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CES 2019 is now in full swing, and we’ve been hard at work covering the show live for two days now. We’ve seen major keynotes from Intel, LG, Samsung, Sony and others filling us in on what we’ll be seeing on the show floor.

After the deluge of news, we’ll be hitting the show floor to hunt out the very best, most innovative and yes, even the strangest, products at the show. It’s exhausting work, but there’s no place like Vegas during CES.

What can you expect to see at this year’s show? We’ve got all the news, reviews and opinions that’s on show at CES 2019.

Update: What have we seen so far? We’ve started into the future of HTC’s next VR headset, seen a 98-inch 8K Samsung TV too large for words and Intel finally showed off its 10nm processors.

What and when is CES 2019?  

The 2019 International CES will begin on Tuesday, 8 January and end on Friday, 11 January. It’s been taking place since 1967 and is staged by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a trade organization that represents over 2,000 consumer tech companies in the U.S. 

Though it gets a lot of attention from the world’s media, this is not an event where the public can go see the latest tech. Unlike the IFA exhibition in Berlin each August, the CES is open only to the electronics trade, as well as journalists, bloggers and plenty of blaggers. (You know who you are…) 

How big exactly is CES? It’s huge. If you’re going for the first time, go on a few five-mile walks in the preceding weeks. Seriously, it’s hiking boots-big. There are 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space. Eleven venues. 24 product categories. Some company’s booths are vast and complex, while other, smaller firms grab a table in one of the 25 marketplaces. 

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 … well, except for Apple.  

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Where does CES 2019 take place?

Since 1978 the CES has been staged in Las Vegas. Why? Hotel rooms, all 150,000 of them, and counting. The main venue is the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), which is a short (and very busy) monorail ride from The Strip, where most of the hotels are. 

Along with the nearby Westgate Las Vegas and Renaissance Las Vegas, this is referred to as Tech East. This is where most of the major booths are. Tech West (comprising the Sands Expo, The Venetian, The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas, and Encore) is where you’ll find hi-fi and audio. 

At Tech South (ARIA, Park MGM/Park Theater and Vdara) you’ll see VR, AR, and gaming. There are shuttle buses between the venues, but it’s best to stay put for the day at one of the three areas to avoid the traffic. 

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CES 2019 latest news

CES has barely begun but we’ve already seen some truly amazing technology on show at CES 2019. You can find individual break downs further down the page, but here are the biggest news stories and most interesting products we’ve seen so far.

Dell ramps up its XPS 13, and finally moves the webcam

While we’ve been a big fan of the XPS 13 from Dell since its first iteration, the placement of its webcam beneath the display has always been a bugbear of ours.

Thankfully, on top of some refreshed internal specs to keep it up to speed, one of the biggest changes that’s landed with the Dell XPS 13 (2019) is to move the webcam  above the display.

Don’t worry, you’ll still find the ultra-slim bezels around the top and sides of the 13.3-inch display, but now there’s a tiny 2.25mm pinhole camera using a 720p widescreen sensor and four far-field microphones in the upper bezel.

Check out our hands on review for a more detailed look at the new flagship.

Alcatel’s latest entry-level smartphones offer up Full View screens at a low price

Alcatel has shown off two budget smartphones at CES 2019: the Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 1C.

The Alcatel 1X (2019) is the slightly more premium of the two handsets, with a 5.5-inch 18:9 Full View display with an HD+ (so, 720p) resolution, dual 13MP + 2MP rear cameras, a fingerprint scanner and face recognition technology. 

Meanwhile, the Alcatel 1C (2019) is aimed at emerging markets, with a more affordable price tag, and packs a smaller, 5-inch 18:9 display and runs Google’s lightweight mobile OS, Android Go.

Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 announced

The Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 smartwatch has been announced at CES, and it comes with loads of new features in a stylish design we’ve come to expect.

The new model includes GPS, so you can track your runs without your phone. It has also got NFC, meaning you can make contactless payments with Google Pay, and there’s a heart rate monitor, none of which were offered by the original Access Sofie.

Kate Spade Scallop 2 smartwatch has Google Pay, GPS and heart rate tracking

The Kate Spade New York Scallop 2 smartwatch, which has just been announced at CES, has lots internal improvements over the last generation including GPS so you can keep track of your location and NFC to allow for Google Pay contactless payments. 

