CES 2016 has officially started, and, as it is usually the case with trade shows, it is pretty much over. Companies are generally unveiling products and services, making announcements, and gathering media at their press events prior to the official start of the show. However, that doesn’t mean that Day 3 (which is the official day one of CES) was a boring one. Check out the most important things that saw the light of day, rounded up for you below, in case you missed any of the action.
Alcatel OneTouch already announced a line-up of Pixi products, powered by Android (and a Windows 10 Mobile tablet), but the company saved something for last. Enter the OneTouch Fierce XL, a Windows 10 Mobile-powered smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, featuring a microSD card expansion (only up to 32GB), eight-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch Full HD screen. Check out our hands-on video here!
HP took things seriously at this year’s CES. Aside from the certified virtual reality ready desktop PC for gamers, the HP ENVY Phoenix (with regards to which HP also announced a collaboration with HTC concerning the Vive), the company brought a cornucopia of laptops. You can read about these, including the HP Pavilion x2 and the Elitebook Folio here.
Intel brought its new line-up of Compute Sticks to Las Vegas. The company has managed to improve its first generation Mini PC, announced last year, and, for 2016, it prepared three models, powered by Intel Atom, Core M3, and Core M5 processors. They’re smaller, but they still transform your TV or display into a Windows 10 computer once you plug them into the HDMI port.
The Galaxy brand no longer refers to Android devices, exclusively. Samsung decided to ditch the ATIV brand, and replace it with Galaxy, expanding the Android-only family of products to Windows as well. The Galaxy TabPro S that was announced at CES was a pleasant surprise. Even if it’s not a powerhouse (being specced similarly to the entry-level Surface Pro 4), it managed to make a good impression. Check out our hands-on video and first impressions here.
Netflix made a big announcement at CES: the video streaming company has expanded its coverage, adding 130 additional countries, and making the offering available worldwide.
Polaroid showcased its Power and Snap smartphones at its booth in Las Vegas, and, while the company doesn’t ask a fortune for them, they do however deliver some solid mid-range specs.
We know, from previous recaps, that Samsung added two new color options to its Gear S2 Classic line-up. We went hands-on to see them in person. All this while Fossil showed off its Q wearable family growing with the Q54 Pilot vintage watch. …and talking about Samsung, probably the most underrated and unexpected news for Day 3 is the unveiling of the enhanced, next generation, Chromebook 3.
Virtual reality being the buzzword recently, a Chinese manufacturer is bringing 2K goggles to the US, and if you’re into VR, you should definitely take a look.
Talking about wearables, not only did Casio unveil further details about its ruggedized Android Wear-powered smartwatch, but the Withings Go fitness tracker is bringing E-Ink technology to the table for enhanced battery life.
Wrapping things up, we took a closer look at the LeTV Max Pro, and we urge you to check out the video.
We’re expecting a lot of cool gadgets to see the light of day at CES 2016.
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