CES 2018: dates, news and all the big reveals at the Las Vegas tech show
CES 2018 is here! The annual Las Vegas tech show wasted no time spilling all the gadgety goods, and that was before it even officially began. That’s just the way CES rolls, folks.
The official CES 2018 dates are January 9 though January 12, so now it’s the start of the conference proper. But already we’ve been treated to a slew of announcements and product reveals, ranging from a new HTC Vive headset and 8K TVs to new Sony smartphones and ultra-thin laptops from a wide range of manufacturers. Plus, nearly every company is infusing their tech with AI and voice assistants this year, meaning our smart products are about to get smarter.
Our editors traveled from far and wide to bring you up-to-the-minute news and first looks direct from the CES 2018 show floor. Two of our editors even embarked on an epic 2,5000-mile road trip that started in New York City and ended in Las Vegas, testing all the latest tech along the way. You can relive the fun on our The Road to the Show 2018 liveblog.
Read on for all the latest news and hands on reviews from CES 2018, as well as what rumors are still circulating about what’s to come at the biggest tech show of the year.
Want a quick rundown of what to expect at CES 2018? Watch our pre-show Live Q&A video below!
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The biggest consumer technology show on Earth
- When is it? Jan 9 – Jan 12, with press-only events happening Jan 7 and Jan 8
- What’s on show? Everything from 8K televisions and connected fridges to laptops and self-driving cars
Samsung at CES 2018
- First look: The Wall by Samsung
- 85-inch Q9S TV uses AI to upscale to 8K
- Will we see the foldable Galaxy X this week?
The Wall by Samsung
If the name The Wall intimidates you, well, it should. Samsung unveiled a massive 146-inch TV early on during CES. It’s a modular TV, which means it can connect to other units to make an even bigger display. It’s also a MicroLED screen, made of pixels that, like OLED, produce their own light. That means individual pixels can be turned on and off, which in turn creates better contrast and ultimately better dynamic range.
Samsung has actually talked up this tech before, but then it only lived in the prototype realm. Now, it’s a reality, and nearly ready for commercial sale. Let’s face it, though; its price will be a high wall to climb. Check out our first look to see the screen for yourself.
Q9S QLED TV
The new 85-inch Q9S QLED TV will be Samsung’s first commercial 8K television. That is, its first ‘upscaled’ 8K TV. The TV will use a proprietary algorithm to take traditional 4K and even HD content and upscale it to an unbelievable 7680 x 4320 resolution.
This is a smart TV in every sense of the word, as it will learn from itself to better understand how to improve upon the 8K content it’s showing. Is the world ready for all of this? We’ll find out when the Q9S launches later this year.
Curved QLED monitor with Thunderbolt 3
Samsung unveiled a 34-inch monitor ahead of CES. *Yawn*, you may think, but know that the CJ791 ultra-wide QLED monitor is the first curved panel to boast Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. So there.
Notebook 7 Spin
Keeping with the computing theme, we’ve also been treated to the new Samsung Notebook 7 Spin, which features Windows Hello secure login for extra security and support for the Active Pen stylus. This is in addition to the earlier announced Notebook 9 Pen and updates to the existing Notebook 9 laptops. We should hear even more details on these machines during CES.
NW7000 Sound+ soundbar
On the home entertainment front, Samsung has already shown off the NW7000 Sound+ soundbar, a 53.5mm-deep speaker that comes close to matching the thinness of modern televisions.
Samsung is all about smarter things, er, we mean, SmartThings. The company’s connected platform is all about helping your devices talk to one another, and that now includes your Family Hub fridge (2017 model shown here). Samsung’s new line of Family Hub iceboxes can now control and monitor smart home devices hooked up to the SmartThings ecosystem, like Ring doorbells. Bixby voice assistant support is also coming to the line.
Galaxy X time?
Is this the year we see Samsung’s fabled foldable phone in the flesh? Let’s just say, there’s a chance the Galaxy X will make its debut sometime this week. We’re not putting all of our chips on it, but it’s a safer bet than seeing the Samsung Galaxy S9 at CES, that’s for sure.