Honda Dream Drive

Honda’s Dream Drive in-vehicle experience aims to gamify travel

Honda has unveiled its new Dream Drive innovation, which aims to deliver a whole new in-vehicle experience.

It’ll allow drivers and passengers to exploit the vast array of goods and services that are available on the web, but from the safety and comfort of their cars. 

Philips Hue is leading the way in outdoor smart lighting at CES 2019

Philips Hue has launched a number of new products as part of its outdoor smart lighting range at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, with the new devices designed to welcome you home and lend some ambience to your outside space.

The new range includes the new Philips Hue Outdoor sensor, a battery powered motion sensor that detects you as you approach your home, and switches on your lighting system, along with new outdoor lamps and lights, that can all be configured using the Hue smartphone app.

Alexa is coming to Razer gaming peripherals

At CES 2019, Razer has announced that it has got together with Amazon to bring Alexa support to some of its gaming peripherals.

This means you can control Chroma RGB lighting on Razer mice, keyboards, and other gaming accessories verbally by speaking to Alexa. While this won’t appeal to everyone, it’s a sign of Alexa’s growing popularity that it’s cropping up in all kinds of places.

Google Assistant is now in your bathroom mirror

Voice assistants are cropping up in all kinds of places at CES 2019, and Google Assistant has been spotted in Capstone Connected Home’s Smart Mirror, which features both voice and touchscreen capabilities.

The Smart Mirror allows you to access Google Assistant, check weather and traffic before you head out for the day, and even stream YouTube.


The Galaxy S10 isn’t at CES 2019, but Samsung’s 5G plans are

We were never really expecting the Galaxy S10 to show up, but Samsung has been at CES 2019, and it’s shown off some exciting smartphone tech that gives us an idea about what we can expect from the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone.

It looks like 5G, the faster mobile internet technology, will be a big feature in 2019, and the S10 could also run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, which is also at CES 2019.

New Netgear Orbi packs the latest Wi-Fi tech for super-fast home internet

Netgear has shown off its improved Orbi mesh Wi-Fi router at CES 2019, and it comes with Wi-Fi 6 support (also known as 802.11ax) that will make wireless network speeds even faster, and will better cope with heavy network traffic.

According to Netgear, this will  “address the performance needs of the gigabit internet home”.  With so many internet-connected devices being shown off at CES 2019, we’ll need routers that can handle all the traffic, and it looks like Netgear will deliver.

Eye AF coming to Nikon’s Z6 and Z7

Nikon has revealed that it’s working on firmware to add Eye AF to its first full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

Eye AF allows the cameras to automatically detect a subject’s eyes to make attaining critical focus easier, and Nikon will also add support for raw video output via firmware.

Hyundai walking car

Hyundai’s ‘walking car’ could be the ambulance of the future

CES is great for getting glimpses of future tech, and at CES 2019, Hyundai showed off a new concept vehicle that could make it easier to reach victims of natural disasters: a ‘walking car’, which uses articulated legs to navigate off-road following floods, fires and earthquakes.

Under Armour’s true wireless FLASH in-ears could make you a better runner

Sportswear brand Under Armour has unveiled its new true wireless FLASH headphones, which it says are designed “by runners, for runners”. 

These in-ear headphones are fully cordless, and connect automatically to your smartphone via Bluetooth. They feature IPX7 water-resistance and have five hour battery life, with a charging case that can boost the battery by 20 hours.

Aftershokz Xtrainerz are ideal headphones for swimming

Aftershokz Xtrainerz are bone-conducting headphones that bring music while you swim.  You just place them on your temples and the music will vibrate through your skull, so you don’t need to fiddle around with earbuds that can easily fall out while swimming.

Xtrainerz come with a 4GB internal memory, meaning you can fill them up with MP3, WMA and other file formats, but there’s no streaming options like Spotify. 

Intel Ice Lake

Intel finally announces its first 10nm processors

The wait is finally over, Intel has finally announced its first, real 10nm processors and has shown them working on stage. What’s more Intel announced multiple series of 10nm chips on the way with Ice Lake, LakeField and Cascade Lake server chips.

