It’s January and guess what that means? If you guessed a refresh of every tech device and new innovations then you are absolutely right. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the place where companies display all their prototypes for the coming year, centered mostly on home appliances. There is no shortage of Mobile innovations at this show. However, here are our picks for the best of CES so far.
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus Release Date
Samsung has officially disclosed when the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be released. The company has announced that the S9 will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2018. Stay connected with CTECH News for renders, specifications and other leaks.
Razer’s Project Linda
As you all may know, Razer, the popular gaming company, has made a top notch high performing device, the Razer Phone last year. This is the first phone that has centered on gaming and has one feature that may become the norm for the next few years – a 120 Hz refresh rate screen – making everything on the phone look buttery smooth. Now they have demoed something that looks very interesting, a laptop that used the phone as a touch pad and the “brain” of the laptop, meaning that it uses the phones internal specifications to power the laptop, which runs Android.
Vivo’s Embedded Fingerprint Scanner
Vivo, the smartphone giant from China, (and popular in India and China) has demoed what is to be the latest in mobile innovation, a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen of a phone. This is still a beta phone, whose model is not stated but is expected to be released later this year. The fingerprint scanner is impressively fast for a beta but not blazing fast like modern scanners today. The scanner on this prototype is placed underneath an OLED display (an LED would be blocked), in the traditional position of where we would expect it to be on the front. This would mean that more phone could get the coveted 18:9 aspect ratio with the fingerprint scanner on the front rather than moving it to the back or removing it for Face ID. The module used is from Synaptic, called the Clear ID. The first phone is expected to be released in early 2018.
Voxel is Intel’s attempt into Virtual Reality (VR). What this does essentially is to provide users with first person perspective on events as they happen live, such as sporting events. They are made possible by special cameras that placed in traditional spots that are used by stadiums and in the air via drones.
Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro
Yes, we know this phone was launched and is on sale in Europe and Asia countries already, but the Mate 10 Pro has been officially unveiled for sale in the US at brick and mortar stores like Best Buy and a few other stores, but the planned partnership with AT&T has been scraped reportedly due political pressure. This is a real bummer as majority of Americans buy their phones from carriers at a subsidized rate. The deal with Verizon is also expected to go the same route. The Mate 10 Pro has featured in CTech’s Top 5 Smartphone of the year.
Alcatel’s 2018 Smartphone Lineup
Alcatel, owned by TCL, has unveiled its smartphone line up for 2018. The lineup consists of the Alcatel 1, 3 and 5 series, covering the three main price range in smartphones. The Alcatel 5 series will be the highest end with the best in performance and battery life that the company offers. It is expected to include USB Type C. Next up is the Alcatel 3 series which will comprise of the midrange segment, is expected to have a Qualcomm 630 or MediaTek Chipset, and may or may not feature USB Type C. The Alcatel 1 will be the low cost phone from the company. Not much is known about this device except that it will have 1 GB of RAM and will likely run Android Go.