Even though CES 2017 doesn’t officially start until January 5th, there still was quite a few pre-CES announcements made on January 3rd also known as CES Unveiled.
Lenovo has made a few pre-CES 2017 announcements. The first is the Lenovo Smart Assistant which is Lenovo’s answer to the Amazon Echo (even though both devices are running Amazon’s Alexa voice services.
The Smart Assistant is a similar size and shape to the Echo and it will come in green, light gray and orange. There is two models, the first is $129 USD and has eight 360-degree far-field microphones with noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation. For $50 more, there will be a version of Smart Assistant with Harmon Kardon (which was acquired by Samsung in late 2016) audio and the same microphone array.
Both models of the Smart Assistant will be available in May 2017.
Lenovo also announced a new digital storage solution called Smart Storage. It has a 6TB capacity and is designed for security and P2P (peer-to-peer) access to stored media such as photos, videos, music and documents. The Smart Storage also integrates facial recognition technology to help organize your photos based on faces.
Think of the Smart Storage as like a Apple AirPort Time Capsule, which basically was a storage solution connected to your home network (like your own server). The Lenovo Smart Storage will start at $139 USD and be available in May 2017.
Lenovo also announced their own VR headset at CES that works with Windows Holographic. It weighs just 350 grams (which is lighter than both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive) and it is more pressed against your forehead than the bridge of your nose to make it more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
The display for the headset is made up of two 1440×1440 panels, which is higher-res than both the Vive and the Rift. The headset will work with PCs that are VR-ready and are cable of running the Holographic version of Windows 10. The headset will be released later this year for under $400 USD.
Lenovo has also introduced the 5th generation of their ThinkPad X1 family. The updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon weighs under 2.5 pounds (1.14kg) and has a 14-inch IPS display. It also comes with an improved Microsoft Precision Touchpad and the iconic TrackPoint. The battery should last about 15.5 hours and it can be optioned up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB SDD.
As for ports, it has Thunderbolt 3 ports (which uses the USB-C connector), which offers transfer speeds eight times faster than USB 3.0 as well as 4K display connectivity. There is also a few USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a HDMI. In addition to the ports, you’ll find a fingerprint sensor as well as an IR camera for Windows Hello support.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will start at $1,349 USD and comes in Black or Silver and available in February 2017.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga also gets updated specs and a new Silver colour option. The new X1 Yoga also includes a redesigned, rechargeable pen and an improved keyboard as well as Thunderbolt 3 ports. It will also last up to 15 hours of a single charge. It can optioned up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB SDD.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be available in February 2017 and starts at $1,499 USD.
Lenovo also updated their ThinkPad X1 Tablet with better specs and some of the modules for the tablet offers port expansion and up to 5 hours of extra battery life.It can optioned up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB SDD. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in March 2017, starting at $949 USD.
Lenovo also announced a pair of smart glasses called the New Glass C200. It combines augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). These smart glasses are aimed at commercial users to help them better perform their jobs, access information faster and connect with remote co-workers easily.
The New Glass C200 is a monocular smart glass system that can easily identify real-life objects using AI. It’s made up of two components, a Glass Unit and a Pocket Unit to help make a user-friendly experience. The glasses weigh under 60 grams and are running Linux and can also connect to a user’s smartphone.
Lenovo is also launching their own AR software platform called Lenovo NBD Titan which will allow users of any level of developer skill to create and edit AR content quickly and easily. The Lenovo New Glass C200 are set to release in June 2017.
Lenovo also announced the Lenovo 500 Multimedia controller which combines both a mouse and keyboard into one. There isn’t a traditional trackpad on this controller, instead the entire keyboard surface is a trackpad. It’s compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 and it lasts up to 8 months on 2 AAA batteries. It will be available in March 2017 and starts at $54.99 USD.
That’s not all that Lenovo announced, they also announced a new Windows detachable computer called the Lenovo Miix 720. It’s just 0.57 inches in thickness and weighs about 2.4lbs and has a touchpad-enabled keyboard. Inside, you’ll find up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor.
On the front, you’ll find an integrated infrared (IR) camera for Windows Hello along with a QHD+ display with a resolution of 1920 x 2880. The Miix 720 also comes with the Lenovo Active Pen 2 which has over 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity to help offer a precise drawing experience.
You can expect up to 8 hours of battery life including a USB port that never turns off, so you could charge your other smartphone will your Miix 720 is off. For ports, you’ll find a Thunderbolt 3 port which can handle fast data transfers and 4K video output.
It’s clear that Lenovo is trying to go after Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup with its new detachable Windows machine. The Miix 720 (with keyboard included) will start at $999 USD and will be available in Champagne Gold and Iron Gray in April 2017. The Active Pen 2 will be sold separately for $59 USD in February 2017.
Lenovo also introduced two new gaming laptops called the Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520.
The Y520 can be optioned with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeFore GTX 1050 graphics and hybrid storage options such as a HDD and SDD (up to 512GB of SDD and 2TB HDD). It also has two 2W Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium. The laptop as a FullHD 15.6 display and weighs only 5.3lbs (2.4 kg). For ports, you’ll find 1 USB-C port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI and a headphone jack and a microphone jack.
The Y520 starts at $899 USD and will be available in February 2017.
The Y720 laptop has similar specs to the Y520 such as can be optioned up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and hybrid storage options such as a HDD and SDD (up to 512GB of SDD and 2TB HDD). It can also be optioned with either 15.6 FHD (1080p) display or a 15.6 UHD (4K) display.