Google at CES 2018
- Google Assistant to be a major focus
Google will have quite the presence at CES 2018 as it has a large booth and eight hospitality suites reserved for the show.
Its plans can be summed up in two words: Google Assistant. The digital helper is now available on more than 400 million devices, Google wrote in a blog post on January 5. It’s becoming more useful in addition to becoming more ubiquitous, and Google seems keen to show off Assistant at a so-called Google Assistant Playground at its show-floor booth.
Here, attendees are encouraged “to check out some of our new integrations, devices, and newest ways you can use your Assistant.”
This bodes well for new Google Assistant-backed devices to be unveiled during CES, though it’s doubtful these will be manufactured by Google proper. Rather, look for partners like GE and others to show off wares that feature Google Assistant in ways that could rival Amazon’s Alexa.
One announcement we know is happening already is the introduction of a few wireless Android Auto units, courtesy of JVC Kenwood. This makes Google’s in-car operating system wire-free for the first time, allowing you to keep your phone unplugged while still enjoying the benefits of connectivity.
Sony at CES 2018
- Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 review
- Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review
- New Bravia A8F OLED TV comes packing a ton of great tech
Xperia XA2, A2 Ultra and L2
Sony announced three new phones at CES 2018: the Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2. Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is the most high-end device with a 6-inch 1080p edge-to-edge screen, an aluminum frame and a 23MP f/2.0 rear camera with support for 4K video recording and 120fps slow motion recording.
The specs go down further down the line, but all three phones will have a fingerprint scanner in the US, despite most previous Sony handsets lacking one. We’ve already gone hands on with two of the phones: check out our first look Xperia XA2 review and Xperia XA2 Ultra review.
Sony’s 2018 TV lineup
Sony is back in the OLED TV game, and the new Bravia A8F is a big part of that push. Uninspiring name aside, the new TV looks like it’s going to contain all the great tech we loved the first time round, along with a couple of tasty improvements. That includes making HD SDR content look almost identical to 4K HDR content. It’s a bit of magic, and one that should improve the viewing experience vastly.
Because OLED is, erm, pricey, Sony also has a new LCD TV to show off at CES. The X900F is available in sizes ranging from 49-inches to a beastly 85-inches, and also features the Dolby Vision compatibility and X1 Extreme seen in the flagship OLED.
All-new sports headphones
You’ll never have to worry about these Sony headphones holding up on a run as the sport-focused pairs fit nice and snug in your ear thanks to silicon tips. They are also IPX4 rated water resistant, so normal sweat and ran shouldn’t cause any problems. Available in a variety of models and for different price points, Sony’s new sporty line aren’t the most advance headphones on the market, but they won’t let you down.
Sony’s latest Ultra HD Blu-ray player
The UBP-X700 is an Ultra HD Blu-ray player that now includes support for Dolby Vision HDR standard, Dolby’s 12-bit, scene-by-scene mastered, HDR tour-de-force. That’s great and all, but HDR10+ is already out. Did Sony miss the parade? Thankfully, it still has a chance to catch up thanks in large part to the complete lack of HDR10+ Blu-ray discs currently available.
Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector
Sony has unveiled the 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, part of its Life Space UX series of products. It’s got some seriously impressive specs, but you’re going to have to do a lot of saving up to afford it. The LSPX-A1 can throw up a 120-inch, 4K projection on a wall of your choice from a distance of just 9.6 inches. That’s all well in good, but with a price of $30,00 (roughly £22,150/AU$38,290), you’ll reeallly have to want one to buy this int he spring.
LG at CES 2018
- Hands on: LG OLED W8 Signature Series review
- 88-inch 8K OLED TV announced
- LG V30 to be shown in a new color
- LG unveils 65-inch OLED TV that rolls up
LG’s 2018 TVs
LG is pushing the boundaries of TV tech once again with its 2018 lineup, and we’ve outlined all of LG’s newest screens in one handy guide. From OLED to FHD, we break down the TVs you can expect to see on sale this year and exactly what all those flashy specs mean for regular users. A noteworthy addition to LG’s TV lineup is Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, bringing voice control smarts to your living room viewing experience.
