The sixteenth edition of the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is all set to kick off tomorrow (January 5, 2017) in Las Vegas, Nevada, United Sates of America. While the global tech show has already begun for the press yesterday, for the general public it will open tomorrow.
At CES latest offering from all most, all the major technology companies from around the world are showcased. On the second day of the trade show, we have already seen a bunch of announcements and launches. So here a consolidated report about what has been unfolded up till now at the CES 2017.
TCL unveils BlackBerry ‘Mercury’
After much hype and anticipation, TCL (now BlacBerry smartphone manufacturer) finally dropped the curtains from its upcoming BlackBerry smartphone codenamed ‘Mercury’. The new smartphone from TCL is based on Android Nougat operating system and sports a trademark BlackBerry QWERTY keypad. In terms of the design, the design looks premium and looks to be made out of metal and rubber all around. Apparently, the target audience of this device are professional and business people and it also comes with some of the traditional BlackBerry apps such as Hub+. For more information about the device, click here.
Sony BRAVIA OLED TV series
With CES 2017 at its peak, Sony has entered the OLED TVs segment with its new XBR A1E TV series. The new series come in three size options – 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch. All the models are powered by Android TV. Other than this, Sony has also upgraded its XBR X930E and X940E TV models with faster performance, Dolby Vision for audio and enhanced HDR output.nd include a unique Acoustic Surface Sound technology. To know more, click here.
Sony EXTRA Bass speakers and headphones
Apart from OLED TV series, Sony has also added some new members to its EXTRA Bass family. The new speaker lineup includes SRS-XB10, SRS-XB20, SRS-XB30, and SRS-XB40. All the speakers are water resistant with IPX5 certification. Also, each of them also comes with one-touch NFC connectivity and Voice Guidance which informs about the pairing, battery life etc.
On the other hand, the company also introduced some new wireless and wired headphones. The wireless models include MDR-XB950N1 and the MDR XB950B1. Both the headphones are wireless and support Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. The XB950N1 comes with advanced noise cancellation functionality and offers up to 22 hours of battery backup. While, the XB950B1 claims to offer 18-hours of battery backup.
The company didn’t miss out on wired headsets as well, announcing a new pair of wired headphones (MDR-XB550AP) which come with 30 mm drivers and frequency response ranging from 5Hz to 22Hz.On the other hand, for earphones, Sony unveiled its new MDR-XB510AS in-ear headsets. These headsets come in gray, blue, red and green colour variants and hold IPX5/7 certification for easy travel during rains or while you sweat. Not to be doomed by its small size, the new MDR-XB150AS promises big bass with the arc supporter for enhanced performance.
To know more about all the above-mentioned speakers and headsets, click here.
ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe
Asus has been one of the most active companies at this year’s CES. Apart from introducing its AR-enabled smartphone and Zenfone 3 Zoom, the company also unveiled its new ZenBook 3 Deluxe. The notebook boasts a 14-inch 1080p display and comes with near bezel-less design. It is powered by 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processors paired with up to 16 GB RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. For the connectivity, there are 3 USB-C ports, of which two support Thunderbolt 3. The new Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe is just 12.9 mm thick and weighs at 1.3 Kgs. For more, click here.
Apart from the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, Asus also introduced a new Chromebook Flip C302 yesterday. The Flip C302 comes with an aluminum built and also house a 360-degree hinge design making it a 2-in-1 convertible. The hinge design lets you use the convertible as a laptop, tablet or in tent mode.
HP Refreshes its current laptops and convertibles
With CES 2017 being a busy event for notebooks so far, HP has also played his card by refreshing its current lineup of Spectre x360, EliteBook x360, Sprout Pro, Envy Curved AIO lineup. The Spectre x360 gets a bump in a display from 13.3-inch to 15.6-inch along with 4K resolution. The new Spectre x360 is also a little thicker fitting in a bigger battery which HP claims cab increase the battery life by 3 hours. The EliteBook x360 comes with a new design and claims to be the thinnest business convertible. The company has also bumped up the battery and the convertible now offers 16 hours and 30 minutes of battery life. For the display, it sports a 13.3-inch UWVA touch display with resolution options ranging from Full HD to QHD.
The company also upgraded the Envy Curved AIO 34 with the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD and 2TB HDD. The All-in-one sports 4 speakers which is tuned by Bang and Olufsen.
HP also came up with a refreshed Sprout Pro. If you are not aware, HP’s Sprout Pro is company’s lineup for immersive all-in-one PC ideal for commercial use. The revamped new model of the HP Sprout Pro comes with a 20-point 23.8-inch full HD curved LCD display coupled with a stylus enabled 21.3-inch bottom display. Running on Windows 10 Pro, the AIO PC also comes with a 2D and 3D scanner along with Active Pen which works on the 21.3-inch bottom display.
Lastly, HP also introduced its new 35-inch ultra-wide curved QHD (3440 x 1440) anti-glare LED backlit display. As per HP, this display can offer brightness up to 300 nits and also come with 100 percent sRGB colour gamut.
To know more about all the products mentioned above, visit hhere.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible
Dell officially announced the 2-in-1 variant of the Dell XPS 13 after it was spotted on its official website just the day before. Note that, the new 2-in-1 Dell XPS is just another variant and not an upgrade to the original Dell XPS. Being a 2-in-1 ultrabook, the new Dell XPS 13 comes in a slightly smaller size with added 360-degree rotatable hinges enabling one to use it as a notebook, a tablet or in the famous tent mode. The 2-in-1 laptop is powered by dual-core Kaby Lake processors and is priced starting at $1000 (approx. Rs 68,000) with shipping starting from January 5 onward in the US.
