CES 2018 is here! The mega tech show, going down in Las Vegas, is now officially underway, though, as luck would have it, we’ve already been treated to a host of dazzling product reveals and major announcements. That’s just the way CES rolls, folks.
The official CES 2018 dates are January 9 though January 12, so today marks the first time the show floor is open to attendees. Prior to today, we got an early look at an upgraded HTC Vive headset, 8K TVs, new Sony smartphones and ultra-thin laptops from a wide range of manufacturers.
What’s the big theme at this year’s CES? Nearly every company is infusing their tech with AI and voice assistants, meaning our smart products are about to get even smarter.
Our editors traveled from far and wide to bring you up-to-the-minute news and first looks direct from the CES 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 adventure 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 – but before you even get into all that, we really think you should vote in our CES 2018 Awards People’s Choice Poll to decide who should take home this year’s People’s Choice Award. Voting is open now!
Not time to read? Watch our video rundown of everything that’s happened at CES 2018 so far 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
- Samsung unveils The Wall modular TV
- 85-inch Q9S TV uses AI to upscale to 8K
- Samsung’s 2018 TVs get Bixby voice assistant integration
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.
Bixby is coming to Samsung 2018 TVs
Voice assistants are all the rage at CES 2018, and Samsung is getting in on the act for its 2018 TVs. That’s right, you’ll be able to speak to Samsung’s screens … and Bixby will respond. Yes, Bixby, Samsung’s own voice assistant. Not the *cough* more popular Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It makes sense for Samsung to pick its own system. It just doesn’t mean it’s what some will have wanted.
Samsung Flip digital whiteboard
Despite the paperless office never really becoming a thing, Samsung’s Flip wants to keep the dream alive, with its combination of a large screen, and seamless integration with phones and laptops. You can write on the digital whiteboard and sent screenshots of things like PowerPower presentations, but will this see wide adoption? We’re dubious.
Smartwatches get smart home control
If you’ve got a Samsung Gear S3 or Gear Sport, you’ll be able to use the app to control all of Samsung’s connected devices around your home, getting at-a-glance views of your thermostat, controlling music, tweaking ambient light and more. This is thanks to the SmartThings management app getting squeezed to the wearable realm, starting first with the aforementioned devices.
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 seen 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, as well as going hands on.
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.
Google at CES 2018
- Google takes on Amazon Echo Show, but perhaps not in the way you think
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We knew Google Assistant was going to be Google’s big talking point at the show, but just what Google revealed was a bit of a surprise.
You see, Google is going after rival Amazon and its Echo Show speaker, which features a display. But instead of building its own Amazon Echo Show competitor, Google is teaming up with third-party companies like JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony to build ‘smart displays’ that are equipped with the Google Assistant.
These devices will support voice calling and integrate with Google Photos. You’ll also get YouTube support, likely to the chagrin of Amazon.
The JBL Link View is the first such Google Assistant-supporting smart display device. It has an 8-inch HD display and a 5MP front-facing camera attached to the speaker.
One additional announcement is the introduction of a few wireless Android Auto units, courtesy of JVC Kenwood and Pioneer. 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.
HTC at CES 2018
HTC Vive Pro
The tease came true: HTC unveiled a new, upgraded VR headset at CES 2018, the HTC Vive Pro. As we found out in our hands on: HTC Vive Pro review, the headset has a higher resolution display at 615 dpi.
Put another way, that’s a 78% resolution increase over the current-gen Vive. It also features better audio performance with built-in headphones. Many unknowns remain about how it will actually work, but HTC’s VR future just got a lot brighter.
Vive Wireless Adapter
HTC also announced a Wireless Adapter, a first for the company, that will allow both the original HTC Vive and the new HTC Vive Pro to go wireless. This is a big development for the line, especially as it looks to compete with the Oculus Go wireless headset, but we’ll have to try it out for ourselves to see whether going wireless is worth it and performs as well as a dangling wire out of the back.
