CES 2016, the biggest technology show of the year, is packed with brand new gadgets. And while CES isn’t known for its mobile technology (Mobile World Congress will see to that in February), there are still some interesting phones and tablets on display.
Best phones of CES 2016
LG K7 and LG K10
LG has made a splash at CES by unveiling its new K-series of smartphones. The LG K7 and LG K10 offer attractive designs and average specs at a budget price, putting them in direct competition with the Moto G.
The K7 has a 5-inch screen, 8MP camera and 2,125mAh battery, while the K10 comes with a 5.3-inch HD screen, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and 2,300mAh battery.
While the specs are alright for phones designed to be wallet-friendly, it’s the styling that really sells them. Both phones have a textured back for a nice grip and the screens curves into the frame for a smooth finish.
Letv Le Max Pro
Unless you’re as much of a phone geek as we are, you probably won’t have heard of Letv. The company is a new smartphone maker that’s been hitting headlines with high power, low cost devices. And at CES it’s kept its reputation up by unveiling the first phone powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor.
This new mobile chip is the top model from Qualcomm, the world’s biggest mobile processor maker, and is said to make phones as fast as the iPad Air.
It’s not just the power that impresses with the Le Max Pro. There’s a huge 6.3-inch Quad HD screen, a 21MP rear camera and the latest Android Marshmallow software.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s the first phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. This new tech is more secure and can work through glass, meaning fingerprint scanners could be embedded under your phone’s screen in future.
Lenovo Project Tango phone
While Lenovo couldn’t show a finished product, it did announce it’s working with Google to create a phone with the search giant’s Project Tango tech built in.
What’s Google got to do with an orange soft drink? Well, nothing. Project Tango is actually an advanced 3D scanning technology. It’s a new sensor developed by Google that lets your phone scan an entire room really quickly. For games, that means you could turn your living room into a level, while other apps could let you redecorate a virtual representation of your room before buying anything.
Lenovo says its Project Tango phone will arrive this summer.
Best tablets of CES 2016
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Samsung has been relatively quiet at this year’s CES. The only new mainstream tech it announced was the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a tablet-laptop hybrid designed to take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
It’s got a 12-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen (basically a supersized Galaxy S6 display), a 10.5-hour battery life and, most importantly, full Windows 10 software.
As it comes with a removable keyboard and can run all your usual computer software, the TabPro S can replace a laptop. And because it’s as thin and light as a tablet, it’s even more portable than your normal computer.
Huawei MediaPad M2
Huawei has set Samsung and Apple in its sights, announcing it wants to be bigger than at least one of them within the next two years. To start that fight, the Chinese company has launched a 10-inch tablet at CES, the MediaPad M2.
Slim, light and with an aluminium build, it’s designed to have the premium aura of its big rivals. It’s also got some premium tech inside, with four speakers for great audio quality and an easy-to-use split screen function for multitasking.
The thing that makes Huawei really competitive, though, is that the MediaPad M2 costs much less than other tablets with similar features.
HiSense VIDAA Mirror
If you’ve been shopping for TVs in recent years, you might have heard of HiSense and dismissed it as a cheap brand. But the company is pretty big and is known for creating some top quality screens. It’s that screen tech that dominates its new tablet, the VIDAA Mirror.
Over 90% of the front of this tablet is screen, giving it a striking look like no other tablet. It’s an 8.4-inch screen, by the way, and has a Quad HD resolution – so it’s perfectly sized and crystal clear.
The other thing that makes the HiSense VIDAA Mirror stand out is its unbelievably thin body – just 3.4mm thick. For comparison, a £1 coin is 3.15mm thick.
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