2 Days Before CES’14

CES’14 officially starts on January 7th (Tuesday, 2 days from now), but the participants are not wasting any time showcasing and teasing their new products to the media. Hopefully, I’ll be able and keep up with the most interesting bits from the big Vegas showcase (which, I must say, seem to have picked up some new steam since a few years ago) and broadcast them through these pages.


Let’s see what we’ve seen/heard so far: LG, Lenovo, and an ASUS gold nugget…

LG: 4K, Big, and Curvy Televisions

One of the earliest CES-related news has been the reveal by LG of its impressive line-up of televisions for 2014. A cornucopia of 12 models, with a few head-turners. I tried to produce a listing of the various models and series they announced, but the information is still fragmentary and incomplete, sorry. The major take-away points are:

  • 105UB9 Model showed off a couple of weeks ago (11M pixels at 5120×2160 resolution, 21:9 ratio, using TFT technology).
  • 5 OLED models: from 55″ to 77″, among which:
    • Model 77EC9800: is the first 4K (Ultra HD) OLED by LG, at 77″
    • Model 55EA8800: is the only flat screen of the crop
    • Model 55EB9600: is an updated version of the older 55EA9800 model, branded as eco-friendly
    • Model 55EC9700: 55″
    • Other two models: I believe they are a 65″, and a 55″; the model numbers may be 65EC9700 and 55EC9700
  • UB9800 series: 4K Ultra HD at 65″, 79″, 84″ and 98″, with support for HEVC (H.265)
  • UB9500, UB8500, and UB8700 series: to cover the med- and lower-end of the market.


Lenovo: A Plethora of Products!

Lenovo showed off a number of different products already.

ThinkVision Pro2840m Monitor:
A 4K (Ultra HD) 28″ monitor with resolution of 3,840×2,160px, Response Time 5ms, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x 3W speakers, headphone jack, tilt (5-25°), swivel (45°), and rotation (90°)
Priced at $799, scheduled for release in April 2014.

ThinkVision 28 4K Display/All-In-One:
Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K
I believe this is the same monitor as the Pro28m above, with some extra features that turn it into an all-in-one device. Specifically, we get (in addition to the monitor specs above), 2x 5W speakers, 2x noise-cancelling mics, a front-facing 2-Mpx camera, multi-touch capabilities, an NVIDIA Tegra CPU w/ 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, MicroSD expansion slot, Bluetooth, NFC, Android 4.4 KitKat.
The price tag is somewhere between $999 and $1,199, and the release may be as late as July 2014.

N308 AIO Tablet/All-In-One: with Android!
The first Android Tablet/All-In-One by Lenovo is the N308. It’s a 19.5″ touch-screen (2-point) at 1,600x900px with NVIDIA Tegra quad-core CPU, 72-core GPU, 2GB RAM, 8 or 16GB storage, 320-500GB HDD (5,400rpm), 2x USB 2.0 ports, card reader, Ethernet port, WebCam, mic, stereo speakers, headphone jack, Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi.
To note: the N308 comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
Priced starting at $450, scheduled for release in February 2014.

ThinkPad 8 Tablet:
A Windows 8.1 slate tablet with 8.3″ screen (1,920×1,200px), Intel’s Bay Trail quad-core CPU (2GB RAM), up to 128GB storage, microSD slot, 10-MPx rear- (with flash), 2-MPx front-facing camera, 4G LTE/3G (or simply Wi-Fi), and speakers.
Priced starting at $449, scheduled for late January 2014.

The Beacon: Personal Cloud Storage
Lenovo’s proposal for the personal/family shared device (which we once referred to as NAS, but apparently these ‘Personal Cloud’ devices are easier to use… mind you: the device is easier to use, not the software built for it, right?)… anyways…
Lenovo’s proposal is an enclosure wrapped around an Intel Atom dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 2x Hot-Swappable HDD slots (up to 3TB each), USB 3.0, HDMI, Wireless N, Bluetooth, Ethernet port.
priced starting at $199, scheduled for release in April 2014, it should not require any monthly fee (yay!).

Even More:

  • Y40 and Y50 Laptops: mid-range ‘gaming’ Laptops, refreshes of the Y500 model from last year
  • Horizon 2: a refresh of the Horizon ‘tabletop PC’
  • A740: A 27″ All-In-One with a slim profile
  • MIIX 2: a ‘detachable’ Windows 8.1 tablet with a keyboard dock
  • Z40 and Z50 Laptops: Semi-slim Windows 8 Laptops
  • Flex 14D and 15D Flip-Laptops
  • Yoga 2: the update to the dual-hinged Yoga tablet (Ok, you may know that one as the one Ashton Kutcher posed with/for – not sure if we’re getting an updated Ashton this year)


Quantenna for ASUS: RT-AC87U router (802.11ac Wave 2)

This has not been picked up by too many so far, but there seem to have been an announcement about a new 802.11ac router by ASUS, the RT-AC87U. The announcement may have been done by Quantenna, actually, as the provider of the QSR1000, the 4×4 802.11ac chipset to be used in the ASUS router. The interesting bit is that this should be the first 802.11ac router of the so-called Wave 2, i.e. the second phase planned by IEEE to rollout 802.11ac devices.
Although the standard is not yet finalized, the Wave 2 products should all include the ability to work with multiple streams for multiple clients, providing a new level of performance for those set-ups.

More info on this particular product on Gigaom, PC World, and Maximum PC.


Of course all product names, logos, images are property of the respective owners. In addition, I’ve attempted to link the sources of the information I gathered wherever possible. All credits go to the journalist that can follow CES in person.
[I can’t believe I did not mess up all the closing anchor and list item tags in this post…something must be wrong with me.]


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