Samsung’s 98-inch QLED 8K TV is mind-boggling

If you thought the best 4K TVs were massive, Samsung has upped the ante with an immense 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K TV. It’s basically more screen than your eyes can handle.

Meet HTC’s next-gen VR headset

HTC Cosmos

HTC is speeding along to its next headset and its shooting for the starts with its newly announced Cosmos headset. The headset maker claims it’s next device will be lighter, easier to setup and require no external tracking software. We had our first look into the HTC Cosmos, but it’ll be months before HTC will share more about its form factor and functions so this one won’t be coming any time soon.

In the more immediate future, HTC also announced the Vive Pro Eye, which features eye-tracking technology, and Viveport Infinity games pass subscription service that’s basically Netflix for VR.

Groove X’s cuddly Lovot robot is stealing hearts at CES 2019

The new Lovot robot from Groove X has been spotted at CES, and it’s a seriously cute robotic companion with big cartoon eyes and teddy bear-soft exterior.

Groove X says that Lovot is designed to “nurture people’s capacity to love” by demanding the affection of its owner. It’s certainly very cute, but it might cost a huge amount as well, with a pair of the robots available for preorder for 598,000 yen, which works out at around $5,520/£4,320/AU$7,750.

McAfee and Google Assistant will let you secure your smart home with your voice

At CES 2019, McAfee announced the launch of new Secure Home Platform voice commands for Google Assistant, which will enable you to keep track of your whole network without fiddling with software and app interfaces.

Secure Home Platform will come built into routers and gateways, and will let you perform security checks using spoken commands.

Asus announces ROG Zephyrus S GX701 ultra-thin gaming laptop

Asus has announced its new ultra-thin ROG Zephyrus S GX70 gaming laptop, which comes with brand-new Nvidia GeForce RTX with Max-Q design graphics. Configurable up to an RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design and 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, Nvidia’s new laptop graphics combine the power of its high-end RTX 2080 graphics card with a slim design that allows it to be installed in thin gaming laptops.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 also comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor with a turbo clock speed of 4.1GHz. It can also be fitted with up to 24GB of DDR4-2666 RAM.

Asus also showed off its innovative Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop, which comes with a completely new and unique form factor that allows it to house some seriously impressive tech inside.

Huawei’s MateBook 13 could be a MacBook Air killer

Huawei announced the new MateBook 13, a 13-inch Ultrabook at CES 2019, which  features 8th-generation Whiskey Lake, full-power processors, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of RAM, with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. This all powers a 13.3-inch 2K (2,160 x 1,440) touch display.  

Best of all, the MateBook 13 will continue Huawei’s tradition of releasing powerful tech in stylish Apple-like designs for a lot less money than the competition.  The laptop will be available later in January for $999 (about £780, AU$1,410) for the Mystic Silver Core i5-8265U model. Users can opt for the Space Gray Intel Core i7-8565U MateBook 13, with Nvidia MX150 graphics for $1,299 (about £1,025, AU$1,830). 

Asus Chromebook Flip gets a power boost

Asus has announced the followup to its popular Chromebook, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434.

Its screen has had a massive upgrade, with a new NanoEdge display technology that crams a 14-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display into a 13-inch laptop. 

It also features 8th-generation Intel Amber Lake fan-less processors, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. With the lightweight nature of Chrome OS, this hardware will let you get some serious work done.  

Eve Light Strip takes on Philips Hue

We got to check out a new Apple HomeKit-compatible LED light strip, the Eve Light Strip , which has debuted at CES 2019 this week, and it’s a bit brighter than our old favorite, the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus.

The Eve Light Strip is a 2m long bendable strip of LED lights. It’s $79 (other region pricing coming soon) and comes with adhesive on the back so you can attach to your various parts of home for extra flair. 

Arlo’s new DIY security system detects intruders, gas leaks, dripping pipes, and more

Arlo (the Netgear-owned smart camera manufacturer) has announced a new DIY security system at CES 2019 that will keep your home safe from pretty much any threat you can think of.

