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CES 2017 News & Highlights: The best TVs, laptops and more from CES

The Best of CES 2017: CES 2017 news and CES 2017 highlights, including CES 2017 TV news and reveals from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG and more. We recap all the top CES 2017 laptops, cameras, drones, robots, monitors, smartphones, smart home device and more, plus news from Nvidia, Lenovo, HTC and Asus. Your ultimate CES 2017 round-up is right here.

CES has drawn to a close for another year. As the TrustedReviews team prepare to depart Las Vegas and the annual tech bonanza, we take a look back at all the main press conferences, announcements, and launches that took place during CES 2017.

There’s a glut of news and new products to digest, so read on for the best highlights from the show, or scroll down for a more in-depth look at TVs, laptops, cars and all the latest gear from big name manufacturers from Samsung and Sony to LG, Nvidia, HTC, Panasonic and more.

CES 2017 News: All the best highlights

The CES 2017 news came thick and fast, and while there can be little doubt that it was a TV gala this year, there were plenty of great smartphones, laptops, PCs and other gizmos to admire.

In no particular order, here are 11 highlights from CES 2017, covering everything from big name reveals to a few wild cards that really impressed us. And once you’re done with them, you may want to take a look at what to expect at the next big tech show this year, MWC 2017.

1) LG’s Signature W OLED TV is an absolute stunner

It was arguably LG that stole the show at CES 2017, showing off a slew of new high-spec sets, not least its amazing new LG Signature OLED W7, which the company describes as the “lightest, thinnest, and most beautiful TV on the planet.”

It’s not as brash a claim as it sounds. Measuring a wafer-thin 2.57mm, it’s a true “picture-in-wall” telly, as LG has chosen to describe it, and will come available in 65-inch and 77-inch models running a new version of LG’s custom TV software, webOS 3.5 – generally regarded as the best on the market.

Pricing and a release date have yet to be confirmed, though the W7 (pictured below) has already gone on show in select US stores, so hopefully it’ll come to the UK sooner rather than later, as found its picture quality to be just as stunning as its design.

Related: LG Signature W7 OLED hands-on review

LG W7 Signature 4K OLED TV

2) Nvidia’s new Shield TV fattens up on 4K HDR – and gets smarter

For many consumers, the most interesting CES 2017 reveal came from Nvidia, which updated its Android-powered Shield TV box with a number of new features.

While specs were thin on the ground, the Shield – Nvidia has got a case of the Apples and wants us to call the refreshed box simply ‘the Shield’ – now boasts full-fat 4K HDR capabilities.

A 2016 firmware update allowed the device to stream limited content from YouTube in 4K and Netflix in HDR, but now it now offers built-in support for Netflix as well as adding Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, and games streaming (for those with powerful enough PC rigs) to its 4K arsenal.

Just as intriguingly, the new Shield also comes with Google Assistant built in, complete with the usual array of voice-based music control and video playback functionality, plus things like Samsung SmartThings.

There’s even an accompanying peripheral – Nvidia Spot. Similar to Amazon’s Echo Dot, you plug it in anywhere in your home and it picks up your voice commands.

The new Shield is available to buy immediately and is priced at £190/$199 for the base 16GB model, or £280 for the significantly more capacious 500GB Shield Pro. UK pricing and availability for the Spot has yet to be confirmed, but it’s going for $50 a pop in the States.

Related: New Nvidia Shield and Spot – all you need to know

Nvidia Shield Spot

3) Sony joins the OLED party in style

As expected, Sony finally joined the OLED party at CES 2017, announcing its first ‘proper’ OLED TV, the AE1 (A1 in the UK).

Quite apart from being an OLED TV, which is awesome, it has a ‘unique’ way of producing sound. Instead of speakers or a soundbar, which is the common way many slim TVs give you sound, the AE1 literally vibrates the TV panel to produce sound.

In other words, the sound comes straight from the screen. Mind blown. (Or picture vibrated? Hmm…)

After spending some quality time with the new set, which comes in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch models, Home Technology Editor Ced Yuen deemed it “one of the most exciting TVs of 2017.”

