The Highlights of CES 2018
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about to close and it brought forth exciting technology that we can look forward to for the rest of the year. Check out the outstanding CES 2018 products that caught our attention.
One of the most explosive announcements in CES 2018 came in the form of a new technology rather than a smartphone, a laptop, or any other device. That announcement is Vivo’s in-display fingerprint scanning technology which was designed in partnership with Synaptics. When in use, a fingerprint UI will appear on a device’s display in scenarios such as when the phone is on sleep and needs to be unlocked, during software unlocks and even when prompted for mobile payment authentication.
HP’s Omen X comes equipped with a 65-inch 4K display with G-sync, a promise of ultra-low latency and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Apart from providing a seamless gaming experience on a big screen at amazing 4K resolutions, the display also comes integrated with Nvidia’s SHIELD TV allowing users to take advantage of Google Assistant, streaming capabilities, and a number of entertainment options.
Project Linda is a laptop with a touchpad dock specifically made for the Razer Phone. The concept is similar to what we’ve seen with ASUS’ Padfone technology, only this time Razer’s Phone docks into a laptop chassis rather than a tablet. Once docked, the Razer Phone will provide the oomph and juices to the Project Linda laptop and can even serve as the touchpad or a secondary screen. The laptop will make use of the phone’s Snapdragon 835 CPU and 8GB of RAM as a power source, effectively making it an Android laptop.
The SanDisk 1TB USB-C Flash Drive is just a prototype but it shows how the company sees the future of portable storage. Soon you will be able to store a huge collection of videos, photos, music, and files in a flash drive with a capacity that is usually found in portable HDDs. And since it’s using a USB Type-C interface, you can use it as an OTG drive for your smartphone.
NVIDIA’s BFGDs feature the latest G-SYNC HDR technology that synchronizes the display’s 120Hz refresh rate. It also sports a 65-inch 4K HDR display with full-array direct backlight, 1,000-nit peak luminance, and DCI-P3 color gamut. These monitors also have the same ultra-low latency found in G-SYNC desktop gaming monitors. G-SYNC HDR technology also supports video playback at native frame rates such as 23.976, 24 and 25 fps formats.
At first glance, the LSPX-A1 looks more like a coffee table than a projector. It sports an artificial marble top, aluminum frame, and wooden shelf, but inside it is a 4K SXRD projection system with Z-Phosphore laser light, capable of projecting 4K images at up to 2,500 lumens. Place the projector right next to a wall and it can project an 85-inch screen or 120-inches if you move it 9.6-inches away.
Aside from displays, Sony also unveiled two new selfie-centric smartphones at CES 2018, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Plus. The XA2 packs a 5.2-inch FHD display with Gorilla Glass, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 8MP front camera, and 3,300mAh battery. The XA2 Plus, on the other hand, has a 6-inch FHD display with Gorilla Glass, 4GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, 16MP front camera, and 3,580mAh battery. Both phones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset and run on Android 8.0 Oreo.
Intel has launched its newest NUC (formerly known as Hades Canyon) that is packed with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. It supports up to 32GB RAM, has 2 rear Thunderbolt 3 ports, DisplayPort, USB-C ports, and 4 rear USB 3.0 ports. All of that in a portable, yet mean-looking package.
Dell showcased their new XPS 13 here at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and dubbed it as the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop. Indeed, Dell reduced the overall footprint of the unit, making it thinner (11.6mm) and lighter (2.67lbs) at the same time. Dell shaved off the side bezels of the display down to just 4mm on each side, which increases the screen-to-body ratio of the display to an impressive 80.7%. The placement of the camera is now in the bottom center which now supports Windows Hello IR camera.
The Wall is a module-based, bezel-less, self-emitting TV with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs – which are much smaller than current LEDs, and serve as their own source of light. According to Samsung, its MicroLED technology delivers incredible definition without restrictions to size, resolution or form. It doesn’t need color filters or backlight but still allowing the screen to offer ultimate viewing experience.
The new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics comes with a 4GB dedicated HBM2 using Intel’s Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology. EMIB serves as a high-speed intelligent information bridge between the GPU and HBM2 and lessens the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of discrete components implemented separately.
The Lenovo Miix 630 sports a 12.3-inch WUXGA+ touchscreen display and comes with a Lenovo digital pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity so users can draw and edit on it. It also has a full-sized keyboard when can be detached which easily turns the device into a tablet. Other features include an infrared camera with Windows Hello for biometric facial recognition, 4GB RAM, 128GB of storage, and 4G LTE. Powering it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and Windows 10 S with Cortana.
The ROG Strix G703 is a hulking laptop with the world’s first 17.3-inch 144hz display with G-Sync. It packs Intel’s 7th generation i7-7820HK overclockable CPU, NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 GPU (also overclockable), a per-key RGB keyboard, and an Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system which ejects dust, dirt, and other particles through two dedicated channels on its chassis to prevent build-up and improve heat dissipation without the need for constant internal re-cleaning.
This set of accessories will virtually remove the caps present in multiple-monitor setups to create one seamless and large monitor. The kit is able to remove the gaps on the monitor by using light refraction to make the edges disappear to the viewer. It will consist of vertical lenses and easy-to-attach mounts that connect to the monitor at a 130-degree angle.
The Huawei Watch 2 Pro is the first smartwatch to come with a built-in eSIM (electronic SIM card) which means you get 4G/LTE connectivity, stand-alone GPS capability, as well as on-device voice calls. The body is made up of SAE 316L grade stainless steel and is compatible with the standard 22m straps. The face is 1.2 inches in diameter and uses an AMOLED display with 390×390 pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass protection.
The new rollable OLED TV by LG Display is undeniably one of the most exciting stuff to be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas. The new 65-inch rollable OLED prototype has a flexible display that allows it to change the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 21:9. And when it’s not in use, it just rolls up and neatly tucks away.
The Osmo Mobile 2 improves on its predecessor on multiple fronts, starting with the reduced overall weight. By using high-strength composite materials DJI was able to cut the weight of their newest gimbal to just 485g compared to the previous generations 501g weight. Next up is the ability of the gimbal’s clamp to now pivot between portrait and landscape orientations instead of being locked in landscape mode. The battery life is also longer at 15 hours.
And these are our highlights of CES 2018. How about you? What’s your favorite CES product? Let us know in the comments below.