It's 2016 and the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts the year with a bang. It's a chance for manufacturers large and small to show off their innovations for the coming year, bringing the latest consumer technologies to Nevada's desert resort.

We're at the show in force, ready to bring you all the news that matters. We're expecting plenty of news about Ultra HD, we're expecting new wearables, laptops and tablets. We expect smarthome and the internet of things to be at the fore, along with VR and AR technologies.

We'll be covering the news in a number of ways, but if you're looking for a one-stop shop for everything important, you've come to the right place. This is everything launched at CES that matters.

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Acer has made a number of announcements at the opening of the show with wide ranging updates. There's a new Acer Aspire Switch 12 S 2-in-1, featuring a 4K or full HD display, Thunderbolt 3 on USB Type-C connectivity for fast charging or data transfer, SSD storage, Intel Core M 6-gen chipsets and Windows 10.

If Windows 10 is your thing, there's also the Liquid Jade Primo, a Windows 10 Phone, offering an alternative to the Lumia 950. It has a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 808 chipset for plenty of power, along with 21- and 8-megapixel cameras. It's shipping in February.

Acer has also released an affordable 8-inch Android tablet, the Iconia One 8. Elsewhere, Acer has released a new 11.6-inch Chromebook 11 which is designed to look good, but be pretty robust, withstanding the rigours of daily abuse. 

B&O Play has confirmed that its adopting Google Cast for network speakers dues to be launched in 2016. Including Google Cast means that it will be really easy to send audio from a smartphone to the speakers with a tap of the Cast button. Compatible apps include Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Play Music and others. The existing A6 and A9 speakers will be updated soon with the new feature.

B&O has also used the show to launch the new BeoSound 35, an all-in-one speaker with a striking design, aiming to give you great sound for a range of wireless sources. It looks good, but will cost you £1745.

BlackBerry made a number of announcements surrounding its QNX platform that's widely used in automotive circles, laying the foundation for automated driving, safety systems and in-car acoustics.

If you were awaiting a new BlackBerry handset you'll be disappointed. However, CEO John Chen made the suggestion that BlackBerry would be sticking to Android for the next few launches in 2016. The Priv has been received well and rumours suggest that the next model might be the BlackBerry Vienna. All eyes turn to MWC 2016 in February.

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This is a massive year for the BDA considering Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray will become available for the first time, so expect plenty of announcements and demonstrations on that front from a variety of sources.

We've already had some of the first titles confirmed for Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros. These will include things like Dolby Atmos and HDR, but we're still awaiting confirmation of the Ultra HD Blu-ray players themselves. You can read more about Warner Bros Ultra HD Blu-ray titles here.

Fitbit said it was going to shake things up at CES 2016. Having enjoyed bumper sales over the festive period, the company announced a new wearable, the Fitbit Blaze.

This is more like a smartwatch and a little less like a discreet activity tracker. It's a smart-looking device, joining a platform that's well established and widely used. But the reception has been mixed. Read our first impressions and make your own decision.

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Alongside update Garmin Drive satnav devices and new design of Fenix sportswatches, there's something special from Garmin in the form of the Varia Vision

This is a heads-up display for cyclists that connects to the Garmin Edge and clips onto your glasses. It can then provide metrics, navigation and smartphone notifications to your eyeline, leaving you to focus on the road ahead while staying informed.

Now that the Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer has entered the UK market in spectacular fashion, with quality 4K TVs at rock bottom prices, its CES presence is of particular interest. The manufacturer used the occasion to launch a range of televisions at all prices and specs, 22 models, covering everything right up to Ultra HD and HDR support.

Pushing the ULED branding, at the top end you're looking at curved 55 (H9) or 65 (H10) inch screens, with 4K resolution and HDR support, including support for Amazon's HDR streaming option.


HTC has announced the UA HealthBox in collaboration with Under Armour. This is a complete kit, comprised of the UA Band, UA Scale and UA Heart Rate, aims to deliver everything you need to monitor your health and fitness. It's an explosion into connected health, aiming to match the offerings from the likes of Fitbit.

The kit will cost $400 initially and it will work with UA Record to monitor your data, while also remaining compatible with other connected systems, thanks mainly to UA's acquisition of MapMyFitness in 2015.  

HTC has also announced that it will be launching a second generation developer kit version of its virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, during the show. The full consumer model will be available from April 2016, but more devkits will be made available to developers before release.

