Every year at CES we get to see some exciting prototypes and concepts that scream innovation and bleeding edge. As we leave behind the eventful 2017, we are already stepping up our game in 2018 as we enter the year with the CES event, scheduled to run from Jan 9th to Jan the 12th. We can expect to see a lot of drones, Audio, IOT, AR/VR, vehicles, and smartphones. Usually, smartphones are not covered in ways as diverse as in MWC or IFA. But let’s see below for what we expect to see in the CES 2018 for the world of smartphones:
Samsung is set to launch its mid-range A8 devices, the A8, and the A8 plus. They will be pretty nicely specced with an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and dual front lenses that should give them the capability to take portrait images like that of the Note 8. One would be a 16MP and the other would be an 8MP lens. It should be noted that this is the first time, we are seeing an 18:9 aspect ratio form factor on the mid-range Samsung devices.
It does seem that Samsung is well equipped to capture mid-range smartphone market and produce high-quality devices at low price points. The A8 will host a 5.8-inch panel and the A8 plus will have a 6.0-inch panel. Both of them will support USB type-C and Samsung Pay.
Also in rumours, we are expecting Samsung to give us a teaser of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in CES. They will not officially launch the devices, as they are slated to be launched in MWC 2018. Also, the Samsung flagship alternative to Google Pixebook is in news, where the company would launch the Chromebook Pro with 16GB of RAM and an Intel Core M processor.
LG is showcasing a new variant of the LG V30. The color is called Rasberry Rose and is more magenta than red in color. The LG V30 has a 6-inch 18:9 full HD display with Dolby vision, support for HDR10, 32-bit advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC for amazing quality audio experience, and a dual camera setup at the back. It also has a fingerprint scanner, facial unlock feature, is dust resistant, and has an IP68 certification for water resistance.
Huawei has been on a roll for quite some time. It captured the market with immense gratification with its P and Honor series. The Chinese OEM is set to debut some new devices this year but we would likely hear about plans of making the Huawei Mate 10 Pro available in the United States, which would be an AT&T exclusive. More information would be revealed during CES.
Google, as we know won’t be launching any new smartphones. They are investing all their time in going all-in on Google Assistant. Google Assistant Playground will demo the integrations, devices and newest ways in which you can use the voice-based assistant. They would keep their old devices on display, like the Pixel 2 and Pixelbook and give you an added feel of how seamless does the Google Deep mind make things work for you.
We do have a rumor circling though, that Google might launch a few Chromebooks that go along with the PIxelbook (launched in October Last year).
Rumors suggest that ASUS is working on a Chromebook of their own that will go heads on with the Pixelbook. It will be the upgraded C302CA Chromebook. It is rumored to have 16GB of RAM and a Core M processor.
It’s possible that they would launch a few handsets of their own too. Last year, they unveiled the Asus Zenfone AR and the Zenfone 3 Zoom at the CES. They will likely do something of the same sorts this year too. Are you excited to see phones by ASUS?
Last year in CES, the Sony Xperia L1 was launched. Yesterday only, we saw three new phones by the company and they will be showcased in the CES. The Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 are all mid-range devices. The company has continued with the boxy designs and we aren’t really sure if Sony is aware that this an era of bezel-less phones. However, we are waiting to see how these phones perform in the market.
The stage is all set. We will see a host of new things in the CES 2018. Apart from the list mentioned here, we would see a tonne of new stuff like rollable and AI-powered TV’s, some stunning tech with new cars and a tonne more. I’d keep tuned to watch up for the CES 2018 and you should too.
Which phone are you excited about? Will you tune in to watch the Consumer Electronics Show at 23:30 hours tonight? Let us know in the comments section below.