Not on the list but already turning heads is the company’s plan to bring an 88-inch 8K OLED TV to the show, which is not only a record breaker due to its sheer size, but a screen with an eye-watering resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels.
LG OLED W8 Signature Series
We went hands on with the new LG OLED W8 Signature Series, and while it doesn’t rewrite the book on the already excellent W7, this screen delivers more vivid colors and four types of HDR. Oh, and it brings Google Assistant along for the ride.
65-inch rollable OLED TV that rolls up
This deserves its own mention. LG plans to preview a rollable OLED TV that measures 65 inches from corner to corner. It’s also a 4K screen, so when it’s not rolled up, you can enjoy premium resolution. We likely won’t see this screen on the market any time soon, but rest assured we’ll do our best to get our eyes on it this week.
LG V30 in a new color
ThinQ smart speaker
LG has a new smart speaker called the ThinQ, which is basically a Google Home manufactured by LG. One feature that could trump Google’s offering, however, is sound, though we’ll be the judge once we get a listen. Look for pricing and availability details for the Google Assistant-supporting speaker to be revealed during LG’s press conference on Monday.
HU80KA 4K projector
While other 4K projectors are short and squat, the HU80KA is a much taller tower that appears to be designed to sit directly on the floor rather than on a table or stand. It can also project an image on a screen up to 150 inches, which is none too shabby.
2018 gram laptops
Finally, LG has unveiled its latest gram laptop update in the form of three new laptops in 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch sizes. They have impressively thin and light chassis, but also last longer and have improved performance. Oh, and they mercifully move the webcam from below the screen. Pricing and release details should be revealed on Monday.
Dell at CES 2018
- Hands on: Dell XPS 13 (2018) review
Dell gave TechRadar an early preview of its next XPS 13 laptop ahead of CES 2018, showing off the 13-inch Ultrabook’s incredibly thin design and pleasing aesthetics.
The laptop now features three USB-C ports, a Micro SD card slot, an Infinity Edge display and a new color. As we discuss in our hands on Dell XPS 13 review, Dell has directly addressed the concerns of users and refined the laptop to possibly its finest point yet.
While we have to wait until our full review to pass final judgement on the new Dell XPS 13, our early looks indicate that the other laptops at CES 2018 may already have some catching up to do.
Intel at CES 2018
- Intel unveils new processors with AMD graphics
- NUC 8 Enthusiast is Intel’s most powerful mini PC yet
New Core processors with AMD graphics
The latest collection of 8th-generation Core processors has been revealed, and they feature discrete graphics from AMD. Yes, you read that right.
The collaboration between the long-time rivals looks like it will bear tantalizing fruit as these are Intel’s first CPU with discrete graphics included in a single package, allowing for incredibly thin and light laptops and PCs that are able to provide impressive gaming performance and 4K media streaming. We’ve got an in-depth rundown of the new chips, which you shouldn’t miss.
NUC 8 Enthusiast mini PC
To show off its new chips, Intel also announced the Intel NUC 8 Enthusiast. The Next Unit of Computing runs on an Intel Core i7-8809G, which comes with an AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics card. Because of this, it’s able to handle most modern games, as well as support 4K resolutions. Look for two versions – the overclockable NUC8i7HVK and the slightly less and not overclockable NUC8i7HNK.
Nvidia at CES 2018
- Nvidia’s BFGD screens are designed for PC gaming
- GeForce Now beta launches so you can play top games on your old laptop
- Nvidia and Uber partner for self-driving cars and trucks
- DRIVE Xavier is the world’s most powerful SoC
Big Format Gaming Displays
Nvidia has launched a new initiative to build the best PC gaming screens. It’s called Big Format Gaming Displays (or BFGD for short). In collaboration with Acer, Asus and HP, the GPU maker will produce 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR displays with integrated Nvidia G-Sync technology and Nvidia Shield functionality. This effectively would make BFGDs the one of the biggest displays you can hook your PC gaming rig to when these launch later this year.
