From foldable laptops to high-performance chips, and from 8K TVs to personal robots, here are the best tech announcements that caught our attention at the CES 2020.
Dell’s new laptop, the XPS 13, features machined-aluminium, carbon fibre, woven glass fibre, and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass for durability and lightweight design. It has a large 16:10 display, which is 25 per cent brighter as compared to the previous generation of laptop. The XPS 13 comes with a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor. Powered by 10th-gen Intel Core processors, the XPS 13 will be available with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04LTS (only with the Developer Edition). The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is based on 10th-gen Intel Core 10nm mobile processors. This laptop will be available with up to 32GB of RAM and fingerprint-reader support.
The Latitude 9510 is said to be the world’s smallest and lightest commercial 15-inch PC, which weighs 1.45kg. It comes with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and 5G mobile broadband capabilities.
The design incorporates 5G antennas into the speakers to retain the InfinityEdge display, while carbon blade fans and dual heat pipes offer a quiet and cool-to-the-touch experience. It will be launched with up to the latest 10th-Gen Intel Core i7 processors and features a machined-aluminium finish with diamond-cut edges.
The Alienware 25 gaming monitor comes with 240Hz refresh rate and fast IPS technology, which allows for true 1ms gray-to-gray response time. It has AMD FreeSync Premium technology and NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility, which ensure that there is no screen tearing or blurring during gaming sessions.
The Alienware 25 gaming monitor is the official display for Team Liquid and the official competition monitor for the League of Legends global events. The monitor starts at $499.99 and will be available from March 11.
Intel Tiger Lake
At the CES 2020, the chipmaker Intel showcased various technologies related to the Cloud, Edge computing, and networking space. It highlighted the positive impacts of its AI-powered tech in these areas for people, businesses, and society through things like autonomous driving and immersive sports and entertainment.
The company also showcased Intel Core mobile processors called ‘Tiger Lake’. According to Intel, optimisations spanning the CPU, AI accelerators, and discrete-level integrated graphics based on the new Intel Xe graphics architecture allows ‘Tiger Lake’ to deliver double-digit performance gains and improvements in AI and graphics performance. Built on Intel’s 10nm+ process, the first Tiger Lake systems are expected to ship this year.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
The Galaxy Chromebook is a 2-in-1 device that comes with an AMOLED display and built-in-pen support, offering users new ways to take advantage of the Chrome OS experience. The Galaxy Chromebook comes with a near-infinite screen, with a slim 3.9mm bezel, and supports 4K UHD resolution for incredible picture quality.
The built-in pen lets you write, draw, and navigate Galaxy Chromebook quickly and efficiently. The device also comes with the Google Assistant support. The Galaxy Chromebook is powered by the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor and features Intel Wi-Fi 6.
LG 8K TV
LG’s new 8K TVs deliver Real 8K resolution. They have also been future-proofed to provide customers with multiple ways to enjoy the Real 8K experience. The new models can play native 8K content, owing to the fact that now a wide selection of 8K content sources support HDMI and USB digital inputs, including codecs such as HEVC, VP9 and AV1, the latter being backed by major streaming providers, including YouTube.
LG’s 8K TVs will support 8K content streaming at a rapid 60 fps and are certified to deliver 8K 60P over HDMI. The TVs are powered by the α9 Gen 3 processor, which is capable of recognising faces and text on the screen and fine-tuning and sharpening them to produce more natural skin tones and well-defined facial features.
Samsung Digital Cockpit 2020
Digital Cockpit 2020 utilises 5G to tie-up features, both inside and outside, of a vehicle to provide connected experiences for drivers and passengers alike. Digital Cockpit 2020 combines Samsung’s telecommunications technologies, semiconductors, and displays with HARMAN’s automotive expertise.
The solution has eight displays inside the vehicle, as well as eight cameras. It is powered by the Samsung Exynos Auto V9 SoC (System on Chip) and runs on Android 10. If a driver or passenger connects their smartphone to Samsung DeX2 for vehicles, they will be able to read and work on documents from their PCs on the car’s Center Information Display. Unlike 2019 Digital Cockpit, the 2020 solution allows for these connections to be made wirelessly.
HP Elite Dragonfly
The HP Elite Dragonfly is claimed to be the world’s first business convertible with 5G developed with a smart signal technology to boost antenna performance. The machine features the 10th-gen Intel Core vPro processor and comes with HP Sure View Reflect technology for privacy.
The Elite Dragonfly is the world’s first laptop with a built-in Tile tracker. Additionally, the convertible PC is also the first notebook made with ocean-bound plastic, and more than 82 per cent of the mechanical parts are made from recycled materials.
The HP Spectre x360 15 is HP’s most powerful Spectre yet, and it comes with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7processor with NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The company says that the laptop delivers up to 17 hours of battery life. The machine sports a 4K OLED 15.6-inch display and DCI-P3 with a 30 per cent wider colour gamut range and offers 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio.
It is equipped with the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 (gig+), which is claimed to deliver nearly three times faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5. The device features HP’s smallest IR camera at 2.2 mm, an HP Webcam Kill Switch, a dedicated mute mic button, and a fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck for security.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is the world’s first fully functional PC with a folding 13.3-inch OLED display. The device is made of a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fibre and is covered in a luxurious leather folio cover, offering the durability and reliability that users expect from a ThinkPad.
When unfolded, the X1 Fold is ideal for touch-heavy tasks. In the landscape mode, users can review and annotate presentations or use the Bluetooth mini fold Keyboard. When folded, the keyboard is stored, wirelessly charged inside the system, and remains secured with the help of magnets.
Lenovo Smart Frame
The all-new Lenovo Smart Frame is designed to showcase your favourite moments. The Lenovo Smart Frame’s built-in AI curates your photo album by choosing the highest-quality images from your collection and then automatically composing them into digital collages to maximise the number of images viewed at once.
The Lenovo Smart Frame also comes with a free app. The app features hundreds of art pieces, which can be displayed throughout your home. The colour tone sensor adjusts the picture’s brightness in accordance with the ambient light in the room for a more natural viewing experience. You can play, continue, or pause the photo slide or video through a range of hand gestures.
Samsung Ballie is one of the smallest personalised robotic-companion developed by Samsung. It basically rolls around your house and communicates with other smart appliances, instructing them to perform various tasks.
Samsung demonstrated Ballie in a demo video, in which it opens smart curtains and calls a smart vacuum cleaner after noticing a spill. Samsung neither revealed the launch date not the price of Ballie.
Canon EOS 1DX Mark III
The flagship EOS-1D X Mark III camera features Canon’s latest advancements and innovation in digital imaging technology and is claimed to be ideal for all imaging segments, such as weddings, wildlife, fashion, sports, and filmmaking.
The EOS 1DX Mark III comes with face, eye, and head detection features for subject tracking during live view, still photography, and video shooting. The camera features the newly-developed 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC X imaging processor that allows the EOS-1D X Mark III to shoot 5.5K cinematic video @ 60fps.