At this fair, you can see products that may appear on the market sometime in the fall. And that’s why it’s worthwhile to go to the other side of the planet. In our Las Vegas report, we will have a closer look at the most important events that took place at the fair and the most interesting products we saw.
LG: The Product of the Fair with Wow Effect
LG showed the rollable SIGNATURE OLED TV R, which as one of the few products caused a “Wow” effect at the fair. It’s also labeled as the product of the whole exhibition. It has just a 4K resolution, but the remote control has a new button, which rolls the display up. The idea is based on the fact that TV is typically in operation for only 4 hours a day. The other part of the day it basically occupies the space, so it’s better to hide it – literally, roll it to the base. The rollable flexible OLED TV changes the game rules and can be used in three modes: Full View, Line View, and Zero View. In Full View, it’s a television like any other with a fully visible display. Line View allows the display to be extended to about a third. On this part of the TV, you have a clock, messages, a music control system, weather forecasting, picture viewing, and the like. With Zero View, the entire screen is hidden in the base. Even though it’s possible to play music, the base is a 4.2-channel 100 W audio system with Dolby Atmos system. The base is made of aluminum plates. Let’s remind you that the image processor is an Alpha 9 of the second generation.
We confirm that the TVs that were exposed at the LG stand constantly rolled to the base and from the base throughout the day, with no problems. These TVs should come to the US market in April and to Slovakia at the end of this year. The price should start at 8000 EUR, depending on the screen size.
LG also presented the LG V40 ThinQ cell phone with great video-making options. Although this phone had been introduced earlier, we had a real opportunity to look at it in detail at the CES fair. ThinQ by LG means the built-in voice control of the device, and this company currently implemented it in many products – in the refrigerator, washing machine, vacuum cleaners, audio players and, of course, in TVs.
When introducing an intelligent household, we watched with astonishment a product that isn’t very common – homemade beer from the capsules. This is LG HomeBrew. It works just as we know it when preparing coffee; the result is a real beer with the head. The whole process takes a few days, you need to wait, chemical processes need time. There are five options to choose from. You can choose between American IPA, Indian Pale Ale, Full English Stout, Belgian Wheat, and even Pilsen-type beer. The device can produce up to five liters of premium quality beer in about two weeks depending on the type of beer selected.
Byton: The Competition for Tesla Is Growing
Byton M-Byte is an electric car with a range of up to 520 km and with support for autonomous 3rd level driving. In comparison to Tesla, it’s advantage is its price which will start at 45-thousand dollars. The vehicle also features a built-in recognition of the driver’s and passenger’s face, voice control with the Amazon Alexa assistant and the use of machine learning.
The interior of the vehicle is also futuristic. The dashboard covers up a 48-inch curved display that is divided into three sections. This display isn’t touch-sensitive it only displays information. A 7-inch tablet integrated directly into the steering wheel provides the control. There is also an 8-inch touchpad between the driver’s seat and the passenger’s seat.
In the meantime, Byton has also produced a second-generation prototype called K-Byte. It looks even more futuristic and gets into serial production in 2021.
Acer: Attention-grabbing Laptops
The fully functional Acer Swift 7 is one of the thinnest and lightest laptops in the world. It features a 14-inch screen with Full HD resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of up to 92%. The frames around the display are minimalistic on all four sides – the manufacturer had to move the webcam to the keyboard area. The camera can now simply be rolled over by pushing it.
New gaming laptops were also attention-grabbing. The Acer Predator Triton 900 features an Intel Core i7 6-core processor, 32 GB of RAM and the latest NVIDIA-GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card in Max-Q design. There is also a 17-inch 4-inch display with support for G-SYNC technology, which also rotates thanks to the special hinges. The Triton 900 will be sold at 4199 euros and will be available in March.
Acer Predator Triton 500 is a handy and compact gaming laptop with a great performance. Its base is the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX ranging from 2060 to 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7 processor of 8th generation and up to 32 GB of RAM. The laptop has been on the market since February and costs 1999 euros.
NVIDIA: Big News for Gamers
NVIDIA officially introduced a new GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, the most affordable solution with support for new ray tracing technology. At the same time, it offers significant intergenerational power-ups and attacks the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. The paper assumptions, therefore, speak clearly in favor of the news.
The second important announcement concerned the introduction of RTX graphics cards for laptops. Today, more than 40 new laptops should be sold around the world, which features an RTX graphics card in the 2060-2080 version. There will now be many more laptops with the most powerful RTX card, as was the case with the GTX 1080 mobile devices.
NVIDIA also surprised all gamers when it announced that FreeSync monitors would be compatible with G-SYNC. So far it has been available only for selected monitors that included a special NVIDIA chip. NVIDIA also released a list of 12 FreeSync monitors that are fully compatible with G-SYNC
Intel: New Processors and the Future of Computers
At the CES Expo, Intel has expanded its 9th generation Intel Core processor portfolio. The opening trio was introduced in October 2018, in Las Vegas and we could see 7 new models.
The new models feature Intel Core i5-9400, Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, Core i5-9400F, Core i3-9350KF and Core i3-8100F. We would like you to pay attention to the letter F, which indicates the absence of Intel’s built-in graphics chip. In practice, this means you buy this processor especially when you already have a separate graphics card.
