CES 2017 was full of interesting technology, including AR, VR, IoT, robotics and many super-flat screen televisions. However, smartphones also had a major presence at the tradeshow.
Huawei CEO Richard Yi discussed the company’s concept of an intelligent phone as the next step after the smartphone, while Samsung addressed the Galaxy Note 7 and its plans moving forward. There were also many devices announced.
Here’s a rundown of some smartphones showcased at CES 2017.
Asus ZenFone AR
Asus made splash at CES 2017, introducing one of the first smartphones to feature an augmented reality capability. The Asus ZenFone AR runs Google’s Tango AR and Daydream VR platforms, in addition to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, a whopping 8GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery. The smartphone also features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a 23-megapixel camera and Android 7.0 Nougat. The Asus ZenFone AR will be available in the second quarter of 2017.
Huawei Mate 9
Huawei’s global flagship is now available in the U.S. for the first time. The Chinese manufacturer showcased the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche design models at CES 2017. The devices feature Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant software and Google Daydream. The Huawei Mate 9 Pro features a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Huawei Kirin 960 chip, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device also includes a 20-megapixel rear camera and 12-megapixel dual front camera set up and an 8-megapixel rear camera and Android 7.0 Nougat. The device sells for $599.99.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro
ZTE introduced at CES 2017 its global mid-range Blade series to the U.S. with the Blade V8 Pro, which is currently available for preorder at B&H, NewEgg and ZTE USA for $229.98. The devices features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chip, 13-megapixel dual rear cameras and an 8-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, a 3,140mAh battery, USB-C, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a fingerprint scanner.
ZTE also gave an update on its Project CSX crowdsourced initiative at CES 2017. The device is a smartphone called Hawkeye. While ZTE did not provide many details about the device’s specifications, it mentioned the Hawkeye will feature “eye-tracking capabilities and a self-adhesive back.” The devices is expected to sell in the third quarter for $199.99 and is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter until Feb. 18.
Huawei’s Honor subsidiary showcased the Honor 6X smartphone at CES 2017. A follow up to the Honor 5X, which launched at CES 2016 as Honor’s first U.S. option, the 6X features a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a Huawei Kirin 655 octa-core chip a 3,340 mAh battery and the Huawei EMUI 4.1 overlay running over Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The devices also features 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual configuration for the rear and a 8-megapixel front facing camera and 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage configurations. The device will be available starting Jan. 15 for $249.99 and $299.99 respectively.
Other smartphones showcased at CES 2017 include the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, LG Stylus 3, LG K10 and Huawei Honor Magic.