The Consumer Electronics Show (aka CES) is one of the largest technology trade shows in the world. Taking place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada, CES is chock-full of interesting gadgets, toys, drones, and much more. Android Authority and our host of sister sites were on deck for CES 2017, bringing you in-depth coverage of all the latest and greatest gadget announcements.
When is CES 2017?
What better way to kick off a new year than with a bunch of new electronics announcements to drool over? CES 2017 took place between January 5-8. As always, early previews and major device announcements happened on the two press days before the show officially starts, all of which are covered below.
You can see the full CES 2017 schedule here.
What to expect from CES 2017
This year, we had not only the Android Authority team on the show floor, but we also be covered all the latest VR, tablet, laptop, audio drones, and electric news for our sister sites. If you haven’t already checked them out, feel free to do so.
CES 2017 announcements
Compared to massive mobile shows like MWC in Barcelona and IFA in Berlin, CES doesn’t have quite as many mobile announcements from the major players but there’s always enough to keep us coming back. Fortunately, there are always a few curve balls and surprise device announcements to keep things interesting…
LG introduced five new smartphones in December that we saw at CES. The most interesting of the bunch was the LG Stylus 3, featuring a 5.7-inch 720p display, MediaTek’s MT6750 processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The other four devices were mid-range K series devices. Hit the links for hands-ons.
The Korean giant is also jumping on the AI bandwagon with “advanced robot technologies” (including a cute Alexa-powered bot called the Hub Robot). As usual, LG also had tons of televisions – including an ultra-wide Chromecast-enabled monitor and insanely thin panels that literally stick to the wall with double-sided tape – and other consumer electronics to demo. There were levitating speakers, new audio gear and ThinQ IoT devices including a fridge with more smarts than your average tablet.
Samsung announced both the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro at CES, both of which will be among the first Chrome OS devices to support Android apps right out of the box. Samsung also announced a new line of gaming laptops called Odyssey, Family Hub 2.0 smart refrigerator and QLED TVs with a kind of Chromecast streaming tech built in. Samsung previously announced a 32-bit H7 Wireless Speaker and some bizarre experimental smart skincare products.
Samsung will likely hold the Galaxy S8 launch either at MWC 2017 in March or at a standalone event a little while after. But there will still be some mobile news from Samsung at CES 2017: Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A (2017) series just prior to CES and had both the Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) at the show.
Sony sadly had no new smartphones to reveal at CES but the company did reveal its first 4K OLED TV. The new Sony Bravia 4K TVs are available in three sizes: 55, 65 and 77 inches. Those long-standing rumors of new Xperia phones powered by the Snapdragon 820 will just have to wait till MWC by the looks of it. With Android Wear 2.0 on the horizon (we know, we know), a new smartwatch might also be in order for that show.
Despite numerous claims in the lead-up to CES, HTC debunked rumors of a fully wireless HTC Vive before the show even kicked off. The HTC Vive add-on, called the Vive Tracker, was recently released which cuts the Vive’s cords and there will be a new head strap with built-in headphones some time in Q2. HTC also announced a subscription service for Viveport.
Asus revealed the new Zenfone AR, which had been leaked in advance of CES by none other than Qualcomm. The Project Tango and Daydream VR device runs a special Tango edition of the Snapdragon 821 chipset, a significant upgrade from the Snapdragon 652 Tango Edition found in the original Tango phone, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
With 8 GB of RAM, Nougat out of the box and a 23 MP camera, the Zenfone AR will be worth checking out. Unfortunately, we don’t have any pricing details yet. Hit the link for our hands-on with the Asus Zenfone AR or watch the video below.
The Zenfone 3 Zoom also made its first appearance, revealing a mid-range phone that looks a bit like an iPhone 7 Plus. Equipped with a dual camera setup and 2.3x optical zoom (its predecessor had a 3x optical zoom), the Zenfone 3 Zoom makes up for a less-impressive camera by adding a huge 5,000 mAh battery. The Chromebook Flip 2, priced at $499, was also revealed.
Lenovo and Motorola
Lenovo unveiled an Amazon Echo-looking speaker called Smart Assistant and also revealed a new series of gaming laptops called Legion. Updates to the ThinkPad series devices include the Thinkpad X1 Carbon notebook, ThinkPad X1 Yoga convertible, ThinkPad X1 tablet and Miix 720 2-in-1 were also announced.
As expected, the recently-leaked Moto X (2017) wasn’t at CES, so we’ll have to wait until MWC in Barcelona to see it in the flesh.
Huawei announced U.S. availability for the Mate 9 and the addition of Amazon Alexa support to the device – the first smartphone to do so. The pricing for the Mate 9 fortunately dropped for the U.S. market: just $599.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, presented a CES keynote on Thursday, January 5. Yu’s speech informed CES attendees on “Huawei’s plans for the future of mobile – one that integrates the latest in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and connected technologies”.
Yu has spoken previously about Huawei’s vision for an AI-powered “Superphone” and spoke to Android Authority about his keynote comments and Huawei’s massive growth over the last few years.
Huawei sub-brand Honor unveiled the Honor 6X for the U.S. and European markets. The successor to the massively popular Honor 5X, the 6X is priced at $249/€249 and is available now. Huawei also promised an “epic” phone launch at CES which turned out to be a Mate 9 with Amazon Alexa integration, but we also managed to get a hands on with the Honor Magic.