Intel also unveiled the first Ice Lake processor, which is manufactured by a 10-nanometer manufacturing process and utilizes the new Sunny Cove architecture. This chip is interesting for the fact that it has built-in support for Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6 as well as DL Boost to accelerate machine learning. The first PCs with new processors will appear in the market at the end of the year and will be even thinner and lighter than before. The processors will also be available for desktop computers.
AMD: 7 nm Processors and Graphics Card
AMD introduced both processors and graphics card, and a common element of both new items is the 7-nanometer process.
AMD Radeon VII is the first 7-nm graphics card that is already in the market. We didn’t know the price for our market at the time of writing the article, but it’s sold for $ 699 in America. This new item is direct competition for the GeForce RTX 2080 and offers a 25% increase in performance compared to the previous generation. The card contains 60 data units, 3840 stream processors with up to 1.8 GHz and 16 GB of HBM2 memory with 1 TB/s throughput. The memory has a 4096-bit interface.
7 nm will also be the new 3rd generation Ryzen processors, which will be available in the middle of the current year. AMD didn’t introduce many details as it is still testing them. However, we know that new processors will support PCI Express 4.0 s with a throughput of up to 16 GT/s. In Las Vegas, the manufacturer has shown the 8-core prototype with 16 fibers and promises significantly lower power consumption compared to competing Intel processors to achieve the same performance.
Panasonic: With Fulframe Camera and OLED TVs
Panasonic has shown the GZ2000 with a new Professional Edition OLED display with 4K resolution. Panasonic has re-introduced Hollywood development specialists and has set up a TV that boasts with excellent colorful fidelity and dramatically enhanced brightness.
As the first TV in the world, the GZ2000 supports the combination of HDR10+, Dolby Vision HDR, and a new HLG Photo format. Another top characteristic is built-in, up-facing Dolby Atmos Speakers. In this case, Technics experts worked on the TV. Naturally, this TV already features voice control. The GZ2000 is available in two diagonals: 65- and 55-inch. The new OLED panel is enhanced for image quality. This concerns primarily brightness and contrast, resulting in a higher dynamic range of the image. The Panasonic GZ2000 also works well with complex scenes with fast changes in brightness and contrast, typical for action movies or sports.
Another product that Panasonic has introduced at the press were two new LUMIX S full-frame features. These are available from the end of March 2019. LUMIX S will offer a new HLG Photo mode that dramatically extends the dynamic range of images. The result is top-quality color rendition and tonality that is closer to the perception of the human eye, rich in brightness even in the shadow. The owner of this camera will enjoy photos at maximum quality on the new GZ2000 4K resolution TV after connecting it with the HDMI cable. Another new feature of this camera is the High-Resolution mode, which is suitable for landscaping, macro or art photography. Right here you want to see even the smallest detail in really extreme cuts. The camera uses image stabilization technology with the sensor to make a sequence of eight shots between which the sensor always moves slightly.
Samsung: In the Sign of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and 5G
For Samsung, the CES exhibition was mainly about artificial intelligence and assistant Bixby. The Bixby service was initially just the smarter way to use the Galaxy phone. Today it’s developing into a scalable open platform of artificial intelligence. The company has announced that intelligent Bixby features will be integrated into QLED TVs and smart devices such as refrigerators, dishwashers, but also air conditioners, mobile devices, and AI speakers. In addition, Bixby is entering new robotic platforms and a digital cockpit in the car.
Samsung subsequently introduced a new generation of Family Hub refrigerators with enhanced support for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). It features a new Family Board, a shared screen for family communication. With the phone now and in the store, you can easily find out if you need to buy eggs or you can automatically add items to the shopping list, even on the basis of checking the expiration date of the food in your fridge.
The main show at the press belonged to the television. Two days before the opening of the show, Samsung had organized a special press on which they presented the Micro LED display in new sizes, shapes, and configurations. We saw a 75-inch home screen and also the 219-inch The Wall – wallpaper. With the Micro LED you can create almost any size of the TV diagonal, you can change the final resolution as well as the width/height ratio. Modularity of Micro LED technology also allows displays with non-traditional aspect ratios of 9×3, 1×7 or 5×1, exactly according to your spatial, aesthetic and functional requirements.
Samsung also introduced its largest QLED 8K televisions, which diagonal measures a record-breaking 98 inches. This is Samsung’s most intelligent and advanced TV ever. The company has expanded its range of televisions for 2019 and now there are 65-, 75-, 82- and 85-inch models. A range of 8K TVs for the year 2019 with the built-in Quantum Processor 8K, which brings a number of improvements. If you watch TV through streaming service, set-top box, HDMI, USB, or mobile screen mirror, Artificial Intelligence can recognize this content and sample it to 8K quality.
Samsung also introduced an interestingly designed monitor called Space Monitor, which benefits from its unusual yet elegant design. It allows you to focus on what’s on the screen and saves space on the desktop. Its integrated arm, which can be clamped directly to the desk with the clip, offers a space-saving solution and can be easily tilted back or forth. Space Monitor includes either a 27-inch QHD display or a 32-inch UHD 32-inch model in 4K resolution. The beauty is in simplicity, which is true for this device.
