Our CES 2021 Day 1 recap: Rollable phones, giant TVs and tech for the coronavirus era

Our CES 2021 Day 1 recap: Rollable phones, giant TVs and tech for the coronavirus era

TCL’s printed OLED scroll display.


This is part of the story CES, Where our editors will bring you the hottest news and latest virtual CES 2021 hottest gadgets.

Oddest day 1 CES Ever completed. (How to follow here for day 2.) Instead of crowding hundreds of thousands in Las Vegas to witness the biggest technology of the coming year, companies like LG, Samsung and more are hosting virtual press conferences. It’s not quite the same, but thankfully there are still a lot of things for you Uh And Ahh On.

Even though Day 1 is over, there are still a lot of CES to watch. The rest of the week brings press conferences and keynotes from the likes of Microsoft, Lenovo, TCL and Intel, then on Thursday the Samsung Galaxy will be unpacked.

Read more: The best new gadgets of CES 2021 And Top 6 CES 2021 Trends We Are Watching

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Phone makers are trying to figure out what to do next. Folding phones like Samsung Galaxy Fold have arrived, and companies across the industry are making a big fuss of 5G. The folding devices may still prove to be a hit and will be worth the 5G hubbub, but two companies at CES have shown they have another idea: rollable phones.

First, LG showed off Lg rollable at its Press conference. One type. The video footage of the phone, placed in landscape mode, expanded the display and shrunk like magic, booking the press conference, although, in some flex, it was never actually accepted on stage. It usually screams “concept project”, but not this time. The Korean company will release the phone later this year, According to people familiar with LG’s plans.

Read more: At CES 2021, rollable and foldable phones are a reason to be excited again

LG Rollable is a concept at CES 2021.

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LG has not received only one roll as a Chinese electronics company Bandhan happened on Monday with two rolling designs. There was a 6.7-inch phone that could extend 7.8 inches “with a tap of a finger”. The other looked much more futuristic: a 17-inch printed flexible OLED scrolling display. The accompanying concept video showed the screen bulging like a scroll, though it looked more proof-of-concept than the actual product. The tech “can be widely applied to flexible TVs, curved and foldable displays, as well as transparent commercial display screens.” Said TCL innovation chief Tiago Abreu.

TCL said it would release a phone with a “flexible” display in 2021, although it is unclear whether it is a folding display or shown in the rolling CES.

Tech for our time

COVID-19 has not only made CES a virtual affair, it is also In the epidemic era, CES was made a pitching ground for technology. The best example of this kind comes from LG, which debuted Its latest Insta View fridge is. New features of the 2021 model include UV light that eliminates “99.9%” bacteria in the fridge water dispenser and has the ability to open via voice command. No touching required … Do not take a snack until you have at least arrived.

The South Korean company also gave its Puriview line a spotlight air filters, Which is for PureView Mini from large spaces to office spaces, a portable air filter that you can put in a bag or backpack. There is Battery powered, air-purifying face masks too.

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Other Nifty Air Purifiers at the show Include CleanAirZone – which attempts to make the purifier more green by cleaning the air using “natural biotics and enzymes derived from nature”, theoretically resulting in less disposable-filter waste – And the little Luft Duo, An air purifier can be carried anywhere small and unobtrusive. Air Purifier’s Game Boy.

When it comes to smart cleaning, Ubtech’s adibot Is the final owner. This is not what you will buy for your home (unless you have $ 20,000), instead it is for schools and small businesses. It is a huge, cylindrical rogue of a cleaning robot that uses ultraviolet light to clean rooms. If you are eager to get some ultraviolet cleaning in your life, GHSP has granite technology that gives UV treatment to your car.

On the more polite side, Alarm.com has a touchless doorbell.


LG and Samsung TV war

TV is the heart of CES, especially the opening days at the conference. Some things shine like a big, beautiful screen. Day 1 of CES had a lot, with LG and Samsung’s usual suspects showing off their ultra high-end accessories for 2021.

LG, the king of OLED displays, Unveiled its Evo lineup, Which includes four different models: A1, C1, G1 and Z1. (Hints, with the alphabet, the more you pay.) The crown jewel of the series is the Z1, which comes in 77- or 88-inch variants – yes, as it has Will start At 77 inches. Both sizes come in 8K. No pricing yet, But last year, the 88-inch LG display cost $ 30,000..

LG’s OLED Evo family.


But if bigger is better, then the win goes to Samsung. It features a 110-inch 4K MiniLED TV, One that costs about $ 150,000, which also costs 98- and 88-inches. However this is not entirely new, as it launched in South Korea last month. Fresher at CES An updated model of Samsung’s popular Frame TV. With bezels designed to look like picture frames, this new model is just 24.9 mm thick – around the same depth Actual picture frame.

The big two Korean electronics giants were not the only ones to show new televisions on Day 1 of CES, as TCL also announced its first 8K TV lineup. This will be an updated version of the 6-series 4K TV – One of CNET’s favorites – However the Chinese company has not yet announced the price. TCL is regularly selling LG, Samsung and Sony at low prices, it will be interesting to see how low they can go for 8K.


Samsung’s bots can put dirty dishes or bottle of liquor in the handy dishwasher.

Screenshot by Sara Tew / CNET

Samsung taking us to 2062

We are one step closer to Jetsons. Samsung unveils three new consumer bots at CES, One of which you can put a glass of wine. However there is no flying car yet.

Samsung’s first new robot you’ll actually be able to buy is the JetBot 90 AI Plus, which does dual duty as both a smart vacuum and a security camera for the home. Samsung said that it will be available in the first half of 2021. There is also the new Bot Care, a Samsung featured in 2018, an updated version of Samsung, which is a companion and accessory. It can answer your questions, know your schedule and send you a reminder.

Rounding out the three is Bot Handy, the aforementioned wine pouring machine, which uses AI to hold objects of different sizes and how much force they must exert. It is also smart enough to sort clean rooms and dishes.


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A new take on board games

It’s funny that the world’s tech giants pulled out their big guns in an attempt to win the CES’s promotional arms race, but some of the most conservative views come from small ones. The Infinity Game Table is one such tricky idea.: A touchscreen table that digitizes board games.

“Digitize” doesn’t really do it justice. You’ll play board games on a 24-inch touchscreen of the table and can be done online, which means that not all of you have to be in the same room – especially useful, because large groups of people in the same room meet people are far. Card for the visionary. You can also save a game halfway through, meaning you don’t have to play all 45 hours of monopoly at once.

Follow along CNET’s CES 2021 Day 2 Livestream Right here and check what’s in store Wednesday’s CES lineup. Also, here are all Samsung Galaxy S21 rumors We have already heard so far 14 January Galaxy Unpacked Event.

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