The Arlo Security System features an all-in-one Multi-Sensor that detects windows and doors opening and closing, motion, smoke, carbon monoxide, water leaks, temperature changes and more

Blackberry wants to make your smart speaker more secure

Blackberry has announced that it will license its Blackberry Secure technology to smart device manufacturers, in a bid to make smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, more secure.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey is the company’s most powerful laptop so far

Samsung Notebook Odyssey

Want a powerhouse gaming laptop you can slip into your rucksack? The Samsung Notebook Odyssey hopes to do just that, with a slim 19.9mm chassis (weighing 2.36kg) that still packs a 144Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, 8th-generation Intel Core i7 six-core processor, and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. 

Explicitly for ‘serious gamers’, it should be out in the US from early 2019 – and will likely be angled as a companion to the Samsung HMD Odyssey VR headset.

Netatmo unveils first smart video doorbell

Netatmo smart video doorbell

Want to keep a closer eye on the deliveries, guests, or prospective burglars frequenting your doorstep? Netatmo, purveyor of many a security camera, are expanding their smart home range with the new Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell.

The smart doorbell comes with a 1080p Full HD camera comes and 160-degree wide angle lens, and is the first to work with Apple HomeKit. With this, you can control the doorbell using Siri voice controls, or by connecting the device in tandem with other smart home products – like turning on the porch lights when a potential intruder is outside.

Mui’s new smart display is a touch-sensitive plank of wood

Mui smart display

Why not? The first product from Mui’s Japan-based studio was funded on Kickstarter, and houses a touch-sensitive smart display inside a sleek wooden furnishing.

The display can show clocks, thermostats, weather information, text messages and slogans, and allow you to control other connected smart devices in your home. It ships out September 2019 to early backers, though with style like this we could certainly see it seeing a wider release beyond that.

Dell’s Alienware m17 is the thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop yet

 Dell always brings the goods to CES, and 2019’s event is no different, with the laptop maker showing off the Alienware m17, which the company claims is the thinnest and lightest 17-gaming laptop ever.

It packs Intel Coffee Lake H-series CPUs, Nvidia Turing graphics and a 17-inch display into a chassis that’s just 0.91 inches (23mm) thin, weighing just 5.79 pounds (2.63kg), and it’s all cooled by Alienware’s Cryo-Tech v2.0 cooler. 

Razer announces new Blade 15 gaming laptop with Nvidia RTX graphics

Following the reveal that Nvidia RTX graphic cards are coming to laptops, Razer announced that its refreshed Blade 15 gaming laptop will feature the tech, with configurations up to a mighty Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.

Other specs include an Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM and up to a 512GB SSD, and the refreshed model keeps the svelte design with a chassis that’s only 0.7 inch (17.78 mm) thick.

Acer Predator Triton 900 is a revolutionary gaming laptop

During CES 2019, Acer detailed the Predator Triton 900 gaming laptop which we first briefly glimpsed back at IFA 2018 in August. We’ve now got a better look at it, and it comes with Nvidia’s latest Turing graphics cards (up to an RTX 2080 GPU),  8th-generation Intel H-series processors  and a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) G-Sync display.  

Perhaps most interestingly, it also comes with a radical new form factor.  The Acer Predator Triton 900’s screen features an “Ezel Aero Hinge” that allows the 17-inch display to rotate and move. You can move the display in front of the keyboard, to put it into an Ezel mode, or you can even put the laptop in a tent mode for consuming media. 

HP also updates its gaming laptops and desktops with Nvidia RTX graphics

HP is another company that has used CES 2019 to announce that it is updating it products to feature Nvidia’s newest RTX graphics cards, for its Omen gaming laptops and desktops.

The 2019 edition of the HP Omen 15 will feature an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, along with the RTX graphics card.

It has also updated the HP Omen Obelisk 875 1010 and 1020 gaming desktop PCs.   The former features an Intel Core i7-9700K and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, bumped up to an Intel Core i9-9900K and an RTX 2080 Ti for the latter. Both models feature the same 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with a 1TB hard drive. 

Nvidia RTX mobile graphics bring ray-tracing to gaming laptops

Nvidia has finally announced that its RTX graphics cards are coming to gaming laptops, and according to the company, 40 gaming laptop models are launching with the new graphics inside starting January 29. 

In fact, just after Nvidia’s announcement, a range of laptop makers such as HP and Razer, announced new laptops with RTX mobile graphics cards. This will be huge for gaming laptops in 2019.