There is also Dolby Atmos sound, optimized thermal cooling, built-in Xbox One Wireless controller support and is VR ready. For ports, you’ll find 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI, 1 USB-C port, audio jack and microphone jack.
The Y720 starts at $1,399 USD and will be available in April 2017.
Source: Lenovo Newsroom
HP also had a few announcements of their own. The first was the updated 15-inch HP Spectre x360, which is similar to its 13-inch counterpart (both versions have the same convertible form factor) It can be optioned with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and has a NVIDIA GeFore 940MX chip with 2GB of RAM. The new laptop also has 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 15.6-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. There is also a USB-C port and the whole thing weighs about 4.4lbs.
It will start at $1,280 USD and start shipping by the end of the month.
That wasn’t the only convertible laptop that HP announced. They also announced the EliteBook x360 which has the same form factor as the Spectre x360 but adds a fingerprint sensor, facial recognition and management features and HP’s self-repairing firmware and the option for mobile internet.
You’ll also find a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port and two USB 3.1 ports (that use the traditional USB-A connector) as well as an HDMI. The EliteBook x360 can be optioned with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. And you can either get a 1080p or 4K 13.2 touch screen with stylus support.
The EliteBook x360 will ship at the end of January.
HP also announced the second generation of their Sprout All-in-one PC called the Sprout Pro. The new computer provides high-precision 3D scanning in addition to faster 2D scanning. You’ll also be able to get a Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of SSHD storage, up to 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 960M graphics and Windows 10 Pro.
The Sprout Pro will be available sometime in March.
HP is also going after Microsoft’s Surface Studio with the Envy Curve AIO 34. As the name implies, it has a wide/curved 34-inch Technicolor Color Certified Ultra WQHD micro-edge display. At the base of the computer, there’s a four speaker sound bar that is tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
The Envy Curve can be optioned with a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 and up to 256GB SDD with a 2TB HDD, and comes with an HP Privacy Camera with IR support for Windows Hello and a microphone that is hidden when not in use. The base of the computer can also wireless charge other devices.
For ports, it has gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, HDMI in and out, 4 USB 3.1 ports (that are USB-A connections) and a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port.
The HP Envy Curved All-in-One 34 will be available from HP’s site starting January 11th from $1729 USD and other retailers will get the computer starting February 26th.
Asus announced a new Chromebook with the Chromebook Flip C302. It has a convertible 12.5-inch 1080p display. The device is only about 13.7mm thin and can be optioned with a Intel Core m3 or m7 processor, 128GB of storage and up to 8GB of RAM. There is also two USB-c ports, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack.
The Chromebook Flip C302 can get up to 10 hours of battery life and is available in the US for $499 USD.
Mattel (yes, the toy company) has introduced a new speaker called Aristotle that is capable of toddler’s (and older) questions and queries. It is also designed for play and with the speaker’s camera, it can recognize other Mattel toys.
“Imagine what happens with Hot Wheels and Thomas the Train when you have this connected hub,” Robb Fujioka, senior vice president, chief products officer at Mattel said in an interview with Fast Company. “Do you hear sound effects? Can you have greater interactions?”
The companion camera will feature 256bit encryption when connecting to Aristotle’s services and the internal data is COPAA and HIPAA compliant, according to Mattel.
Mattel says that they intent to launch the device in June but they also want to build and ecosystem around it. The platform is open to third-party developers and Mattel says that there are over 500 partners already on-board to build toys and apps.
Mattel is set to launch Aristotle for $300 USD
Source: Fast Company
Samsung announced some details about its next major update to it’s refrigerator technology. It’s called Family Hub 2.0 and it will come on ten of Samsung’s 2017 fridges including Samsung’s 3-Door and 4-Door French Door models as well as Samsung’s 4-Door Flex lineup.
Hub 2.0 will be more user-friendly and has improved food management using internal cameras to help you determine which foods need to be replaced. You’ll also be able to take pictures and add items to your shopping list, then be able to order groceries.
The Hub 2.0 also acts as a family communication device, partly thanks to the 21.5-inch LED touchscreen, you can share pictures, bulletin board items, calendar events and write memos.
Hub 2.0 will also have support for voice commands, so users can ask for things like the weather, time and to add items to their shopping lists and even order groceries.
Samsung is also working with partners such as Grubhub, Ring, Spotify and more to help bring their apps and services to Samsung’s Family Hub 2.0 fridges.
Dell also had a few announcements, the first being the Dell Latitude 5285 which is a Surface Pro competitor. It has a 12.3-inch 1080p display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, up to a 1TB SDD and up to 16GB of RAM. It also has the Intel 7th Gen i processor.
For ports, you’ll find two USB-C ports, a USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader and a microSIM slot. The Latitude will launch on February 28th and starts at $899 USD.
Dell has also announced a convertible version in of their XPS 13. It weighs about 2.7 pounds. There is two display options, a 1920 x 1080 touchscreen or a 3200 x 1800 touchscreen and both options support Dell’s Active Pen. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor, either a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage and it lasts up to 15 hours.
The new XPS 13 convertible will be available by the end of the month and start at $999 USD.
Qualcomm announced details of their next flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835 processor. Users should expect 20% performance uplift over a wide variety of use cases such as app load time, web browsing and VR.
The new processor will also provide 40% decrease in power consumption and a 27% boost in performance. The Snapdragon 835 also has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 to allow users to charge their devices faster over USB-C using the USB-PD standard.
Expect to see the first devices with the Snapdragon 835 in the next few months (the Galaxy S8 is expected to have it).