Best of CES 2016: the most impressive products from the show

by: Nirave GondhiaJanuary 10, 2016

If there’s one event which is guaranteed to signal the start of a new year in tech, it’s the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place this year between January 6th and January 9th in Las Vegas.

Android-Authority-Best-of-CES-2016Spread across a sprawling 2.4 million square foot space, with more than 3,600 exhibitors and over 170,000 attendees, plus a hot mess of off-site meetings in various hotel suites through Vegas, we were but a small dedicated group among hundreds of thousands of people who descended upon Sin City to see the latest and greatest in technology, from retailers big and small alike.

The Android Authority team has been on the ground for the past week and we’ve sifted through the products available from thousands of exhibitors at the show to bring you our Best of CES 2016 selection. Which products make the cut and win a coveted Android Authority award? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei-Ascend-Mate-8-4Read more: Huawei Mate 8 hands-on and first impressions16

While Huawei isn’t a household name in Western markets, the company’s partnership with Google has allowed it to gain a stamp of approval that was arguably lacking before the launch of the Nexus 6P. CES 2016 saw Huawei launch its latest flagship and the Mate 8 is the first smartphone to run the new Kirin 950 processor, which results in an ultra smooth experience. And, simply put, the Huawei Mate 8 is an extremely elegant, premium high end device.

The Mate 8 is about more than just the Kirin 950 however, as the all-metal build and best-in-class fingerprint sensor offer an ultra premium experience. The Mate 7 offered a large battery that definitely delivered in the battery stakes and the Mate 8 looks set to continue this, with the 4000 mAh battery expected to deliver one and a half days or more battery for heavy users and over two and a half days battery life for the average consumer.

For times when the battery is running low, the Mate 8 also offers Rapid Charging and Huawei says that a single 30 minute charge can deliver an entire day’s battery life. It’s certainly not perfect but the Mate 8 is definitely one of the highlights of CES 2016 and could yet set the benchmark by which flagship devices are defined this coming year.

Huawei-interview-2Now watch: Interview with Huawei VP - Nexus 6P, Mate 8, Honor 5X & More10

Honor 5X


While the Mate 8 was Huawei’s big flagship announcement, the other key piece of news from the Chinese manufacturer was the launch of Honor in the USA. As we reported a few weeks ago, Honor has finally decided to launch its products natively here in the States and this means you’ll be able to buy Honor (and Huawei) products directly from Huawei’s online store, complete with returns and warranty policies.

What is the Honor 5X? It’s simple: Huawei’s definition of what an affordable flagship is, with a particular emphasis on affordability. Offering a specs list that is synonymous with much more expensive phones, the Honor 5X offers a Full HD display, premium all-metal build, excellent fingerprint sensor, microSD card support and more. All in a device that costs just $199 unlocked and SIM free.

Huawei-Honor-5X-13Read more: Honor 5X hands-on and first impressions42
honor 5xRead more: (Update: now on Amazon) Honor 5X is coming to the US for $199.9915

Lenovo Link


Smartphones are meant to be the replacement for the PC but Lenovo believes there’s a place for both of them together when implemented correctly and the Lenovo Link aims to do just this. A small dongle that costs just $40, it allows your computer to become an extension of your smartphone and vice versa, with one end featuring a standard USB port and the other, a microUSB port to plug into your smartphone.

What really sets the Lenovo Link apart however, is Lenovo’s virtualization software that lets you extend or mirror your smartphone screen onto your computer. In this virtualization mode, you’re able to use your smartphone natively using your computer’s input controls and actions such as Copy & Pasting from your computer to your phone, using your mouse and playing games such as Candy Crush all felt seamless in our usage compared to wireless and software alternatives.

Lenovo-Link-1Read more: Lenovo Link hands-on and first look25

Casio WSD-F10 Android Wear Outdoor Smartwatch

Casio WSDF10 Watch 2

One of the biggest selling points and criticisms of Android Wear is that manufacturers are not able to innovate and tweak the software experience. This means they are limited to hardware innovation but Casio has decided to break the mould with a new Outdoor Android Wear-based smartwatch that definitely stands out from the crowd.

Designed for hikers, cyclists and other active types, this is no ordinary Casio or Android Wear watch: Casio is the first manufacturer to successfully combine the traditional timepiece with the modern smartwatch and the watch is able to transition between a fully fledged smartwatch – minus a GPS antenna – and a traditional timepiece with the press of a button.

This means it goes from offering 24 hours battery life when using Android Wear to 30 day battery life in the traditional mode and is the one watch that’s able to satisfy the needs of almost all users. Casio’s Outdoor smartwatch has left a lasting impression and is a wearable that other Android Wear OEMs certainly need to be inspired by.

nexus2cee_casio-668x418Read more: Casio has unveiled the WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch9

HTC Vive Pre


Virtual Reality is the latest buzzword in technology and one of the best VR experiences comes from a company that’s known for making Android smartphones. The HTC Vive offered one of the best VR experiences of last year and at CES, the company unveiled a more streamlined model that builds on this excellent experience.

Shown alongside the HP Envy Phoenix PC – which is the first computer made specifically for the Vive – the HTC Vive Pre is a smaller and more streamlined version of the HTC Vive and more closely resembles the final consumer version of HTC’s VR headset. A key addition on the front is a new camera, which ensures that users won’t run into any obstacles during usage and overall the HTV Vice Pre continues where the Vive left off by offering one of the most immersive VR experiences currently available.