Nvidia announces the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card

Nvidia has announced its much-anticipated RTX 2060 at CES 2019. This is the mid-range entry in the company’s latest range of graphics cards, priced at $349 (about £270, AU$490).

Nvidia didn’t announce any specific specifications for its new mid-range GPU, but it promised that it would be more powerful than even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.

It also showed off how the RTX 2060 was capable of playing Battlefield V at Ultra settings and RTX On at well above 60 fps thanks to DLSS also being enabled.

The Asus StudioBook S brings workstation performance to a thin and light chassis

Asus has revealed its workstation-class laptop, the Asus StudioBook S.  Aimed at business use, it comes with Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics – along with up to 64GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. This means the StudioBook S packs enough raw horsepower to please content creators and other professionals alike.

The Asus ZenBook 14 is smaller and more powerful than ever

Asus announced its 2019 lineup of thin and light Ultrabooks at CES 2019, including the ZenBook 14 and the new Zenbook S13.

The Asus ZenBook 14 packs the latest Whiskey Lake Ultrabook processors, along with Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics and up to 16GB of RAM into a svelte, blue chassis that’s as thin as it is light. This Ultrabook weighs just under 1.45kg (3.2 pounds), while managing to cram a 14-inch display into a 13-inch chassis.

Meanwhile, the Asus ZenBook S13 keeps the same 12.9mm (0.51 inches) thickness of the original ZenBook S, but this time around, it managed to shove an Nvidia MX150 GPU in the mix.

Samsung’s 2019 TVs will harness AI 

Samsung has announced its plans for its 2019 line up of TVs, and the company is looking to expand its AI’s capabilities to improve Bixby, the sound quality of its TV’s built-in speakers, and Tizen, its smart TV platform. 

In 2019, users will be able to ask Bixby questions, and it will use context awareness to automatically adjust answers based on a specific question. Bixby will also be able to integrate with an intelligent home, allowing it to control Samsung devices, other Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, and life-on-demand services.

Samsung TVs will also be getting a dedicated iTunes app for movies and TV shows – the first time iTunes content will be available on a non-Apple TV – alongside support for AirPlay 2.

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile processors surprise us at CES 

While all eyes were trained for AMD to announced 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Vega II graphics cards, the company has surprised us all with its new 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile CPUs.

Whereas in years past AMD would only introduce a handful of CPUs, the chipmaker now has a full product stack to power everything from gaming laptops, Ultrabooks, budget notebooks and even Chromebooks – which reminds us…

AMD processors are coming to a Chromebook near you 

For the longest time, Chromebooks have included either Intel or ARM-based processors across the board. But, at CES 2019, there have been plenty of Chromebooks announced with AMD processors for the first time.  

Chief among these new AMD-based Chromebooks are the HP Chromebook 14 and the Acer Chromebook 315. HP hasn’t shared pricing information for the HP Chromebook 14, but the inclusion of an AMD processor could mean a more affordable Chromebook – making it more appealing to students that don’t necessarily need the fastest hardware.

Byton confirms M-Byte car will be available in 2019 with AI, 5G and 48-inch display 

Electric car startup Byton is back. After unveiling its M-Byte Concept vehicle back at CES in 2018, it’s returned to Las Vegas, Nevada for CES 2019 with news that the M-Byte will be available before the end of 2019. 

The look of the interior has been updated over the Concept for the production version, but the huge screen remains, as does the 7-inch ‘driver tablet’ which is mounted in front of the steering wheel. The tablet doesn’t rotate with the steering wheel though, keeping it orientated correctly the whole time. 

HP Omen X Emperium redefines the term ‘gaming monitor’

Nvidia’s “Big F**king Gaming Display” (BFGD) project kicked off at CES 2018, and now we know partner HP has been working on one with the debut of the Omen X Emperium. And, at 65 inches and with a soundbar built-in, this screen definitely lives up to Nvidia’s vulgar project name.

With Nvidia’s G-Sync HDR technology, the Emperium can actively sync its 144Hz refresh rate with the frame rate of your PC’s Nvidia graphics card powering the graphics. This creates a tear-free visual without any stuttering that even the best graphics cards can’t get around without such a feature.

HP spared no expense with this absolutely ‘extra’ gaming monitor, but don’t worry – you’re footing the bill, and it’s massive.

