CES 2020

Showcasing the latest and most exciting developments in the world of consumer technology, the CES Convention (Consumer Electronics Show) has kicked off in Las Vegas for its 53rd year. And do you know what that means? It’s bringing the biggest tech revelations and future trends worth watching out for this year!

All the biggest names – we’re talking Sony, Samsung, Canon, AMD and loads more – will be turning up to the CES 2020 trade show to unveil their upcoming product releases. What could the brand-new decade have in store?

Get this page bookmarked and keep checking back throughout the week for CES news and updates on the latest reveals for the year ahead.

Computing

Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

Geared towards creatives, Acer’s new ConceptD 7 Ezel 360 laptop is one of the most versatile Acer laptops to date. The transformable design features a 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen that can be rotated into five different configurations, including ‘floating’ mode, which sees the display hover above the keyboard - a feature that has previously been seen on their Aspire R7. 

What makes it the ideal laptop for creators, however, is this option to fold it flat into a drawing tablet. Using a Wacom EMR pen, artists and designers can sketch directly onto the screen. It also boasts a highly colour-accurate display, which will have design work looking its best. 

Key features:
  • 15.6-inch 4K display
  • Transformable display
  • Colour accuracy of Delta E <2
  • Up to an Intel 10th Gen H-series processor
  • Can be configured with up to Intel Xeon processor
Gaming

Asus ROG Chakram gaming mouse

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

Asus used CES to unveil the latest in their gaming inventory - an Asus gaming mouse with a twist. Designed for customizability and flexibility, you can alter the sensitivity of the scroll wheel to your preference and there are removable magnetic portions of the shell that can be swapped out for different buttons. You can even insert your own design over the ROG logo. 

What makes the Asus ROG Chakram wireless mouse extra special is the built-in joystick, which functions as a full-on analog controller if you want it to. It can also work like a four-way directional input with your gaming pc.

Key features: 
  • Built-in analog stick
  • Wireless charging 
Gaming

Samsung Odyssey G9 Monitor

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

The expansive curved 49-inch display of the Samsung Odyssey G9 Monitor is nothing short of dazzling and sure to be a dream come true for many avid gamers. The 1000R curvature of the ultra-wide QLED screen dominates your entire field of vision, offering an immersive experience that sucks you up into the game (not literally).

What’s more, the futuristic, glossy white exterior of the Samsung gaming monitor, complete with an Infinity Core Lighting rear core that glows in 52 colour options, is sure to make a sleek statement within your gaming set-up.

Key features:
  • 49-inch monitor
  • QLED display
  • Dual Quad High-Definition
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Peak brightness of 1,000 cd/m2
Smart Home

Array Security Cameras

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

Smart security and CCTV  just became wireless. Array by Hampton have unveiled new security cameras that are powered by a built-in rechargeable battery, meaning no need for messy wires. What’s more, they can all be controlled via the Array app and are compatible with smart home assistants, including Alexa and Google. 

The new indoor security camera offers 1080p HD video and a 130-degree viewing angle, plus two-way audio for communicating with those in view.The outdoor security camera is pretty similar, only it has a 110-degree viewing angle and is weather resistant. Sync with your smartphone and you can receive instant notifications when motion is detected. 

Key features:
  • WiFi connectivity 
  • Control and monitor with the smartphone app
  • Wireless and rechargeable
  • Two-way audio
  • Compatible with smart assistants 
Smart Home

Samsung Bot Chef

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

Cooking for yourself can be a bit of a drag, right? When you get home after a long day, putting your feet up seems a lot more appealing than slaving over the oven. Well, thanks to Samsung, the time may have come when you can kick back and relax, while their new kitchen robot navigates the kitchen for you. Now that’s what we call a smart kitchen!

The Samsung Bot Chef really takes ‘smart home’ to the next level, not to mention it makes an upgrade to your kitchen gadget and smart appliances collection. The pair of robotic arms hang from underneath a cupboard and can whip together a salad on command by rummaging around cupboards for items, as well as cutting, pouring and mixing ingredients. It can also learn new skills over time, such as using a coffee machine. Sounds like the future!

Key features:
  • Programmed to make 35 salad recipes
  • Can learn new skills
Smart Home

Hydraloop

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

There’s a reason why this eco-friendly game-changer won ‘Best of Innovation in Sustainability, Eco-Design and Smart Energy’ at CES 2020. With environmental issues more pressing than ever before, the Hydraloop could just be the answer to doing your bit to help the planet. 

This home water recycler makes it possible for people to clean and disinfect their own shower, bath and washing machine water for reuse in the toilet, washing machine or garden. By doing so it promises to reduce water consumption and sewage emissions by 45%, as well as reduce energy consumption and cut bills. Plus, it’s designed to be a "fit & forget" appliance, so once it’s set up you needn’t even worry about it. Just leave it to work its magic!

