CES 2020 was full of new gadgets, including some impressive new smart home tech, crazy televisions, and other things that we’re going to spend all year looking forward to.
We’ve put together our list of the coolest things we saw at the show. Check it out!
Best of CES – Lenovo Yoga 5G
Lenovo came out swinging this year, announcing quite a few new laptops and tablets that all look pretty great. But we were extremely impressed with their Yoga 5G laptop for a few reasons.
But the biggest reason? 5G connectivity. We know that 5G is going to be a big deal this year, but Lenovo has managed to get their foot in the door early with a 5G laptop. We’re in a world where some major players haven’t even rolled out a 5G phone, and Lenovo managed to get it in a PC ahead of them. That kind of fast, low-latency connectivity really changes how you can use a laptop, too, opening up how you can watch videos, play games, or collaborate in real-time. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Most Innovative – Alienware Concept UFO
PCs were some of the most exciting things at CES, and Alienware is taking a crack at completely changing what you expect out of a computer. The Concept UFO PC is pretty heavily inspired by the Nintendo Switch, but it takes the best of PC gaming and puts it in a form factor that’s designed from the ground up to be gaming friendly.
Concept UFO takes a small screen and slaps some controllers on each side, making it perfect to pick up and fire up some games. It’s a full-fledged PC, though, which means your game library is already completely available. That means it would automatically pick up an enormous library of AAA blockbusters and indie titles, and you could carry it around with you anywhere. Say goodbye to clunky 10-pound laptops for gaming on the go.
Best Smartphone – TCL 10 5G
Like we said earlier, 5G is going to be a big deal this year. And maybe surprisingly, TCL is going to be at the forefront of it. The company announced a new 5G phone at CES 2020, but what makes us so excited for it is the affordable price tag.
Instead of launching another $1000+ 5G flagship phone, TCL is taking a different approach. They’re utilizing a Snapdragon 765 5G CPU to craft a 5G phone under $500, which is almost definitely going to be more popular than something twice as expensive. We’ve seen a trend of consumers opting for more affordable phones over the years, and TCL wants to get ahead of that.
It’s still a pretty good looking phone, too, with four cameras, an AMOLED display with a hole punch, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. This might be the 5G phone to beat in 2020.
Best Smart Home – Citation Oasis
Harman Kardon brought several new speakers to CES this year, all of which rely on Google Assistant for brains. We’ve got our eyes on their new bedside speaker, though.
The Citation Oasis speaker combines a few different things in one package. You get a WiFi speaker that you can cast music to, or ask Google to play some tunes, but it also doubles as an alarm clock and triples as a wireless charger for your phone. Fire up some music, set your phone down for the night, and let the Citation Oasis’s sleep timer turn the music off after you’ve dozed off. Wake up the next day with your fully charged.
Sometimes it’s not about doing something new, it’s about doing all the things everyone else has done, but better.
Best Design – Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung’s design team has been on a greatest hits tour for the last couple years. Just about everything the company puts out looks fantastic, from phones to laptops to accessories. Now they’re taking their talents to the Chromebook market.
And yeah, this might be the best looking Chromebook we’ve ever seen. It’s arguably better designed than most regular laptops on the market, including a 4K UHD AMOLED screen with razor slim bezels and coming in at just 9.9mm thick and weighing just 1kg. It’s no slouch under the hood, either, with a 10th-generation Intel i5 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, and WiFi 6. This thing’s as competitive as you’re going to get, no matter your opinion on Chrome OS.
Oh, and that red finish looks pretty great. Hats off, Samsung.