No, CES still hasn’t officially begun, but I don’t blame you for thinking so given the torrent of news we’ve seen so far. And today, or CES press day as it’s called, was even busier with a long schedule of press conferences from big name companies battling to one-up each other.
IT IS EXCITING AND A BIT CONFUSING GIVEN THE VOLUME
It’s exciting and a bit confusing given the volume…
ITS A CES TRADITION THAT LG OPENS PRESS DAY WITH AN EARLY MORNING
- It’s a CES tradition that LG opens press day with an early morning press conference. It’s also appropriate given the Korean conglomerate’s huge product range. And what a range it showed this morning.
- First up, naturally, is a new TV (LG wouldn’t be LG without one). Then again, you might call the OLED “wall art” instead. It doesn’t sit on a stand or pedestal, but instead sticks to the wall through a special plate that uses both screws and magnets to stay put.
So what, you say? Well, I’ll tell you. The W7 is just 0.15-inches thick (about the size of a key), it’s extremely light (the 65-inch model weighs 18 pounds and the 77-incher, 27 pounds) and it’s flexible enough for you to peel it away from the wall.
I THINK WE CAN AGREE THAT’S PRETTY COOL
I think we can agree that’s pretty cool. There are a ton of other features so read ourfor more. Of course, the W7 will be expensive (at least $10,000) so if you’re looking for a cheaper television, the deliver more conventional pricing and features.
For the kitchen, LG formally launched thethat we first saw at IFA last year. We still don’t have a price, but the giant touchscreen in the door now runs on WebOS and works with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa instead of Microsoft Windows and Cortana. The new Quad Wash dishwashers aren’t quite as interactive, but four spray arms are supposed to cut cycle times by 15 percent.
LG ISNT FINISHED
But, wait, LG isn’t finished. The company also unveiled a, a that works with Alexa and connects to other LG appliances and a Leka smart toy for children with learning disabilities. We also got our first chance to touch the 5.7-inch phone.
On to Samsung
Cross-Seoul rival Samsung showed its newof OLED televisions. They come armed with quantum dot technology, edge-lit local dimming and a “No Gap” wall mount. But unlike its TVs from last year, the Q9 is flat instead of curved.
For your lap, check out Samsung’s newand its first dedicated gaming laptops, the Odyssey 16 and 17. They both have sleek designs with multicolored keyboard lights and cooling vents in a crosshatch pattern. Remember that Family Hub fridge from CES 2016? Well, it has new features.
No, Samsung didn’t announce a new phone, but it did start its event by mentioning its disastrouslaunch from last year. Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics America, said the company will share findings from its investigation into the exploding phone “soon.”
And then Sony
Sony ended the day, which was just as well given how underwhelming its announcements were. The company entered the OLED fray with the new. They come in 55-, 65- and 77-inch sizes, run on Android and work with Google Home.
To go with that TV, Sony also has a new 4K Blu-ray player you might even be able to buy. Thesupports playback digital music and streaming Bluetooth to headphones for private listening. Sony also had headphones, cameras and a projector, some of which were old. Check out Katie Collins’s full report on the presser for details.
There’s always more. Here’s what we found, starting off with, yes, more TVs.
- Hisense detailed its and showed a crazy-expensive ($13,000!), that’s a 4K laser projector.
- TCL has three new Roku TVs in its and new models for its cheaper .
- The main attraction is the gargantuan 5,000mAh battery. Beyond powering the phone for a long time, it also can charge other devices. The Zoom’s other features include two 12-megapixel cameras, a 13-megapixel front-facing selfie camera, RAW file support and a full manual mode.
- Asus also has the , which is a 13-inch laptop with a 14-inch screen. No, I’m not kidding.
- The Garmin Fenix smartwatches all have an optical heart-rate sensor, all-day fitness tracking and the 5X comes preloaded with topographic US maps for turn-by-turn navigation. They sound a lot more exciting than these .
- If you love alfresco dining, but hate being in the sun, the is an umbrella shade that will follow Apollo as he moves through the sky. The solar-powered shade also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a built-in security camera. Because why not?
- My God are these ugly.
- The is a power strip that works with HomeKit and Amazon Echo.
- BlackBerry is back! Its new phone, the , is a touchscreen Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard and a fingerprint reader.
- You know you’ve always wanted a Bluetooth taster, so save your bread for the . It may be the most CES product there ever was.
- Intel demonstrated the first “walk-around” VR experience.
- The Toyota Concept-i car envisions a future where we communicate with an integrated artificial intelligence that predicts and meets our needs.
- The uses a variety of sensors to guide a patient’s rehabilitation for common hand and wrist injuries.