Key features:
  • Cleans and sterilizes used water for reuse
  • Reduces water consumption by 45%
  • Reduced sewage emission by 45%
  • Reduces energy consumption by 600kWh
Smart Home

Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

Get ready to show off your home and garden, because Philips Hue light up CES with the announcement of their brand new collection of Philips smart lighting that promise to artfully illuminate your property. 

First among the new smart outdoor lighting options, their wall-mounted cylinder lamp ‘Appear’ casts a directed triangle of light in both upward and downward directions, in 16 million possible colours and 50,000 shades of white light. This makes it perfect for lighting up a doorway or adding ambience to an exterior wall. The ‘Lily XL’ spotlight is a larger version of their existing ‘Lily’ spotlight, bringing brighter, more powerful lighting to your garden. And finally, the ‘Hue Econic’ pedestal is more suited to lighting walkways and paths. 

All three lights support Hue’s full range of white ambiance and coloured lighting, and use Bluetooth, so you can connect them to your smartphone to control them individually or as a set. You can even pop them on a timer, so they greet you with light when you return home!

Key features:
  • Colour-changing - 16 million possible colours and 50,000 shades of white light
  • Sync together with other lights
  • Smart lights - control with the Hue smartphone app
Cameras

Canon 1DX Mark III

Monday, 13th Jan 2020

Taking the photography game to Olympic standards, the release of Canon’s latest sports camera - the Canon 1DX Mark III, is arguably the biggest camera announcement at CES 2020. Plus, it brings Canon DSLRs back into the spotlight, after mirrorless cameras stole the show in recent years.

The Canon 1Dx is their top-of-the-line professional camera. While it certainly has a place snapping wildlife or portraits, it’s most at home at sporting events, thanks to its speed and focus.  The latest model can snap shots up to 16 frames per second through the viewfinder and up to 20 frames per second with live view. Plus, a new High Detail Low-Pass filter promises sharper high-definition images. Impressive, hey?

Key features:
  • Dual pixel autofocus technology 
  • A range of ISO 100-102400
  • Bluetooth, WiFi 5 and 20Gbps USB-C connectivity
smart tech

The Y Brush

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

Sitting on the slightly more unusual side of the CES gadget collection, The Y Brush is here to step up your dental hygiene and get your gnashers sparkling. Shaped like a mouthguard with nylon bristles, the toothbrush is designed to brush all your teeth on the top or bottom at once, meaning it should only take a mere 10 seconds to do the job. Like your standard electric toothbrush, it vibrates to clean your teeth - you simply need to bite down on it and let it work its magic. It’s a dental revolution!

home

LG ThinQ washing machine

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

There aren’t many gadgets or appliances left that haven’t been enhanced with ‘smart’ features and your LG washing machine is the next item to receive the AI treatment. But what can we possibly need artificial intelligence for when doing our laundry, we hear you ask?

The LG direct driver washer detects the volume and weight of your laundry, as well as the fabrics of the items to decide what kind of cycle your laundry needs. It also uses ThinQ technology to offer “proactive customer care” by sending maintenance notifications to inform you if you’re using too much detergent or doing something that may damage the fabrics. You can also give your LG washer voice commands to get pre-treatment tips for stains, so there’s no need to fret about that chocolate smudge or grease mark anymore. Sounds like it’s more than your standard LG front load washing machine!

Key features:
  • ThinQ smart technology
  • Voice recognition software
home

Samsung AI Smart Fridge

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

Ok, fridges may not be the sexiest offering at CES, but hear us out. The new Samsung smart fridge isn’t just any fridge. This AI fridge uses artificial intelligence that recognises the food inside your refrigerator and sends your smartphone updates with meal suggestions based on the ingredients available. It also sends reminders when things are running in low supply so you can add them to your shopping list.

With help from Whisp - a tech startup Samsung acquired last year - you can plan meals for up to a week in advance. And finally, the built-in screen can be used to display recipes or watch videos. Healthy eating should be a breeze.

Key features:
  • Compatible with HDR sound and 4K sound
  • Supports Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X® and DTS® Virtual:XTM
  • 3-way speaker system with built-in subwoofer
gaming

Panasonic SC-HTB01 Gaming Speaker

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

There have been tonnes of advancements in the gaming graphics arena over recent years, meaning games are looking insanely good. But, what about the sound? Well, Panasonic have just dropped some news that could take your gaming experience to the next level.

Designed especially for gaming, their new SC-HTB01 gaming speakers offer a vast sound field and multiple gaming modes - Role Playing Game (RPG), First-Person Shooter (FPS) and Voice. RPG offers an immersive experience that makes you feel like you’re inside the game, FPS provides subtle sounds like footsteps and Voice enhances human voices.

