The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from 6 to 9 January, gave tech companies an opportunity to show off their latest products including 4K TVs, a curved smartphone and Toyota’s latest venture into hydrogen-power.
One item on show was LG’s G Flex 2 – the South Korean company’s second curved Android smartphone. It adds a powerful processor to the original G Flex device. Gone is the earlier model’s big screen – replaced by a more manageable 5.5 inches with 1080p resolution. The curve is also less pronounced – which the company hopes will make it easier to hold. And the casing is hard, glossy plastic, which they hope will be more scratch resistant.
Dana Wolman, the managing editor of Engadget, said the curved was becoming the new black: “LG is just the latest company to announce a curved gadget. In this case it’s the LG Flex 2, a curved smartphone. But it’s only the latest curved gadget we’ve seen. Samsung came out with a curved all-in-one computer for the home and so far there are already curved TVs, curved monitors, curved smart phones, curved sound bars. Really, these companies are trying to make curved happen whether you are interested or not.”
Japanese giant, Panasonic, unveiled the CX850 series of 4K LED LCD Ultra HD smart TVs. The company says they display more vibrant colours and higher purity blacks. The CX850 series also supports 4K streaming.
Dana Wolman wasn’t convinced however, that these new televisions would tempt consumers: “It is this sort of chicken and an egg situation where if people aren’t replacing their hardware – their TVs – then there really isn’t an urgent need right now, at least for content providers to scale up to 4K because even now though we see a lot of this at CES and it’s fun to look at these really expensive TVs, most people aren’t buying one right now and most people don’t own a TV like that.”
And Toyota’s new sporty, hydrogen-powered ‘Mirai’ was also on display. The electricity that powers the motors is made on-board, as needed, by simply combining hydrogen with oxygen, producing no emissions other than water vapour.
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