CES 2020 has come and gone. As one of the largest technology trade shows in the world, CES is where many of the year’s hottest tech products are unveiled. Android Authority and its sister websites SoundGuys and Drone Rush attend every year, bringing you a first-hand look at the latest mobile technology, audio products, drones, and more.
The mobile technology aspect of CES has been dwindling year over year, unsurprisingly CES 2020 was no different. However, there were still a ton of mobile-adjacent product announcements we covered, including televisions, Chromebooks, laptops, headphones, smart speakers, VR headsets, wearables, and others.
CES 2020: Important info
- When was CES 2020? CES 2020 officially took place from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10, 2020. However, many companies make big product reveals started in the early days of January 2020, with many press conferences held in Vegas on Monday, January 6.
- Where was CES 2020 held? Every year, CES is held in Las Vegas, Nevada, primarily at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Separate events, keynotes, and product unveilings happen at various locations around Las Vegas.
- Was CES 2020 open to the public? CES is not open to the public and is restricted to members of the tech industry.
Over 4,500 technology companies showcase products and services at CES. Below, you’ll find a summary on what was revealed at the trade show.
Samsung is going big for CES 2020, with new phones, laptops, TVs, and more.
- Samsung S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite: The Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite both have big 6.7-inch displays, with the S10 Lite packing some impressive rear cameras, and the Note 10 Lite including the embedded S Pen.
- Samsung Galaxy Chromebook: The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a high-end Chromebook, similar in range to the Pixelbook series. You get high-end features like a 4K display and an embedded stylus.
- Samsung Q950TS QLED 8K TV: Samsung showed off its latest 8K TV, which features a nearly bezel-less design.
- Neon announced: In partnership with Samsung, Neon unveiled the world’s first “artificial human.” Neon describes the new creation as a “computationally created virtual being.” Of course, the whole event was also a bit of a train wreck.
- Samsung Galaxy Mini: After plenty of delays on the Bixby speaker, Samsung confirmed the Mini would arrive later this year.
- Samsung Ballie: With a design quite similar to the BB-8 Droid from Star Wars, the Ballie robot is designed to help people around the house using on-device AI.
For CES 2020, Asus revealed several updates to its Tuft and ROG lines, and many other products:
- Chromebook Flip C436: The Chromebook Flip C436 includes a 10th-gen Intel Core processor 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage. The 2.4-inch Chromebook has a 14-inch display and up to 12 hours of battery life.
- Asus Tuft and ROG updates: Asus had several new TUF and ROG devices at CES. The main highlights are the Asus TUF A15, TUF A17, Zephyrus G14 and Zephyrus G15. The new TUF books will have AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processors, while the other two models feature higher-end AMD processors.
Lenovo had lots to show off at CES 2020, with over 40 laptops at the trade show. Many of them were variants or minor refreshes, but there are certainly several announcements that stood out:
- Thinkpad X1 Fold: The X1 Fold is Lenovo’s attempt to bring the foldable display over to laptops, and it’s an impressive looking feat. The laptop essentially works as a 13.3-inch portable display or giant tablet, until you fold it in half. The foldable design adds a few new use cases for digital artists and the like, but the best part is the keyboard accessory that transforms the foldable into a traditional laptop. The laptop will start at $2,499, which is expensive but not horrible considering this is a laptop and yet only costs around $500 more than the Galaxy Fold.
- IdeaPad Duet and IdeaPad Flex 5: The IdeaPad Duet and IdeaPad Flex 5 are two totally different machines, though they share plenty of features. Lenovo doesn’t want you to call the Duet a tablet, but that’s sort of what it is. Lenovo’s larger IdeaPad Flex 5 is more akin to the company’s C340 Chromebook.
- Lenovo Yoga 5: The Yoga 5 is what Lenovo claims is the world’s first 5G Yoga laptop. It supports mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G and can function with a respectable set of 5G networks around the world.
TCL and Alcatel
TCL introduced three new mid-range smartphones at CES 2020:
- TCL 10 5G, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10L: All three include punch-hole displays and quad rear cameras.
- 4 more Alcatel phones: Under its Alcatel brand, TCL showed off four upcoming budget phones, the Alcatel 3L, the Alcatel 1S, the Alcatel 1V, and the 1B. The last two phones will be priced below $100.
The company responsible for selling the first smartphone with a foldable display is at it again, this time bringing foldable display technology to a speaker.
- Mirage Smart Speaker: The Mirage Smart Speaker includes a 7.8-inch touchscreen display that actually wraps around the speaker’s cylindrical body.
