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The most important CES 2021 news at a glance

The CES is over. Although this time the fair took place completely digitally, manufacturers continued to introduce their upcoming products. So much was announced in the past week that it was difficult to keep track of everything. That is why we publish an overview with various announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show 2021.

Televisions

In recent weeks, various manufacturers showed new televisions with mini led backlight. Companies like Samsung, TCL and LG will release such TVs to consumers later this year. LG is introducing new OLED TVs for 2021, including a G1 series with a brighter panel, a bendable 48 “OLED screen, and a 42” OLED TV. Other manufacturers also come with OLED televisions, including Sony and Panasonic. LG would also come with cheaper A1 OLED TVs. Samsung is showing a micro LED television and Sony is introducing micro-LED screens for professional applications and an 8k LCD.

Processors

Both AMD and Intel introduced new laptop processors at the digital CES. AMD comes with Ryzen 5000 laptop processors. That series consists of different models with Zen 3 or Zen 2 cores, depending on the SKU. Intel, in turn, is showing the first Tiger Lake-H CPUs. News about desktop processors also came out last week. AMD is making its Threadripper Pro processors available to consumers separately. Intel, in turn, comes with Rocket Lake CPUs. Later this year the company will release its first 10nm, desktop processors.

Laptops

There was also a lot to see on the digital exhibition floor in the area of ​​laptops. Various manufacturers showed their models with the new CPUs from AMD and Intel, in the form of Ryzen 5000 and Tiger Lake-H. Several laptops with RTX 30 GPUs from Nvidia also appeared. Manufacturers also showed laptops with ‘higher’ screens. Consider, for example, screens with a relative aspect ratio of 16:10, compared to the regular 16: 9. Laptops with OLED screens also appeared.

Video cards

This year, several video cards were announced at CES, most notably by Nvidia. That company introduced a GeForce RTX 3060 desktop video card with 12GB of memory. The GPU manufacturer is also coming with laptop variants of its RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060. AMD was quieter in the GPU area, but confirmed that the first laptop GPUs based on its RDNA 2 architecture will appear on the market later this year. The company is also coming this year with lower positioned RDNA 2 GPUs for desktops.

Smartphones

Qualcomm introduced a new fingerprint scanner that is placed under the screen during CES. The company states that this model is faster and larger than its predecessor scanner. LG also teases its upcoming Rollable smartphone with, as the name suggests, a roll-up screen. Samsung introduced an Exynos 2100 soc and its Galaxy S21 smartphones last week, although strictly speaking the company did so outside of CES. Archos comes with a shock-resistant 5G smartphone with 8000mAh battery.

Monitors

LG, for example, comes with a 31.5 “OLED monitor with a 4k resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. Dell in turn comes with a curved 40” screen with a resolution of 5120×2160 pixels. LG is doing the same and further introduced different gaming monitors. In addition, manufacturers such as ASUS and LG came with a 4k144Hz monitor with HDMI 2.1 connections. Acer also showed such a monitor and also introduced a 1440p screen with a 275Hz panel. ASUS comes further with a portable 14 “IPS monitor with full HD resolution and touch-sensitive screen in the ProArt series. The company claims the monitor can display the full sRGB color space and is factory calibrated.

Computer stuff

Among other things, new Intel motherboards are on the way. Manufacturers such as ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, and MSI, among others, are announcing their Z590 boards, which are intended for the Rocket Lake desktop processors coming later this quarter. Z590 motherboards receive PCIe 4.0 support for M.2 SSDs and expansion cards such as GPUs.

Furthermore, Intel is renewing its NUC Phantom Canyon mini PCs. These computers have a Tiger Lake CPU and an RTX 2060 GPU from Nvidia. The manufacturer does not yet mention the official recommended prices. Zotac also shows a new mini PC. The ZBOX Magnus One will include a GeForce RTX 3070 video card, an Intel Core i7-10700 desktop processor, and 16GB DDR4 memory. Thermaltake continues with new cases, including a tower case for Mini-ITX motherboards.

Western Digital shows an external SSD of 4TB with sequential read and write speeds of about 1GB / s, which will cost 828 euros. In addition, new internal PCIe 4.0 SSDs are on the way. Kingston, MSI and Gigabyte are working on such SSDs, all of which have to achieve sequential read speeds of up to 7GB / s. The various manufacturers do not yet mention recommended prices for their respective drives.

Network and smart home

Several manufacturers show their first network products with Wi-Fi 6E support. That standard adds support for the 6GHz frequency, among other things. This is how TP-Link shows its Archer and Deco routers. Linksys is coming with a Wi-Fi 6E mesh router, while Netgear is announcing a regular Nighthawk router with support for this standard.

Roborock also comes with an S7 vacuum cleaning robot with mopping function that works with ultrasonic vibrations and TP-Link comes with a smart video doorbell and security camera. Samsung also shows a robot vacuum cleaner, which is equipped with lidar sensors. Synology comes with a RackStation RS1221 + -nas with eight-bay and redundant power supply.

Other

Of course, there was much more to see on the digital exhibition floor. For example, Lenovo comes with AR glasses that can display up to five virtual PC monitors and Vuzix shows glasses with micro-LED screens that can display smartphone notifications. TCL also comes with video glasses with 1080p OLED screens and a tablet with LCD without backlight. Furthermore, various manufacturers show cleaning robots. Companies are also coming up with ‘covid gadgets’, including several ‘smart face masks’. The MaskFone is a face mask with an integrated telephone that allows users to make calls and Razers Project Hazel has disinfectant UV lights and electric air filters.

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