Smartphones weren’t entirely neglected at CES 2018
The conversation at the Consumer Electronics Shows largely revolve around PCs, cars, home entertainment and the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite being the most popular segment in electronics, smartphones often take back seat, as most phone makers tend to wait until the Mobile World Congress (held in February-March) for all major announcements. However, that doesn’t mean nothing new on smartphones was announced at the CES 2018. Here some of the interesting smartphones, new tech and accessories you may have missed.
Sony Xperia 2018 lineup
Sony unveiled its next line-up of mid-range and budget smartphones at the CES 2018. The mid-range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, also used in the Moto X4, run the latest version of Android (Oreo) and are the first Sony smartphones in the price segment to include finger print sensors. The XA2 Ultra has a 6-inch screen, while the XA2 has a 5.2-inch screen. Targeted at budget segment, the Xperia L2 runs Android 7.1, has a 5.5-inch screen with resolution of 1,280x720p and is powered by a MediaTek’s 1.5GHz quad-core processor.
Blackberry KeyOne Bronze edition
Blackberry announced a bronze coloured variant of the KeyOne smartphone at the CES. It is also a dual SIM smartphone, unlike the Black edition which had single SIM slot. Blackberry also announced the availability date of its upcoming touch-only smartphone, Motion, at CES. It will be available in US from 12 January at $450 (approximately Rs28,721). Blackberry Motion will be manufactured by TCL and will run on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor used in the KeyOne.
Vivo’s touchscreen finger print sensor
Chinese phonemaker Vivo showed off a new finger print sensor which will be integrated on the display of upcoming Vivo smartphones. Vivo showcased a 6-inch smartphone with the on-screen optical finger print sensor developed by US based touchscreen company Synaptics. The sensor works only with OLED screens and will be placed under the smartphone’s screen. Though Vivo didn’t say anything about the new handset, it is likely to be show up first on premium smartphones as OLED panels are costly.
Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 chispet
South Korean company Samsung unveiled its next generation Exynos 9810 chipset which will power the upcoming Galaxy 9 and Note 9 smartphones. Samsung claims, it is 40% faster than its predecessor, Exynos 8895. It is an octa-core processor with four performance cores clocking at a whopping 2.9GHz. It also supports hybrid face detection which means the new smartphone face unlocking tech will be able to carry out 3D mapping of user’s face, just like Apple’s Face ID tech, and will be harder to bypass.
Alcatel joins the bezel-less bandwagon
US-based Alcatel showcased three new smartphone at the tech show, dropping hints about the price bracket they will be launched at, but kept the spec details under wraps. The Alcatel 5 smartphone will be targeted at budget segment buyers. It will have a big screen with thin bezels and a 3,000mAh battery. Alcatel 3 will be a mind-range smartphone with a bezel-less display, and face unlocking system, USB Type-C. The Alcatel 1 will be their budget offering for entry level buyers. More details are likely to be announced at MWC.