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The 10 biggest reveals of CES 2023: From a shape-shifting screen to an invisible trackpad

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CES, the biggest consumer electronics show of the year, is already in full force. We’re live in the CES showroom, trying out all the new gadgets and sifting through the noise to bring you the coolest, wackiest, most innovative new tech we’ve found. So far, we’ve had a glimpse of what companies like samsung, lg, intel, nvidia and dell has booked for 2023: beautiful televisions, beastly game platforms, an 8K projector and even one or two futuristic conceptual devices a few more weird and wonderful gadgets. And we’re just getting started.

We’ll be updating this page throughout the week as exciting new products are revealed from companies like Sony, AMD and more. In the meantime, scroll down to see our highlights from CES 2023 so far. Consider this your tl;dr for CES 2023 — if you’ve only read one CES recap (but why stop there?), make this one.

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Samsung Flex Hybrid Concept folded on one side

Samsung’s Flex Hybrid concept folds on one side.

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Samsung has given us a look at a tempting mobile device concept, the Hybrid Flex. As the model above shows, the left side of the Flex Hybrid can bend, like the Galaxy Foldwhile the right side can slide out to extend.

The concept comes courtesy of Samsung Display, not the mobile arm of the South Korean mega-corporation responsible for making and selling phones. But the press release showcasing the concept promised that it would bring to CES “innovative OLED products of all sizes, small, medium and large, to provide a glimpse into the future of displays”. Samsung isn’t the only company messing with the future of phones – see TCL’s 2020 scrolling display — so watch this space for more flip, fold, and roll devices.

A laptop in 3D (no glasses)

Asus' glasses-free 3D display at CES 2023

Asus joins Acer for laptops with glasses-free 3D, but has hitched its wagon to OLED instead of IPS.

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Images jump off this ASUS laptop’s screen — not literally, but close. Its OLED screen produces a glasses-free 3D experience, much like the similar IPS version from competitor Acer. The OLED screen is important because the technology promises noticeably sharper 3D rendering. Asus’ 3D panel, aimed at creatives, uses eye tracking to produce the 3D experience.

Smartwatches want to know if you’re okay

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The Citizen CZ Smart watch debuted at CES and will arrive in the US in March.

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There are many smartwatches out there to monitor heart rate, sleep quality and blood oxygen levels, but Citizen goes one step further with its CZ smart watch, which also measures levels of fatigue and alertness. will even tell you your chronotype – that is, whether you’re a night owl or an early riser. It’s another sign that smartwatch makers are increasingly focusing on measuring the way sleep and stress affect overall well-being.

The world’s thinnest gaming laptop

The Alienware x14 is the thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop yet.

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Alienware surprised us with four new laptops ahead of CES, including the Alienware x14, which the company said is the world’s thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop. Featuring a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display with a 165Hz refresh rate, it will retail from $1,799 when it launches this winter. A larger version, the Alienware x16, starts at $3,099. These laptops are for people who are willing to sacrifice a little power for higher-end designs.

Invisible laptop touchpads

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The LG Gram’s hidden trackpad lights up under your fingertips.

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LG showed its new gram style laptop, which features a hidden touchpad that only presents itself when you tap the palm rest. The stealthy haptic touchpad lights up under your fingers when tapped, showing you where to tap and drag to navigate the screen. It’s a nice detail that we didn’t know we wanted.

A giant leap forward for PC gamers who also use consoles

Dell Nyx Concept Controller.

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from dell Concept Nyx game controller at first glance, it looks like just another third-party Xbox controller, albeit one with some fancy lights. Unfortunately, it’s more than that. The Nyx controller is equipped with several hidden inputs, which multiply the functionality of the controller.

The idea seems to be to bridge the gap between a gamepad and a keyboard. PC gamers can use hotkey configurations to have dozens of inputs, far more than the typical gamepad, which is often limited to the options presented by a d-pad. This means they can use a wider range of attacks in an MMO, for example, or switch between six or seven weapons in a first-person shooter, rather than the two or three that console players are often limited to. .

Roku joined the chat

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Roku will now make its own TVs.

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Roku Announced It’s Expanding to TVs, essentially competing with its own partnerships with more established TV manufacturers like TCL, Hisense and Sharp. The move is rumored to make a lot of sense for the streaming device maker. Roku TVs will come branded voice remote controlswhich include the popular (and always useful) “find my remote” feature. It looks like LG and Samsung have new competition.

The TV that puts everyone else to shame

The LG Wireless TV with the transmitter box in the foreground.

As if a 97-inch OLED TV wasn’t enough, LG has gone and made it wireless.

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It is the biggest OLED TV in the world: LG’s 97-inch model it was actually revealed last year, but in 2023 it became wireless. This means that the world’s largest screen with the best picture technology allows is now free of that unsightly mess of cables. We’ve covered TVs at CES for years, and even we were surprised—CNET TV guru David Katzmaier was so impressed, he says LG is putting all other TVs to shame with this one.

Updates Coming to Your Laptop’s Brain

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Intel’s 13-generation announcements tell us a lot about upcoming laptops.

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Sleek displays and dazzling screens are all well and good, but it’s often the technology you don’t see that matters most. Intel has unveiled a boatload of new 13th generation processorsthat will power a wide range of products and improve performance on a wide range of laptops.

Less abstract than chip performance are the upgrades they can generate. The new generation of CPUs from Intel brings with it Unison, which allows iPhone and Android devices to send and receive texts from your PC, in addition to Thunderbolt 4, which, among other improvements, will define as standard the ability to run two external 4K monitors. Expect to see these features in product announcements in the coming days.

Cloud gaming, now in your car

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Nvidia brings GeForce Now to your car.

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Chief among Nvidia’s announcements are improvements to GeForce Now, its cloud gaming service that lets you stream games to laptops, phones, and more. In short, the power of Nvidia’s GeForce 4080 GPU is coming to the cloud. If you subscribe to the premium tier of GeForce Now – henceforth known as GeForce Now Ultimate – you can now stream games at 240Hz, utilize ray tracing (which significantly improves how light is rendered in-game) and DLSS 3 (which uses an algorithm to increase the frame rate while maintaining image quality).

Most, GeForce Now is coming to… cars. If your car has a dashboard screen, you can play while the car is parked. If there are screens behind the driver or passenger seats, those in the back can play anywhere. For starters, Nvidia is partnering with Hyundai, BYB and Polestar.

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