The panasonic speakers come in a compact 17-inch soundbar design, meaning users can enjoy games and movies simply by placing the gaming soundbar in front of a PC monitor or TV.

Key features:
  • Internal cameras that detect what ingredients are in the fridge
  • Samsung Family Hub software that makes recipe recommendations
  • Built-in touchscreen
gaming

Alienware's Concept UFO prototype

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

If you’re familiar with the world of gaming, you may traditionally associate Alienware with chunky gaming laptops and gaming rigs, but their latest reveal at CES 2020 is a far cry from their usual repertoire.

Essentially a Nintendo Switch for PC games, the Concept UFO is a full Windows 10 gaming PC shrunken down into an ultra-portable handheld device. That means the full Windows games library at your fingertips - fantastic news for a PC gamer! Design-wise, the main “head” unit is designed like a tablet with an eight-inch display, which is then complete with two detachable controller paddles on each side. For a more traditional gaming set-up, the gaming controllers can be removed and connected together to form one control unit and the tablet can be propped up on a kickstand.

The catch? As this is just a prototype, Alienware have not yet confirmed if the Concept UFO will be released as an actual product. Here’s hoping!

Key features:
  • Tablet design with detachable controls
  • Adaptable set-up - handheld or traditional screen and control
  • Compatible with Windows PC games
gaming

Asus Zephyrus G14

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

Gamers rejoice! Asus has just revealed the world’s fastest 14-inch gaming laptop, but don’t worry about the size of the Asus G14, it still packs some serious power in a small package. Plus, as the slightest gaming laptop Asus has ever made, this slim laptop can easily be slipped into a laptop bag or backpack for portability.

Design wise, Asus have stepped away from the traditional gaming aesthetic to build a notebook laptop that looks and feels more professional. That said, there’s still room for a bit of fun - there’s an optional AniMe Matrix display hidden in the lid that allows users to customise it with animated GIFs, music visualisers and other LED designs. Time to get creative!

Key features:
  • Powered up by up to a Ryzen 7 4800HS with 8-cores and 16-threads
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card
  • Up to 16GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM of memory
  • M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD of up to 1TB capacity storage
  • 10 hours battery life
mobile

TCL Foldable Phone

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

Folding and rolling appears to be a running theme among the CES 2020 inventory and it extends to the mobile category. TCL are the latest to unveil a foldable phone, which follows the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The impressive new TCL phone has 7.2-inch foldable screen that bends in half like a clamshell. Plus it joins a gang of 5G phones. Unfortunately the smartphone is only at prototype stage, but there are plenty of other android smartphones to choose from.

Key features:
  • Foldable screen
  • 5G ready
TV

LG OLED rollable TV

Thursday, 9th Jan 2020

If you’re someone who thinks of the TV as more of an eyesore than decorative feature, this news will be music to your ears. LG have announced what is potentially the biggest TV sensation in years - a 65-inch TV that’s flexible enough to roll up and store away out of sight.

When you fancy some TV time, you simply press a button on the remote and the screen unrolls for your viewing pleasure. The powering technology hides in a sleek silver box with a sliding door on the top back to conceal the screen when it is not in use. Complete with a Dolby Atmos sound system and an OLED display, you can enjoy the quality of other LG OLED TVs with the added adaptability. Pretty cool, hey?

Key features:
  • 65-inch screen
  • OLED display
  • Dolby Atmos sound
  • Retractable rolling screen
TV

Samsung Sero

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

Did you know that over half of online video content is watched on mobile today? So, of course, it makes sense for online content to be adapted for a mobile screen. But how about if we flipped this around (and we’re talking literally)? Step forward the Samsung Sero.

You may have guessed where we’re going with this by now - the Sero is the first TV to boast a vertical screen (Sero means vertical in Korean). Yes, you heard it right. Breaking the mould, the traditional widescreen set-up has been given a modern upgrade, with the option to pivot the screen from landscape to portrait orientation.

Then, simply sync the TV with your smartphone and you can watch Instagram stories, TikTok videos, Snapchat content, YouTube and the portrait videos in your camera-roll blown up on the big screen, without the unsightly pillarboxing black bars on either side. So, essentially it transforms into a giant mobile.

Key features:
  • 43-inch rotating screen
  • QLED display
  • 4K resolution
  • sIn-built 60-Watt speaker-system
  • Integrated self-rotating stand
TV

Samsung ‘The Wall’

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

Quite possibly the largest TV to ever have been showcased at CES, Samsung’s ‘The Wall’ is a whopping 292-inches in its largest form. Now we’re talking serious home-cinema vibes. While the resolution of the super-sized 292-inch Samsung TV hasn’t been revealed, the smaller 150-inch version which was also on display at CES is an 8K TV (learn about 8k).

