CES 2022: Everything worth checking out at the Las Vegas tech show
CES 2022 has wrapped up, and boy, was it an announcement-packed trade show. The effects of the pandemic continued to affect the largest tech show this year, with some companies, press outlets, and other attendees canceling their trips to Las Vegas. Plenty of big-name exhibitors, while not at the trade show in person, still showed off their new technology innovations virtually. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most relevant and hottest unveilings we’ve seen at CES 2022. Let’s dig in!
CES 2022: Important information
- What is CES? CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show. It’s the largest yearly tech convention in the world. It hosted over 170,000 attendees in 2020, over 4,400 exhibitors, and over 6,500 members of the media.
- When is CES 2022? CES 2022 officially took place from Wednesday, January 5, through Friday, January 7, 2022.
- Where is CES 2022 held? CES 2022 was 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.
- Is CES 2022 open to the public? CES’ physical show floor and events are not open to the public. This convention is exclusive to people affiliated with the consumer tech industry. This year, CES attendees also needed to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The best products from CES 2022
We’ve rounded up the best products and announcements we saw at CES 2022 across multiple verticals. Plus, check out our Best of CES 2022 awards, going out to the most innovative consumer products and technologies unveiled.
- The best new laptops and Chromebooks from CES 2022
- The best new audio products from CES 2022
- The best new wearables launched at CES 2022
- The best phones launched at CES 2022
- The best TVs and monitors from CES 2022
- The best smart home tech we saw at CES 2022
- The best cars and concepts from CES 2022
Samsung doesn’t commonly showcase its flagship devices at CES. Instead, it usually brings those to MWC, which will start on February 28. With that said, Samsung announced its Galaxy S21 series during CES in 2021, albeit in its own event. And while the Galaxy S22 series was nowhere to be seen, it announced a pretty important device — the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.
Of course, we had our (sanitized) hands all over it and are ready to give you our first impressions in our Samsung Galaxy S21 FE hands-on post.
While not a CES announcement, Samsung also unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Olympic Edition. It’s hard to get outside of China, but it’s a fantastic addition to its portfolio. You might also want to check out the company’s foldable screen concept technology if you’re into foldables. Samsung had plenty of that on the show floor.
Samsung made a bigger deal about TV and monitor technology, as is usually the case at its CES appearances. The company showcased its new Micro-LED, Neo QLED, and Lifestyle TVs. Samsung also announced a cool-looking portable projector called the Freestyle. It doubles as a portable speaker and ambient light, too. Lastly, we saw Samsung rolling out new hubs and appliances for the SmartThings platform.
Sony isn’t a substantial mobile player at CES either, but the Japanese company is a considerable player in the industry, and it sure had announcements to make. For starters, the company has an all-new lineup of televisions, of which many come with Google TV. Read more about the new Sony TVs here.
It also touched on its movie, music, and TV businesses. Sony mentioned content like Adele’s new 30 album, the new Uncharted film, and the upcoming The Last of Us TV show.
Of course, PlayStation announcements couldn’t be missing. Sony finally named the PlayStation VR 2 and the PlayStation VR 2 Sense Controllers. This is an all-new headset/controller for the PS5, with eye-tracking and haptic feedback.
Surprisingly enough, Sony even announced a car prototype! It showcased Vision-S technology and Sony’s own implementation of mobility improvements. Check out all the details in the company’s official press release.
Mostly known for its TVs, TCL is also a player in the smartphone world. The company announced the TCL 20 5G and TCL 20 SE at CES last year. We were hoping to see TCL’s 30 series hit the show floor, and it did. The company announced the TCL 30V and TCL 30XE, both for the US market.
TCL had some TVs and soundbars to announce, two types of products it’s been focusing on for many years. Learn all about the new TCL TVs and soundbars here.
While we were hoping to see Motorola launching the Moto Edge X at CES 2022, the device didn’t make it to the show floor. Motorola kept pretty quiet, but it didn’t leave us without an announcement. The company launched the Motorola MA1, a wireless car adapter for Android Auto. While not as exciting as a phone announcement, this little dongle will be a life-saver to anyone who has to plug into the car to use Google’s driving interface.