HTC-Vive-3Check out Our reactions to the HTC Vive Pre1

LeTV Le Max Pro


A new year means a new generation of chipsets and we’ve not had to wait very long for our first look at Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 SoC. What is surprising is the company who delivered the first smartphone running the new SoC; rather than a traditional OEM, it was LeTV who delivered the world’s first Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone.

Dubbed the Le Max Pro, the smartphone offers an impressive large 6.33 inch Quad HD display which is perfect for the Live streaming video content; a key part of LeTV’s EUI experience is access to lots of live streaming video content and this coupled with the large display, a premium all-metal build and a great fingerprint reader means the Le Max Pro is a smartphone to be reckoned with.

LeTV-LeMax-Pro-3Check out our LeTV Le Max Pro Hands On68

Alcatel OneTouch Xess


The tablet market is becoming ever more saturated and company’s are having to find new ways to make their tablets relevant to the consumer. We’ve already seen Samsung try to differentiate with the impossibly large Galaxy View and Alcatel OneTouch have also decided that there is a need for a super large tablet for use in the house.

Dubbed the Alcatel OneTouch Xess, it is “made for the kitchen” and features an integrated kickstand and carrying handle which is a necessity given the 17.3-inch big display. To make the tablet experience more suitable for the bigger display, Alcatel OneTouch have designed a new launcher that splits the home screen into a webpage and smaller other segments.

Inside the large tablet is an exceptionally large 10,000 mAh battery which is quoted as delivering always-on battery life. While the launcher is ideally suited towards recipes and searching for culinary inspiration, it also makes an excellent media device and the inclusion of dual rear JBL speakers and USB ports means it has plenty of uses in your home.

Best of ces 2016

There you have it: Android Authority’s Best of CES 2016! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, thanks for staying tuned and following our coverage and we’ll definitely see you at the next show.

Mobile World Congress is just a few short weeks away and with so many products likely to be announced, we’ll be on the ground bringing you the very best in Android mobile coverage live from Barcelona.

  • Пешо Пешев

    These are “the most impressive products” on CES ??? Are you fucking morons? Idiots? Dickheads? Stupid shits? Dumb fucks?

    • Avieshek Rajkhowa


    • Dusan

      No need to be an asshole, these are probably the most impressive Android devices from CES, except HTC Vive since it’s not Android.
      I didn’t follow CES so I have no clue what other technologies were presented, but if this is the most impressive stuff from CES, then fuck 2016.

      • Пешо Пешев

        Why not go and FUCK YOURSELF? Or even better- find a high bridge and jump…

        Only fucking moron like you don’t see something very simple: CES is where you not only show all coming models for the year- you show new things that will come in next 2-3 years. “The most impressive products” are NOT just the new phone model of brand X- I can show you at least 7 really IMPRESSIVE products on CES and not even 1 is phone/tablet with Android or another OS…

        • Dusan

          Someone is having a really bad day. Sucks to be you. Enjoy the new year ;)

          • Пешо Пешев

            Wrong- it sucks to be dumbass and fag like you…

          • Dusan

            Anything else? :D

        • MaxPower

          hey dude, look at the name of the website: still no clue?

  • Peter

    You list 3 really mediocre smartphone with no unique features, frankly no different from each other as the best tech in CES? Really?

    The simple fact that someone made something running Android does not make it the best tech you know?

    Honestly, are you guys sponsored by Huwawei? For the last few month, whenever I visit this time it’s always Huwawei this, Xiaomi that…

    • Avieshek Rajkhowa

      Don’t forget One+..

    • MaxPower

      they are reporting what’s going on lately: the rise of Chinese OEM.
      Huawei,Lenovo,Alcatel, LeTV…
      soon these brands will come in the west to compete against the Taiwanese ones.
      why is this bothering so many people? this can only mean better technology and better prices for the consumers.
      the more choices we have the better it is.

  • Andreas Larsson

    Can’t wait for the mate 8! Best looking smartphone ever! :D

  • Tony Davis-Coyle

    I think the reference “most exciting products” can be subjective. Without being there and trying them, and seeing what else is there, we, as consumers, rely on the likes of AA to bring us their view. Reading the individual reviews related to each product may reveal why they feel the way they do. Huawei opening their doors in the USA is exciting, they make some great devices, and offer the consumer more choice.i wish they’d do the same in the UK.

    Maybe the big players, Samsung, HTC, LG, weren’t showing new phones or tablets. Showing only tech that is in development. Therefore not products, but concepts, thus making them the subject of a separate article titled “Best Concepts of Ces 2016”

    • Andreas Larsson

      Huawei is a bigger player than lg and htc, only apple and samsung are bigger than them in the smartphone world

      • Tony Davis-Coyle

        That’s true, but here in the UK, and I’m guessing in most of the western world, they’re not particularly well known.unlike the others you mention

  • patstar5

    Excited about honor 5x!
    Now where is alcatel idol 4?
    Still no updates on project Ara….

  • Heidi Nieys

    Really love the CES show this year. Really impressed by the new lighting solutions from Lumiy. Love their Lumiy Lightline LED desk lamp. #BestofCES

    • leftbrain99

      You clearly work for Lumiy in some form or fashion. I guess their lighting products make you more transparent about it.