Lenovo: Laptops from Every Segment plus Something Extra
Lenovo showed a lot of new products in Las Vegas and did it right at their stand on the first day of opening the exhibition to the public. There were mostly laptops in all segments, but we also saw intelligent household news that isn’t officially sold in Slovakia yet.
New laptops designed for regular users include Yoga C730 and Yoga S940. The Yoga label is now used to name all computers for regular users. Yoga S940 will delight you with excellent mobility and artificial intelligence. They can filter out ambient noise during a video call or protect your privacy during your absence. Of course, the top-notch features – the latest Intel Core i7 processors, are worth the laptops of 2019. In Slovakia, it will be sold starting at 1699 euros, the expected availability in the market is June 2019.
The new Yoga C730 will grab your attention by the used AMOLED display with a resolution of up to 4K. Even in this case, the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors are available. It’ll be available in April but we don’t know the price yet.
The Yoga A940 complements the Yoga family of devices. It’s an All-in-One Premium PC designed for professional creative and designers. It’s based on a 27-inch 4K IPS touchscreen with Dolby Vision technology. The screen can be positioned up to 25-degree drawing mode. You can also use the attached stylus in this activity.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th generation and X1 Yoga 4th generation are the latest in the business laptop segment. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon of the 7th generation is 14.95 mm thick and weighs 1.11 kg. It is based on a 14-inch display that is available in a 4K Dolby Vision configuration with a maximum brightness of 500 nits or a Full HD version with a 400-nit color brightness. The laptop also features a truly visible carbon fiber top cover, two height and two bass speakers and four deep microphones. One-charging time is up to 15 hours, LTE connection is available. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th generation has a weight of 1.3 kg and a thickness of 15.2 mm. Lenovo lowered the edges around the display, reducing the total area by 17%. Even in this case, an advanced speaker system and depth microphones are available. Both laptops will come in the market in June; we don’t know the price yet.
The new Legion Y740 and Y540 gaming laptops will grab your attention by the new GeForce RTX graphics cards, and Lenovo promises better battery life up to 6 hours. Legion Y740 and Y540 offer GeForce RTX graphics cards up to 2080 Max-Q. The most powerful laptop is the 17-inch version of the Y740, the 15-inch models use the RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card. They are driven by their 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and have up to 32 GB of memory.
From the intelligent household segment, the Lenovo Smart Clock digital clock caught us. It has built-in Google Assistant and offers a 4-inch touchscreen IPS display. The device is designed to increase the quality of sleep, to allow quick access to information or to your calendar, and also to play music. The alarm clock also offers a button to turn off the built-in microphone and a USB port to charge the phone. The alarm clock is equipped with a 6W speaker and other practical features. It won’t be officially sold in Slovakia. This is because Google Assistant doesn’t support our market and doesn’t speak Slovak. In America, it will cost $ 80.
Royole: The First Commercially Available Foldable Smartphone
At the CES 2019 fair in Las Vegas, we also tested the world’s first smartphone with a foldable display. It’s called Royole FlexPai, and it’s being sold on select markets. But it does not change the fact that the device acts as a functioning concept rather than the full-featured smartphone of the future that we would like to use every day.
(FlexPai.jpg – FelxPai by Royole is really a cell phone with a foldable display. But we can’t imagine its everyday use)
The base of the phone is a 7.8-inch flexible AMOLED display. In the unfolded state, the smartphone is converted to a tablet, in a folded state, you get a pair of screens – one with a 16: 9 aspect ratio, the other with an 18: 9 aspect ratio. This phone is a Dual SIM; you can assign a phone number to each screen in smartphone mode. The screen is flexible; it doesn’t use any glass, and therefore never breaks. Bending your phone is simple and convenient. From our point of view, however, the biggest problem of today’s flexible phones remains the rigidity of the entire construction. And even though Royole has presented a number of flexible displays that are can be folded, the chassis itself is still working cumbersome.
Royole FlexPai is sold at $ 1,300 for a 128GB version. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, with 6/8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. The phone has a 16 Mpx and 20 Mpx camera and a 3970 mAh battery. We will see what the real battery life for one charge is. We also give attention to the weight of the phone, which is 320 grams.
Microsoft: Really Beautiful Hardware
Finally, we also visited a special Microsoft exhibit. Our eye caught the Surface Studio 2 all-in-one computer as a competitor to the already mentioned Lenovo A940. It’s a really beautiful thing, especially for designers, architects, artists, as it is easy to set the display and on the whole is extremely elegant. Surface Dial control is also feasible, or you can write with a Stylus. Well, playing games on such powerful hardware is a joy. Have a look at its features yourself: Intel Core i7-7820HQ, 2 TB SSD disk, NVIDIA 1070 graphics card with 8 GB GDDR5 and 28-inch display 4500 × 3000 pixels. Only if Surface 2 was sold in Slovak stores and the price wasn’t 3500 USD without tax.
Text: Roman Kadlec, Ondrej Macko, Xénia Rybáková, photo: CES, company archives