Sony at CES 2018
- Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 review
- Hands on: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review
- Hands on: Sony Xperia L2 review
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 impressive 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 nearly all previous Sony handsets lacking one. We’ve already gone hands on with the phones: check out our first look Xperia XA2 review, Xperia XA2 Ultra review and Xperia L2 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 rain 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 and good, but with a price of $30,000 (roughly £22,150/AU$38,290), you’ll really have to want one to buy this in the spring.
LG at CES 2018
- Hands on: LG OLED W8 Signature Series review
- 88-inch 8K OLED TV announced
- LG unveils 65-inch OLED TV that rolls up
65-inch rollable OLED TV
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’s 2018 TV lineup
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 record breaking 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 improve massively 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.
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 the improved sound quality, 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’s 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 isn’t 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.
Panasonic at CES 2018
- Panasonic’s 2018 TV lineup: here’s every TV we know about so far
- New Blu-ray player is the first to support HDR10+
- Lumix GH5S is Panasonic’s most advanced hybrid camera yet
Panasonic’s 2018 TV lineup
Panasonic’s 2018 OLED flagships are the FZ950 and FZ800. Both feature Panasonic’s new HCX video processor and are available in either 55-inch or 65-inch variants. Notably, they’re the first two OLED panels this year that support the new HDR10+ HDR standard, which adds dynamic metadata to allow for scene-by-scene HDR mastering. Sounds great, but unfortunately Dolby Vision is missing from these sets.
Blu-ray player that supports HDR10+
Panasonic beat everyone to the punch by announcing a Blu-ray player that supports HDR10+, a first in the industry. Somewhat surprisingly, the high-end UB820 also supports Dolby Vision. This is a nice feather in the cap for Panasonic … if only there were HDR10+ discs on sale.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S
If the comprehensive video specification of the Lumix GH5 isn’t quite enough to satisfy your needs, then the GH5S could be for you. Designed primarily for professional filmmakers, Panasonic believes that the Lumix GH5S will deliver the highest-ever video image quality seen in a Lumix camera. It’s an impressive camera, capable of shooting at a world-first 4K 60/50p recording in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160). You can pick one up for yourself at the end of January for £2,199/$2,499 (body only). It arrives in Australia in February for AU$3,499.
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
- Intel vows to stop Spectre and Meltdown this month
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.
Tackling Spectre and Meltdown
By now you’ve probably heard about Spectre and Meltdown, the CPU security flaws that potentially compromise all of its processors. Intel is taking action, vowing to patch 90% of affected processors made in the past five years by the end of this week. The following 10% will be patched by the end of the month, CEO Brian Krzanich said.
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
- 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 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
- Is Lenovo readying some VR news?
- A whole batch of new ThinkPad notebooks and monitors
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“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. Check out a full rundown here and here.
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
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 Ti graphics 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, though.
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.
Razer at CES
- Project Linda turns the Razer Phone into a laptop
- Razer teams with Philips to bring color to your room
OK, we know the name of this is… well… odd, but bear with us. Project Linda allows you to use your Razer Phone as a full laptop. Not just mirroring what’s on screen, but opening up a whole new world within it, and using the phone’s display as a touchpad and the speakers to spew out sound from the laptop itself. It’s still a tech demo, but it’ll be interesting to see if this comes to the wider world.
Razer and Philips team up to light your life
If you like the colorful effects on offer with the Razer Chroma lighting system, this Razer / Philips Hue tie-in takes things to the next level, providing color that splashes across your room as your gaming goes on. Red walls when health is low, anyone? It’ll even provide ambient lighting for when you’re browsing the web… just what we all want
Asus at CES 2018
- Asus Zenfone Max Plus has a huge battery and Face Unlock
- New ROG gaming PC sports an 8th-gen Intel 6-core CPU
- 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 – and for a budget price. 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.
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.
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
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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.
Libratone is next into the mix with some new Track+ wireless buds that offer four different levels of noise cancellation, allowing them to be used in more scenarios safely and effectivelty.
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).
Car tech at CES 2018
- Byton concept car revealed, launching in 2019
- Toyota’s new automated car system brings retail stores to you
- 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 has 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 its new fuel cell car, called Nexo, 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.