CES 2019 reviews

Asus ZenBook S13

With a bezel-less screen unlike anything you’ve seen and packing more hardware than most other Ultrabooks, the Asus ZenBook S13 is a unique machine worthy of your attention

Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0

The Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 isn’t much of a design change from the last-gen watch, but it now comes with lots more tech inside that may make it more tempting.

Kate Spade Scallop 2

The design of the Kate Spade Scallop 2 is similar to the last generation, but there’s lots of interesting tech packed in here, making it a fully-fledged smartwatch worthy of your attention.

Sony Master Series Z9G 8K HDR TV

If you’ve been waiting for the proper sequel to the Sony Z9D/ZD9, the new Sony Master Series Z9G could be the immaculate 8K follow-up we’ve been waiting for. 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2019)

The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pro might be Samsung’s best looking and performing Ultrabook ever. Thanks to its stand out design, it makes a great first impression and it has the specs to duke it out with the best laptops on the market. 

Samsung Notebook Flash

With plenty of features not often found in laptops at this price and an attractive design, the Samsung Notebook Flash should prove to be a fine laptop for students and budget-conscious consumers alike. 

Withings Move

It’s not brimming with new tech, but the Withings Move looks like it may be perfect for those after an affordable hybrid with a vibrant design. 

Withings Move ECG

The Withings Move ECG is one of the first products to offer an electrocardiogram on a consumer wearable, and it has the benefit that it looks good at the same time. This looks like it may well be one of the most interesting hybrid smartwatches money can buy.

MSI GS75 Stealth

The MSI GS75 Stealth takes the best of the GS65 Stealth and blows it all up to 17.3 inches, while implementing Nvidia’s latest graphics. Color us impressed.

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless

The Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless makes wireless gaming mice accessible to almost everyone with its unbelievably low price, excellent ergonomics and seamless connectivity. 

Corsair Ironclaw RGB

If you can look past the odd design, the Corsair Ironclaw RGB is an affordable, high-performance gaming mouse that big-handed gamers can love. 

LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9)

Vegas was the perfect backdrop to show off this magical, rollable 65-inch LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9) TV. 

Huawei MateBook 13

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but we’re generally expecting the Huawei MateBook 13 to be a benchmark laptop for 2019, and the one other laptop makers will need to beat.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 might be more expensive than the graphics card it’s replacing, but it’s also a helluva lot more powerful, too. This mid-range GPU will make your PC gaming dreams come true.

Aircharge wireless charger

Aircharge at CES 2019

Wireless charging is on the up, and the CES will definitely see three new products from Aircharge: a Fast Wireless Charger 10W, Fast Dual Charger 10W, and a PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Adapter. Both chargers will deliver 10W fast wireless charging, including both Apple and Samsung fast wireless charging. 

AMD Ryzen processor

AMD at CES 2019

Semiconductor company AMD has already said that it intends to show-off its 3rd-gen Ryzen processors and new graphics products at CES 2019. 

According to a recent leak, that will include three new entry-level Ryzen 3 processors (3300, 3300X, 3300G),  three mid-range Ryzen 5 processors (3600, 3600X, 3600G) and two Ryzen 7 processors (3700, 3700X). On top of the mainline processors, AMD might also surprise us with a few new mobile processors in the form of the 2.6GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3300U CPU and 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3500U.

Beyond processors, CES 2019 might be the place that we see the company’s next AMD Navi GPUs – though, that seems a little less likely than the 3rd-gen processors. 

There’s also talk of a new Radeon graphics card, with 7nm Vega II GPUs possibly making an appearance. 

All the latest AMD CES 2019 news:

Asus ZenFone AR

Asus at CES 2019

Asus has really pushed the boat out with the Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop, just announced at CES. It ditches the usual form factor of most laptops and piles its components behind the laptop screen, rather than beneath the keyboard, reportedly to assist better airflow to the hardware.

Asus also announced its new ultra-thin ROG Zephyrus S GX70 gaming laptop, combining the power of its high-end RTX 2080 graphics card with a slim design that allows it to be installed in thin gaming laptops.

All the latest Asus CES 2019 news: 

Canon cameras

Canon at CES 2019 reports that CES 2019 could see the unveiling of a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III – complete with a new image sensor and a longer zoom range – and possibly a G9 X Mark III. That rumor seems to be even more likely than ever now that Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III product images surfaced online.