The Wall TV is one of a number of Samsung’s MicroLED TVs currently being rolled out. In short, MicroLED is Samsung’s own proprietary panel technology designed to create LED displays in a variety of shapes and sizes. So, the good news is - for those who may not have palatial amounts of space in their living room to cater for a 292-incher - The Wall is built to your own specifications and is made-to-measure for any space.

Plus, at only 30mm deep, it blends seamlessly with your wall for an ultra-sleek aesthetic. Is this the trendiest TV yet?

Key features:
  • MicroLED - panel technology that can be built to bespoke size
  • 30mm deep - sits flat against the wall
tv

Samsung Q950TS

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

8K may be creating quite a buzz lately, but while Samsung’s new 2020 flagship QLED TV does boast a stunning 8K resolution, there’s something even more appealing about it - an infinity design.

The Q950TS model has a super thin frame - as in, a tiny 2.3mm bezel (the border between the screen and frame of a computer, monitor or any other computing device) that eliminates the black matrix around the edge of the screen. This means that it can offer 99% picture, compared to 95% on most TVs and you really do notice the difference.

In other news, the TV is just 15mm deep and sports a completely flat back panel, meaning it sits flat against the wall like a piece of art. It also uses a new AI quantum processor that promises enhancements to the picture, sound and smart TV features. Samsung have seriously delivered.

Key features:
  • 8K resolution
  • QLED display
  • Ultra-thin 2.3mm bezel
  • 15mm deep - sits flat against the wall
gaming

Playstation 5

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

Ahead of CES there were lots of whispers about what Sony may pull out the bag this year. All signs were pointing towards a PlayStation 5 release. Well, they weren’t completely wrong. Sony unveiled the new PlayStation 5 logo. While this may not be the huge Playstation 5 console announcement we anticipated, it does confirm that the new console is on the horizon (between October and December 2020, apparently), so watch this space. We’re expecting some exciting upcoming game launches in the year ahead too!

computing

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

It’s official, Chrome OS has gone premium. Following up on last year’s Asus Chromebook Flip C434, Asus have pulled it out the bag this year with their even higher-end Chromebook Flip C436.

We’ve come a long way since the first wave of Chromebooks several years back. Long gone is the plastic approach. This sleek Asus premium Chromebook comes in an iridescent Aerogel white that changes colour when viewed from different angles, or a contemporary transparent silver.

Like its predecessors - and as the name suggests - the laptop boasts a 360-degree flip display that reveals a 14-inch frameless NanoEdge Full HD touch display. Simply flip the screen to transform it into a tablet for use on the go.

Key features:
  • 360-degree flip display
  • 14-inch frameless NanoEdge Full HD touch display
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U
  • Intel UHD Graphics
  • 8GB of LPDDR3
  • 256GB M.2 SSD for storage
computing

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

The world’s first foldable laptop is in our sights and we think this could just be the start of a brand new era of mobile computing.

Foldable screens are the hottest news in the world of laptops and tablets and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is one of the latest new gadgets to take advantage of this technology. The dynamic 13-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) slate can bend and fold into multiple different shapes to serve various purposes, from laptop efficiency to smartphone portability. It’s the ultimate business laptop.

In one mode, the screen folds in half and an onscreen keyboard pops up in the lower half for use like a traditional clam-shell laptop. Alternatively, it can be folded inside a leather-back stand and used in landscape orientation with a wireless keyboard for a desktop-style set up.

Key features:
  • Foldable, adaptable screen
  • 13-inch OLED display
audio

Vizio Elevate Sound bar

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

Among the most exciting audio news at CES 2020 is the announcement of the Vizio Elevate Soundbar. This 10-channel 5.1.4 sound system features 18 drivers and a subwoofer. The coolest feature is definitely the rotating speakers on each side of the 48-inch soundbar though. The idea is that the left and right speakers automatically tilt upwards whenever you play Dolby Atmos content for a more immersive sound experience.

The Vizio Soundbar is designed to work on its own with any TV, though it docks seamlessly with the new Vizio OLED TVs. It’s also compatible with voice-assistants Google Assistant and Alexa.

Key features:
  • 48-inch soundbar
  • Rotating end speakers that respond to Dolby Atmos content
  • Voice assistant compatible
cameras

Nikon D780

Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020

After a long wait since the release of Nikon’s D750 DSLR in 2014, which was championed as their most popular full-frame DSLR ever, there’s a new model in town. Nikon used CES to announce the release of the highly anticipated D780 DSLR.

Like its predecessor, the D780 still has a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, but it now has backside illumination that promises to further boost the camera’s low-light performance. It also boasts a 3.2-inch screen with touch functionality and is weather-sealed for outdoor use.

Key features:
  • 24-megapixel full-frame sensor
  • 3.2-inch screen with touch functionality
  • ISO is up to 51,200 native and expandable to 204,800
  • Expeed 6 chip image processor