The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest high-tech trade shows in the world and focuses entirely on technological innovation in consumer electronics. It takes place every January in Las Vegas and has been running now for over 40 years.
Obviously, classic Android devices are being revealed: smartphones, tablets and some smartwatches. Having said that, more futuristic items are also joining in the festivities this year: drones, connected devices (for the smart home), connected cars, connected accessories, AI personal assistants, 3D printers, new wearables for health and sleep tracking, plus new VR accessories. However, below are the major phones unveiled or announced.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom
The new ZenFone 3 Zoom is built for photography enthusiasts who need a long lasting battery. The phone comes with a very large 5,000 mAh battery and powered by the Snapdragon 635 processor. The 5.5-inch smartphone will have a dual camera, both with 12 MP. Its SuperPixel technology will give it 2.5x more light sensitivity than the iPhone 7 Plus, and 10x more than an average smartphone. The large battery will allow for 6.4 hours of 4K UHD video capture on one charge.
Huawei Honor 6X
Huawei announced the international release of the Honor 6X, previously only available in China. While the smartphone with its dual rear-facing camera and highly competitive affordable price make the phone very attractive. Sleek metal unibody build, The front is home to a 5.5-inch, 1,920-by-1,080-pixel IPS LCD, fast performance, Solid camera with bokeh control, Fingerprint sensor, dual SIM slots, and expandable storage are its main features.
LG stylo 3
The mid-range Stylo 3 has a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus pen meant to “provide the feel and feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen.” It has a large 5.7-inch screen with 3 GB of RAM and an octa-core processor. Powered by Mediatek octa-core processor, the Stylo 3 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, a 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie camera, a 5.7-inch, 1080p IPS LCD screen are some of its main features.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro
The dual SIM smartphone packs in a 5.5-inch Full HD display sporting a pixel density of 401PPI, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Inside, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz and paired with 3GB RAM. Handling the graphics is an Adreno 506 GPU. There’s 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB in capacity. Camera wise, there are two 13MP sensors on the back along with a dual LED flash and PDAF. On the front there is an 8MP camera for selfies that also packs in a flash module.
Asus ZenFone AR
This smartphone will combine Google’s augmented reality AR and virtual reality VR technologies, Tango and Daydream. This technology allows a different visualization of space through a smartphone, analyzing distances and most notably focusing on the concept of augmented reality. It is powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor plus 8 GB of RAM and l has a Tri-Cam system of one 23 MP main camera, plus a motion tracking camera and a depth-sensing camera. The 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with a five magnet speaker will make Daydream VR apps come to life.
Xiaomi Mi Mix
Xiaomi made quite a splash with what they called a ‘concept phone”; a phone that, they hope, will give us a glimpse into a future where smartphones are slabs of glass that project the magic that lies within. Considering we don’t have the technology (yet) that can make our phones achieve this, they went with the best we can do right now – a phone that is all display, all the time.
To make room for the massive display, Xiaomi had to move many of the current conventions of the smartphone around, but to make the shell holding it all together just as appealing, the company made this large 6.4-inch phone utilize full ceramic for its material. The result is a very shiny, very sleek block that is highly eye-catching and, honestly, really slippery.
The IPS near bezel-less display has a 1080p display. Technically, it is actually 2040×1080, which makes it have an aspect ratio of 17:9 and slightly wider than the typical video frame. Though this almost Full HD is not bad by any means, flagship devices have made this kind of choice feel like more of an aberration than it probably should be. For a phone like the Xiaomi Mi MIX, Quad HD would have really elevated what is already a sight to behold.
With a 91.3 percent screen to body ratio, there is so much real estate for just about any form of entertainment – or work, if that is what you want to do – and everything displays really well. The IPS screen gets quite bright even under daylight, but there is also a lot of control over the backlight that Xiaomi put in because bringing the brightness down to 0 seemingly shuts it completely off. Its saturation has also been bumped up a bit to make it a little more pleasing to the eye.
As a result, gaming and streaming YouTube videos on the Xiaomi Mi MIX has been very enjoyable, to a fault. The Xiaomi Mi MIX sports the Snapdragon 821 and either 4 or 6GB of RAM depending on the version. As a result, the MIUI speeds through all of elements smoothly and without stutters or issues in and out of applications. The base model of the MIX comes with a 128GB of onboard storage to make up for the fact that it does not have a microSD card slot. Go up to the more premium 6GB edition and that amount gets even larger at 256GBthe main camera is a 16MP shooter at f/2.0 aperture while the front facing camera is a 5MP shooter and is located below the screen.