HP has announced a number of new updates in both business and consumer laptop lines. Leading the consumer charge is the updated Spectre x360. The 13-inch model now comes with the option for an OLED display and there's a larger model with a 15.6-inch display that will offer 4K resolutions.

On the business front there's the impressive EliteBook Folio, a slim laptop looking to take on the MacBook Air in the design stakes, but it offers a 4K display, as well as being thin and light.


Huawei announced that the Mate 8 is going international. The Huawei Mate 8 is a 6-inch Full HD smartphone (are people still using the term "phablet"?), with an octa-core Kirin 950 processor, Mali T880MP4 graphics and Cat 6 4G LTE. You can read our first impressions of the new handset right here.

The Huawei Watch now has two editions specifically for the ladies, teaming up with Swarovski with a couple of designed called Elegant and Jewel. These Android Wear devices will be available in March, costs from $499.

Huawei also launched the MediaPad M2, a new 10-inch tablet offering surround sound, as well as announcing that the Nexus 6P will be available in Matte Gold worldwide.

Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X1 family updates, bringing a new X1 Yoga with an OLED display and plenty of accessories.

There's also a new Yoga 900S, claiming to be a world's thinnest convertible laptop, with a 12-inch display offering plenty of flexibility for working on the move.

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LG announced its LG Signature line, a collection of products spanning categories, including a TV, washing machine, fridge and air purifier. The LG Signature G6 OLED TV is also the company's new flagship, alongside the E6. LG's 2016 OLED TVs all carry the Ultra HD Premium tag, promising stunning picture quality for your future 4K content.

LG's 2016 TV plans also introduce a new line of Super UHD models. These new LCD LED models offer 4K and HDR, including an upscaler to make all your content look like HDR content. The new models will come in various sizes: UH9500 is 55-86 inches, UH8500 is 55-75 inches, and UH7700 is 49-65 inches. The flagship UH9500 is just 6.6mm thick, with Harman Kardon speakers. All the new models feature the new webOS 3.0 smart TV platform.

LG also announced that in the UK, webOS 3.0 TVs will offer Freeview Play.

LG has unveiled new soundbars including the SH8, SH7, and SH6. The first two come with wireless subwoofers, while the SH6 has six independent speaker drive units housed in a compact single-body speaker system. LG has also unveiled two LG Loudr Solo models (OM7560 and OM5560) and the CM9960. All the Loudr models feature wireless connectivity, and the the Loudr Solo models feature entire audio system housed in single speakers.

You can also expect the LG Gram 15 to make an appearance. It's a 15.6-inch Windows 10 laptop with the same physical size as a 14-incher. It also weighs just 980g, which is 350g lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air.

Another product that's slightly off piste is the new robot vacuum cleaner, the Hom-Bot Turbo+. It still cleans floors by moving around autonomously, but also employs augmented reality in a new feature called "Home-Joy". This enables a user to see what the cleaner sees and designate specific areas of a floor that need more attention, all from the screen of a smartphone.

LG has also confirmed it will be releasing a new version of its Tone Infinim Bluetooth headset. LG has also announced new LED projectors, bringing portability and connectivity wherever you are.

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Panasonic announced a wide range of new products at this year's CES. It kicked off with new cameras, updating the popular TZ family with the TZ80 and the TZ100 models. The Lumix TZ80 is pretty much an upgrade of the existing TZ70, with a 30x zoom making for a good all-rounder. It will cost £359 and will be available in March.

Those wanting something a little more high-end might be drawn to the Lumix TZ100. This is spin-off of the TZ family, but putting a 1-inch sensor at its heart, promising better quality for demanding photographers. It has a £529 price tag, available in March and looking to rival the likes of the Sony RX100 IV.

It followed cameras with the announcment of a UHD Blu-ray player in the form of the DMP-UB900 and an Ultra HD Premium qualifiying TV with the DX900, leading the charge into next-gen 4K content.

Qualcomm used CES to highlight its moves in the automotive industry, showing off the world's first Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone, and also to ensure that we know that its processors are going to be in everything from drones to robots to smarthome appliances.

The Snapdragon 820, its latest processor, announced in November, makes it into the LeTV Le Max Pro smartphone. If the name doesn't ring any bells, it's because LeTV (pronounced L-L-E-T-V) is a Chinese manufacturer that up until hasn't shown any global expansion plans.

LeTV, which has also invested heavily into another newcomer car manufacturer Faraday Future, will launch the new smartphone shortly in the US. The phone comes with a number of new features like Qualcomm's fingerprint reading sensor, and the promise of huge speeds and performance capabilities.