Want to know why? Then it’s time to read his hands-on with the Sony A1 OLED

Related: Sony A1 OLED hands-on review

4) Wireless HTC Vive is a VR game-changer

We were expecting something fairly big from HTC at CES 2017, and it didn’t disappoint, significantly bolstering its Vive range. It’s not quite ‘Vive 2’, but there’s a slew of new accessories to play with, not least the semi-mythical TPCast-designed add-on that makes your HTC Vive VR experience completely wireless.

The company also launched a bunch of new software, most notably the world’s first VR subscription service, which it claims will be “Netflix for virtual reality.”

We spent a decent amount of time with all the new Vive products, so hit the link below for some early impressions.

Related: Getting to know the new wireless HTC Vive

HTC VIve Tracker 3

5) Samsung’s ‘QLED’ TV range is here – and we’re excited

At CES 2017, Samsung launched its new class of ‘QLED’ TVs. There are three new high-end sets coming in all: the flat Samsung Q9F, curved Q8C, and the Q7, which is available in both flat and curved models.

The QLED range replaces Samsung’s SUHD TVs as the firm’s flagship line, with the new models set to be available in four sizes: 55, 65, 75 and 88 inches.

Pricing and a release date have yet to be confirmed, but we understand the new QLED sets are likely to start shipping to select regions in March 2017.

We have them pegged as among our “most anticipated” new TVs of 2017, according to our Samsung Q9F hands-on review, so watch this space as it looks like Sammy could be on to something quite spectacular here.

Samsung’s adoption of QLED technology, however, isn’t completely straightforward, so you’ll want to check out our updated guide and watch the video below to learn more.

Related: What is QLED? The future of TV tech explained

6) Asus ZenFone learns to Tango

Handsets aren’t front and centre at CES like TVs are, but 2017 produced a few interesting new phones, not least the Asus ZenFone AR.

Asus in fact unveiled two new mobiles, but while there’s plenty to like about the ZenFone 3 Zoom, it was the firm’s augmented reality effort that really stood out, as it’s just the second phone to integrate Google’s Project Tango AR tech.

It also supports Daydream VR, and while Asus’ insistence on adding a truly hideous skin to Android Nougat hinders the overall experience slightly, Mobile Editor Max Parker said it was the first time an Asus device had left him genuinely excited, which is no small feat.

Watch the video or follow the link below for his full first impressions.

Related: Asus ZenFone AR hands-on review


7) Honor 6X is the latest would-be ‘flagship killer’ – sort of

While a new Tango phone is important for bringing AR technology closer to being a part of our day-to-day lives, the most immediately accessible new smartphone that broke cover at CES this year looks like the Honor 6X from Huawei sub-brand Honor.

The mid-ranger, which is set to retail for £225/$250, features average (but competent enough) overall specs, with one major exception – the dual-camera configuration found on the back.

At present, this is the kind of feature that’s normally only found on high-end handsets like the iPhone 7 Plus, which is a good thing, because some of the other key talking points are less positive.

Namely, the 6X’s dull design doesn’t quite fit with Honor’s strained (and at times, frankly embarrassing) efforts to appeal to teens and millenials.

But two cameras to Insta with, and a price pont that the Bank of Mum and Dad will approve of?! All is surely forgiven.

We’ll be putting the Honor 6X through its paces in full shortly, so stay tuned to see if some of our initial scepticism is justified.

Related: Honor 6X vs Honor 8

8) Smart tech that doesn’t suck, huzzah!

For those after an actually useful connected gadget, the highlight of CES 2017 was definitely the new Smart Remote from Sevenhugs.

Deputy Editor Andy Vandervell spied it on the shop floor and said it “tackles a genuinely annoying problem” in that it offers a unified way to control all your smart home bits and bobs.

Amidst the slew of connected crap being hawked at CES – everything from Bluetooth-enabled hotpants to a ‘smart’ hairbrush – this was the one gadget that restored our faith in the IoT future we couldn’t avoid if we wanted to.

Related: Why the Sevenhugs Smart Remote is my favourite gadget of CES 2017

9) Dell’s 2-in-1 XPS 13 – the best Windows 10 laptop made even better?

Jumping the gun, Dell announced a major refresh of its XPS 13 laptop on the eve of CES 2017. Fast forward and it’s still one of the clear standouts from the show.

