These are the stories that have us excited.
January is a significant month. It marks the start of a new year, new goals, and — most importantly — new tech. The beginning of the month is always home to the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, more commonly referred to as CES.
CES 2020 is upon us, and as with every year, it is chock-full of announcement after announcement. Some are more interesting and important than others, and with this guide, we’re rounding up the best of the best so you can stay up-to-date on what matters the most.
We’ll be regularly updating this as new gadgets and gizmos are unveiled, so be sure to check back often throughout the next few days.
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- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite
- TCL 10 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
- Lenovo Duet & Flex 5 Chromebooks
- Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus
- Suunto 7
- Diesel Fadelite
- Withings ScanWatch
- Jabra Elite Active 75t
- JBL true wireless earbuds
- Aukey Omnia chargers
- Lenovo Smart Frame
- Ring gate controller & smart lights
- Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera
- Vizio OLED TVs
- Samsung SelfieType
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite
CES usually isn’t a big showcase for Android phones, making it that much more surprising to see Samsung bring the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite to the show. We don’t have any word on a release date or pricing, but both are shaping up to be affordable entries into the Galaxy ecosystem with powerful specs and enticing features.
Galaxy S10 Lite & Note 10 Lite hands-on: The best of Samsung for less
TCL 10 5G
TCL is using CES 2020 to make a big push into the smartphone market, and while the company has announced a few different models, the most interesting is the TCL 10 5G. It’s using a Snapdragon 700 series processor, has four rear cameras, and a hole-punch display, but the real draw here is the fact that it supports 5G connectivity while maintaining a price tag under $500. All 5G phones prior to this have cost well over $1000, making the TCL 10 5G a clear indicator that the technology can be offered at a reasonable price.
TCL’s first 5G phone will be under $500, run on Snapdragon 765
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Premium Chromebooks aren’t nearly as popular as their more affordable, education-focused siblings, making us that much more excited about Samsung’s new Galaxy Chromebook. It’s expensive with a starting price of $1000, but it promises to deliver a gorgeous 4K AMOLED display, rock-solid aluminum design, and ample performance. There’s even a built-in stylus for note-taking and drawing!
Samsung’s new Galaxy Chromebook is the Pixelbook 2 Google won’t make
Lenovo Duet & Flex 5 Chromebooks
Lenovo has announced two new Chromebooks at CES, including the Duet (pictured above) and the Flex 5. The Duet is especially interesting as it’s one of the few Chromebook tablets that exists. It also comes with a keyboard dock, turning it into a traditional laptop form factor. Then there’s the more normal Flex 5, featuring a 2-in-1 design and built-in stylus.
Lenovo Duet Chromebook tablet and Flex 5 Chromebook debut at CES 2020
Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus
Devices like the Nest Hub have become quite popular, but they all have one issue — they’re not portable. Lenovo is looking to solve this conundrum with the Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus. At first glance, it might just look like a typical Android tablet. And in a sense, it is. However, you can put it in the included dock to transform the M10 into a Google Assistant-powered smart display — complete with a special UI designed primarily for voice commands.
Lenovo created a $190 Android tablet that’s also a Google Assistant display
Suunto may not be a name you immediately recognize, but it’s one of the leaders in regards to legitimately good fitness tracking gadgets. The Suunto 7 is the company’s first-ever Wear OS smartwatch, and it looks to combine Suunto’s unmatched tracking with all of the goodies Wear OS has to offer. The $499 asking price is hefty, but for serious fitness folks, the Suunto 7 aims to deliver where other watches fall short.
Suunto 7 hands-on: A Wear OS watch with serious fitness skills
Diesel has been known to create Wear OS watches with bold, distinctive designs, and that’s exactly what we’re getting with the Fadelite. The Fadelite has a slimmer case size at 43mm compared to what we usually see from Diesel, along with bold color options and a translucent case that just screams 1980. The 512MB of RAM is a bit disappointing, but for some folks, the aesthetic may make up for the lacking performance.