GeForce Now beta launches
Want to play demanding games on your underpowered laptop or desktop PC? Then you might be interested to learn that Nvidia’s game streaming solution, GeForce Now, that allows you to do just this has opened its doors as a free beta. The service basically gives your less-than-speedy machine access to powerful GeForce GTX graphics cards via the cloud, allowing it to stream intensive games at 1080p resolution, achieving up to a highly fluid 120 fps (frames per second). And you can crank up the graphics detail settings to high, as well.
Uber self-driving team up
In a bit of non-product news, Nvidia announced it’s been selected by Uber to drive the AI computing smarts of the ride-sharing company’s self-driving cars and trucks. When we see these cars on the road is another thing, but Nvidia is clearly continuing its leadership in the self-driving car space.
DRIVE Xavier SoC
Because more powerful is usually always better, Nvidia announced the DRIVE Xavier, an autonomous machine system-on-a-chip (SoC), is coming to customers this quarter. Xavier boasts more than 9 billion transistors and is the most complex SoC ever made, Nvidia claims. This could be the SoC that fuels our supercomputer future.
HP at CES 2018
- Hands on: HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) review
- Z 3D Camera makes scanning real-world objects to your PC a breeze
- New HP monitors go for smooth gaming, low price
HP Spectre x360 15 (2018)
A 2-in-1 laptop that balances modernity and legacy, the latest HP Spectre x360 15 straddles the line between modernity and legacy, not to mention power and panache. While not a major revolution of the firm’s 15-inch 2-in-1 laptop, this new machine is a major refinement. It’s due out in March in the US.
HP’s Z 3D Camera
HP Z 3D Camera is designed to make scanning objects in three dimensions a snap for creative pros like computer graphics artists or game developers. It attaches to the top of your monitor, with a companion scan mat being placed underneath the downward-facing camera. You can then scan any real-world object placed on the mat – or rotated around in your hands underneath the camera – to create a lifelike 3D digital image on your computer. Look for it on sale in March.
HP came to CES packing a number of new monitors. All these HP monitors – there are 22-inch, 23-inch, 24-inch, 25-inch and 27-inch models – have IPS LED backlit panels with a Full HD resolution and refresh rate of 60Hz. There’s also AMD’s FreeSync technology on hand to help combat stuttering and tearing, keeping frame rates smoother. All go on sale April 15 in the US, with prices starting at $99 (around £75, AU$125) and running up to $229 (around £170, AU$290) depending on which size screen you want.
Lenovo at CES 2018
- Lenovo looks to focus on VR, new ThinkPads
“Reality has never been so exhilarating.”
That’s the tag line for Lenovo’s CES 2018 event, taking place on Tuesday, January 9 at 11am PT. The company is assembling media for the gathering, which it’s billing as a launch event. Interestingly, Lenovo says it plans to “announce our latest innovations with Google, Qualcomm and Microsoft.”
Our best guess is that Lenovo plans to launch its Google Daydream headset here. Now that HTC has dropped out of making one, Lenovo is the only partner Google has lined up to release a standalone VR headset that runs the Daydream platform. It could steal the show with a successful CES launch.
Lenovo’s invite says we’ll “see and experience the world in new ways,” which also jibes with the launch of a VR headset that lets you move around unrestricted and doesn’t require a smartphone to run.
But to give CES goers an early taste of its other offerings for the show, Lenovo has also already unveiled new ThinkPad laptops, updated ThinkVision monitors and a fresh batch of Yoga devices.