LG may be out of the smartphone market, but it is far from dead. The company’s presence is always strong at CES, and it’s been thriving in 2022. In fact, LG was bombarded with 24 CES Innovation Award titles.
The company was teasing innovative product concepts using flexible displays. These include the “Media Chair” and the “Virtual Ride.” There’s also that gaming laptop LG has recently announced. Not to mention a new monitor for professionals. These aren’t CES announcements, but they were at the show floor.
Asus has been teasing its upcoming Windows-based gaming tablet for some time, so we already had an idea of what was coming. We finally know the details, and it’s called the Asus ROG Flow Z13. It’s a powerful 13-inch computer that can be spec’d up with an Intel Core i9 processor, an Nvidia 3050 TI GPU, and a 4K 60Hz display. There will be versions with a lower definition 120Hz display and integrated graphics. What’s cool is that you’ll also have the option to upgrade the GPU to an Asus XG Mobile external enclosure option with an RTX 3080, or the just-announced version with an AMD RX 6850M.
Asus also announced a couple of gaming monitors with enormous sizes (42 to 48 inches), OLED panels, 900-nit brightness, and 120Hz refresh rates. There are some improvements to the Asus ROG Strix, Zephyrus, and Zephyrus Duo laptops, too. And don’t forget the slew of new accessories! We’ve summarized all the Asus ROG announcements for CES 2022 in a single post.
That’s not all Asus had to show, though. The company had another set of announcements on the second CES day, and it included some excellent additions to its non-gaming computer portfolio.
Asus announced the new Zenbook 14x OLED Space Edition, Zenbook 14 OLED, and the impressive Zenbook OLED Fold. The latter is what Asus inspired the event on, as it’s a 17-inch Windows-powered foldable tablet. Also announced were the new Chromebook Flip CX5, Expertbook B5, and even a refresh to the TUF Gaming laptops. Read all about the Future Unfolds event announcements here.
Nvidia and AMD won’t be the only leading GPU players in the industry for long. Intel has been working on its GPUs, which made it to CES. Intel has announced its new Intel Arc GPU, which is said to come in over 50 mobile and desktop designs from many of its partners. It also unveiled its 12th-gen processors for desktops and laptops. Learn more about everything in our dedicated Intel CES 2022 post.
Talking about video cards, Nvidia was also at CES 2022, and it had some exciting announcements to make. The GPU giant unveiled a whole new desktop GPU — the RTX 3050. What makes it exciting is its super-low $250 MSRP. And despite it being so affordable, the unit should allow for 60fps gaming at 1080p.
The company also talked about 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti GPUs making it to gaming laptops soon. And those who want the ultimate, most powerful GPU, should also look at the brand new 3090 Ti. Get all the details of the latest announcements in our Nvidia CES 2022 post.
Have you been actively trying to migrate to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E? Well, those standards are soon to become old news. MediaTek was at CES 2022, and it showcased its Wi-Fi 7 technology. It’s said to be 2.4 times faster than current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E technology, and latency should be significantly improved.
OnePlus isn’t usually a significant player at CES tech shows. While it’s keeping a pretty low profile, it hasn’t been secretive about the OnePlus 10 series. During CES 2022, the company unveiled the OnePlus 10 Pro’s design and specs. We’ve also got details about the phone’s camera capabilities and launch information.
Razer often has one of the biggest and baddest booth spaces on the whole show floor. The gaming giant has an important presence at CES, so you’re sure some gaming product announcements came from it. It has just announced a refresh to all primary Razer Blade laptops.
You won’t see any redesigns or new looks, but the internals have been improved on the Razer Blade 14, 15, and 17. These upgrades include Intel’s 12th-gen chips and AMD’s new Ryzen 6000 series. They will also get DDR5 memory and more. Read all the details here.
In a surprising turn of events, Razer also announced it teamed up with Fossil to launch a smartwatch. The Razer X Fossil Gen 6 looks pretty awesome, too. Another weird announcement is the introduction of its smart home platform. Read all about the upcoming smart home app here.
As if all those announcements weren’t exciting enough, Razer also decided to tease gamers with what could be the most exciting PC concept of the year. It’s called Project Sophia, and it’s a concept of a modular gaming desk PC. You can attach an OLED screen to it, as well as all types of PC components. And, of course, it has plenty of RGB lighting!