The new XPS 13 is a 2-in-1 convertible designed to rival some of the devices in Lenovo’s Yoga range and features a touchscreen display – Full HD and QHD models will be offered – plus a foldable hinge that allows you to use it in a variety of positions.

It’ll come packing the latest Intel Kaby Lake architecture (Core i5 or Core i7) and offer two USB-C ports, with a provisional release date of January 5.

We spent plenty of time with this machine, so hit the link below for our the first impressions of Computing Editor Michael Passingham.

Related: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 hands-on review

10) USB flash drives enter a whole new dimension

For sheer guts at CES 2017, you’ve got to admire Kingston, who, amidst the slew of snazzy new TVs, high-spec laptops, and shiny smartphones, announced a USB stick at CES.

Except it’s not just any ol’ USB stick. It’s a big USB stick. A USB stick that, metaphorically speaking, is piled higher than Cartman’s plate would be at a Vegas buffet.

Yes, we’re talking about Kingston’s new DataTraveler Ultimate GT, a monster 2TB USB flash drive that’s now the world’s largest device of its kind.

That’s a whole lot of 4K video – and pretty all-you-can-eat Pornhub downloads.

Hit the link below for the full story.

Related: Kingston unveils world’s biggest USB flash drive


11) The Surface Studio gets a serious rival

Not content with overhauling its finest laptop, Dell also launched an assault on Microsoft’s Surface Studio at CES 2017, unveiling its touchscreen Canvas work surface.

The Dell Canvas is essentially a 27-inch touch screen monitor that can also lie flat and double as an interactive creative work surface.

As you’d expect, you can use a stylus or your fingers to interact with your work and control the various software features which sit on top of the hardware.

While it’s still early days for the Canvas, Computing Editor Michael Passingham deemed it an “exceptionally clever” concept and reckons it will “prove to be a popular alternative to the Surface Studio.”

Watch the video or hit the link below for his full first impressions.

Related: Dell Canvas hands-on review

CES 2017 News and Highlights: The best of the rest

In more mobile-related news, Qualcomm unveiled its newest high-end chipset, the Snapdragon 835, and a pair of VR shades featuring the new processor – scroll down to our “Qualcomm at CES 2017” section to learn more – while ZTE’s new crowdsourced phone, ‘Hawkeye’, hit Kickstarter, and Huawei announced the Mate 9 was getting Alexa integration.

Wearables weren’t absent either, with Casio launching the WSD-F20 ruggedised smartwatch, which bears the distinction of being the first Android Wear 2.0 watch to enter the wild, while Misfit launched its latest smartwatch, the Vapor.
Another under-the-hood blockbuster announcement came from Intel at its press conference, where it announced final details and specifications of its new Kaby Lake architecture.

While a few laptops featuring Kaby Lake snuck out towards the end of 2016, this is the first time we’ve heard anything official about its desktop capabilities and seen the new processor line-up in full.

Not only that, but Intel revealed it would be launching its brand-new Cannon Lake processors at the end of this year. Cannon Lake (formerly codenamed Skymont, which sounds like something out of Lord of the Rings) is the follow up to Kaby Lake, which officially fully launched earlier this week.

As the Kaby Lake roadmap indicates, we shouldn’t expect to see Cannon Lake-packing machines until the end of 2017 at the absolute earliest – though it sounds like it’ll be worth waiting for, as it’s being touted as a much more drastic step forward than Kaby Lake.

Related: Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K review in progress

We also know that BlackBerry and new partner-in-grime, TCL, are definitely going to out one last QWERTY keyboard-toting phone, as promised. The former smartphone giant and its Chinese sugar daddy didn’t give much away, but did unveil a prototype BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ unit running Android. We should learn more later in the year.

While drones didn’t feature as heavily at CES 2017 as they have at past shows, there was still some news out of the GoPro camp, the most interesting being that its Karma drone – infamously recalled towards the end of 2016 – will reappear in 2017.

The company says the Karma will relaunch at a special event in February once its battery issues are ironed out.

karma drone

Soundbars aside, it has been a fairly understated show for home audio products – the exception being a certain Samsung speaker, but we’ll get to that in a moment – but Bang & Olufsen’s more pocket-friendly sub-brand, B&O Play, caught our eye with its new Beoplay M5 wireless 360-degree speaker – the first such design from the outfit.

