CES 2018: New tech on the rise

We got lots of surprises (plus a blackout) this year!

After the holidays we're treated to the annual tech convention in Los Vegas. The bright, shining glimpse into the future of tech that is CES 2018! Big and small game players gathered for another interesting year! Let’s see… what happened?

Smartphone announcements at CES 2018

To start things off, Samsung debuted their mid-range A series. It’s a budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S8 with its infinity display but lower specs. The fingerprint scanner is adjusted to below the camera (hopefully avoiding camera smudges). The series is for worldwide release but no official date yet.

Sony came into CES 2018 full force announcing 3 smartphones during the event. Unveiled were Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2. New feature that all 3 would have is the fingerprint sensor.  

Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Pro Porsche Design versions are coming to the US! Pre-orders will start on February 4. We also caught a glimpse of the new Alcatel 5, 3 and 1 series. More info on that would be released hopefully by the Mobile World Congress.

Blackberry announced that we’ll get to see the Blackberry Motion in the US, while Asus revealed lots of new tech including the Asus ZenFone Max Plus; a first for the Zenfone line to have the Face Unlock feature. (Price off-contract is $229).

The greatest highlight for the mobile industry was the under-glass fingerprint sensor. The tech comes from Synaptics and was placed on a Vivo phone. Synaptics announced that they are now manufacturing it for public use , so we can expect to see this tech in a lot of future phones that use the OLED display.

Upgrade to laptops and TVs


Could your smartphone double as your laptop’s touchpad? Now there’s a huge possibility. Razer’s Project Linda showed just that by connecting the phone to a laptop shell with USB Type-C. Then Acer put in its bid to win the “world’s thinnest laptop” at 8.98 mm thin with its Swift 7.

From thinnest, now going to the largest. Samsung’s “The Wall” is a 146-in diagonal display TV that definitely attracted lots of attention and LG did not hold back in the TV game with its rollable (yes, like paper rollable) 65-inch 4K OLED television.


Other events

CES trended for a lot of notable reasons. And maybe one-not-so-good reason: #CESblackout. It got dark real fast and real quick and took a few hours to get everything back on track. CES released a statement that the electronic outage was due to heavy rainfall that short circuited one of the event’s transformers.


Google also went all out in pushing its Google Assistant in this year’s CES. Safe to say it was literally everywhere: partnering with third party hardware to a big booth on the event grounds.

It’s just the start of the year and loads of announcements have been made!


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