Samsung The last time I wasn’t in Las Vegas for CES, the iPhone didn’t exist yet. A virtual show means that this year the Engadget team is experiencing things more like our readers. The upside is that it’s easier to get a broad view of everything going on, and I didn’t have to figure out how to pack a PS5 in my luggage. The downside is I’m not seeing any sweet new TVs in person. It’s the smallest of sacrifices, but being able to hop on live video and chat/argue with the team over our favorite picks is helping to fill the gaps. Our live stream will continue today starting at 9 AM ET with GM’s press conference — tune in and join the chat as we all get through what is (hopefully) a one-time-only remote event. — Richard Lawler LG briefly teases its rollable phone The company offered a quick peek during its CES press conference. LG hasn’t got into the foldable phone trend, but it’s long been working on a smartphone with a rollable screen. While no one’s seen it in person just yet, LG did offer a glimpse of the device, with its display that starts out phone-sized and stretches into a tiny tablet. Alas, other details were scant, but we’ve confirmed it’ll be called the LG Rollable when it actually arrives. The company isn’t alone in chasing rollable phones, however, as both TCL and Oppo are working on similar concepts. 2021 could be the year of the rollable.Continue reading. LG has bigger, brighter OLED TVs and a new OLED monitor The UltraFine OLED Pro looks amazing, but we don’t know much about it yet. How does the best keep getting better? For LG, they’re improving on OLED image quality at the high end with a new “evo” panel technology that promises better luminosity. While we love OLEDs for their deep, inky blacks and amazing contrast, they can struggle with bright scenes and this should fix that — if you’re willing to pay a bit extra. Meanwhile, its C1 series is now available in sizes up to 83-inches, assuming you have the space and budget to match, and will have Google Stadia streaming built-in. But that’s not where the OLED developments end. Aside from the 77-inch 8K Z1 series of OLED TVs, LG also introduced the UltraFine OLED Pro, a 31.5-inch computer monitor that brings those individually backlit pixels to your desktop. We don’t have a price for either one yet, and probably for a good reason.Continue reading. Sony test drives its Vision-S prototype car on public roads Filmed by its new camera drone. Sony’s CES keynote touched on new TVs — revealed last week — speakers, a pro-level filmmaking drone and updates on its splashy announcement from last year: the Vision-S car. As promised, Sony started testing the EV in Europe in December, and even shared a clip of the car driving on snow-dusted Austrian roads. The company offered no other major updates on the concept car, but it seems Sony is intent on taking the project further.Continue reading. TCL pushes 8K and 'OD Zero' mini LED tech for its 2021 TVs Its existing 4K 6-Series lineup will stick around this year, too. Belatedly following up on a promise from last year’s CES event, all the new entries in its midrange 6-Series lineup will feature 8K resolution four times sharper than 4K. While it’s unlikely you’ll have much native 8K content to watch on the sets, they’re prepared to upscale lower-res content. As Samsung and LG have added mini LEDs to their TVs, TCL is launching its third generation of mini LED backlighting, dubbed OD Zero. The name is Zero because the distance between its backlight layer and LCD panel has been reduced to 0mm, which should make for an even thinner display. Oh, and it’s launching an 85-inch 4K TV in the next few months that will start at $1,599.Continue reading. Samsung's latest home robots can do chores and nag you to stop working Bot Handy's extendable arm can load your dishwasher and set the table. Samsung is still working on robots for your home, and it has two new creations to reveal. Bot Handy might be the most interesting one: It has an extendable gripper arm to help you take care of things like loading the dishwasher, setting the table and pouring drinks. Using cameras on the robot’s head and arm, the advanced AI can identify objects of various sizes, shapes and weights. The robot can even extend vertically to reach higher spots. The updated Bot Care is more of a personal assistant. It will monitor your behaviors and offer reminders, for instance, nagging you to get up and stretch your legs if it thinks you’ve been at your computer or watching TV too long. Both are still in development stages. Samsung is currently testing those robots and didn’t say if or when you’ll be able to actually buy them to both do your chores and nag you when you’re not doing your chores.Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... Intel's Rocket Lake S CPUs are up to 19 percent faster than last year Intel's 11th-gen H-series CPUs are for ultraportable gaming laptops Sony shows off its Airpeak filmmaking drone for the first time Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ has LTE, new CPUs and a bigger battery BMW previews iDrive in the iX electric SUV Netgear's first WiFi 6E router offers plenty of bandwidth for streaming Verizon CEO pitches 5G as a 'platform' for services like drone delivery Sony launches an exclusive streaming service for Bravia XR TV owners PopSockets' latest iPhone grips are MagSafe-compatible 2020 was the best year for PC shipments in a decade Linksys reveals a WiFi 6E mesh system starting at $450 Parler sues AWS after Amazon knocks service offline Qualcomm says its new in-display fingerprint sensor is 50 percent faster Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga gets a titanium upgrade Dolby promises better call quality with Dolby Voice for PCs Follow all of the latest news from CES 2021 right here! 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Samsung unveiled quite a few new devices and experimental technologies at CES 2021, including its 8K and 4K Neo QLED TVs and a bunch of new helper robots for the home. Those were just the highlights, though — it also launched other new products for the kitchen and the entertainment room. One of the smaller announcements you may have missed is for a couple of new Q—series soundbars: the HW-Q950A and the HW-Q800A. Both models support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and come with a feature called SpaceFit Sound, which can help you calibrate the devices so they can deliver the best sound for the room where you’re placing them. The models have calibration mics inside the soundbars themselves and their subwoofers. Those mics can help you set up the best sound for the room and determine the best positioning for the devices. The HW-Q950A, in particular, delivers 11.1.4 channel surround sound with upward-firing and side-firing speakers. That’s a step up from its predecessor’s, the HW-Q950T’s, 9.1.4 channel configuration that already had the most number of channels in a single soundbar when it was released last year. Meanwhile, the HW-Q800A has a 3.1.2 channel configuration and is compatible with wireless surround sound systems. Both models have built-in Alexa and come with Dolby Atmos, HDMI eARC and DTS:X support. Aside from SpaceFit Sound, they also come with Samsung’s other soundbar- and audio-releated features, such as Q Symphony and Game Mode Pro. The former enables audio from the soundbar and the TV's speakers at the same time, while the latter enables the device to deliver more immersive sounds when it detects a console. Samsung has yet to announce pricing and availability for the models. The HW-Q950A will most likely be quite pricey, seeing as the HW-Q950T cost $1,800 when it launched. Samsung’s HW-Q800A will probably be the more affordable option and could have a price that’s more similar to its predecessor’s, the Q800T’s, which had a $900 launch price. Samsung The HW-Q800A with wireless subwoofer and remote Follow all of the latest news from CES 2021 right here! In this article: Samsung, sound bar, HW-Q950A, HW-Q800A, ces2021, news, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
[embedded content] Every CES, we can expect laptop makers like Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and ASUS to announce their latest products with the newest chipsets that Intel and AMD tend to announce at the show. But we can also usually anticipate the odd quirky PC here and there to surprise us. HP and Lenovo are typically the two companies that bring us some of these more fascinating products. At Engadget’s virtual stage here at CES 2021, HP’s chief technologist Mike Nash and Lenovo’s chief customer experience officer Dilip Bhatia joined us to discuss how they come up with these ideas. From the leather-clad Elite Folio to the Lavie Mini and ThinkPad X1 Fold, the companies’ spokespeople tell us how user feedback shapes their products. Follow all of the latest news from CES 2021 right here! In this article: ces2021, laptop, pc, lenovo, hp, lenovo thinkpad x1 fold, foldables, hp elite folio, windows, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.