Kia Niro EV unveiled
Kia has rolled into CES 2018 to unveil a new all-electric concept car. Called the Kia Niro EV, this compact SUV is all about what Kia’s future, and how it’s getting there. With a range of 238 miles and the ability to alert pedestrians and cyclists when they cross in front of the vehicle, we may never see this car on the road, but it’s souped up with some pretty neat tech.
Kia also announced a number of critical pieces of its roadmap, including having its entire fleet completely connected by 2030. More immediately, Kia also revealed it’s bringing Google Assistant smarts to select 2018 models.
Nissan gets brainy
Nissan let its CES news out of the bag early 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.
Wearables at CES 2018
- Listen to music on the go with the latest Garmin watch
- L’Oreal UV Sense goes on your thumb, detects UV exposure
- Rose gold Nokia Steel HR will be here soon
- Fossil joins the party with the Skagen Falster and Kate Spade Scallop
- A body heat-powered smartwatch is here
Can your body heat power a smartwatch?
Are you hot enough to power a watch? That’s the question Matrix wants answered with the new PowerWatch X. Although the operating system is something of a mystery, the watch will apparently be powered by the glow you emit every day – and even head into deep sleep mode for a month if you decide to take it off.
Fossil joins the smartwatch CES party
If you were hoping to get your fashion fix on with CES this year, then you’re in luck: Fossil has launched two new Android Wear-powered smartwatches from its more trendy brands.
The Skagen Falster comes in a relatively thin frame for a smartwatch, and while it loses the heart rate monitor of most Android Wear watches (and is a touch pricey) it does up the style, with a neat Milanese loop option.
The Kate Spade New York Scallop Touchscreen Smartwatch (or just Kate Spade Scallop) is another fashion-orientated device that lets you switch faces depending on the time of day or event you’re attending, with wavy lines around the face to give it a fun sense of design – and it’s not too pricey.
Fossil is also offering the Misfit Path, a sleek and smaller hybrid smartwatch that allows you to stay stylish while keeping an eye on your fitness.
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.
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 well it works.
Nokia Steel HR in rose gold
One of the best hybrid watches released last year came from Nokia with the Steel HR and now the firm is releasing a new color option: rose gold. This is in addition to the already available silver body.
More can’t-miss tech at CES 2018
- DJI’s new gimbals make for professional-grade smartphone videos
- Philips amps up its 4K TVs with Dolby Vision HDR
- Nokia Sleep … tracks your sleep
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.
DJI makes your smartphone a better camera
The new DJI Osmo Mobile 2, announced at CES, is designed to turn any mobile phone into a smart steady cam. 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.
The smart home ecosystem widens
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.
Homey, Homey on the range
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.
Nokia upgrades another key piece of Withings tech
Nokia Sleep is a Wi-Fi enabled sleep sensor that slips under your sheets to monitor your night’s sleep every time you crawl into bed without you having to wear annoying gadgets on your wrist – upgrading the previous Withings Sleep tech that launched previously, and has since been bought by Nokia.
All of the behavior details from your night’s sleep will then appear within the Health Mate App and it’ll give you further insights into how you can improve your sleep quality.
Powered-up Philips screens
Philips is focusing on bringing theater-quality specs to consumer-sized screens. For CES 2018, the company has unveiled its full 2018 lineup, scheduled for release this April, and you’ll hardly recognize the screens compared to their 2017 predecessors.
The lineup includes Dolby Vision HDR-equipped 4K TVs and a 27-inch screen for the kitchen.
Still all about the iPhone X
Believe it or not, the iPhone X has 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.
On the other side, and admittedly not explicitly to do with CES, Powermat has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which governs the Qi standard used in the iPhone X. This is a big deal as Powermat was the product of the PMA, the rival to the WPC – but the decision by Apple means the war is effectively over.
All about Alexa
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.
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, the new Vuzix Blade headset is 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), but the hardware preview on show is running at a cool $1,800.
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