Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 witnessed several new launches and announcements related to TVs, hoverboards, wearables and smartphones. Here's a list of smartphone announcements from the show, which was held between 6 and 9 January in Las Vegas.
Several smartphone companies showcased their latest smartphones, while some expanded their presence by launching prominent models at the CES 2016 event. Project Tango by Google and Lenovo, LeTV's Max Pro and Huawei's Mate 8 are some notable announcements that garnered consumers' attention during the three-day show.
Let's take a look at them individually:
Huawei Mate 8
Huawei Mate 8 is the company's high-end flagship device that was originally launched in China last month. The success of the Mate 8 smartphone in China drove Huawei to launch the handset globally. So far, the company has sold over 1 million units of Mate 8 in China and plans to manufacture 1 million units each month. The device itself is a keeper as it boasts high-end specs and a great design.
Huawei Mate 8 sports a full metal body, 6-inch Full HD display, 16MP primary camera, 8MP front snapper and an impressive 4,000mAh battery. It is powered by company's homegrown Kirin 950 processor, 3GB/ 4GB RAM and 32GB/ 64GB storage. Mate 8 is priced at €699 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant and €599 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model in the international markets.
LeTV Le Max Pro
LeTV, the prominent Internet tech company, launched its flagship smartphone at the final day of CES 2016 on Saturday. LeTV Le Max Pro became the world's first smartphone to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, beating Xiaomi and other players who were expected to launch their flagships (based on the new SoC). Le Max Pro packs the most advanced, high-end specs and features an aluminium body.
LeTV Le Max Pro sports a 6.33-inch WQHD aka 2K display, 21MP primary camera with dual LED flash and 2.0μm large pixel front camera. The handset features Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage options and a 3,400mAh battery. Le Max Pro also has a USB Type C port and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EUI OS.
LG K10 and K7
Taking some time off its high-end TV launches, LG unveiled two new smartphones -- K10 and K7 -- at the CES 2016. The mid-range K series is new and the two smartphones make for an interesting debut. The main highlight of both the smartphones is that they come with LG's glossy pebble design language, complete with stylish looks, 2.5D Arc Glass and a curved finish.
Blu Vivo 5 and Vivo XL
The US-based smartphone maker, Blu, marked its presence at the CES 2016 by launching two affordable smartphones with great looks. Vivo 5 and Vivo XL, priced at $199 and $149 respectively, bring great value to the table.
Blu Vivo 5 is a complete metal phone, while Vivo XL features liquid metal finish. Both phones have 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, 267ppi and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. They also have the same processor -- octa-core MediaTek SoC -- and run on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Blue Vivo 5 and Vivo XL also sport similar camera sensors, 13MP primary camera with LED flash and 5MP front snapper. The Blue smartphones are powered by 3,150mAh battery and feature USB Type-C ports, dual SIM slots and 4G LTE support.
The only difference in both phones is that the Vivo 5 features 3GB RAM and has 32GB expandable storage, while Vivo XL packs 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage.
After two years, Google offered some promising development on its 3D imaging smartphone Project Tango during CES 2016. The world's largest search engine provider revealed that the first commercial variant of the futuristic device will be developed by Lenovo.
Project Tango brings a new way to look at smartphones. As per Google, Project Tango smartphone will be equipped with customised hardware, software and track full 3D motion of the device, create real-time single 3D model using integrated sensors. This technology in a smartphone will enable advanced gaming, help the visually impaired with accurate navigation and explore uncharted caves or sunken ships and more.