Acer has some interesting products to show at CES 2020, most of which revolve around laptops:
- Acer ConceptD 7: The ConceptD 7 Ezel is a notebook with a hinged display that can not only be positioned like other 2-in-1 laptops but it can also be put above a keyboard so the screen can be used like an easel.
- Spin 3 and Spin 5: Acer also showed off some new. but more conventional, Windows 10 laptops, including the Spin 3 and Spin 5.
- TravelMate P6: The TravelMate P6 is designed for business users. It’s extremely light at around 2.5 pounds and it claims to get an outstanding 23 hours of battery life.
Laptops are generally one of the first things that come to mind when you think of Razer, but at CES 2020 the brand focused its attention on its gaming desktop, a new mobile controller, and a 5G concept device.
- Razer Tomahawk N1: The Razer Tomahawk N1 is a gaming desktop built around the Intel NUC Ecosystem. The Tomahawk gaming PC will be available sometime in the first half of 2020, but there’s no pricing or complete release details just yet.
- Razer Kishi: The Razer Kishi is a brand new gaming controller, similar to the Junglecat but with an elastic band of sorts that allows it to fit on most smartphones easily. It also doesn’t require batteries, as it hooks directly to your phone.
- Razer 5G router concept: Not too much to say about this one. Basically, it was Razer’s attempt to built a 5G router designed with gamers in mind.
Insta360 is a major leader in 360 camera space and that trend continues with the OneR, announced here at CES 2020.
- Insta360 One R: The One R is technically a 360-degree camera, though Insta isn’t focusing on this, instead it’s going after the action cam space. The One R has the ability to capture wide-angle 4K video, wide-angle 4K on a 1-inch sensor, or 5.3K 360-degree footage depending on the mod. It’s an interesting take on the action camera that sees the company erase the line between what action and what 360-degree cameras can do.
OnePlus typically sits CES 2020 out when it comes to announcements, but this year it’s here with the OnePlus Concept One.
- OnePlus Concept One: OnePlus’ big push with the Concept One is the use of electrochromic glass. This is the tech that can turn glass opaque, and you’ll find it in luxury airplanes and fancy hotels. The main use of this tech is to hide the cameras in the phone.
This year Google didn’t have much to show off, but it did announce a few software improvements and stats:
- Google is building more privacy and speech tech into Google Assistant, learn more here.
- Google Assistant now has over 500 million monthly active users, learn more here.
At CES 2020 Dell announced the latest XPS 13, a new Inspirion, and some new concept devices.
- Dell XPS 13: The new Dell XPS 13 9300 brought a new and refined design to the series, giving you a 13.4-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio in a body that’s more typical of an 11-inch laptop. Core specs for the machine include 10th gen Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB SSD, and an option of Full HD or 4K displays. The new Dell XPS 13 9300 starts at $999.
- Dell Latitude 9510: The 15-inch Latitude 9510 sports a Qualcomm X55 modem with sub-6Ghz 5G connectivity only. Otherwise, the Latitude 9510 sports a tenth-generation Intel Core series processor (up to i7 vPro), up to 16GB of RAM, and Intel’s UHD integrated graphics solution.
- Dell Concept Ori: The Ori is a foldable laptop concept, similar to Lenovo’s upcoming X1 Fold. There’s no much known about the specs yet, and for now, Dell has no commercial plans for the concept.
- Dell Concept Duet: The Concept Duet is a laptop with two displays – one in the normal spot, and the other occupying where a keyboard and touchpad would normally sit. This allows for several special usage scenarios such as drawing on two screens, having more screen real estate, watching a lecture online while taking notes, and the list goes on. There’s also a keyboard attachment that takes up the bottom portion and when attached the rest of the second display turns into the touchpad area.
Wearables at CES 2020
As always, there is a bunch of wearable announcements here at CES. Here are a few that stood out:
- Skagen Falster 3: The new Falster smartwatch is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC and has 1GB of RAM.
- New Fossil smartwatch colors/styles: Fossil didn’t show off any brand new smartwatches, but it added new colors and styles to three of its popular existing lines: the Fossil Gen 5, Fossil Hybrid HR, and Fossil Sport.
- Huami Amazfit T-Rex: Huami released its very first rugged smartwatch, the Huami Amazfit T-Rex. Under the hood, the Amazfit T-Rex comes with a built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, and a battery that Huami says will last 20 days on a single charge.
- Huami Amazfit Bip S: At CES 2020, Huami announced a sequel to its uber-popular Amazfit Bip smartwatch. The Amazfit Bip S is an improvement in a few ways over the original inexpensive watch. This time around, the Amazfit Bip S features a 5ATM water resistance rating, up from the Bip’s IP68 rating. Huami also increased the battery life to 40 days, and managed to make the watch super light at just 31 grams. The Amazfit Bip S has a transflective color display, similar to what Garmin includes in its GPS running watches.