On the car front, Qualcomm has seemingly ousted Nvidia from Audi, as well as offering a processor to ensure your future car is not only connected to the internet wherever it goes, but that your dashboard looks really great too. It's still very early days on this front, but Qualcomm, unlike Nvidia, is focusing on making your next car brilliant, rather than your next autonomous car amazing.

Meanwhile the company is also trying to ensure every future smarthome bit of kit has some form of their processors in it. Whether it's creating something like Wi-Fi Son that improves how your wireless network in your home works, or introducing a Smart Home Reference Platform that is designed to provide computing, voice recognition, audio, display, camera, connectivity, and control capabilities for home control hubs and smart speakers. It's not letting any opportunity pass it by.

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Samsung has made several announcements inlcuding its 2016 line of SUHD TVs, additions to its wearable offering and a 2-in-1 portable device to take on the likes of Microsoft and Apple.

The new line of SUHD TVs will include a SmartThings controller hub, designed to make the TV the centre of your smarthome, as well as a Tizen-powered Smart Hub. They will also be curved and reintroduce Quantum Dot, bringing 1000nit brightness and HDR support.

In terms of wearables, you can welcome a 18-carat rose gold-plated Gear S2 Classic smartwatch, as well as a 100 per cent platinum option while the 2-in-1 market sees the launch of the Galaxy TabPro S. There was also a couple of new Notebook 9 series models but they won't be coming to all markets.

On top of all this, Samsung launched a new soundbar, the HW-K950, delivering the 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos experience thanks to its combination of forward and upward firing speakers. That avoids the need for ceiling mounted speakers to deliver your 3D audio. And for those after a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, Samsung announced its model that was originally announced at IFA is now available for pre-order.

Then there's the Samsung Family Hub fridge. It's a smart fridge with a 21.5-inch display in the front, for all those internet essentials while your putting your shopping away, of course.


As usual Sony announced a plethora of products during its press conference at CES 2016, including a new action camera, potentially its best ever TV and a range of hi-res audio products. Oh and a turntable, because you know, why not?

The Sony HDR-AS50R actioncam puts a Live View Remote on your wrist so you can see what you're recording, while also adding a couple of new features to the popular series including Advanced SteadyShot for smoother video with less blur.

The XD93 TV comes with 4K HDR in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, powered by Android TV, which means it is compatible with Sony's new service Ultra that allows access to 4K HDR content through a dedicated app.

As for the hi-res products, you'll find everything from the "world's smallest" hi-res audio wireless speaker and a few headphones to the PS-HX500 turntable.

Sony also announced a couple of AV players, but the focus appears to be on enhancing audio and both miss-out on Ultra HD Blu-ray support.

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Yes, Technics. One of the most exciting launches at CES 2016 was the launch of the SL-1200G turntable, seeing a return to audiophile form after a 5-year hiatus.

Looking to ride the wave of the vinyl revival, the new seventh-gen SL-1200G and limited edition 1200GAE have been engineered to bring quality, with a brass-topped platter, aluminium (or magnesium on the GAE) tonearm and ±8% pitch adjustment for DJs. You seem to love it, we seem to love it, but it's going to be expensive: the SL-1200G will cost you close to $4000.

We might not normally talk about a standards body, but when it comes to Ultra HD (UHD or 4K), then this is very much where the action is.

AT CES 2016, the UHD Alliance has outlined the specifications for Ultra HD Premium. That's right, Ultra HD might be the new kid on the block, but already it's forging and upper class experience and that's what the new Ultra HD Premium logo designates.

When you see the Ultra HD Premium badge, you'll know you're getting devices or content that conforms to a particular standard, not just the 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, but also 10-bit colour depth, BT.2020 colour representation, as well as high standards for dynamic range.

Volkswagen wasted no time in taking to the stage at CES 2016 to apologise for "dieselgate" and to show off a couple of interesting tech innovations as it tries to regain public trust.

First up was the Budd-e, a minivan looking to give you a clean, green, revival of the popular 50s love bus. This time it's all electric and, although it's only a concept at this stage, sends out the message that VW wants to put the past year behind it and focus on driving forward with a new spirit. Peace and love.

Closer to the real world, VW also showed off the e-Golf Touch, a new user interface in the Golf that's digital and offers gesture and natural voice navigation. It's interesting, although in some cases could be tech for the sake of tech. Expect it to appear in VW models later in 2016.