Today was the first official day of CES 2015. A few announcements were made today.
Razer announced their Forge TV. It is an Android TV set-top box. It is being powered by a quad-core processor and “gaming-grade graphics”.
The box can connect to Razer’s own Cortex software. How this works, is that you run the Razer Cortex software on your computer which will then give you access to your gaming library on your Forge TV. Razer is promising “ultra-low latency” and up to full HD (1080p) resolution over Wi-Fi or ethernet.
However you will need a PC with a dual-core CPU or higher You will also need a GPU that is from the HD5000 series or the GTX580 or higher.
There are two option to play games on your Forge TV. The first being is the Razer Turret. It is a wireless gaming mouse and lapboard combo and connects over Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
The second option is to use the Razer Serval, which looks a lot like the Xbox 360/One controller. The controller itself can retain up to four unique device pairings, so you can easily go from your computer to your Forge TV to your smartphone to your tablet. The Forge TV can support up to four controllers at one time.
The Forge TV has all the features from the Android TV software as well. The Forge TV will cost $99 when it launches in Q1 2015. The Cortex software will launch in beta form in Q2 2015. The Serval controller will retail for $79. There will also be a $149 Forge TV and Serval bundle. The Turret will cost $129 and release in Q2 2015.
HTC announced a new partnership with Under Armour (the fitness clothing company). They will be building a series of products that will work with UA Record which is Under Armour’s fitness platform which was also announced recently.
Sharp’s new UB and UH TV series will launch with Google’s Android TV software. They will come in a variety of sizes and come with 16GB of storage. No pricing was announced but these TVs will ship by the end of 2015.
Kodak announced their own smartphone, the IM5. It has a 5-inch screen, being powered by a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, 1GB of RAM. It has 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. It will be running Android 4.4 KitKat.
There is a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. Kodak has put an emphasis on user-friendly software and they say “the Kodak IM5 smartphone is a 5-inch HD Android smartphone that is as easy to use as it is smart.” There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.