- Suunto 7: Suunto surprised us all at CES 2020 with the launch of the Suunto 7, its very first Wear OS smartwatch. It has plenty of features for advanced athletes like offline maps, Suunto Heatmaps, a built-in GPS, and a heart rate sensor. Read our hands-on here.
- Withings ScanWatch: Having trouble sleeping? Withings’ latest wearable promises sleep apnea detection for just $250.
- Diesel Fadelite: How do you set your smartwatch apart in a crowded market? You give it a translucent body, of course.
- Coolpad Dyno 2: Alongside its 5G phone, Coolpad debuted a nifty 4G smartwatch for kids. The Dyno 2 is as adorable as it sounds and packs a number of safety features, too.
Audio at CES 2020
CES 2020 saw some landmark releases from companies. Here are a few who pushed into the TWS space this year:
- Jabra Elite 45h and Elite Active 75t: Jabra covered both casual and athletic users with the Elite 45h and Elite 75t earbuds. The latter, while $100 pricier than the $99 Elite 45h, sports 7.5 hours of playback time on a single charge and IP57 water and dust resistance.
- Japanese firm Panasonic debuted a slew of TWS buds and other audio products at CES 2020. The headliner was the RZ-S500W in-ear buds with noise-canceling technology and the SC-HTB01 portable speaker for gamers.
- Mobvoi TicPods 2: Known for its smartwatches, Mobvoi took another plunge into the TWS pool at Vegas. the TicPods 2 and TicPods 2 Pro were the results.
- Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW: The firm’s first TWS buds get a long name. Despite the mouthful, the QuietPoints are impressive on paper and in the flesh.
Computers and gaming at CES 2020
- MSI debuted a number of new gaming laptops and monitors. The headliner MSI GS66 Stealth features a dizzying 300Hz display and all the RGB you could ever want in a compact form factor.
- AMD announced its and the world’s first 7nm processor for laptops. The Ryzen 7 4800U pairs eight cores and 16 threads with a 4.2GHz boost clock.
- HyperX debuted a slew of products from mousepads, to Nintendo Switch accessories, to headphones.
Cameras at CES 2020
- Camcorders may be a technology of the past, but throw the ability to live stream 4K video and you’ve got yourself a pretty interesting product. For streamers on the go, Panasonic debuted a number of new streaming camcorders. Read about them here.
TVs at CES 2020
- Smart TVs are more than just panels, at least according to LG. The firm’s new Alpha screens pack fancy silicon and webOS smarts to set them apart from the competition. Read about them here.
Everything else at CES 2020
- Charmin rolls into CES 2020 with TP bot, smell detector, and VR porta-potty
- Aukey’s new GaN chargers are smaller, faster, smarter
- The new Mophie Powerstation Go portable battery can jump-start your car
- Otterbox wants to protect your beautiful mug from your filthy phones
- I tried Nreal’s mixed reality glasses at CES and now I want a pair
- Wi-Fi 6e is coming soon
- Smart lock on a door? Psh, now you can have them on cabinets, safes, and more
- This crowdfunded phone offers four year warranty, flat repair rates
- Mediatek unveils new higher-mid chipset
Roundups and the best products
So, there were a ton of products announced at CES 2020. Which ones were the best? We rounded them up for you:
- The best (and worst) of the weird tech we saw at CES 2020
- The best audio products at CES 2020
- The best new smartphones from CES 2020
- The best new wearables we could find at CES 2020
- The best new TVs we could find at CES 2020
- The best laptops from CES 2020
- The best PC monitors from CES 2020
- The best ultra-wide monitors from CES 2020
The buzzwords of CES 2020
Each year, CES has major themes that seem to slip their way into every tech company’s announcements. 5G, XR, AI, and 8K were the major themes that dominated the show, and we shouldn’t expect much change this year.
- 5G: 5G started rolling out in 2019, and it’ll be even more accessible in 2020. Expect this word to show up everywhere.
- AI: Artificial intelligence has been a major theme at many of the major tech trade shows, and it’s not going away any time soon. As our devices get smarter, companies will continue to refer to innovations as “AI” (even though it’s not always the case).
- Digital health: Technology is meant to improve our lives, and personal health is a big part of that.
- Esports: The esports market is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the technology world, and it’s only getting bigger. Not many companies Android Authority regularly covers focuses on esports, but expect to see this theme everywhere at the trade show.
- Sustainability: Tons of new tech products are announced at trade shows, and companies are constantly trying to improve energy efficiency and environmental impact.