The first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a busy day with announcements from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Intel. The annual tech fair, perhaps the largest in the world, typically draws over 180,000 people, including media representatives, trade analysts, and a wide variety of tech companies. However, due to the pandemic, CES is going to be fully digitized this year and large companies are holding customized press events to showcase new products.
Here’s everything that happened on the first day of CES 2021.
LG mobile smartphone
It’s official: LG is making a rollable phone. During its CES keynote event, LG gave a sneak peek into a smartphone with an expanding screen. LG has not disclosed any details or information about the device, but rather sources nearby CNET revealed that the rollable phone will be launched later this year. LG’s rollable smartphone is a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold foldable line of products, particularly the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Tech companies are working in-house on a number of smartphone form factors, including a rollable display phone. Oppo recently demonstrated a rollable concept phone with an OLED screen.
Intel is teasing the next generation Alder Lake chip
Under pressure from Apple and AMD, Intel showed its next-generation chip at CES 2021. The new chip, codenamed Alder Lake, is more powerful and energy efficient, resulting in longer battery life. Intel didn’t share any details about the chip, but said the processor will arrive in the second half of 2021. Alder Lake chips will be based on Intel’s new 10nm SuperFin process. In a virtual event, Intel also launched the 11th generation of the Core H-series mobile processors, which can be used in gaming laptops with a thickness of only 16 millimeters.
Samsung shows JetBot 90 AI + vacuum robot
At CES 2021, Samsung announced the JetBot 90 AI +, a camera-equipped intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner that only cleans your room but also doubles as a surveillance camera for your home. The vacuum has a LiDAR sensor and sophisticated AI functions. Samsung plans to launch the JetBot 90 AI + in the US in the first half of 2021. No idea how much it will cost, but it will probably be at a premium price. The South Korean company also unveiled a four-door, bespoke Flex refrigerator, a new type of refrigerator that allows you to customize different finishes and styles for each of the four doors.
Sony’s Airpeak drone
Sony makes a drone, but the idea behind its Airpeak is a little different. At the annual CES show, the Japanese company showed the Airopeak drone for filmmakers and content creators. Sony didn’t share much information about the drone, but did show a video of it that was equipped with a Sony Alpha 7S III camera. According to Sony, the Airpeak is the smallest class of drones that a professional camera can carry. Sony announced its Airpeak drone project in November 2020. The drone will be available in spring 2021.
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TCL tease rollable screens
TCL also showed a rollable telephone concept at CES 2021. In a video of the concept device, TCL showed a concept device with a 6.7-inch rollable screen that transforms into a 7.8-inch tablet with “a simple tap of the finger”. According to TCL, the UI will be customizable, although the company hasn’t shown the UI in action. TCL tested a rollable concept for the first time last year, but it was just a dummy prototype. In addition, the company showed off a new 17-inch printed OLED scrolling display that unfolds like a scroll.
Lenovo introduces the new ThinkPad X1 line of products
The PC giant is updating its premium ThinkPad X1 laptops at this year’s CES 2021. Perhaps the highlight of this year’s announcements is the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, which is the thinnest ThinkPad at just over 11mm. It also has an aspect ratio of 3: 2. Lenovo has also announced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 and ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, which will both get 16:10 displays. Then there’s a new detachable 12.3-inch convertible tablet ThinkPad X12.
Qualcomm’s 2nd generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
After Qualcomm received a lot of flak for the first-generation ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, it is now equipped with its latest fingerprint sensor in the display. The new 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 will be 77 percent larger than its predecessor. The sensor can also image through wet fingers and contamination. The sensor can also process data 50 percent faster than the older one, says Qualcomm. Expect the new biometric sensor to be seen on flagship next-generation smartphones all year round. Although not confirmed, the Samsung Galaxy S21 could be the first smartphone to feature the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2.