CES 2018 Coverage – Products Announced.
What is CES? CES is an annual trade show put on by the Consumer Technology Association. It’s one of the biggest tech trade shows in the world with over 170,000 people in attendance. Companies big and small attend the trade show every year, showing off the latest and greatest products they have to offer.
When is CES? CES takes place from Tuesday, January 9 and Friday, January 12, 2018.
Where is CES? Like every year, CES 2018 is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What can we expect from CES 2018? This year, we’ve seen devices from just about every segment of the technology world, including drones, audio, IoT/smart home, AR/VR, vehicles, and more. We don’t usually see too many smartphones being shown off at CES, at least compared to MWC and IFA.
Most of the major companies we cover here at TechnoAche are in attendance, including Samsung, LG, ASUS, Sony, Huawei, and others. We’ve been covering the trade show in depth over the past week, and here we’ve rounded up some of the biggest, best, and most innovative products shown off this week.
Huawei definitely had the most interesting showcase at CES this year.
The company was expected to announce a carrier partnership with AT&T to sell the Mate 10 Pro in the United States, but AT&T pulled out of the deal a few days before the show. So, instead of announcing the big partnership, Huawei announced that it would bring the device to the U.S. through Best Buy, Amazon, and other retail channels for $799. The phone will be available on Feb. 18, with pre-orders beginning Feb. 4.
The Porsche Design Mate 10 will also be available unlocked on February 18 for $1,225. The luxury device will be sold via Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, and Porsche Design stores in the U.S.
During his keynote at CES, CEO Richard Yu commented on the failed deal:
Everybody knows that in the US market that over 90 percent of smartphones are sold by carrier channels. [The canceled deal is] a big loss for us, and also for carriers, but the more big loss is for consumers, because consumers don’t have the best choice.
Oh, the company also announced a new mesh Wi-Fi router.
That’s not all— BlackBerry’s senior vice president and general manager of mobility solutions Alex Thurber stated that customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones in 2018.
The first under-glass fingerprint sensor
Under-glass fingerprint sensors were always going to be the “it” spec of 2018, but trying one out for the first time was even more fun than we had imagined. Vivo revealed an as-yet-unnamed phone with the Synaptics FS9500 Clear ID optical sensor embedded between the glass layer and OLED panel. According to Synaptics, it’s in full production and able to be implemented in any OLED display, so expect to see a lot more of them soon.
It is noticeably slower than current capacitive sensors but the slight delay is not so noticeable when you’re unlocking your phone through the screen. Synaptics assures us Clear ID is just as secure as current capacitive sensors, but we’ll have to wait to get the phone in hand to fully test it out in a variety of conditions. Regardless of the speed, in-display finger scanners are finally here.
Here are a few other notable CES announcements from the 2018 trade show:
- Motorola introduces new health and keyboard Moto Mods at CES 2018
- WattUp wireless charging powers its first product – smart underwear
- Wireless Android Auto-capable head units to debut at CES 2018
- Xiaomi and Oculus join forces to launch two standalone VR headsets
- Qualcomm backs Android Things with two new Home Hub platforms
- Tile’s stuff-finding technology makes its way to earbuds, luggage, and more
- Sennheiser announces new wireless earbuds and HD 820 cans at CES 2018
- DJI Osmo Mobile 2 impresses with affordable price tag and long-lasting battery
- NVIDIA to launch 65-inch, 4K, 120 Hz gaming displays with Android TV
There were a ton of other product announcements at CES 2018, but these were some of our favorites. Which was yours?
Credits: Android Authority.