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CES Trade Show

The top innovations to come out of CES 2018

29 Jan 2018


amaysim's tech geek

There’s no tech event quite like CES. As the largest and most influential technology event on the planet, CES (short for Consumer Electronics Show) is a gadget extravaganza not to be missed.

From global brands to early-stage start-ups, companies of all sizes show up to showcase their most impressive achievements.

With more than 3,900 exhibitors, over 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space and 900 start-ups showing their latest technologies (not to mention several hundred government leaders in attendance), we’re not kidding when we say CES really is the biggest global stage for next-generation innovators.

Covering 5G networks, smart homes, vehicle tech, artificial intelligence, AR, VR and more, CES has every kind of technology under the sun. If you couldn’t attend in person, cure your FOMO by checking out the list we’ve compiled on the top tech to come out of this year’s event.

augmented and virtual reality

Almost every company at this year's event has, in some way or another, infused their products with AI and voice assistance. This means we’re about to get a whole lot more connected, and our tech is about to get even smarter.

Virtual and augmented reality are changing the game with everything from storytelling, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, gaming and more. One of the most notable products at CES 2018 included the VUZIX Blade AR Sunglasses. These augmented reality glasses not only keep you connected, but can also tell you more about the world around you by floating information in front of your eyes. Probably not the best choice for driving, but cool nonetheless.

The HTC Vine Pro took away the People’s Choice Award. This VR headset is a step-up from its well-loved predecessor, the HTC Vine. Boasting increased resolution and the addition of built-in headphones, it’s a must-have for gamers.

smart home

Homeowners can look forward to enjoying increased convenience and comfort due to the rise of smart home technologies. From basic security monitoring to smart appliances, along with lighting, window coverings, irrigation, entertainment systems and more, CES 2018 was all about the future of the smart home.

This year’s Best Smart Home Device award went to the Samsung Family Hub, a fridge that’s so smart it’s almost scary. In addition to keeping your food nice and chilled, it doubles as a digital assistant and comes with a massive display. This fridge’s most impressive feature is that it knows what food you have, and can even present you with recipes based on these items. It can also let you know when food is about to expire and display local coupons for any items that may be running low on stock.

laptops and smartphones

Imagine a world where your smartphone powers your laptop! As our smartphones get more powerful, fewer and fewer people need a large computer. However, having a keyboard and a large screen can still be helpful. Razor’s Project Linda has created a laptop with a base that you can slide your smartphone into (acting as a dock). You can then use the phone screen a laptop touchpad, while your phone automatically powers it. It offers an easy solution to finishing off projects you began on your smartphone, but on a large screen.


Our CES roundup would be incomplete without mentioning The Wall by Samsung, which was voted Best In Show this year. The Wall is the first ever, modular MicroLED TV, stretching 146 inches and displaying brighter, more contrast-rich images than any other TV in existence.

The Powerspot Transmitter is another nifty gadget to keep your eye on. This piece of tech can charge up to 30 devices as far as 80ft away, wirelessly – this means no mats, no wires, nothing! While this may not sound as exciting as driverless cars and virtual reality headsets, just think of the hassle you face every day charging your devices with messy cords. The Powerspot Transmitter could turn out to be a game changer.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.