CES 2019: All The Latest News and Reviews

CES 2019 is now wrapping up, and all week we’ve been hard at work covering the show live. We’ve seen major keynotes from Intel, LG, Samsung, Sony and others, while hunting down and testing the most exciting tech at Las Vegas.

What and when is CES 2019?  

The 2019 International CES began on Tuesday, 8 January and ends on Friday, 11 January. It’s been taking place since 1967 and is staged by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a trade organization that represents over 2,000 consumer tech companies in the U.S. 

Though it gets a lot of attention from the world’s media, this is not an event where the public can go see the latest tech. Unlike the IFA exhibition in Berlin each August, the CES is open only to the electronics trade, as well as journalists, bloggers and plenty of blaggers. (You know who you are…) 

How big exactly is CES? It’s huge. If you’re going for the first time, go on a few five-mile walks in the preceding weeks. Seriously, it’s hiking boots-big. There are 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space. Eleven venues. 24 product categories. Some company’s booths are vast and complex, while other, smaller firms grab a table in one of the 25 marketplaces. 

In terms of footfall, the CES attracts about 180,000 people from 155 countries, as well as 6,500 media, who visit 4,500 exhibiting companies. All the biggest tech companies in the world gather … well, except for Apple (although, in our view, Apple had its best CES ever without even being there).  

What happened to all the cameras at CES 2019?

At CES 2019 we’ve seen the usual conveyor belt of weird and wonderful kit, from massive 8K TVs to foldable phones.  But, despite the world’s media descending on the Las Vegas Convention Center, the photographic industry has chosen to keep a low profile again this year, which led us to ask: what happened to all the cameras?

Your next TV could be the giant HP Omen X Emperium PC gaming monitor.

The HP Omen X Emperium, is a monitor as lust-worthy as it is ridiculous, with a 65-inch 4K display, G-Sync HDR and even a built-in Nvidia Shield console for streaming games. It’s totally over the top, but that’s why we love it, and if you have the budget, you should consider getting it as your next TV.

Alexa already has your home, now she wants your car.

A trend quickly developing at CES 2019 is the entry of Amazon Alexa into the car, with numerous announcements linking the digital assistant into the fundamentals of future vehicles.

CES 2019 has made gaming laptops exciting again.

Gaming laptops have been in a bit of a rut recently, but at CES 2019, we’ve seen a huge number of innovative new notebooks that have made us excited about gaming laptops again.

Also Read: Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops By Specification.

TV makers are finally thinking outside the box at CES 2019.

CES 2019 has had some impressively innovative TVs on show, with TV manufacturers now offering something new when it comes to televisions, and our time at CES 2019 has shown us that the air is buzzing with TV revolution. 

Apple just had its best CES ever – and it’s not even at the show.

Apple wasn’t at CES this year – as usual – but it didn’t stop the company from having one of the best showings out of all the companies that actually were at CES, thanks to its key partnerships in the home entertainment space.

HTC’s Vive Cosmos VR headset is amazing – and frustrating – in equal measure.

This could very well be the future of VR, making the awesome Vive more portable. At least, we think it could be. We’re not sure, as the press conference was somewhere between a tease and a launch – which is why we’re amazed and frustrated by the Vive Cosmos in equal measure.

CES 2019 latest news.

We’ve seen some truly amazing technology on show at CES 2019. You can find our individual hands on time with the products further down the page, but here are the biggest news stories and most interesting products we’ve seen so far.

Nissan unveils latest version of its Leaf electric car.

Nissan’s all-electric Leaf line of vehicles has been updated at this year’s CES with the Nissan Leaf e+. On top of features like the e-Pedal, this revamped model will have a 40% increase in range over its predecessor.

We also got to check out Nissan’s new Invisible-toVisible (I2V) technology, which effectively fills drivers in on details they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see at a glance, such as obstacles around blind corners or empty parking spaces in a busy carpark.


8K TV gets big boost as major manufacturers band together.

The newly-formed 8K Association (8KA, for short) made up of Samsung, Panasonic, TCL, Hisense and AUO has been created to figure out what standards make the most sense for the future and have its members take a more careful approach toward adoption, so consumers will understand better what kind of quality they’re getting with their new TV. 

AMD debuts 7nm Radeon VII graphics card to combat Nvidia RTX 2080.

