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Five must-crack-open devices from CES 2012

From tablets to TVs, Bill Detwiler counts down the five devices from CES, he most wants to crack open.

There's a lot to see at CES—televisions, laptops, tablets, smartphones, networking equipment, fitness products, games, and even a few cars. After seeing all that cool tech, I can't help but want to grab every prototype and demo unit within arms' reach, rush back to the TechRepublic studio, and crack them open.

Unfortunately, no one would let me leave their booth with a shiny new gadget, and I didn't feel like spending the night in the Las Vegas Detention Center. So while I'll have to wait a few weeks (or months), to crack the following devices open, here's a rundown on five devices I saw at CES 2012 I most want to crack open, in no particular order.

1. Razer Blade

Razer, a company best know for it's gaming mice and custom keyboards, will enter the computer market this month with the Blade—a premium gaming laptop. The Blade has a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M Processor, 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM, 17.3-inch LED backlit display (1,920x1,080 pixels), Nvidia GeForce GT 555M, and 256GB SATA3 SSD. It goes on sale next week and will cost $2,799 (US).

2. 1TB Victorinox SSD "Swiss Army Knife"

Flash drives comes in all shapes, sizes, and capacities. But, Victorinox is taking portable storage to a whole new level. The 1TB Victorinox SSD (64GB, 128GB, and 256GB are also available) crams an insane amount of storage into a pocket knife. Unfortunately, all that space doesn't come cheap. When (or if) it goes on sale, the 1TB Victorinox SSD will cost around $3,000.

3. Nokia Lumia 900

The Nokia Lumia 900 will operate on AT&T's 4G LTE network (where available). It has a 1.4GHz processor, 4.3" AMOLED display (WVGA 800x480), 1,830 mAH battery, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens, and 1MP front camera.

4. Toshiba Excite X10

The Toshiba Excite X10 has a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor. The X10 has a 1,280X800 pixel 10.1-inch display, Gorilla Glass front panel, 2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.

5. Samsung or LG 55" OLED TV

Samsung 55" Super OLED TV

I know. This one's a long shot. Okay. It's nearly impossible. But, I really want to see what's inside an OLED TV. Both Samsung and LG plan to release 55" OLED TV this year, and pre-production models were on display at CES. Samsung's TV (shown from the side in the photo above) is just 0.3-inch thick, and LG's model is a mere 0.157-inch thick.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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