Of course, there’s always a few “WTF?!” moments at CES as well, and this year’s booby prize may well go to Withings, which launched “the world’s first smart hairbrush.” It features a built-in mic, accelerometer and gyroscope that combine to analyse your brushing patterns and provide you with insights into managing frizziness, dryness, split ends, breakage and more.

Because 2017 and why the hell not?

TVs at CES 2017: The best of the rest

Don’t think your budget will quite stretch to LG’s new Signature W OLED? The South Korean firm also debuted a handful of fresh OLEDs with Dolby Atmos sound to ponder, plus its new Nano Cell 4K HDR TVs, the SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000, which support all the existing HDR standards – HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma.

There was a new flagship offering from Panasonic, too, who unveiled its second 4K HDR OLED TV, the EZ1002 (pictured below). The Japanese firm says the new set can achieve up to 800 nits of brightness and, as well as supporting the HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR standards, features an Absolute Black Filter and new chip, the Studio Colour HCX2.

The 65-inch version of the Panasonic EZ1002 is set to hit Europe in June 2017, and Panasonic also added a trio of new 4K Blu-ray players to its AV range – as well as officially launching its new flagship CSC, the Lumix GH5 – for good measure.

You can learn more about this new 4K OLED TV by reading our Pansonic EZ1002 hands-on review.

Related: What is Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)?

Pansonic EZ1000

Now that we’ve covered the flagship announcements from the big four TV manufacturers – that’s Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, and a big fat sorry to everyone else – let’s look at what else has gone on in the telly world at CES.

It hasn’t been just high-end TVs market on show, with budget brands getting some love, too. An announcement from Tong Fang Global, which owns three affordable 4K brands – Seiki, Westinghouse and Element – revealed that the firm’s 2017 line-up will come with baked-in support for Amazon Fire TV and its smart assistant, Alexa.

The new 4K sets could go on sale as soon as spring 2017, with 43-, 50-, 55- and 60-inch models set to be made available.

Chinese firm Xiaomi also outed a bunch of  stuff, seemingly at random – there’s air purifiers and rice cookers, vacuum cleaners and drones, electric bikes and wireless routers. The star was undoubtedly its new slimline Mi TV 4, though, which at just 4.9mm thick is thinner than any phone you’d actually want to buy.

Hisense got in on the action as well, unveiling its 2017 lineup of 4K HDR TVs, headlined by the 100-inch Laser TV, which is part 4K HDR, part short-throw projector, and all (relatively) good value at around £10,500.


It’s not all about stuff you can fondle at CES, though, and praise be to God, a new HDMI standard has been announced – the HDMI 2.1 spec, which adds support for 8K and Dynamic HDR.

Why does it matter? Well, Dynamic HDR will optimise colours in each scene, and even each individual frame, plus the HDMI Forum has also added Game Mode VRR support, which allows for variable refresh rates and reduces screen tearing and input lag when gaming.

8K? Well, we don’t need to tell you how cool that’ll be, but it’s still a fair way off.

BlackBerry aside, TCL had some big TV announcements at CES. The brand launched the X2 and X3 series, both of which feature 4K resolution, Dolby Vision HDR and quantum-dot tech. There’s some clever audio stuff going on too, like being able to use the television as a Bluetooth speaker and routing the audio back to your phone for private listening.

The X2 is the flat version and will come in 55- and 65-inch models, while the X3 is curved. Both will boast Android TV too, but don’t hold your breath for them coming to the UK.

Related: What are quantum dot TVs?


Laptops and PCs at CES 2017: The best of the rest

If you like laptop, computing, and PC gaming news, then this year’s CES will leave you excited, as with both Intel’s Kaby Lake chips and Nvidia’s GTX 1050 GPUs now firmly out in the wild, there’s a whole load of new laptops coming out, being upgraded, or in the works.

As well as the new 2-in-1 XPS 13 mentioned above, the headline notebook reveal came from Asus in the form of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, which, as you can probably guess, is an update to last year’s excellent ZenBook 3.

While the specs aren’t all that different, it does add a few key features, including more ports (3x USB-C, 2x Thunderbolt 3), a more approachable keyboard, and a larger 14-inch screen.

