Why must all good things come to an end? More importantly, why must they end before we get to truly appreciate them? Case in point, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It feels like it only started yesterday. Because, well, it technically did.
But as always, the vast majority of high-profile exhibitors hurried to take the wraps off their shiny new gadgets in the days leading up to the expo’s formal kick-off. And now here we are, still roughly 24 hours away from the official conclusion of CES 2016, already knowing the party’s over.
Nonetheless, Day 4 (technically, Day 2) of the trade fair brought a few interesting new devices in the limelight, and allowed us to get some one-on-one time with others that went official earlier. Here’s the full recap:
BLU Vivo 5 and Vivo XL
Quite possibly the most popular American-based unlocked smartphone specialist these days unveiled a couple more budget soldiers, priced at $150 and $200 respectively. Unlike the vast majority of ultra-low-cost gadgets out there, the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL are sure pretty, and the former provides a whopping 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage space. Not too shabby!
A protagonist of both our first and second-day wrap-ups already, Lenovo had a few details to share on its in-development Google-backed Project Tango phone too. The good news is the reality-scanning handheld should cost no more than $500 when it eventually goes on sale. The bad is an ETA remains decidedly up in the air.
Ugh, another wearable device looking to stand out with gimmicks of sorts? Well, yes and no, since we wouldn’t call two screens and two batteries a gimmick. It’s perhaps not pure innovation either, but the Nabu Watch has what it takes to appeal to both fitness nuts and lovers of classical, “dumb” digital chronographs. It’s also up for grabs already, not that expensive, and it streams various notifications and alerts from iPhones and Androids.
The smartwatch onslaught slowed down a little, but Martian covered the relative general silence with the announcement of a full range of wearables, including timepieces and smart jewelry. On an entirely unrelated note, it was nice to see Remix OS all grown up, and just about prepared to turn your Windows PC or Mac into a full-fledged Android computer.
Nextbit shared some updates on Robin shipping dates as well, while China-based VR specialist 3Glasses let us take the D2 Vanguard Edition goggles for a spin and gauge their potential to contend the industry’s heavyweights.
Thanks to HiSense, near-bezelless tablets are one step closer to commercial reality, a small peripheral dubbed Sevenhugs Smart Remote wants to free your smartphone from connected home control duties, and last but not least, the Decibullz Contour Custom Fit earphones will feel like they were designed for each individual user… if they ever enter mass production.
We’re expecting a lot of cool gadgets to see the light of day at CES 2016.
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