CES may be the Consumer Electronics Show, but plenty of exciting business tech was unveiled at this year's event. Dozens of great business-ready devices debuted this week as manufacturers kick off 2014. The lineup includes tons of tablets, smartphones, laptops and wearable devices that are fine-tuned to boost your productivity. Read on for the top 10 mobile business gadgets from International CES 2014.
Alcatel Pop 7 and 8
Alcatel's Onetouch Pop 7 and Pop 8 Android tablets stand out as affordable 4G LTE-capable options that could hit the sweet spot for business users on a budget. The LTE version of the cheaper Pop 7 is expected to launch at a sub-$200 price point. Compare that to the more premium LTE-equipped 7-inch Nexus 7 from Google, which will run you $349. Meanwhile, the 8-inch Pop 8 tablet touts the same midrange specifications of its sibling, but with a bigger, sharper IPS display.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2
Business users who need a smartphone with a superlong battery life will appreciate the potential longevity of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. This supersize smartphone packs an equally mammoth 4050-mAh battery, which will let it last for up to two full days with "heavy use," according to Huawei. That's a big plus for business users — great hardware and handy features don't mean much if your smartphone runs out of juice halfway through the workday. Meanwhile, the Ascend Mate 2's massive 6.1-inch display offers enough screen real estate to work on business projects — if you can handle the phone's overall bulk. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Let's face it: The mostly plastic smartwatches currently on the market aren't exactly stylish. The new Pebble Steel takes all the features that make the original Pebble smartwatch a great business gadget and puts them in a more professional package. The watch still syncs with your iPhone or Android smartphone to push all of your notifications straight to your wrist, but this time with a metal face and band that business users will be proud to show off in meetings. Pebble continues to stand out among dozens of smartwatch challengers this year, thanks to its growing lineup of apps and weeklong battery life. It comes in several variations and costs $249.
ASUS VivoTab 8
The new $299 VivoTab Note 8 from ASUS is an affordable option for business users seeking a stylus-driven tablet experience. The slate, which runs on Windows 8.1, comes packed with a stylus and a sharp 8-inch display with Wacom digitizer support. That gets you up to 1,000 levels of pressure, so you can use the stylus for more precise and natural note-taking. Throw in a quad-core processor, 8 hours of battery life and a free copy of Microsoft Office, and you've got a solid, business-ready tablet.
Mophie Space Pack
This versatile iPhone add-on makes one of the best business smartphones around even better. Like any good case, the Mophie Space Pack protects the delicate exterior of your iPhone from drops and dings, without adding too much bulk. It's also an external battery; just flip a switch on the back to start charging your phone. That's crucial for business users who rely on their smartphone to keep them connected and productive all day. And the Mophie Space Pack doesn't stop there: When connected, it adds up to 32GB of extra storage to your iPhone. It starts at $149.
ASUS PadFone X
The PadFone X from ASUS is a hybrid device that lets you switch between large and small form factors while maintaining a single data plan. It's a 5-inch Android smartphone that docks with a 9-inch tablet; just plug your PadFone X into the tablet to take advantage of its large HD display. Everything on your smartphone transfers over when docked — including your data plan — so you can connect to the Web and access files stored in the cloud while using the larger device. Apps automatically expand to fill the bigger tablet screen, which boasts a higher resolution. Pricing hasn't been announced.
ASUS Transformer Book Duet
The ASUS Transformer Book Duet lets users switch between not only a laptop and tablet form factor, but also between the Windows and Android operating systems. It offers the best of both worlds for business users, combining the productivity power of a Windows 8.1 desktop PC with the ease of use and huge app selection of Android. Switching between operating systems is as easy as tapping an on-screen icon, or the dedicated dual-boot button on the keyboard. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
The new Yoga 2 13 from Lenovo takes one of the best business Ultrabooks around, the Yoga 2 Pro, and makes it $200 more affordable. For business users on a budget, this $999 notebook is a great value. The 13-inch Yoga 2 13 is larger and heavier than the Yoga 2 Pro, but it's still light enough for commuters and frequent travelers. It still packs premium hardware, including an Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. And it lives up to the Yoga name, with a display that can fold a full 180 degrees back so the device can be used as a large tablet. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
The huge Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 packs in all the features that made the Note 10.1 a great business slate, and ups the ante with a bigger screen and better multitasking capabilities. The centerpiece of the Galaxy Note Pro is its 2560 x 1600-pixel, 12.2-inch touch screen, which dwarfs the 10-inch display on the Note 10.1. Samsung's big new slate also packs a revamped graphical interface that puts its business features up front, and it's the first Android tablet that can run up to four apps on-screen at once. Don't forget about the included S Pen stylus, which makes the Note Pro a note-taking powerhouse. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
Packing Windows 8.1 into a tablet with Lenovo's top-tier build quality makes this business tablet a showstopper. The ThinkPad 8 is an 8.3-inch tablet that links to Lenovo's OneLink Pro Dock, so it can be used as a desktop PC with an external mouse and keyboard. It features a speedy Intel Bay Trail processor that's powerful enough for real productivity in a Windows environment. Microsoft Office comes preinstalled as a bonus. The ThinkPad 8 boasts a solid 8 hours of battery life, and a microSD card slot lets you expand the device's onboard storage. It's relatively affordable, too, starting at $399.