Acer at CES 2018
- Acer refreshes its Nitro 5 gaming laptop
- Predator Orion 9000 goes on sale in February
- Acer Swift 7 gets thinner, beefs up battery life
- Amazon Alexa is coming to select laptops and Aspire all-in-one PCs
Refreshed Nitro 5
Acer has unleashed a refresh of its affordable gaming laptop by giving the machine one of AMD’s new Ryzen mobile CPUs. In addition to upgrading to a Ryzen mobile processor, Acer has upgraded the GPU to a Radeon RX 560X (from an RX 550). This should all mean a significant performance boost, which you can enjoy when the machine comes to market in May.
Predator Orion 9000 gets a release date
First announced last August, we now know the Predator Orion 9000 will go on sale in February. It comes with an 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor and can be equipped with a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Tigraphics cards in SLI configuration. It also has a rather neat all-in-one liquid cooling solution. You’ll pay a substantial $1,999 (around £1,470, AU$2,550) starting price.
An even thinner Swift 7
Acer has revealed an even thinner Swift 7 Ultrabook, plus announced the availability of a new spin on the Switch 7. The Swift 7 is now an ultra-slim 8.98mm while also upping its screen size to 14 inches. There’s also built-in 4G LTE connectivity to ensure an even better signal for your mobile broadband. It was also announced that the Swift 7 Black Edition is now on sale in the US, starting at $1,699 (around £1,250 / AU$2,160).
Amazon Alexa support is coming
Hear that? Acer has announced that Alexa support will be coming to a select number of its laptops. These are the Aspire 5, Aspire 7, Spin 3, Spin 5, Switch 7 Black Edition, Swift 3, Swift 5, Swift 7, Aspire Z24, Aspire U27 and Aspire S24. Some Acer Aspire all-in-one PCs will also get Alexa support.
Initially available in the US, Alexa support will be available in the first quarter of 2018 via an update through the Acer Care Center software, with other locations getting Alexa support mid-2018.
Asus at CES 2018
- Asus Zenfone Max Plus has a huge battery and Face Unlock
- Amazon Alexa is coming to 2018 machines
- New ROG gaming PC sports an 8th-gen Intel 6-core CPU
- Asus ZenBook 13 is incredibly light while maintaining power
- Wi-Fi mesh router meshes with Alexa smart speaker in the Lyra Voice
Zenfone Max Plus
Asus has unveiled the Zenfone Max Plus, a phone with a 4,130mAh battery. That’s apparently big enough for it to last through 21 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video playback, and it can even be used as a power bank to charge other devices. It also has Face Unlock feature, letting you unlock the phone just by looking at it. Where have we heard that before…
Amazon Alexa support for 2018 laptops
Select 2018 models of the Asus ZenBook and VivoBook laptops will support Amazon Alexa, allowing users to use their voices to control the devices. We don’t have any details on these products yet as they’ll be announced later in the first half of 2018, but at least a few of these machines will get Amazon’s voice-controller helper. Stay tuned.
ROG Strix GL12
The ROG Strix GL12 is a gaming PC built around Intel’s latest 8th-gen processors, with the rig being capable of taking a Core-i7 8700/8700K (six-core with Turbo up to 4.8GHz), or a Core i5-8400 CPU. That’s backed up with one of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, and 8GB of DDR4 system RAM (running at 2666MHz). Storage includes options on up to a 512GB PCIe SSD, and up to a 2TB hard disk. Look for it in April.
Asus ZenBook 13
Asus has revealed a new spin on the Asus ZenBook 13, as well as a refreshed take on the firm’s Laptop X507. The ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) is an Ultrabook with an all-metal chassis that weighs in at just 2.17 pounds (985g), aiming to be the ‘ultimate’ in portability. That’s certainly some pretty impressive work on the weight-shedding front. You can pick one up sometime in the first half of the year.
Lyra Voice is a tri-band AC2200 router providing 802.11ac Wi-Fi as part of Asus’s mesh system – interacting with other Lyra hubs which extend the wireless network – with a microphone and stereo speakers bolted on to facilitate full Alexa support. Asus also unveiled the new Lyra Trio multi-hub mesh Wi-Fi system which, as ever, has the same aim of banishing Wi-Fi dead spots, as well as a more traditional router in the RT-AX88U.