It manages to add all that without bulking up too much, with the Deluxe weighing in at just 1.1kg and measuring only 13mm in girth.

We’re looking forward to putting it through its paces in full, but in the meantime, find out more by reading our first impressions.

Related: Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe hands-on

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe 2

Our favourite gaming laptop of CES 2017 was probably the Dell Inspiron Gaming 15, which brings the Nvidia GTX 1050 to a great price.

For its part, HP unveiled a slew of new products from iMac-rivalling AIOs to gaming monitors and ultra-secure business laptops.

We were particularly taken by the ultra-secure HP EliteBook x360, which looks like a genuine rival to the high-end pro offerings of Dell and Lenovo.

Speaking of Lenovo, it unveiled an all-new ThinkPad X1 Carbon as expected – and outed a handful of other upgraded ThinkPad X1 machines to boot, most notably the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which looks like an exceptionally slick business machine. All in all, exciting times if you’re a fan of slim, lightweight Windows laptops. 

Or Dolby Atmos sound, because that’s exactly what Lenovo’s new Legion Y720 gaming laptop comes packing. Or want yet another intelligent home hub option, because Lenovo’s Alexa-packing Smart Assistant is just that. Or… You get the idea.

Moving on and, as well as the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, which we’ve already discussed, Asus made a bit of a splash in the PC gaming world, revealing a monster new gaming rig, the GT51CH.

The Republic of Gamers-branded tower packs a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700K CPU (Kaby Lake), which can run on “Ultra” graphics settings, meaning it’ll play nice with not one but two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards – the company says its beastly new machine can handle 4K gameplay at up to 66fps.

But the award for ‘Most Ludicrous in Show’ surely has to go to Razer, which debuted Project Valerie, a gaming laptop with three fold-out 4K screens. What is it they say about pictures again?

Related: Ultimate gaming PC building guide

project valerie

Acer was in on the action, too, It launched five laptops and a new desktop at CES – including the absurd curved-screen Predator 21X, which will set you back a cool £9,000.

This product was actually first announced at IFA 2016, but details were scant on the ground. We now know a whole lot more about its internals and finally have a price – albeit one that makes the eyes water. It’s expected to start shipping in Europe in October 2017.

Samsung at CES 2017

As well as its new Q9F QLED TV, Samsung used CES 2017 to unveil a bunch of new and updated products taking in everything from the living room to the kitchen.

Arguably the most interesting are the duo of new Samsung Chromebooks. The Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus – the only difference is you get a more powerful Intel Core M3 processor with the former, while the latter packs an ARM chip – offer a 2-in-1 convertible design, Quad HD screen, stylus compatability, and are Android app-ready.


On the computing front, the company also showed off a pretty rad-sounding new gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey, which comes with a dedicated ‘Supercharge’ button, Core i7 processor, and new Volcano keyboard – though we’re not sure if this machine will ever make it to the UK.

It also showcased the refreshed Kaby Lake Notebook 9 it first announced back in December 2016, and showed off a curved quantum-dot monitor, which looked gorgeous on stage and is called the CH711. Hopefully we’ll get a closer look at it later in the week.

There were more AV wares to ogle, too, including an updated 4K Blu-ray player that lets you stream movies to your mobile device, and a new wireless speaker – the H7 – that upscales all your tunes to 32-bit audio quality.

Smartphones got a nod, too, in the form of 2017 updates for the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, though based on our first impressions, we wondered if Sammy’s competitors now offered more bang for your buck in the entry-level and mid-range segments.

Related: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) hands-on review

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And it just wouldn’t be Samsung at a tech show if there weren’t some white goods to talk about.

On the home appliances front, Samsung introduced the Flex Wash and Flex Dry – a washing machine and a tumble dryer with two drums each. The top drum is smaller and is designed for smaller, quick loads; the idea being to give you more flexibility when it comes to laundry.

Samsung also updated its Family Hub fridge (read our Samsung RB38K Family Hub fridge review here). The upgraded Family Hub 2.0 software is now voice-enabled – because who doesn’t want to discuss the finer points of Nietzschean philosophy with their fridge? – and there’s more music streaming options and the ability to set up specific family profiles.

In addition, Sammy’s Family Hub connected fridge tech is now being rolled out to its French door models.