During its CES 2019 keynote, AMD announced the Radeon VII graphics card, which is the company’s latest and most powerful consumer GPU. As expected, this is AMD’s first 7-nanometer (nm) graphics processor, and improves upon the previous generation in every way.

Pimax is showing us what ‘8K’ VR will look like.

It may technically only house two 4K lenses, and each of those displays may technically be upscaled from 1,440p, but this ultra-wide VR headset from Pimaxoffers an incredible 200-degree field of view.

This is significantly greather than the 145-degree and 120-degree offered by the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift respectively. The best news is that we’ll be seeing the units in hands of customers as soon as February.

Meet HTC’s next-gen VR headset.

HTC is speeding along to its next headset and its shooting for the starts with its newly announced Cosmos headset. The headset maker claims it’s next device will be lighter, easier to setup and require no external tracking software. We had our first look into the HTC Cosmos, but it’ll be months before HTC will share more about its form factor and functions so this one won’t be coming any time soon.

In the more immediate future, HTC also announced the Vive Pro Eye, which features eye-tracking technology, and Viveport Infinity games pass subscription service that’s basically Netflix for VR.

Huawei’s MateBook 13 could be a MacBook Air killer.

Huawei announced the new MateBook 13, a 13-inch Ultrabook at CES 2019, which  features 8th-generation Whiskey Lake, full-power processors, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of RAM, with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. This all powers a 13.3-inch 2K (2,160 x 1,440) touch display.  

Best of all, the MateBook 13 will continue Huawei’s tradition of releasing powerful tech in stylish Apple-like designs for a lot less money than the competition.  The laptop will be available later in January for $999 (about £780, AU$1,410) for the Mystic Silver Core i5-8265U model. Users can opt for the Space Gray Intel Core i7-8565U MateBook 13, with Nvidia MX150 graphics for $1,299 (about £1,025, AU$1,830). 

Nvidia RTX mobile graphics bring ray-tracing to gaming laptops.

Nvidia has finally announced that its RTX graphics cards are coming to gaming laptops, and according to the company, 40 gaming laptop models are launching with the new graphics inside starting January 29. 

In fact, just after Nvidia’s announcement, a range of laptop makers such as HP and Razer, announced new laptops with RTX mobile graphics cards. This will be huge for gaming laptops in 2019.

CES 2019 Reviews.

It’s time to get some details on what’s new.

Royole FlexPai.

While it may not be such a terrific phone, the flexible Royole FlexPai has some incredible tech in it, and may just represent the future of tablets and phones.

Dell XPS 13 (2019)

On top of the usual refresh of internal specs to bring it up to 2019’s standards, the latest Dell XPS 13 (2019) finally moves its webcam to where it’s meant to be!

LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9)

Vegas was the perfect backdrop to show off this magical, rollable 65-inch LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9) TV.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 might be more expensive than the graphics card it’s replacing, but it’s also a helluva lot more powerful, too. This mid-range GPU will make your PC gaming dreams come true.

Samsung at CES 2019.

A CES launch for the previously announced Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker – compete with Bixby – seems a shoo-in, but will Samsung launch its Galaxy X foldable phone? “While the full Samsung launch might be at Mobile World Congress we could instead see the Samsung Galaxy S10 launched at CES, which won’t be foldable but will have 5G and triple camera, plus a new notch design on the front panel,” says Tom Morrod, Senior Research Director, IHS Markit. 

Check this out: This is How The Samsung Galaxy X is Going to Look.

Looking to get ahead of the deluge of news, Samsung has announced two new versions of its Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 laptop. Scheduled for a vague ‘2019’ release and with no pricing to speak of, the laptops are both a rehash (13.3-inch) and an expansion (15-inch) of the late 2017 debut model. We’ve also had a new Samsung Notebook Odyssey announced, which will be the company’s most powerful laptop yet.

On the TV front, Samsung have rejigged its MicroLEDrange: now with a ‘smaller’ 75-inch modular television called The Window, and a far larger 219-inch telly carrying the name of The Wall. We’ve also seen a new size option for the recent 85-inch Q900R 8K QLED TV, boosting the already-incredible display up to a whopping 98-inch wonder. Advertisement

We heard rumors of a possible transparent TVbeing patented by the company, and since Samsung is often launching design-led screens, that wouldn’t be a surprise – though if you’re after some more practical features, the newly announced Remote Access should be able to source files, programs and cloud services from connected devices and computers direct to your TV.

