In case you missed the almighty fuss, gleaming tech and over-excited video journalists, let me fill you in: last week was CES. This is where every big name wants to be seen, every small startup clamors for attention, and everyone brings their innovation A-game. Obviously, then, there was much to see, but in case you had a life to live at the time, here’s a pick of the best stuff from the expo.
Big, Little Screens
Of the major mobile manufacturers, only LG made a truly major announcement, and its newly unveiled G Flex 2 comes with some eye-widening specifications. One of a new breed of flagship handsets with curved screens, the Flex 2 also has a monstrous eight-core, 2.0GHz processor with 64-bit capabilities. It will be released in South Korea next month, but everyone else will have to stay tuned for details. In contrast, Blu’s new range of phones begins shipping imminently with the Vivo Air, which offers decent specs at $199, unlocked.
News on the tablet front was more surprising. Dell, of all companies, released a remarkably thin Android offering — the catchily named Venue 8 7000. The 2.3GHz processor and stereoscopic 8MP cameras are both nice features, but the star of the show is definitely the 2,560 x 1,600 OLED, edge-to-edge display. The award for best (tablet) screen of the show, however, must be reserved for Panasonic’s $6000 Windows-powered Toughpad tablet, which fits a 4K resolution into 20 inches. Mind-blowing stuff!
Best of the Rest
We usually get to look at a concept car or two at CES, and this year was no exception. The autonomous Mercedes F 015 can only be described in terms of “oohs” and “ahhs” per second, although its capabilities as a luxury driverless car shouldn’t be discounted. At 17 feet long, it is undoubtedly imposing, but it is a friendly giant that uses LED lights to interact with pedestrians and other road users (e.g. I’ve seen you dude), while providing a kind of moving living room on the inside. Also impressive was the newly launched Gogoro electric scooter — which we’ll be covering in detail soon — HereO’s GPS watches for kids, and an announcement from 3D printer maker, Spectrom, that it is soon going to start selling printers which can print a rainbow.
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