Clearly, this 2-in-1 variant is Dell’s version of Lenovo’s Yoga Book or other 2-in-1 options in the market. As of now, we don’t have any information regarding the India launch or pricing. We request you to updated on this portal to get more information when and if this machine does make it to Indian land. To know more about the 2-in-1 variant of Dell XPS 13 laptop, click here.
LG Robots and Super UHD TV lineup
Kicking off its series of announcements yesterday, LG introduced its new Super UHD TV lineup. The lineup which includes three models SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000 all boasts Nano Cell technology. If you are not aware, Nano Cell LCD panels provide more accurate colours with wide viewing angles, claims LG.
LG also claims that the new Super UHD TV lineup comes equipped with various HDR technologies including Dolby Vision, HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and also ready to support the future Advanced HDR by Technicolor. The HDR Effect feature helps enhance the SDR content displayed on these TVs. Apart from display technologies, these new TV series come with LG’s webOS 3.5 pre-installed which provides easy controls to navigate across different menus and seamless interface, especially when used with the updated magic remote and magic link feature.
Apart from the TV lineup, the company also announced that it will also be unveiling some of the products from its robot technologies. The statement further revealed that LG is planning to unveil at least three new robots of which one is reported to be the LG HOM-BOT which is basically an automated vacuum cleaner for homes. Further, the company is also likely to introduce Hub Robot which will act as Personal Assistant as well as a smart home gateway. For more information, visit here.
Lenovo Notebooks, 2-in-1 and more
Lenovo has always been taking Consumer Electronic Show seriously with this year being no exception. Apart from updating its Thinkpad X1 lineup, the company also introduced a new series of gaming laptop called ‘Legion’. Not only this, also introduced a new 2-in-1 tablet – Miix 720 with Active Pen 2. Not concentrating much on the design, the Thinkpad X1 family comes with updated internals including the latest Intel Core processors, improved battery life and enhanced security.
Further, by launching the new ‘Legion’ gaming laptops, the company is going neck to neck with Asus’ Republic of Gamers and Acer’s Predator series. The company has launched two new laptops under this series dubbed as the Lenovo Legion Y720 and Lenovo Legion Y520 laptops. The devices come with NVIDIA graphics cards and Intel’s 7th Gen Core i7 processors. They pack 16 GB DDR4 memory and Thunderbolt 3 port. The Legion Y720 comes with a UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display coupled with Dolby Atoms, for an immersive sound experience. The company has added Optional RGB or red backlit keyboard for higher gaming accuracy in the dark.
Lastly, Lenovo also introduced a new 2-in1 tablet, the Miix 720. The device comes with a 12-inch QHD+ display, is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Thunderbolt 3 port. The 2-in-1 comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe storage. For connectivity, the tablet supports one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 3.0, and one USB 2.0 port. Lenovo Miix 720 also comes with a detachable full-sized keyboard coupled with a new Lenovo Active Pen 2, which offers 4096 level of sensitivity. For more, click here.
Apart from laptops, Lenovo has also unveiled a new smart assistant which is powered by Alexa and competes directly to Amazon Echo.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Probably one of the most important announcements for this year’s flagship smartphones from different companies, Qualcomm has finally unveiled its new Snapdragon 835 SoC. It is an octa-core processor with four performance Kryo 280 cores running at up to 2.45GHz and four efficiency cores clocked at 1.9GHz. Compared to last year’s Snapdragon 820, the new chipset offers 27 percent higher performance with 40 percent less power consumption. Not only this, the new Snapdragon 835 is future ready with advance VR and AR support, better image processing with the support for camera lenses shooting at up to 32-megapixels for single and 16-megapixels for dual lenses. Moreover, Qualcomm also claims that it improves security and battery efficiency. To know more, click here.
With every manufacturer in line to showcase their products, Acer has also joined the party with the launch one Chromebook, two high-end Aspire series notebooks and one Aspire series Desktop PC. The new Chromebook i.e Acer Chromebook N7 comes with US MIL-STD 810G military grade standard, which can handle up to 60kgs of downward force on the top cover and reinforced cases and hinges result in greater resistance. The laptop can survive drops of up to 4 feet and comes with a spill-resistant keyboard that provides protection spills up to 330ml of water. Being a Chromebook, the device runs on ChromeOS and comes with a price tag of $229.99 (Rs 15,700 approx.).
Moving on to notebooks, Acer has also announced Aspire V Nitro Black Edition and Aspire VX 15. The Acer V Nitro Black Edition is priced at $ 1,199 (approx. Rs 81,694) for the 15-inch variant, while 17-inch variant comes with a price tag of $1,399 (approx. Rs 95,321). On the other hand, Acer Aspire VX 15 comes with a price tag of $799 (approx. Rs 54,440). Both the laptops will be available in February in North America, China and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) countries. India availability has not been shared so far.
Lastly, the company also announced a new Desktop PC under its new Aspire GX series. The VR-ready PC come equipped with up to 7th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. On the storage front, it offers up to a 3TB1 HDD and a 256GB SSD. The PC features edgy armor-inspired housing with front-facing LED lighting that emits a sinister red glow. The desktop PC will be made available in February in EMEA and comes with a price tag with EUR799 (approx. Rs 56,740). To know more, visit here.
Huawei Honor 6X
As it was rumoured, Huawei has unveiled its new smartphone, Honor 6X, at the CES 2017 event. The smartphone was launched in China back in 2016 and will be up for sale starting today in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq. Although there has been no information about the price and availability in India, we expect the company to launch this new device by the end of this month. The main highlight of Honor 6X is its dual-camera setup of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor.
Check out the Honor 6X in pictures here.
Check out our first impression of Honor 6X here.
Stay updated as we add on more announcements and launches when they happen