Xiaomi was at CES for the first time ever, and unveiled a few new products including a white version of the spectacular bezel-less Mi Mix, the 1 TB/8 TB Mi Router HD with transfer speeds of up to 2600 Mbps and the Mi TV 4. At 4.9 mm, the near bezel-less Mi TV 4 is the company’s thinnest TV yet and supports Dolby Atmos. Three versions are on offer: 49, 55 and 65 inches and all will cost under $2,000 when they become available in China later this year.
As expected, Qualcomm revealed full details on its new Snapdragon 835 chipset (except the specifics of its secretive new custom CPU design). Hit the link for a full breakdown of the specs involved, but rest assured: this will be the chipset of choice in 2017.
|Snapdragon 835||Snapdragon 821||Snapdragon 810|
|CPU Core||Semi-custom ARM Cortex||Kryo||ARM Cortex (ARMv8)|
|CPU Config||4x 2.45GHz Kryo 280|
4x 1.9GHz Kryo 280
|2x 2.35GHz Kryo|
2x 1.6GHz Kryo
|GPU||Adreno 540||Adreno 530||Adreno 430|
|DSP||Hexagon 682 with HVX||Hexagon 680||Hexagon V56|
|RAM||2x 32-bit LPDDR4X|
|2x 32-bit LPDDR4X|
|2x 32-bit LPDDR4
|Flash||eMMC 5.1/ UFS 2.1||eMMC 5.1/ UFS 2.0||eMMC 5.0 / UFS 1.0|
|Process||10nm FinFET||14nm FinFET LLP||20nm HPm|
ZTE announced the Blade V8 Pro, a dual camera-equipped device with a 13 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP/2 MP combo on the back. The secondary 2 MP sensor will reportedly capture depth information. Previous Blade handsets never made it to U.S. shores, so we’ll have to wait and see if the Blade V8 is set to buck that trend. ZTE also announced a Kickstarter campaign for its crowd-sourced Project CSX device, now known as Hawkeye.
Acer dropped a new Chromebook – the ultra-durable Chromebook 11 N7 – with U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard for toughness. Acer also finally revealed the price for its curved screen gaming laptop, the Predator 21X we first saw at IFA 2016. If you want to pick one up you’ll only need $8,999. For the base model. Yes, you read that right.
LeEco has already announced two new smart bicycles at CES 2017. LeEco hasn’t made any other announcements so far but the Batmobile-like concept car from Faraday Future, which is backed by LeEco, is set to be shown at the trade show. Le Eco plans to increase its Distribution and scale in the first half of 2017.
TCL Communications, the company that recently acquired the branding rights to BlackBerry’s name, has given us a sneak peek at the new BlackBerry Mercury but it’s important to note that the company quickly assured us that “Mercury” is a name invented by the internet. No specs were shared and we aren’t allowed to disclose certain information but we’ll have more to share at MWC 2017.
Other stuff worth checking out
Amazon Alexa was the star of the show, with more products being announced with Alexa integration than I think anyone was expecting. From obvious fare like Lenovo’s Smart Assistant speaker to TVs, refrigerators, lamps, vacuum cleaner bots and more. Amazon also announced its own line of Amazon Fire TV 4K televisions to compete directly with the likes of Android TV and Roku.
Swarovski announced its own Android Wear watch – yes, you read that right. But the move isn’t as left-field as it might first sound. If you remember the Samsung Gear S then you’ll know what to expect: Swarovski worked on that design with Samsung as well as with Huawei on the Jewel version of the Huawei Watch for women.
Casio announced it will launch a GPS-equipped Casio WSDF20 in April running Android Wear 2.0. A follow up to last year’s interesting Casio WSDF10, the successor features the same three physical buttons on the right hand side and military grade impact resisatnce. The WSDF20 will also be water-resistant to 50 meters.
Garmin unveiled three new fēnix 5 multisport watches at CES, aimed at serious athletes with high demands from their fitness wearable. You’ll have to pay a pretty penny for the new series – from $599.99 to $699.99 – but these are more than just your average smartwatch.
Synaptics announced a multi-factor biometric fusion engine. It’s a new all-in-one security solution that combines Synaptics’ new optical fingerprint sensor (the one that works under glass) with facial recognition. The new fusion engine will allow you to unlock your phone with your face when your fingerprints are covered by gloves, for example.
The Dish AirTV Player is a 4K Android TV set-top box. It costs $129.99 when sold with an OTA adapter (so you can watch regular TV as well) or just $99.99 for the streaming media player alone. It’s available now.
The known unknowns
There were more drones that you could shake a stick at and we covered all the best of them on Charged, where you can also swing by if you want to stay on top of all the latest innovations from the world of electric vehicles and other forms of futuristic transportation. If we know one thing about CES, it’s that automotive often steals the show, and 2017 was no different, from the Faraday Future FF91 to the Toyota Concept-i and Fiat Chrysler Portal.
There was also a huge amount of virtual reality news detailed over at VR Source, while all the best audio announcements at CES 2017 were covered on Sound Guys. If tablets, laptops, ultrabooks and other non-smartphone tech is more your game, then Tab Times had you covered.
What was your favorite announcement from CES 2017?