Something that’s beyond rumor, however, is the new line of Vixia camcorders, with Canon revealing its HF G50, HF W11, and HF W10 camcorders. While the latter two are built to tackle the elements, with waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof bodies able to withstand temperatures of -10C / 14F, the G50 is aimed more at the prosumer market with some impressive specs.

All the latest Canon CES 2019 news: 

HTC at CES 2019

HTC Cosmos

HTC is speeding along to its next headset and its shooting for the starts with its newly announced Cosmos headset. The headset maker claims it’s next device will be lighter, easier to setup and require no external tracking software. We had our first look into the HTC Cosmos, but it’ll be months before HTC will share more about its form factor and functions so this one won’t be coming any time soon.

In the more immediate future, HTC also announced the Vive Pro Eye, which features eye-tracking technology, and Viveport Infinity games pass subscription service that’s basically Netflix for VR.

All the latest HTC CES 2019 news:

Intel processor

Intel at CES 2019

Intel came out guns blazing at its CES 2019 keynote, announcing the first 10nm Ice Lake processors based on its Sunny Cove architecture – and even showing the chip powering a running laptop.

The new chips aim to bolster modern PC performance, while Intel’s new Project Athena initiative hopes to push mobile computing to the next era with thinner and lighter hardware across industry partners like Huawei, Asus, and Lenovo.

Intel also announced six more 9th-gen processors, ranging from Core i3 to Core i9, to release soon. Our own digging leads us to think some of these will launch without integrated graphics cards, in an attempt to lower prices and cut into AMD’s share of the market, though those details were curiously absent from the press conference…

All the latest Intel CES 2019 news:  

A photo of an LG robot

LG at CES 2019

As expected, we’ve seen a lot of new TVs and TV-related announcements from LG. The Korean-based electronics manufacturer revealed the boosted Alpha 9 (Gen. 2) TV processor that will power its 2019 OLED TVs in advance of CES, and it was clear going in that LG would have a lot to show.

The highlight of LG’s conference has to be its rollable OLED television, now named as the LG Signature Series OLED TV R, which will be on sale in the second half of the year – and given its unique mechanical design, certainly won’t be cheap.

But otherwise LG’s conference was marked by collaboration. There are a host of new partnerships with other manufacturers, with Apple Airplay 2 support and a dedicated iTunes movies app coming to LG’s ThinQ smart TVs this year. LG is also combining support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, giving more choice than ever with TV voice controls.

And just when you thought you had LG figured out, it announces a smart cupboard that steams your clothes. Featuring a mirrored door with integrated display, automatically moving hangers, and a smart steaming system, this cupboard will take care of your dusty, wrinkly clothes for you.

We had our hearts set on LG’s foldable phone being unveiled, though it looks like we may have to wait until MWC 2019 to hear more on that.

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Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Netatmo at CES 2019

Feeling secure in your home security? Smart home provider Netatmo has branched out into its first smart video doorbell, adding to its range of smart security cameras, and connected home devices. It can be easily linked up to your existing wired doorbell, and is the first smart doorbell to work in tandem with Apple HomeKit.

Nvidia keynote

Nvidia at CES 2019

Nvidia revealed its GeForce RTX Mobility graphics cards at CES 2019, with the RTX 2080, and other cards, now available for gaming laptops.

Moreover, Nvidia may be preparing more than just RTX graphics for laptops at CES 2019, with a reference to MX250 graphics just appearing in an HP laptop listing. 

The supposed HP Zahn 66 Pro 14 G2 Notebook PC was reportedly listed somewhere by HP with an Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, first shared by Twitter user Momomo

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Panasonic at CES 2019

Among other things, Panasonic has promised to “bring Hollywood home” with its latest and greatest GZ2000 OLED TV. The TV will be exclusively compatible with the high dynamic range still mode (or HLG photography) found on the company’s Lumix range of cameras, making it ideal for professional photographers reviewing or displaying their work.

