CES 2018, one of the largest tech show in the world, will open its doors to public on January 9, but the companies participating this year have already revealed some of their product announcements. Like every year, the products vary from home entertainment devices to electric vehicles and even robots.
LG and Panasonic have their press conferences scheduled for later today, while Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony will make official announcements tomorrow. However, Samsung and LG have already showed what they plan to bring to CES and their focus remains televisions, home entertainment devices and even laptops. This is the year, laptops make a showing at CES with slimmer and thinner design and Intel’s latest 8th generation chipset.
Samsung just announced a 146-inch 4K TV that it is calling 'The Wall' also dubbed as the world's first modular TV. The Wall uses microLED technology to produce its picture where each microLED is capable of producing its own light like existing OLED panels. The Wall has nearly no-bezels surrounding the display and Samsung is saying customers can create a TV sized for their needs. There is not much information on the television just yet. More clarity should be available at the company's press con tomorrow.
LG is showing the world's largest OLED TV with 8K resolution at CES 2018. The 88-inch television has a whopping 7680×4320 resolution translating to 33 million pixels. While the industry is starting to create 4K content for television supporting the resolution, LG is setting the bar high by moving to a resolution two times higher than the current standard.
Samsung and LG will focus on 8K as the next big standard, and that seems to be message at CES 2018. With 4K televisions becoming cheaper and more content creators working on 4K content, LG is bringing 4K UHD home projector with the HU80K series. LG's first 4K UHD projector has already won CES' Best of Innovation Award and is aimed to deliver sharp and home cinema experience in a compact form factor. LG's 4K UHD projector is capable of creating a 150-inch screen at 2,500 lumens and supports HDR 10 for cinematic experience. It runs on webOS 3.5 for smart TV interface and includes port like USB, Ethernet and HDMI along with wireless support for external devices.
Intel surprised the world when it announced plans to join hands with AMD to launch a processor lineup with integrated Radeon Vega GPU last November. At CES, it has finally revealed that the chipsets will be based on 8th generation Core architecture and will be termed as G series. The chipsets will be available in five models and are aimed to compete with NVIDIA's Max-Q design discrete GPU.
HP, the leading PC maker globally, is launching Chromebooks at CES this year. Chromebooks have been a stellar success in the education segment so far and HP wants to take a share in that market with its new devices running Chrome OS. HP is launching Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 as an upgrade to company's last-generation Chromebook. The notebooks come equipped with 7th generation Intel Celeron processors, 8GB RAM and can be configured with up to 64GB storage.
Samsung is bringing Notebook 7 Spin (2018) with 360-degree hinge and touchscreen display with Stylus support to CES this year. The convertible notebook is powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage. It sports a 13.3-inch Full HD display and around 1.5kg. Samsung has also added fingerprint sensor for secure log-in with Windows Hello and backlit keyboard and Precision Trackpad for improved gesture support.