CES 2021 Day Two Highlights: All the Big Announcements
Are you looking for the latest news on CES 2021? You are in the right place. We keep a list of all the hottest CES 2021 announcements. Here is a quick recap of the biggest and most important developments we’ve seen so far. Stay tuned on this page and make sure to smash that refresh button every now and then. We will update this page regularly throughout the week.
The calm after the storm
by Drew Prindle
The second day of CES 2021 was admittedly a nice change. While there was an almost incomprehensible number of announcements and large product launches on the first day, the second day was a little more restrained. We saw a smaller number of new product launches and launches today – but that doesn’t mean that was a bad thing. With the avalanche of initial announcements, there was a lot more space for smaller companies to showcase their stuff, and also for some of the more established brands to showcase their more experimental ideas.
My personal favorite announcement of the day came from Razer: A company that is best known for its computer peripherals and its affinity for RGB lighting. Today the company showed off some really wild concepts – including a gaming chair with a flexible OLED screen with face wrapping and a mask that digitally undamped your voice.
Another unexpectedly great start? TCL’s new NXTPAPER display technology is an entirely new type of display technology that works similarly to e-ink and does not require backlighting. The only difference? It’s also full color and has a fast refresh rate so you can use it for a lot more than just reading e-books.
Minimal movement in the phone, but get ready for Samsung
by Andrew Martonik
After a busy first day for cell phones at CES, the second slowed down significantly. Samsung made the biggest announcement of the day, unveiling its new Exynos 2100 chipset that will power the Galaxy S21 in some regions. On paper it sounds incredibly impressive again. It is converted to a 5 nm process, which saves electricity and contributes to an increase in overall performance of 30%. However, Samsung’s history has made us wary of praising an Exynos chipset before we see it in action. Samsung’s US flagships will continue to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
Elsewhere, we have some good news for smartwatch fans: Fossil will be launching more LTE-enabled watches in the near future and partnering with carriers in more countries. We also saw another interesting use of the iPhone 12’s MagSafe system, with a new PopSocket phone holder that provides grip and magnetically releases whenever you want.
The computer cavalry continues
by Luke Larsen
Today was a big day for computers with press conferences from some of the game’s greatest players. The day began with AMD’s keynote from CEO Dr. Lisa Su, in which she presented the new Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. This is a big deal in the Intel / AMD horse racing and continues the momentum AMD had over the course of 2020.
Nvidia followed suit with the press conference I’ve been waiting for all week – the launch of the GeForce RTX 30 series mobile graphics cards. According to Nvidia, the RTX 3060 is 30% faster than the PlayStation 5 – and that’s the lowest model! Additionally, almost every gaming laptop manufacturer came out of the woods to update their laptops and introduce some daring new designs.
One of the most interesting designs is the Predator Triton 300 SE with a 35-watt Intel chip and the Nvidia RTX 3060 in a under four pound laptop. Or how about the Razer Blade, which has now been updated with a 1440p 240Hz display? Or the Alienware m15 R4, which is the first notebook to support HDMI 2.1? An explosion of innovative technology is changing the capabilities of these laptops.
However, the wildest idea came from Asus, who announced its ROG Flow X13. It’s a 13-inch 2-in-1 that doesn’t look like a gaming laptop – and it isn’t. That is, until you pair it with the XG Mobile, the smallest external GPU case ever made. Using a proprietary connection over PCIe that has twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt, this 13-inch laptop suddenly becomes a powerful gaming machine.
It’s a wild idea, and CES is just the place to come up with wild ideas.
Screens of all shapes and sizes
by Caleb Denison
Typically, LG Display – LG’s arm for making displays – has a secret room where the latest innovations are presented. That year, the space opened to the public for the virtual CES 2021, and there was actually a lot to see. Headlining the showcase is a bendable 48-inch OLED gaming monitor / TV with the latest in gaming features, including a screen that acts as a speaker and positions sounds and voices from their location on the screen. The display can be rendered flat for watching TV and then bent to a curved position with a radius of 1,000 millimeters for immersive gaming. It’s exactly the kind of technology we love to see at CES.
Along with this bendable screen, LG also presented a rollable transparent OLED that you may want to park at the foot of your bed. The transparent OLED screen is housed in a slim case and rolls up in two positions, a smaller one for information display and the other in full screen mode for viewing pretty much anything you want. You have to see it to believe it.
Work up a sweat in the smart home
by John Velasco
The second day of CES 2021 brought just a few new, rewarding announcements for the smart home. The first leads us to the attached gym when iFit announced its new ActivePulse feature, which uses your heart rate to customize your workouts on their cardio machines. This is a great way to challenge you as it adjusts the incline and speed of a treadmill so that you get the optimal heart rate.
The second notable announcement came from TP-Link. The company unveiled several new smart home devices that cover surveillance cameras, light switches, outdoor plugs and a new Kasa mesh router that doubles as an Alexa smart speaker. The Deco Voice X20 is operated by Alexa and therefore behaves similarly to an echo speaker.