Furthermore, the company brought a new chair to CES 2022, and it’s quite unique. The Razer Enki Pro Hypersense is an upgraded version of the already-existing Enki Pro, but it includes a haptic system. This will enable live vibrations, movements, and more. You’ll also get a Razer Chroma-powered headrest, which is always welcomed.
HMD Global and Nokia
HMD Global, which owns the Nokia smartphone brand, didn’t have a robust presence at CES 2022, but it was at least one of the very few to announce new smartphones. We thought this made it worth mentioning in these CES 2022 highlights, as we know many of you are interested in mobile news.
The most exciting phone is the Nokia G400, and it’s an affordable handset with 5G support. There are a few other great inclusions you usually won’t find in other affordable handsets, such as a massive 5,000mAh battery and a large 6.6-inch screen with a superb 120Hz refresh rate.
HMD also announced the G100, which comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ display and a large 5,000mAh battery. Also announced at CES were the Nokia C100 and C200, which are even more affordable devices coming from HMD. Read all about these new Nokia phones here.
What else to look out for?
- Audio: There are plenty of headphones, speakers, and other audio equipment coming from brands like Sony, Samsung, LG, Klipsch, JBL, House of Marley, Audio Technica, etc. Catch more audio content at our partner site, SoundGuys, and read about the most significant announcements in our best audio products of CES roundup.
- Foldables and rollables: Flexible displays are a hot topic, and they have been for a few years now. It has also become a popular feature since the introduction of multiple foldable devices.
- NFTs: This is the first time a cryptocurrency and blockchain topic has received significant attention at CES. The 2021 crypto craze is all the hype, and it seems to be reaching Las Vegas at CES 2022. CTA mentions NFTs as a primary subject on the CES main page.
- Automotive: Cars and mobility are always a hot topic at CES conventions. Keep an eye open for announcements if you’re into new vehicle technologies, such as electric cars, self-driving tech, and more. Big players usually include BMW, GM, Qualcomm, and others. We’ve highlighted the best car announcements in a dedicated post.
- PC and laptops: There was a lot of PC news at CES 2022, as always. The most notable announcements came from Acer, Dell, Alienware, Lenovo, Razer, MSI, Asus, Nvidia, LG, HP, and AMD, but you can check out all of the most important ones in our laptops and Chromebooks roundup.
- Smart Home: While it doesn’t usually catch much attention, the smart home market is essential and very present at CES. Notable brands such as LG and Samsung usually announce their intelligent appliances at CES. We’ve also heard from key players such as Arlo, GE, Google, Honeywell, Sengled, Eufy, Roborock, Razer, Ring, and more. Read more in our best smart home products of CES roundup.
- Wearables: There’s no lack of wearables presented at CES shows, and 2022 is no exception. Aside from the Razer X Fossil collab mentioned above, we saw Garmin launch the new Venu 2 Plus and Vivomove Sport and Skagen launch the Falster Gen 6. Again, you can read all about these announcements in our CES 2022 wearables roundup.
- TV: Of course, TVs are always a hot topic at any tech show, including CES. Look out for Sony, Samsung, LG, TCL, Hisense, Panasonic, and more. Check out our post on the best TV and monitor announcements for more details.
Companies we won’t see at CES 2022
We were initially excited to see CES reopening its doors this year, but worries about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant caused exhibitors, attendees, and media to cancel physical attendance to the show. Companies such as Intel, Nvidia, AMD, Google, Microsoft, Lenovo, Meta, AT&T, Amazon, T-Mobile, Pinterest, and Twitter announced they wouldn’t be coming to Las Vegas. In addition, plenty of popular publications didn’t go, Android Authority included. We did, however, bring you plenty of unique content and announcements from CES.
Of course, most companies that have avoided the show floor still had some virtual presence at CES 2022. And those that attended had to stick to safety measures and get creative about showing off their tech safely. The CTA also decided to shorten the event by a day, given the situation and significant cancellations. Instead of going from January 5 to January 8, the event will end on January 7.
It was another interesting year for CES. Let’s hope CES 2023 is better. Until next time, make sure to stick around AndroidAuthority.com for all your tech news, reviews, tutorials, and more.