What we do know for sure at this point is that Samsung will enhance its Serif TV and The Frame designer screens with QLED tech. The new screens will make their debut at the show and, according to Samsung, will reside in the large lifestyle TV exhibition zone of Samsung’s booth. 

The last rumor we’ve heard concerning Samsung 2019 TVs is that they might include both Bixby and Google Assistant – giving users the choice over which assistant they’d like to use.

Intel at CES 2019.

Intel came out guns blazing at its CES 2019 keynote, announcing the first 10nm Ice Lake processors based on its Sunny Cove architecture – and even showing the chip powering a running laptop.Advertisement

The new chips aim to bolster modern PC performance, while Intel’s new Project Athena initiative hopes to push mobile computing to the next era with thinner and lighter hardware across industry partners like Huawei, Asus, and Lenovo.

Intel also announced six more 9th-gen processors, ranging from Core i3 to Core i9, to release soon. Our own digging leads us to think some of these will launch without integrated graphics cards, in an attempt to lower prices and cut into AMD’s share of the market, though those details were curiously absent from the press conference…

Nvidia at CES 2019.

Nvidia revealed its GeForce RTX Mobility graphics cards at CES 2019, with the RTX 2080, and other cards, now available for gaming laptops.

Moreover, Nvidia may be preparing more than just RTX graphics for laptops at CES 2019, with a reference to MX250 graphics just appearing in an HP laptop listing. 

The supposed HP Zahn 66 Pro 14 G2 Notebook PC was reportedly listed somewhere by HP with an Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, first shared by Twitter user Momomo. 

LG at CES 2019.

As expected, we’ve seen a lot of new TVs and TV-related announcements from LG. The Korean-based electronics manufacturer revealed the boosted Alpha 9 (Gen. 2) TV processor that will power its 2019 OLED TVs in advance of CES, and it was clear going in that LG would have a lot to show.Advertisement

The highlight of LG’s conference has to be its rollable OLED television, now named as the LG Signature Series OLED TV R, which will be on sale in the second half of the year – and given its unique mechanical design, certainly won’t be cheap.

But otherwise LG’s conference was marked by collaboration. There are a host of new partnerships with other manufacturers, with Apple Airplay 2 support and adedicated iTunes movies app coming to LG’s ThinQ smart TVs this year. LG is also combining support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, giving more choice than ever with TV voice controls.

And just when you thought you had LG figured out, it announces a smart cupboard that steams your clothes. Featuring a mirrored door with integrated display, automatically moving hangers, and a smart steaming system, this cupboard will take care of your dusty, wrinkly clothes for you.

We had our hearts set on LG’s foldable phone being unveiled, though it looks like we may have to wait until MWC 2019 to hear more on that.

AMD at CES 2019.

Semiconductor company AMD has already said that it intends to show-off its 3rd-gen Ryzen processors and new graphics products at CES 2019.

AMD has shown off its first ever 7-nanometer GPU, the Radeon VII, at CES 2019. According to a recent leak, that will include three new entry-level Ryzen 3 processors (3300, 3300X, 3300G),  three mid-range Ryzen 5 processors (3600, 3600X, 3600G) and two Ryzen 7 processors (3700, 3700X). On top of the mainline processors, AMD might also surprise us with a few new mobile processors in the form of the 2.6GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3300U CPU and 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3500U.

Beyond processors, CES 2019 might be the place that we see the company’s next AMD Navi GPUs – though, that seems a little less likely than the 3rd-gen processors. 

Canon at CES 2019.

CanonRumors.co reports that CES 2019 could see the unveiling of a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III – complete with a new image sensor and a longer zoom range – and possibly a G9 X Mark III. That rumor seems to be even more likely than ever now that Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III product images surfaced online.

Something that’s beyond rumor, however, is the new line of Vixia camcorders, with Canon revealing its HF G50, HF W11, and HF W10 camcorders. While the latter two are built to tackle the elements, with waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof bodies able to withstand temperatures of -10C / 14F, the G50 is aimed more at the prosumer market with some impressive specs.

Rana Hamid

I am a Tech Gig.

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