CES 2018 Day 1: From Electric Cars to Laptops


January is a big month for the tech world as it descends on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show.


It’s a celebration of future tech, which includes the devices you can buy in a few months, and stuff that’s light years away.


So what are the highlights of day one of the world’s biggest tech show? Let’s find out.


Or you can watch this neat report from CBS. If you’re, you know, a bit lazy.



1. Electric Cars Everywhere


Tesla is set to feel the heat from a series of top class electric cars in the year ahead. Mercedes is getting its act together, as is VW, and the Chinese are really coming now.


Fisker hit the headlines for the right reasons, for once, with his new concept car that promises Solid State Battery power. Fisker’s last company, selling a hybrid sportscar, was a frustration that ended in bankruptcy.


Cars caught fire, he couldn’t meet his own demanding production schedule and by the time the car was really ready, it was outdated.


Fisker essentially over-reached and his tech wasn’t solid. So we’ll wait and see the car in the flesh before we get too excited about this car. But it does look amazing.


The former Aston Martin designer looks like he will get one more chance to deliver on his wild promises. But this time, he has got to come up with the 161mph car with a 400-mile range that he has promised.



Byton revealed its new electric car that can technically take over from your smartphone entirely.


Connectivity is a really big deal with electric cars, as they’re going to drive for you soon. When that happens, your car will be an entertainment center, rather than a tool you have to point down the road. So the In Car Entertainment is the big battleground.


Kia launched the Niro at the event, which also speaks volumes for how the automotive industry is abandoning its own niche events and trying to appeal to a broader tech crowd.


The Byton Concept comes with a 1.25 metre display on its dash.

The Byton Concept comes with a 1.25 metre display on its dash.(Photo Courtesy: Byton)


KIA Niro.

KIA Niro.(Photo Courtesy: YouTube)

Active safety and a range of 383km means this could be a real, viable electric car. We love the Soul EV, but the range lets it down. This could be a winner.


The I.D. Buzz from Volkswagen in its new avatar.
The I.D. Buzz from Volkswagen in its new avatar.
(Photo Courtesy: Nvidia)


But we freaking love this next generation VW I.D Buzz, which will come loaded with Nvidia tech like Intelligent Co-Pilot and an in-car virtual assistant. Basically that’s Alexa, or Siri, for your car.


Laptops Getting Smaller


Laptops are going to come on in leaps and bounds this year, with most of them taking the hybrid tablet/laptop route.


Acer introduced the Swift 7, which it says is the world’s slimmest laptop at just 8.98mm.

The world’s slimmest laptop, Acer Swift 7.

The world’s slimmest laptop, Acer Swift 7.(Photo Courtesy: Acer)

HP (Hewlett Packard) launched a hybrid of its own called Envy X2 as a rival to the Microsoft Suface Pro, which is a step above the iPads of this world in terms of functionality.

The HP Envy X2 offers up to 20 hours of battery life.

The HP Envy X2 offers up to 20 hours of battery life.(Photo Courtesy: YouTube/HP)

Asus brough a series of gaming laptops, including the ASUS ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition, which combines a latest Intel i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics card. That should be special.

ASUS ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition

ASUS ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition(Photo Courtesy: ASUS)

The laptops comes with a RGB back-lit keyboard

The laptops comes with a RGB back-lit keyboard(Photo Courtesy: Asus)


Also unveiled was the the ROG Strix GL12 desktop which is powered by a factory-overclocked 8th Generation Intel Core processor and a transparent side panel.


Lenovo also hit the refresh button on its X1 series and its new X1 Carbon notebook comes with an intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD drive. Brutal…


ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook

ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook(Photo Courtesy: Lenovo)

Intel bought its mini-PC NUC (Next Unit of Computing) system, code name ‘Hades Canyon’. It has been launched with the latest 8th Generation Intel i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega graphics.

‘Hades Canyon’ mini-PC NUC system.

‘Hades Canyon’ mini-PC NUC system.(Photo Courtesy: Intel)

Wearables Picking Up Speed


Wearables just havn’t had the traction they need, but maybe this is the year?


Garmin kicked off 2018 with the new Garmin Forerunner 645 smart watch.

The Garmin Forerunner 645 comes with offline music support.

The Garmin Forerunner 645 comes with offline music support.(Photo Courtesy: Garmin)

It can store up to 500 songs offline, it’s GPS-enabled and you get an always on display.  It might not be the best smartwatch in the world, but it looks like a solid effort.


We’ll keep updating this with more info, so keep checking back!



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