Headphones at CES 2018
- JBL is bringing Google Assistant to its headphones
- Jabra’s new true wireless earbuds come packing Amazon Alexa
- New earbuds could help improve your hearing
Headphones are making their presence known at CES 2018, and there are a few common threads. First off, wireless is the way to go. Secondly, you better have a digital assistant – i.e. Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa – in your ‘buds.
Jabra has equipped its latest earbuds, the Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t, with Amazon Alexa. JBL, meanwhile, is bringing Google Assistant to its upcoming Everest 710GA and Everest 110GA headphones. JBL also brought along a few speakers to CES, and its sister brand AKG has its own pair of in-ear headphones as well.
Finally, a company called Nuheara announced new earbuds – the IQBuds Boost and the LiveIQ – that can be tweaked for a more personalized experience, and can even help fix issues with hearing. The IQBuds Boost can boost the sounds users want to hear while cutting out the noises they don’t. The buds can be calibrated using a proprietary technology called Ear ID, controlling the balance between the speech you hear and the background noise. The LiveIQ earbuds, meanwhile, put a focus on intelligent Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).
AMD at CES 2018
- All-new budget Ryzen APUs announced
- New desktop Ryzen APUs will replace aging Athlon chips
- Get up to speed with all things Ryzen 2 and beyond
AMD has a few announcements for CES 2018, including new Ryzen chips designed for affordable laptops and Chromebooks. There are also new Ryzen chips for desktop, which will take the place of the Athlon line.
Finally, AMD shed a few more details on the Ryzen 2 line. Releasing in April, Ryzen 2 processors are built upon a new 12nm Zen+ architecture – out-smalling the 14nm transistors of Intel Coffee Lake. AMD promises Ryzen 2 will bring higher clock speeds and Precision Boost 2 technology for greater performance and efficiency. What’s more, AMD, offered a glimpse at its CPU and GPU roadmap going into 2020.
Car tech at CES 2018
- Byton concept car revealed, launching in 2019
- Toyota’s new automated car system brings retail stores to you
- Hyundai to name its new fuel cell car
- Nissan will demonstrate ‘brain-to-vehicle’ tech
Byton’s electric concept car
Byton started CES 2018 off with a bang by unveiling its concept car, an electric SUV. It’s an ultra-intuitive connected machine, complete with Alexa support and a touchscreen in the steering well. It’s also launching in late 2019 at a starting price of $45,000. Should Tesla be worried?
Toyota’s latest creation
In the future, you won’t go to shops; instead, shops will come to you. That’s much of the idea behind the new e-Palette “mobility ecosystem” Toyota president Akio Toyoda revealed at CES, and companies such as Amazon, Pizza Hut and Uber are already looking into ways to use it.
The core of the system is the new “e-Palette Concept Vehicle,” which basically looks like a small bus. Businesses will be able to use these vehicles for everything from shuttle buses at hospitals to movable shoe shops that customers can call when they want to try on some new loafers.
Hyundai’s new fuel cell car
Hyundai is holding a press conference at, but the company has already announced it’s teaming up with startup Aurora to put Level 4 self-driving cars on the market by 2021. Hyundai will show off more autonomous features in a new fuel cell car – to be named during the show – at CES.
Volkswagen also happens to be partnering with Aurora on self-driving cars with the aim of putting them on the road in 2021. If you’re curious why Aurora is getting all the attention, it was founded by engineers that formerly worked at Google, Tesla and Uber.
Nissan gets brainy
Nissan has already let its CES news out of the bag by revealing its ‘brain-to-vehicle’ technology. The company hopes to help prevent auto accidents by reading drivers’ brain waves to anticipate safety maneuvers. It’s a fascinating idea, though one we may not see in commercial vehicles for quite some time.
