CES 2020 – the Consumer Electronics Show – is now underway in Las Vegas. The press events started on Sunday January 5 and the exhibition floor opens on Tuesday January 7. The event, which is only accessible to people working in the industry and accredited journalists (such as ourselves), runs until Saturday, January 11.
CES is & # 39; the world's largest trade show for consumer electronics and a gigantic showcase of many of the best new technical innovations that we can expect in the next 12 months: there is everything from the latest and best 8K TV & # 39; s and 5G telephones, up to and including headphones, wearables, devices, gadgets and the latest must-have technology for the smart house spread over a series of large exhibition halls.
The big trends at this year's show are 5G phones, 8K TVs and AI that are becoming more intelligent (some may say less annoying) and appear on more devices. So far, LG and Samsung have largely stolen the show, but Sony, Philips, Honor and many more consumer technology companies are expected to have large shows, so it's a matter of looking at this space.
Read on for the CES 2020 lowdown … we have links to the biggest news stories, keynote times and information, as well as T3's opinion on some of the new highlights. We will update regularly throughout the week, so keep coming back for more.
CES 2020 news so far
CES 2020 keynote events – times and locations
Below is the official list of important keynote events that take place during CES 2020.
- Samsung First Look – Sunday, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – Ceasars Palace, August Ballroom
- LG Electronics Media Days News Conference – Monday, 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 3, South Seas A / B / E
- ZF Media Days News Conference – Monday, 8.00 am – 8.45 am – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Lagoon E-F
- Bosch Media Days News Conference – Monday, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay B / C / D
- Panasonic Media Days News Conference – Monday, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 3, Jasmine
- Continental Automotive Media Days News Conference – Monday, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Surf D / E / F
- Hisense Media Days News Conference – Monday, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay K-L
- Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Media Days News Conference – Monday, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Lagoon G / H / I
- TCL Corporation Media Days News Conference – Monday, 12:00 – 12:45 – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside D
- Valeo Media Days News Conference – Monday, 12:00 – 12:45 – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Reef A / B / C
- Toyota Media Days News Conference – Monday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside A
- AMD Media Days News Conference – Monday, 2 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay G
- Faurecia Media Days News Conference – Monday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Surf A / B / C
- Hyundai Motor Company Media Days News Conference – Monday, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside B
- Intel Corporation Media Days News Conference – Monday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay E-F
- Brunswick Corporation Media Days News Conference – Monday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside E
- Sony Electronics Inc. Media Days News Conference – Monday, 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – LVCC Central Hall, 17300
Samsung unveils tasty new range of 8K TV & # 39; s
Samsung has announced its brand new 2020 series 8K TV & # 39; s, which is led by the flagship Q950, an 8K beast with a screen with in-depth AI, a new technique that enables error-free scaling of non-8K content.
The 8K TV also features neat new features such as a Digital Butler, embedded Google Assistant and Alexa, as well as built-in virtual 5.1 surround sound. What is especially neat is that the sound system also provides Object Tracking Sound +, which allows objects on the screen that are encoded for tracking surround sound audio.
The Q950, as well as the wider range of Samsung 8K TVs, also have Samsung TV +, multi-view where the user's phone can be viewed alongside a piece of content on the TV, as well as AI ScaleNet, which makes it easier allows to stream 8K content through the panel.
Read more about the new 8K TVs & # 39; s from Samsung.
LG unveils & # 39; the world's first 48-inch OLED TV
As the main maker of OLED panels, it is no surprise that LG is taking the lead with the first 4K screen smaller than 55 inches. Finally, this 48-inch model lets people with smaller rooms enjoy the super-rich colors and deep blacks of OLED.
The 48-inch model should also be quite affordable, as it is at the bottom of LG's & # 39; CX & # 39; assortment, which is its best-selling mid-range TV series. You get the latest pixel and processing technology, but it's just in a case that doesn't want to be the thinnest ever, or in a built-in soundbar or whatever fits.
Elsewhere, LG has updated its entire OLED range, from the budget range to the really high-end stuff, and has introduced eight (!) New 8K TVs, including two OLEDs and six LCD models. .
Read more about the new TV range from LG
The concept phone from OnePlus becomes extremely cool
On Tuesday OnePlus unveils the Concept One, with which the company continues to make advanced phones with advanced technology.
The OnePlus Concept One (oh, we hope there is a larger version called the OnePlus Concept One Plus) looks forward with rear cameras that are actually hidden behind electrochrome glass until they are used, based on teaser videos & # 39; s so far.
But we doubt that this will be all – last year, the OnePlus 7 Pro included some of the world's first screen technology, and we doubt that it has been resting on its display laurels ever since.
Suunto brings a beast of a smart running watch
Suunto offers fitness fans the best of both worlds with the new Suunto 7, with Google Wear OS for correct smartwatch use (and an OLED screen to use it of course), but also includes the Suunto activity features you might expect.
That means it "offers more than 70 sport modes, from running and cycling to skiing and surfing, with accurate training recording, music control on the watch and access to the Suunto app for detailed training insights while the battery has up to 12 hours of continuous battery life GPS tracking mode ". There will also be offline maps for walking or running out in the wilderness.
