CES 2019 – the Consumer Electronics Show – is now well underway in Las Vegas. The press events kicked off on Sunday 6 January and the show floor opened on Tuesday 8 January. The event, which is only open to people who work in the industry and journalists until Saturday 12 January.
CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. In terms of footfall, the CES attracts about 180,000 people from 155 countries, as well as 6,500 media, who visit 4,500 exhibiting companies. All the biggest tech companies in the world gather.
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Virtual reality (VR) has been around the block for quite some time now, but with this year’s CES, we’re finally seeing some innovation that makes the future of VR is brighter than ever.
With exciting new announcements from heavyweights HTC and Oculus, as well as some incredible 8K innovation from the likes of Pimax, we can’t wait to see what these products will do for the field of VR.
There was plenty of interest in screens, as usual. LG was widely applauded for its jaw-dropping installation that featured a mass of screens curved into a wibbly sort of half-tunnel.
And curved screens, generally, were a feature of the show according to industry analyst Benedict Evans at venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz.
Examples included the Royole Flexpai bending smartphone and LG’s roll-up TV sets
They also had some new cutting-edge laptops like the Alienware Area-51m, which is unlike any other replacement laptops. You can swap out the GPU and the desktop CPU, which is a practically unheard-of practice when it comes to laptops. The Area-51m also represents a newer, cleaner design language for Alienware that will hopefully rub off on its competitors. The Area-51m’s starting price is set at $2,549, with sales beginning this month. Alienware resized it’s m15 Max Q laptop into the m17, a 17-inch desktop replacement complete with Nvidia’s new RTX mobile GPUs. The new m17 is the company’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop. It supports up to a Core i9 processor, measures 23mm thick, and weighs 5.79 pounds. However, Alienware’s display refresh rates are locked to 60Hz, for both the 1080p and 4K display variants, so keep that in mind if you’re interested in Alienware’s powerhouse.
The Alienware m17 starts at $1,649.99, while the upgraded m15 with Intel Core i9 processors and RTX graphics will set you back $1,579.99.
Last but not the least the Lenovo’s Smart Clock which is a more compact smart display that’s designed for bedrooms. Its 4-inch screen might not be the kind of thing you’re going to watch YouTube videos on, but it’s meant to be just the right size for setting alarms, getting information about calendar events, or showing you simple information about your commute. Crucially, it doesn’t have a camera, unlike the Amazon Echo Spot.