More can’t-miss tech at CES 2018
- Listen to music on the go with the latest Garmin watch
- Amazon Alexa is coming to AR glasses
- There’s a smartwatch with both a touchscreen and analog hands
- DJI’s new gimbals make for professional-grade smartphone videos
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music has arrived as the first watch from the company to let you listen to music while running without having to take your phone with you. It comes with GPS, Garmin Pay and all of the other features you’d expect from a high-end Forerunner watch, plus space for up to 500 songs. And if you don’t want the tunes, there’s a non-Music variant of the watch available, too; the Garmin Forerunner 645.
L’Oreal UV Sense
Worried about too much sun but have trouble keeping track of how much exposure you’re getting? Try the L’Oreal UV Sense wearable on for size. It wearable doesn’t need a battery, instead relying on NFC to connect to your phone and give you further details about your UV exposure.
It’s so small that it can be worn on a fingernail, but if you’d prefer you can attach it to your sunglasses or any other item you’ll likely wear when you’re in the sun. Some not so bright spots: it may not be out until 2019 and we don’t know the price yet.
CES is never without a comeback story, and this year it appears Mad Catz is poised to carry that torch. The gaming peripheral company filed for bankruptcy in 2017, but is now ready to show off a wireless version of its iconic RAT Air mouse this week. We’ll get a closer look at Mad Catz’s offerings soon and find out of it’s truly turned a page.
As for upstarts, keep an eye on MyKronoz. The company is unveiling a new pair of smartwatches at CES 2018 called the ZeTime and ZeTime Petite. What’s unique about these timepieces if that they have a touchscreen and moving watch hands. We can’t wait to see this for ourselves in person and let you know how it works.
The new DJI Osmo Mobile 2, announced at CES, is designed to turn any mobile phone smart steady cams. The three-axis gimbal helps cancel out any hand shake or wobble. At the same time DJI’s built-in SmoothTrack technology detects and compensates for your intended camera movements so you get a cinematic shot every time. DJI also made a single-handed stabilizer designed for DSLRs and mirrorless camera systems called the Ronin-S.
On the smart home front, it’s not just smart speakers like the LG ThinQ making their presence known, but lights and wall switches, too. GE has already announced a new set of C by GE products that work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s HomeKit (with Siri), meaning the products aren’t tied to one ecosystem.
And US consumers can look for a new face to make an introduction at CES. Homey, a smart home powerhouse in Europe, is planning a big reveal to make its presence known stateside. Homey’s tech helps unify disparate smart home devices, which could prove quite useful for those who feel overwhelmed by all their smart home goods.
Believe it or not, the iPhone X will have a presence at CES … by way of an accessory maker. Belkin announced its latest line of wireless chargers, with ample emphasis on supporting the new iPhone in addition to flagship Android devices.
Alexa is continuing its spread by coming to Hisense TVs as well. The global TV maker announced that some of its new and existing screens will get support for Amazon’s digital assistant. Not only can you conduct actions like change the channel, but The Verge also reports Alexa will have the ability to actually control Hisense hardware.
But it doesn’t stop there for Alexa. Right before the show, Amazon announced a new developer kit that will make it easier to bring the digital assistant to mobile devices like wearables and headphones. Oh, and smart glasses. You see (hehe), Vuzix is reportedly planning to demo AR glasses that have Alexa onboard at the show. The specs will reportedly be out in the middle of 2018 at a cost of $1,000 (about £735).
To get you ready for the keynotes, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, January 9 at 2pm PT. Huawei is a company on the rise, and Yu will discuss Huawei’s strategies around connectivity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and smart devices. Chances are, we’re in for a product reveal or two.
Prior to this, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver the show’s opening keynote address on Monday, January 8 at 6:30pm PT. Krzanich’s keynote will focus on next-gen tech, including AI, 5G connectivity, self-driving cars and VR. Artificial intelligence promises to be a big theme of the show.
Nvidia hosted its annual press conference Sunday night, kicking off CES with a keynote that dove into AI, self-driving cars and high-powered GPUs.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless and it’s next to impossible to predict everything we’ll see, but we’ll keep this page updated as more news and rumors about CES 2018 roll in.
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