Yep, it’s been a pretty busy CES for Samsung – it even found time to issue something of an apology for last year’s exploding Note 7 fiasco.

You can watch the company’s full press conference below.

LG at CES 2017

As expected, LG had plenty of news to share at its CES 2017 press conference, including details about its new televisions and smart home products. Let’s dive into some of the announcements we mentioned above in a bit more detail.

The first big news was the introduction of webOS 3.5, a new version of LG’s custom-built TV software, which includes “360 VR capabilities”, according to Dr Skott Ahn, President and CTO of LG Electronics.

There were smart home announcements, too, including the LG Robot Vacuum that can recognise objects, and can even ask you to move aside if it realises it’s bumping into your leg rather than a sofa.

lg press conference

LG also announced the LG Smart InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator, which comes with a built-in touchscreen, a camera that lets you see the inside of your fridge while you’re out and about, and runs on LG’s own custom webOS software.

“The new LG Smart InstaView refrigerator for the US market features our… webOS operating system,” said David VanderWaal, VP of Marketing at LG. “Now consumers can stay connected in ways they never thought imaginable.”

“We’re making life in the kitchen that much more efficient and that much more enjoyable,” he added.

LG even teamed up with Amazon to bring Alexa to the Smart InstaView refrigerator. Speaking at the press conference, Mike George, VP of Echo, Alexa and Appstore at Amazon, said:

“You can do things in your kitchen like add things to your shopping list, check the weather, and lots of other stuff.”

“There’s a lot more to come between Amazon and LG,” George added.

Prior to the show, the South Korean firm revealed details of its new LG G Pad 3 10.1 and confirmed no less than five new phones for January.

We’re hoping to find out more about these products – and hopefully LG’s first 4K HDR monitor – during our explorations of the show floor.

Nvidia at CES 2017

We’ve already talked in some detail about Nvidia’s new Shield reveal, but there was plenty more of note from the company at CES 2017.

For one, we’re seriously excited about announced the launch of the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics chip for laptops, with Nvidia and its partners promising more than 30 laptops launching with the chip in the first three months of this year.

The big news here is this is a card that can run many games at 1080p and 60fps, but these laptops should be more affordable than your typical good gaming laptop.

Don’t want a fancy-pants gaming PC but still want to play the latest and greatest titles? Then Nvidia’s launch of GeForce Now for Mac and Windows 10 is the news you’ve been waiting for.

Related: I played The Witcher 3 on a MacBook Air – and it didn’t suck

Previously available only on Shield TV boxes, GeForce Now is Nvidia’s cloud-based PC gaming service. It lets users remotely stream games from Nvidia-powered PCs to their device, opening up a world of new gaming possibilities for those of us with older laptops or inferior hardware.

Mac and Windows GeForce Now rollout is expected to begin in March 2017, and there’ll be plenty of free playtime on offer if you want to give it a whirl.

Related: Best PC games

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Sony at CES 2017

We mentioned that Sony made a big move at CES 2017, diving into the wild west of OLED TVs, so now let’s take a closer look.

TrustedReviews Home Technology Editor Ced Yuen went eyes-on with the new Sony A1 OLED on the show floor, and this was his early verdict:

It’s a shame that it’s taken so long for Sony to put out a 4K OLED TV, because the Sony A1 is really quite impressive. Even at this early stage, it’s clear that Sony has made something that’s a pleasure to behold. Assuming the pricing isn’t overly ambitious, I reckon Sony could be onto a winner.”

Hit the link below to read his full first impressions.

Related: Sony A1 OLED eyes-on review

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Qualcomm at CES 2017

As we said, Qualcomm used its CES 2017 press conference to announce the very first device powered by its new Snapdragon 835 chip, which was revealed back in November 2016.

In a surprise move, it turns out that the first Snapdragon 835 device isn’t a smartphone; in fact, it’s a pair of AR/VR smartglasses called the ODG R-8.

Related: Snapdragon 835: Everything you need to know

The ODG R-8 smartglasses have a 40-degree field of view and a 720p HD resolution, and supports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR SDK. Other details were thin on the ground, but we did catch a brief glimpse of the smart shades.

