First of all sorry for the late post. I wanted to make sure all major announcements were made before writing this piece.Having said that, I will update this article if something that peeks my interest pops up. The first quarter of every year is huge for tech with major events like CES and MWC taking place in January and February respectively. While the latter focuses mainly on mobile devices, CES showcases almost everything you would think of as a piece of technology. We’re talking about everything from smartphones to self-balancing motorcycles to home automation systems. This year had a LOT of interesting stuff, but this is a list of what I think was the most impressive stuff to come out of CES 2018.
Vivo announces the first smartphone with an in screen fingerprint scanner
This was one of the most anticipated smartphone features that I wanted to see in 2018. I knew it was going to happen, but the fact that it happened so early in the year is amazing. Vivo announced the first smartphone to use Synaptics’ optical sensor(not to be confused with Qualcomm’s SenseID) for in screen fingerprint scanning. You probably won’t notice it beneath the display unless you hold it a certain angle. It takes around 0.7 seconds to unlock which is slower than the fingerprint scanners that most smartphones use today. But this is new technology which will only improve with time, and 0.7 seconds is not that big a deal. I hope this becomes a staple feature on all smartphones this year.
Intel and AMD collab to build new 8th Gen CPUs
For the longest time, gaming laptops have been these thick and heavy machines which only enthusiasts prefer to carry. All that is about to change thanks to a very surprising collaboration between Intel and AMD. The rivals have teamed up to release two new CPUs with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. All of this in a system that is smaller than the width of a credit card. That is CRAZY and should offer performance that beats an NVIDIA’s 1060 Max Q GPU. Hp and Dell have already announced new super-thin laptops that use the new processors. This is a game changer, and I did not see this coming.
NVIDIA announces new BFG Displays
I’m actually surprised this hasn’t happened before. The BFG (Big Format Gaming) Displays are basically huge gaming monitors with NVIDIA Shield capabilities. These are 65 inch 4K panels with 120 Hz. refresh rate and they can get as bright as 1000 nits. They also have support for HDR and G-Sync obviously. Asus, Acer, and other brands will sell these displays but don’t expect to get these displays anytime soon. Personally, this is probably my dream TV. Imagine having a man cave with this thing connected to your console and PC. Combine this with Razer chroma and Philips Hue and you’ve got a nightclub in your room.
Vive wireless adapter
Another thing that I wanted to see in 2018 was wireless VR on PC.And at CES 2018, we finally got first party wireless adapter for the HTC Vive. No more wires dangling from the headset which should also help in decreasing the setup time. While there were third-party options like the TPCast for the Vive, it is always better to have first-party options.It uses Intel’s WiGig technology and the adapter is compatible with the newly announced Vive pro and the regular Vive headsets. I can see more and more people getting into VR as soon as this releases. And if all goes well, 2019 could be the year of VR.
CES has been a great start to the year and I am excited to see how the newly announced products perform. Till then have a great day, and I’ll be here to bring you the latest and greatest in technology.