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CES 2020 Round-Up

It’s that time of year again when we take our annual look at some of the announcements made at CES this year. Key topics this year included 5G, AI, IoT, robotics, Wi-Fi 6, edge computing, automation, blockchain, quantum computing, privacy, AR, and VR.

CES is not usually a technology trade show that has a wealth of new smartphones, but several companies did arrive at the 2020 version with new phones. Not only did we see devices we’ll actually be able to buy, but we also saw some concepts and early previews of hardware that may arrive in the future.

Samsung introduced Lite versions of its two most popular current flagship phones, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. The addition of the Lite name means that they have more modest specs, but are still powerful enough to satisfy most people.

TCL started its push into smartphones late last year with the TCL Plex, and has now announced three phones in a new 10 Series range — the TCL 10 L, the TCL 10 Pro, and the TCL 10 5G. This was just a preview of the new phones; the TCL 10 Series phones will be fully revealed during Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

Another prototype at CES 2020 was the TCL folding smartphone. We’ve seen foldable phones from screen tech experts TCL already, but this was the first time we could hold and try one out. It’s more tablet than phone, as it does not have a screen on the outside of the body, making it slightly too large to use as a regular phone. However, it’s just an example of what TCL can do with folding screen technology. The company has at least 36 different prototype folding device designs in its labs!

There was also plenty of hype around Samsung’s new smart assistant or ‘life companion’ as they like to call it, the Samsung Ballie. This small robotic ball can follow you around the home watching and listening for your commands and then keeping an eye on your home and pets when you’re out. We suspect this personal robot is quite a few years away from reality but it looks fun!

With so much video content now being shot in portrait format for social media apps like Instagram and TikTok; viewing these on a landscape format TV loses so much screen real estate. Well Samsung have the answer. Their Sero TV can rotate between landscape and portrait orientation; great for screen-casting from your phone too.

CES 2020 had lots of health and wellness help for older adults. The Health and Wellness companies at CES always have a lot of new products and services to help people who want to grow older at home. This was a big year for hearing aids and wristbands that do everything from track daily activities and predict low blood sugar episodes for people with diabetes.

A CES 2020 Innovation Award honoree, the Meeting Owl Pro was also a big hit with its 360-degree camera, microphone, and smart speaker, an ideal addition for business meetings.

While sitting in the centre of a table, the device’s intelligent zoom-in function can identify, locate, and magnify the person speaking.

The smart camera operates with popular video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype for Business.