Highlights From CES 2017, World’s Biggest Consumer Technology Show

by January 6, 2017
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CES 2017 is in full swing. In just two days, there have been hundreds of exciting products craving for attention. Well, what else do you expect from the world’s biggest consumer technology show that attracts over 2 lakh attendees and spans over 24 lakh square feet of exhibit space? It is easy to lose out on important announcements among this noise. Worry not, though, as we hand-pick the best product announcements from CES 2017 so far:

  • LG Signature W series OLED

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LG unveiled its flagship Signature W-Series OLED TVs. Here, W stands for Wallpaper since these TVs are incredibly thin. The W-Series comes with a Dolby Atmos soundbar that also hosts the TV set’s essential ports and slots. The top models are available in 66-inch and 77-inch models. The former is only 2.6 mm thick. It is an engineering feat. It was possible only because OLED panels do not require backlighting. To achieve the thinness, LG has moved all the ports from the screen to the Dolby Atmos soundbar that sits underneath it. To make things work, you must run a display cable from the massive OLED screen to the soundbar. The W7 series OLED TVs feature 4K resolution. Then there’s Active HDR to render brighter scenes and greater shadow detail. For this feature to work, you will need HDR content, though. On the software side of things, these smart TVs run LG’s WebOS. The TV will offer 70+ free streaming digital channels including news and sports from networks such as Newsy, Fox Sports, TIME, Bloomberg, Sports Illustrated, People, Funny or Die, Fail Army, and more. As of this writing, LG hasn’t shed light on the pricing bit.

  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-one

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One of the best laptops from the Windows camp has got even better. Dell has upgraded its MacBook killer XPS 13 with a 2-in-1 twist. The new laptop is thinner and sleeker than its predecessor and can also rotate 360 degrees around its hinge. This enables the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop to switch to a tablet mode. The machine boasts of a QHD+ touchscreen. The XPS 13 2-in-1 features Windows Hello fingerprint reader for user authentication. The laptop comes with Intel Core i5 or i7 processor configuration. The RAM can be upgraded to 16GB. The onboard SSD storage is capped at 512 GB. Regarding software, you get Windows 10 operating system. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available beginning January 5, 2017, on Dell.com and at Best Buy in the United States starting at $999 (approx Rs 68,000).

  • Asus Zenfone AR

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Taiwanese brand Asus announced the Zenfone AR mobile. The smartphone plays nice with Google’s Tango AR platform and Daydream VR. If you haven’t heard of Tango yet, it is a set of sensors along with computer vision software that aids smartphone augmented reality experiences. The phone features a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED screen. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset. It is the first smartphone to pack in a whopping 8GB RAM. In the photography department, you get a 23-megapixel camera along with a depth sensor meant for Tango AR. The snapper features 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and laser autofocus. For selfies, you get an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The headphone jack supports 7.1 channel virtual surround sound. Other features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS (Assisted GPS), and 3300 mAh battery. The Zenfone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google. Little wonder then, that the handset runs latest Android 7 Nougat out-of-the-box. Visit CompareRaja for the Asus zenfone mobile price.

  • Faraday Future FF 91

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If you thought Tesla electric cars were cool, you haven’t seen Faraday Future’s FF 91. As per the manufacturer, the FF 91 is a true electric supercar. The car’s chassis and body are made from a single mould. It comes with a sleek rounded front fascia along with a curved back to aid the aerodynamic efficiency. The electric car’s powertrain features a multi-motor setup, which enables real-time torque vectoring to the rear wheels. Faraday Future claims that the car’s power is equivalent to 1050 HP, which is more than that of Bugatti Veyron. The FF 91 can go from 0-60 mph in just 2.39 seconds. Made in collaboration with LG Chem, the FF 91’s 130 kWh battery has a range of 700 km.

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It is the first car that does away with the key. The owner can unlock the car using the facial recognition technology. The FF 91 has a complex system of sensors that comprises of 10 high definition cameras, 13 long and short range radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Faraday Future promises top-notch autonomous car experience. Faraday Future will begin accepting reservations for $5,000. However, there’s no word on the actual cost of the car.

  • Razer Project Ariana

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Gaming peripheral company, Razer showcased its “Project Ariana”. It is the world’s first video projection system that takes the video game immersion to the next level. Taking a cue from Philips Ambilight TV technology, Razer uses a projector to fill the room with visuals and lighting in sync with the game that you are playing. Using the depth sensors, it can also detect factors such as furniture and room lighting to fine tune the projection. The Project Ariana is meant to create ambience for lonely gamers. The idea is similar to the IllumiRoom, which Microsoft had showcased a few years back. Unlike the software giant, though, Razer has plans to roll out the Project Ariana to the market. At this point, the American gaming peripheral company is tight-lipped about the project Ariana’s price estimate or tentative release date.