Today was press day in Las Vegas for CES 2014. The show officially opens up tomorrow. However, all the companies needed to announce their new products today to get everyone to stop by their booth throughout the week to get hands on of their products. We started the morning off with LG, and moved onto AT&T and Huawei, and ended the day with Sony. We covered nearly 10 press conferences today, so needless to say, it’s been a busy day for us.
This morning Qualcomm announced that they had lowered the price of their smartwatch, the Toq to $299 through January 11th. They also announced a couple new processors, the Snapdragon 602A and the Snapdragon 802.
LG kicked off Press day today and they announced a few new appliances, along with the LG G Flex coming to the US on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. As well as the LG Lifeband Touch. There was also the Home Chat Service at CES.
ZTE made a few announcements today as well. They announced the Grand S II complete with a Snapdragon 800 processor, and plenty of voice commands. There was also their new projector hotspot, which was a pretty weird combination, but still interesting.
The second largest US carrier had quite a few announcements today. They launched a few more LTE markets, bringing the count to 500 markets. They also announced, alongside Chevy, that 4G LTE will be coming with Chevy’s 2015 lineup of cars. AT&T also announced alongside ASUS that the new Padfone X is coming to the US, along with HD Voice. AT&T also announced “sponsored data” today. Finally, AT&T also announced the winners of their Hackathon today, which can be found here.
Chinese-OEM, Huawei was pretty quiet today, but they did announce the Ascend Mate 2. Which has a 6.1-inch 720p display, along with 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE. It is surprisingly coming to the US.
Aside from the ASUS PadFone X, ASUS also announced 4 other phones, and the Dual-OS Transformer Book Duet. Which brings Windows 8 and Android into one tablet. As far as phones go, there’s the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 6, and the Padfone Mini.
T-Mobile had a few announcements today, they announced that they are buying unused spectrum from Verizon which will cost them about $3 billion. There’s also the Xperia Z1S coming to T-Mobile, with pre-orders starting next Monday.
Today, Samsung announced four new tablets, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4. Also, Michael Bay was at their press conference this afternoon, and kinda sorta had a meltdown, you’ll want to see this.
Sony had quite a few devices to announce at CES today. Starting with the Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z1 Compact and their new fitness tracker, the Smartwear. The Xperia Z1S is hitting T-Mobile this month and pre-orders start next week, with the device landing in stores on January 22nd.
Pretty busy day at CES for us. Tomorrow should be a bit less busy, with lots of other interesting tech that we may or may not see in the next few months. Considering we only actually saw about 5 phones today, we kept ourselves busy with plenty of wearables. Were there any surprises in your opinion, today?