The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the events that indicates the start of a new year in the tech world. This year the event recently took place in Las Vegas between 6th January and 9th January. In attendance was over 3,600 exhibitors showcasing their innovations to more than 170,000 attendants who spread across the 2.4 million square foot area. The event was full of the latest, most greatest products in the world of technology, from both the small and large retailers. But what are some of the products that impressed us the most?
Huawei Mate 8
Huawei was previously not household name in the Western markets, but its collaboration with Google to launch the popular Nexus 6P device, has arguably catapulted it to compete with well-acclaimed brands such as Samsung. In the 2016 CES event, Huawei launched the Huawei Mate 8, its newest flagship and the first ever handset running on the latest Kirin 950 processor that offers an ultra fast performance. The Huawei Mate 8 is a premium high end smartphone with an extremely refined look.
The Mate 8 is built with an all-metal design and for an added ultra preimium user experience it is complemented with a first-class fingerprint scanner. Featuring an even larger battery capacity of 4000mAh, this device can offer heavy users up to one and half days of usage with an average user lasting around two and a half days without need to recharge. In case of low battery power, Mate 8 is equipped with a Rapid Charging feature with a 30 minute charge capable of lasting you an entire day, according to Huawei. This flagship device could set a standard for upcoming flagships from other manufacturers.
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Aside from the Huawei Mate 8 launch, another major announcement from the Chinese manufaturer is the introduction of Honor devices in the US. The Honor 5X is the initial Honor and Huawei device to be natively launched in the USA, meaning it can be purchased it straight from Huawei’s online store. Honor 5X is Huawei’s version of an affordable flagship smartphone with a list of specs you’d find on high-end phones. This includes a superior all-metal build design, Full HD display, an exceptional fingerprint scanner, support for microSD card and a lot more. All these for just US$199.
Smartphones are designed to replace the traditional PC, however Lenovo has developed a device that aims to correctly implement them together, referred to as Lenovo Link. This US$40 gadget enables a your PC to become your smartphone’s extension and vice versa, with one end including a regular USB port and on the other end a microUSB port to mount your smartphone.
Lenovo Link is even more dynamic as it features Lenovo’s very own virtual software that allows mirroring of contents on your smartphone’s screen onto a computer. On the virtualization mode, you can use your PC’s input controls to natively control your phone, use the mouse to copy and paste from your phone to your PC and vice versa as well as play HD app games seamlessly.
LeTV Le Max Pro
This year has seen a list of new chipset generation, and finally we get to see Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 SoC in action. Suprisingly, it wasn’t a typical OEM that delivered the first smartphone to run on the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, but rather it was LeTV.
Reffered to as Le Max Pro, the 6.33 inch large handset features an excellent Quad HD screen display ideal for live video streams. Access to huge amounts of video content for live streaming is vital part of LeTV’s EUI experience which is bundled with an impressive display, superior build and an innovative fingerprint sensor, makes the Le Max Pro, a smartphone to look out for.
Alcatel OneTouch Xess
At the CES 2016, Alcatel One Touch launched a super large tablet in the highly saturated tablet market. The tablet dubbed the Alcatel OneTouch Xess is said to be designed for the kitchen. It features a 17.3-inch screen display, a built-in kickstand and a handle for carrying purposes. Its large display is incorporated with Alcatel OneTouch’s new launcher with the ability to split the home screen into smaller sections.
On the inside, the tablet is packed with a massive 10,000 mAh battery life which delivers an always-on battery power. Though the lauched is primarily ideal for recipes and culinary exploration, it also serves as an exceptional media device and the dual JBL speakers and USB ports integrated give it an advantage for other uses as well.
HTC Vive Pre
One of the latest innovation that has been trending in the world of technology is Virtual Reality. Thanks to a company known for the manufacture of Android smartphones, we can get the best Virtual Reality experiences. After the success of the HTC Vive last year, the company has introduced a more efficient version that amplifies on the excellent VR experience.
In addition to the Vive, the company unveiled the first computer designed specifically for the gadget dubbed the HP Envy Phoenix PC. Compared to its predecessor the HTC Vive Pre is smaller more streamlined and looks similar to the ultimate consumer model of HTC VR headset. The VR experience is one of the most immersive in the market and also features a camera addition at the front.
Let us know your thoughts on the list above. And now that the CES is over, what you are looking forward to in the upcoming Mobile World Congress?
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