Diesel Fadelite smartwatches feature bold colors and clear cases at CES 2020
Another smartwatch that’s caught our attention is the Withings ScanWatch. This is more of a hybrid watch instead of a fully-fledged smartwatch, but it has two really unique tricks of its sleeve — it can take ECG readings and detect sleep apnea. Add that together with a classy design, robust exercise tracking, and 30-day battery life, and we can’t wait for the planned Q2 2020 release.
Withings announces new ScanWatch with AFib and sleep apnea detection
Jabra Elite Active 75t
The Jabra Elite 75t are among the best true wireless earbuds on the market, and the Elite Active 75t are exactly what the name implies — a more ruggedized version of those earbuds that are better suited for people with active lifestyles. While they look almost identical to the regular Elite 75t, the Active model adds full IP57 water-resistance a grippier in-ear fit.
Jabra’s Elite Active 75t are the waterproof true wireless earbuds you’ve been waiting for
JBL LIVE 300TWS and TUNE 220TWS
JBL’s also doing what it can to take a bite out of the true wireless earbud market, with the company’s latest options being the LIVE 300TWS and TUNE 220TWS. The 220TWS promises to offer “thumping JBL Pure Bass” sound for your tunes, along with a variety of fun colors. The 330TWS has a more generic design, but benefit from built-in Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
JBL’s new AirPods alternatives cost $100 and come in six different colors
Aukey Omnia Chargers
Chargers may not seem like an exciting thing to talk about, but Aukey’s doing something impressive with its new Omnia Series. There are a few different options to choose from, including two 100W models. Aukey touts that the chargers are up to 66% smaller than the one Apple includes with its 13-inch MacBook, with the fast charging speeds and compact size being possible thanks to the use of gallium nitride.
Aukey’s new chargers from CES 2020 are more power and less brick
Lenovo Smart Frame
Smart displays, like the Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show, have found themselves acting as digital photo frames for the modern era. Lenovo’s taken that idea and cranked it up to 11 with the Smart Frame — a 21-inch display that’s built into a picture frame to showcase your favorite photos anywhere in your home. We aren’t sure how many people will bite on the $399 price, but I already want five of these in my apartment.
Lenovo Smart Frame is a 21-inch modern and beautiful digital picture frame
Ring Access Controller Pro & smart lights
Ring’s made itself well-known for its smart video doorbells and cameras, and now the company’s extending its smart home reaches with the Access Controller Pro — a smart control system for your home’s electronic gate. The company’s also getting into the smart lighting game for the first time, offering A19 and PAR38 threaded bulbs, along with a variety of solar lighting solutions.
Ring announces gate access control and smart light bulbs at CES 2020
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera
Arlo’s lineup of smart security cameras is growing, with the company using CES 2020 to unveil the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera. Arlo says this is the market’s first wire-free floodlight camera, and some of its highlights include 2K video capture, powerful LED lights that can cover a wide area, color night vision, and more. The company’s targeting a release in Spring 2020, along with a retail price of $250.
Arlo has unveiled the market’s first wire-free floodlight camera
Vizio OLED TVs
OLED TVs are all the rage right now, and now Vizio is throwing its hat into the ring. We don’t know much about the company’s OLED televisions, other than that there will be 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, 4K support, and thin bezels measuring in at just 4mm.
Vizio TVs get bigger and better in 2020, with its first OLED TV, an 85-incher, and new procesors
From C-Labs, Samsung’s incubator for creating experimental products and services, we have SelfieType. The goal of SelfieType is to remove the need for a physical keyboard by using your phone’s selfie camera to analyze and track your finger movements, allowing you to tap your fingers on a table, desk, or other hard surface and translate that to actual text input. Chances are it won’t see a public release anytime soon, but it’s still pretty impressive.
Samsung shows off SelfieType, its magical invisible keyboard, at CES 2020