CES 2018 finally opened its doors to public with a gigantic display of 4K and 8K TVs but the real limelight belonged to the reinvention of laptops. Intel partnered its fierce rival AMD to integrate Radeon RX Vega GPU with its Core chipsets and thus gave birth to new breed of performance notebooks.
Dell showcased its new convertible PC with the chipset while Lenovo brought the refreshed version of its acclaimed ThinkPad X1 to the show floor. The show also belonged to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant which are expanding beyond smart speakers and mobile devices to power televisions, refrigerators and even smart showers. The future can’t get any more interesting than this.
Wearables also made a small showing with Omron showing the future of fitness watch and Misfit trimming the size of its smartwatch. Here is a look at all the major announcements from last evening at CES 2018.
Dell is adding a 15-inch model to its XPS 2-in-1 lineup that brings the InfinityEdge display design to a larger canvas. The highlight of the device is the use of new 8th generation Intel Core G series chipset that integrates AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU. The convertible PC will offer better performance than its 13-inch sibling. The XPS 15 2-in-1 also has a maglev keyboard that Dell claims offers better travel than conventional thin notebook PCs.
Misfit, a Fossil Group company, is launching its slimmest watch ever in the form of Path. The Misfit Path is a stainless steel hybrid smartwatch with analog face and 38mm watch case. The Path supports Bluetooth connectivity and can buzz users with vibrations everytime a message or notifications arrives on their smartphone. The Path is expected to launch later this year and will retail at around $150.
It is Omron and not Apple or Samsung that is announcing the world's first fitness watch with ability to measure blood pressure. Omron is leveraging the technology on its digital blood pressure monitors where the watch strap will inflate to measure the blood pressure. The Omron HeartGuide measures blood pressure with the press of a button and can be programmed to track blood pressure at night while sleeping. The watch also tracks heart rate, sleep, steps and displays incoming calls and text messages. Omron is also planning to integrate EKG measurement and the watch will debut at around $349 oncethe FDA approves it.
Sennheiser has announced CX 6.00BT, a bluetooth earbud with around the neck design at CES 2018. The earbuds can be paired with two devices simultaneously allowing its owner to play music from PC as well as mobile. The headphones are priced at $99 and support Bluetooth 4.2 and Qualcomm apt-X for improved low-latency audio playback. It will go on sale later this month and will be aimed at smartphone users.
HTC and Facebook showed their next VR headsets at CES 2018 early this week. Now Humaneyes is launching a VR camera that can produce content that can be played back on these virtual reality headset. The Vuze+ VR camera features eight custom Sony Fisheye lens and can capture 3D videos at 30fps and 2D videos at 60fps. The VR camera is also IP65 water and dust resistant and can record videos for around two hours. It is priced at $1,995 and comes with software for editing the 360-degree videos.
Western Digital has launched three new products at CES this year including a wireless SSD, a compact rugged SSD and a high capacity USB drive. The company has launched SanDisk Ultra Fit, the world's smallest 256GB USB flash drive. The device that resembles a pendrive, the Ultra Fit has read speeds up to 130MB/s and works with both USB 2.0 as well as USB 3.0 ports. The WD My Passport Wireless SSD is capable of read speeds up to 65MB/s and comes with an integrated SD card slot. The third device SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD features USB Type-C port and has read speeds up to 550MB/s and comes with up to 2TB capacity.