This makes the company really good for Garmin – and with a cool design and a fairly stylish appearance it could be a winner.
Read more about the Suunto 7
Samsung S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite give you top phones for less money
Samsung has unveiled its two newest phones on CES, the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, and they are both exactly how they sound from the names: slightly stripped, more affordable versions of the 2019 flagship phones.
Both phones give you a huge 6.7-inch OLED screen with a sharp resolution of 1080×2400, but the screen of the Note 10 Lite naturally works with an S Pen stylus for extra productivity features. That said, not every S Pen feature of the original phone made it, but so far it seems to be the less vital ones – you can of course still use it for drawing and annotating.
The S10 Lite has three cameras – wide, ultra-wide and a 5MP macro lens, which is cool. The Note 10 Lite also has three cameras, but they are wide, ultra-wide and a telephoto.
We also have no confirmed prices for both, but the S10 Plus is said to cost less than last year's S10e, which was £ 669 / $ 749 at the launch.
The new headphones from Jabra sound good to us
We already love Jabra & # 39; s Elite 75t real wireless headphones, so we are happy to hear that there is a new version for hardcore fitness use, called Jabra Elite Active 75t, in the right way.
These have the same sound quality and a battery life of 7.5 hours (plus an additional 28 from the case) as the normal 75t, but have a coating and build quality designed to withstand severe sweat – it's IP57 rating, while the standard 75t is IP55.
Jabra has also announced the Elite 45h, a wireless earphone with a battery life of 40 hours and a built-in sound adaptation. A major trend from 2019 to 2020 is sound that is tailored to your hearing and with the help of the Jabra app (plus know-how from the sister company that makes hearing aids) you can adjust the sound of these headphones to be more accurate for you.
Jabra says that the $ 99 (expect a similar price in pounds) 45h will be a winner in the sub- $ 100 headphone category, but then that would say. The Jabra Elite Active 75t costs $ 199 – expect them to be £ 20 or so more than the £ 169 you pay for the regular Jabra Elite 75t.
Lenovo laptop with folding screen is here
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold folds on two bandwagons at the same time: laptops with two screens and folding screens. That makes it twice as gadgety as the average CES laptop.
It's a fairly standard laptop – Intel processor, runs Windows – but it's small and … well, it has a folding screen! The screen is 13 inches when it is unfolded, which makes us demonstrably a folding tablet with some laptop mode functions, but that is splitting hairs.
The big question is about how well software will work with this dual mode setup. It will run standard Windows 10 at launch, but is expected to switch to Windows 10X later – that is a special version of the operating system that Microsoft has been working on for this type of device, including its own dual-screen Microsoft Surface Neo.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold should arrive mid-2020, with a price of $ 2,499 (not a word about the British price).
The rotating TV from Samsung was made for the TikTok era
Sero & # 39; s Samsung TV is not technically new, but when it was originally announced, we didn't know if it would ever come to our coast. But with the announcement of the CES 2020 that this slightly rotating TV will be available on Western markets, it is worth looking into.
The concept is simple: it is a normal TV for viewing normal TV programs, but it can run itself in portrait mode for viewing vertical video on services such as TikTok (or, in theory, Instagram stories).
It is a compact 43-inch 4K screen and does not have all the latest and greatest technology from Samsung, because it is not really made for cinema lovers. Whether that means that it will be affordable enough for the teenage market that it is aiming for remains to be seen – that rotating technology cannot be super cheap.
The new compact A9 OLED 4K TV from Sony looks like a smart purchase
Sony has announced many new TV & # 39; s at CES 2020, but the new addition to the 2020 A9 OLED series is definitely a highlight. The 48-inch 4K TV delivers exactly the same stunning OLED image quality of the larger panels in the range, but does so in a much more compact and, as rumors say, cheap package.
The panel is powered by Sony & # 39; s Picture Processor X1 Ultimate and is also equipped with the Japanese maker's Pixel Contrast Booster and X-Motion Clarity technology, which together provide much brighter, clearer and smoother images on the screen .
In addition to support for the latest HDR and surround sound standards, including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, the compact new A9 OLED also features Sony & # 39; s Ambient Optimization Technology, which automatically adjusts the screen depending on the ambient light of the room when switched on where it is at the time of viewing.
The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight camera illuminates smart home security
Smart camera wizard Arlo has launched its new Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight camera at CES 2020, with the hardware available from the spring of 2020. The camera, selected as a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honouree, is designed to monitor the exterior from a home easier than ever.
Features include a range of powerful LEDs that illuminate a very wide area, that are triggered by motion detection or, if desired, manually. The wide lighting area of 160 degrees is then captured with a 2K, HDR video camera that can zoom in on objects.
The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight camera also features color night vision, two-way audio, a built-in smart siren and a rechargeable battery. A seemingly excellent new addition to Arlo & # 39; s range of smart home camera systems.
Sony unveiled the official PlayStation 5 logo
Sony has unveiled the official PlayStation 5 logo on CES 2020. Simply put, it is exactly what we expected. Sony PlayStation president Jim Ryan was the man with the unveiling of the logo and afterwards he teased gamers by declaring:
"There is a lot to tell about the PS5 in the coming months. And we look forward to sharing more details, including the content that the platform and the future of gaming will show."