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LAS VEGAS: This year's CES has been a mixed bag. While there's been an influx of exciting kit from the likes of Lenovo, Samsung and Sony the likes of Microsoft and Google didn't have much on offer.
Although it's becoming clear that the big names are holding off for Mobile World Congress, and their own Apple-style launch events, the V3 team scouted the show floor at this year's Las Vegas technology bash to bring you the hottest products announced at CES.
While the show was mainly filled with weird and wonderful gadgets from little known companies across the globe, we did come across some exciting products including the world's thinnest smartphone, a flexible tablet and a bunch of touchscreen Windows 8 devices.
So as the show draws to a close we've put together a top 13 for 2013 list of the most exciting products and innovation trends we saw at the show and what could be impressing us over the next 12 months.
13. Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra
We certainly didn't expect Alcatel to feature on this list at the start of the week. However, unlike some of its bigger name rivals, Alcatel pulled out all of the stops and wowed us with its skinny One Touch Idol Ultra smartphone.
Although the company is best known for its bespoke handsets designed for the elderly, the One Touch Idol Ultra is, according to Alcatel, the thinnest smartphone in the world. Although the firm was unable to back up this statement, the handset did feel great in the hand, and also managed to win us over with its top end specs.
These include a gorgeous 4.7in HD Amoled touchscreen, a nippy 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.