Here’s what Qualcomm’s brass had to say about the new chipset:

The premium Snapdragon 835 processor was designed from the ground-up to support new and innovative products and experiences beyond mobile phones, and it’s great to see that the first announced Snapdragon 835 devices will be ODG’s smartglasses,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

“Thermal dissipation on a heavy compute but small device is very difficult so higher power efficiency is a must,” continued Talluri. “The Snapdragon 835 processor, with our unique SoC design expertise on a 10nm process node, enables ODG to meet their design goals and develop lighter, smaller and sleeker smartglasses that take advantage of the new processor’s superior performance and power efficiency.”

Cars at CES 2017

CES is always a big showcase for futuristic cars (and car concepts), and this year is no different.

At CES 2016, Faraday Future caused a stir with its reveal of a high-performance electric concept car, and in 2017, it finally unveiled a finished article in a live demo.

The FF91 is a self-driving electric car that won’t actually be made available until 2018, but the real news here is that backed by a promised 1,050bhp, its 0-60 speed (on paper at least) is just 2.39 seconds – making it a shade nippier than the Tesla Model S, which boasts a 2.5 second speed.

Related: Tesla Model S test drive

faraday future ff91

In fact, autonomous vehicles are so hot right now, even Nvidia is getting in on the action, demoing its own driverless vehicle, the BB8.

Intel and BMW aren’t going to be left behind, either, with the two industry giants working in partnership and announcing that a fleet of 40 self-driving test cars will be hitting the road later this year.

All in all, it’s an exciting time for the automotive industry – unless you’re an Uber driver, that is.

What else is happening at CES 2017?

TrustedReviews‘ Editor Evan Kypreos got a sneak peek at what’s coming up at CES 2017 after attending CES Unveiled in Paris. Here are some of the innovative products he saw there, which we’ll be scrambling to get our hands on this week.

Buddy: The Family Companion Robot: If Jonny 5 taught us anything, it’s that robots can have feelings, but more importantly that they can be cute. None are cuter than Buddy and its kawaii features. It pootles around your home checking for intruders, and can manage your smart home products, remind you of important events, play music and even call the fire brigade if it senses a fire.

Related: Best 4K TV

Jooki Bluetooth Speaker: Bluetooth speakers are ten-a-penny, but Jooki is a little different. For a start it’s also Wi-Fi enabled, which means it can work like a Sonos or other streaming speaker. It’s also different because it’s aimed at children. It combines Amiibo-like toys with playlists so kids can decide what to listen to simply by placing the right toy on top of the splash-proof Jooki. You can even record your own voice reading out stories so your kid can listen to your voice when you’re travelling abroad.

CT Band
CT Band: If you’re a bit of a watch fiend then the idea of dumping your favourite Rolex for a fitness band or Apple Watch Series 2 will freak you out. The CT Band attempts to give you the best of both worlds by providing fitness tracking capabilities and a small LED screen in the strap instead. Still in its prototype stage, the CT Band looks a little chunky, and I’m not convinced a screen that small is useful or needed, but getting fitness-tracking capabilities using any watch is a great idea.  

Rool’in: This is one of the smartest ways I’ve seen a traditional push bike transformed into an electric bike. All you do is attach the wheel to your bike and the small communication to your pedal and off you go. The Rool’in is available to buy now in three sizes, but one that can be charged by the sun as you pedal is also in the works.

What is CES 2017?

One of the biggest technology tradeshows in the world, the Consumer Electronics Show (or CES, for short), takes place in Las Vegas every January. The show sees big-name firms like Samsung, LG and Ford flock to the city to flaunt their latest wares, and CES 2017 will be no different.

Here’s how the organisers reckon it’ll make you feel: “The moment you find what you didn’t know you were looking for, when you feel like you might have found the next unicorn, when your eyes and your brain stare blankly at each other and the only thing your mouth can muster is ‘whoa’.”

Some of the TrustedReviews team have had a slightly different experience after encounting some dodgy Starbucks paninis, but avoid the food poisioning and we reckon you’d love CES too.

When is CES 2017?

CES takes place every January. For 2017, it’s on January 5-8, though many of the bigger companies will show off their new goodies in the days leading up the show, typically at dedicated press conferences, which is why we’ve been soaking up the Vegas vibes all week.

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What’s the best thing you’ve seen at CES 2017 so far? Let us know in the comments below.