Again on the home cinema front, Panasonic has unveiled two high-spec 4K Blu-ray players, both supporting passthrough Dolby Atmos and the latest version of HDR (HDR10+). The DP-UB450 supports Dolby Vision as well, while the DP-UB150 aims to be slightly more affordable, although pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

We were holding out for a full reveal of the upcoming Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R mirrorless cameras, though Panasonic kept things to a brief tease of the specs we can expect.

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Royole foldable phone

Royole at CES 2019

The world’s first foldable phone is here. Royole beat LG and Samsung to the punch with the Royole FlexPai, featuring a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen that folds in half. The ‘developer’ version of the handset is already on sale, albeit for a pricey $1,318 (around £1,035, AU$1,850), and we’re sure to see a lot more of this foldable tech in the coming year.

We’ve managed to spend a little bit of time with it on the showroom floor and have laid out some initial impressions, so be sure to check out our hands-on review of the Royole Flexpai.

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Samsung The Frame television

Samsung at CES 2019

A CES launch for the previously announced Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker – compete with Bixby – seems a shoo-in, but will Samsung launch its Galaxy X foldable phone? “While the full Samsung launch might be at Mobile World Congress we could instead see the Samsung Galaxy S10 launched at CES, which won’t be foldable but will have 5G and triple camera, plus a new notch design on the front panel,” says Tom Morrod, Senior Research Director, IHS Markit. 

Looking to get ahead of the deluge of news, Samsung has announced two new versions of its Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 laptop. Scheduled for a vague ‘2019’ release and with no pricing to speak of, the laptops are both a rehash (13.3-inch) and an expansion (15-inch) of the late 2017 debut model. We’ve also had a new Samsung Notebook Odyssey announced, which will be the company’s most powerful laptop yet.

On the TV front, Samsung have rejigged its MicroLED range: now with a ‘smaller’ 75-inch modular television called The Window, and a far larger 219-inch telly carrying the name of The Wall. We’ve also seen a new size option for the recent 85-inch Q900R 8K QLED TV, boosting the already-incredible display up to a whopping 98-inch wonder

We heard rumors of a possible transparent TV being patented by the company, and since Samsung is often launching design-led screens, that wouldn’t be a surprise – though if you’re after some more practical features, the newly announced Remote Access should be able to source files, programs and cloud services from connected devices and computers direct to your TV.

What we do know for sure at this point is that Samsung will enhance its Serif TV and The Frame designer screens with QLED tech. The new screens will make their debut at the show and, according to Samsung, will reside in the large lifestyle TV exhibition zone of Samsung’s booth. 

The last rumor we’ve heard concerning Samsung 2019 TVs is that they might include both Bixby and Google Assistant – giving users the choice over which assistant they’d like to use.

All the latest Samsung CES 2019 news:  

Sony wireless sport earbuds

Sony at CES 2019

Sony first launched the Master Series range last year for its high-end home televisions, and has now confirmed this year’s flagship will be Sony’s Z9G 8K LED TV: an 85-inch monster with 8K resolution and Sony’s latest X1 Ultimate processor.

All the latest Sony CES 2019 news: 

Spotify smartphone app

Spotify at CES 2019

The streaming service doesn’t normally deal in hardware, but could Spotify use CES 2019 to launch its own voice search interface to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home? Spotify has suites reserved at the Wynn Encore …   

One thing’s for sure, after CES 2019 the world of tech won’t ever be the same.  

Technics at CES 2019

The masters of the vinyl DJ turntable, Technics, has finally launched another member of its acclaimed SL-1200 line after a nine-year wait. The SL-1200 MK7 features reverse playback, a core-less direct drive motor and motor control technology to allow for more responsive scratching.

To have something to listen to your new SL-1200 turntable, Technics has also announced a pair of over-ear hi-fi headphones – the EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B. They both support apt-X HS and LDAC standards, and the F70N come packing hybrid active noise cancelling, which intelligently detects the noises to be cancelled via multiple microphone locations.

WeMo at CES 2019

WeMo Light Switch

It’s easy to overlook some of the smaller smart home releases alongside the big PC and television announcements – but the new WeMo Light Switch is a simple replacement for an existing dumb light switch, which can connect direct to the Apple HomeKit ecosystem without the old WeMo bridge.

The WeMo Light Switch price ranges from $39.99 for a single-pole switch to $49.99 for a three-way switch – with prices outside the US yet to be announced.

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