of RAM and a Samsung Exynos 5 octa-chip or a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, depending on whether you choose the wi-fi, 3G or 4G model.The main difference between this and the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, which was also launched at the show, is the addition of the S Pen and a range of smart features such as Action Memo and S Finder.The 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro will measure 295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm, hitting the scales at 750g for the wi-fi model and 753g for the 3G or LTE model.There is currently no information on pricing or availability of the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro but the details should be announced soon so we will keep you posted.topSamsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 - 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That’s easy. Meet the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1. The ToughPad FZ-M1 can withstand a 5ft drop and it is IP65 certified, meaning it’s fully waterproof.The Toughpad FZ-M1 is a 7-inch tablet featuring a rugged exterior and operates on the Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit system. It’s the thinnest and lightest fanless, rugged, 7-inch Windows tablet yet.Weighing in at 550g and measuring 18mm thick it’s not likely to rival the likes of the Toshiba Encore or the 7-inch Dell Venue in the svelte-stakes but hey, that’s not really what it sets out to do. This is a tough tab designed to be at home on a building site, in a war zone or somewhere else equally harsh.The Toughpad FZ-M1 features a 1200 x 800 pixel resolution display, which is coated with an anti-reflective screen treatment to enable it to be read in bright daylight. It held up very well under the garish lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center.Powering the show is a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor and 8GB of RAM. You’ll also have use of Intel HD graphics and there’s 128GB or 256GB of speedy SSD storage available, which you can expand using microSD.It's out in the spring, and prices are expected to start around the €2000 mark.topPanasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 - 8(©MSN)LG G FlexThe LG G Flex boasts “vertical curvature”, making the six-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display wrap around you when held in landscape mode.The curvature of the screen, LG says, will help the phone deliver an “outstanding voice and sound experience” because of the way it follows the contour of the face. It should also be better at thwarting glare than flat displays.It also features a 13-megapixel snapper and a 3,500mAh curved battery, along with a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.The Flex’s back cover has a coating of ‘self-healing’ paint. Besides making the phone easier to grip, the coating should be able to withstand the wear and tear of daily use, including piercings with a blade or other sharp objects.topLG G Flex - 9LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)LG G Flex - 9(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II ZTE's Grand S II is the latest flagship handset from the Chinese telecoms giant and we think it offers a unique take on the modern smartphone.It boasts advanced voice recognition capabilities such as the ability to recognise multiple users' voices, so you can let your friends and family unlock your phone through speech if you want them to. Other impressive voice features include a function to take photos with spoken commands, and a My-drive mode for slicker hands-free control while in your car.The ZTE Grand S II also includes a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen display, a 13-megapixel camera at the back (and a 2-megapixel camera up front), a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 16GB of internal storage.There’s no word on pricing or availability as of yet.topZTE Grand S II - 10ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)ZTE Grand S II  - 10(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart displayCertainly one of the biggest themes of CES 2014 was 4K. But while a 4K monitor wouldn’t normally catch our eye, this effort from Lenovo did as it also doubles up as a 28-inch 4K Android tablet.Sure, it works as a regular monitor with HDMI inputs and the like – but we’re much more sold on the world’s biggest and best-looking 4K Android tablet angle.The ThinkVision 28 runs the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat and runs via an Nvidia Tegra CPU with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage and offers a microSD card expansion slot if you need more.It’ll cost from $1,100 when it goes on sale in July.topLenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)Lenovo ThinkVision 28 smart display - 11(©MSN)

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