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By Jessica Brown On 9 Jan, 2018 At 09:35 AM | Categorized As Featured, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

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With the Consumer Electronics Show just getting started in Las Vegas (the event runs January 9-12) we are already starting to get inundated with tons of pretty displays to ogle at. CES may be a lot of things, but it’s often all about extremes. Here, companies will showcase technology that is still a long ways off from ever becoming mainstream and, for those things that may be commercially available in the near future, they are often incredibly expensive. Many of the products shown off are things that most of us could only dream of owning, but at least the show affords people a glimpse of things to come. It’s also realistically about driving investor interest by showcasing various things these companies are working on in order to show that they are truly leaders in the industry.

That all said, though, CES also shows us some of the things that are going to be hitting the mainstream, even if they would be considered far less exciting than things like Samsung’s new 146 inch TV called “The Wall.”

Samsung is one of the companies that’s really taking off at CES already, showing off the aforementioned behemoth of a modular TV, but also demoing their new 8K Q9S TV (yes, you read that right: four times the resolution of a 4K TV!). At 7680×4320, the Q9S has an insanely high resolution, even for a panel of its size (85 inches). Also, it faces the issue of their being pretty much no 8K content available to view on it. That’s not a problem for Samsung, though, as they claim the TV’s “AI” is capable of smart scaling, learning from the various sources you feed it in order to get better at scaling almost any resolution up to its massive 8K native resolution, resulting in what they say will be an amazingly sharp viewing experience. Samsung has also spent a good deal of time talking about their MicroLED display technology – the company’s answer to LG’s popular high-end OLED displays that are capable of reaching ultra deep black levels. These MicroLEDs will also be able to turn off completely (much like an OLED display’s pixels can), resulting in very rich images as well.

Most of that stuff from Samsung is well beyond the true consumer market at this time, but thankfully companies like Hisense and TCL (both relative newcomers to the North American TV scene) have stepped up to fill in some gaps. Hisense will be offering a new lineup of 4K TVs sometime this year, ranging from the super high-end H10E TV (featuring a whopping 2,200 nits of peak brightness) all the way down to their more budget-friendly H8E and H6E displays. The top-of-the-line H10E will only come in a 75 inch variety, but will feature a massive 1,076 local dimming zones (to deliver life-like black levels), a 120Hz native display, and will use an Android TV system that works with Alexa and Google Home. The H9E+ has many of the same features, but lacks the quantum-dot color touted by the premium model. The more budget friendly models should also still be pretty excellent purchases, with options going up to 65-inches and featuring full HDR10 support.

More exciting to me is TCL bringing back its very popular P series of TVs, now branded as the “TCL 6 Series.” The 6 Series will feature both 55 and 65 inch models, both of which come with three HDMI 2.0a ports (allowing for HDR support on every port), Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, enhanced contrast control zones, a new feature called “HDR Pro Gamma,” wide color gamut, and “240Hz Natural Motion.” TCL also says that a 5 Series will be available, featuring displays ranging from 45 to 65 inches, and offering essentially the same features, minus the sleek metal design the 6 Series will have. Both lines of TVs should start becoming available this spring and should make for some excellent options for those in the market for a higher-end display that’s easier on your wallet.

With CES having only just started, there’s plenty more mainstream (and insanely high-end!) stuff to look forward to!

No GravatarFor those who want a great medium-sized tablet, there really is nothing else better than the Galaxy Tab S 8.4.  In fact, there might not be anything else comparative on the market for the size and price.

The Tab S sports the following features:

  • 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor
  • Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
  • 16 GB hard drive
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Super AMOLED Display (2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash
  • 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • Micro SD card slot
The Tab S 8.2 also looks pretty slick.

The Tab S 8.4 also looks pretty slick.

Power

This tablet is incredibly responsive.  It will multi-task nicely without issue, including those who would use it heavily for streaming and social media at the same time.  The tablet typically blasts through what most casual users would need, and does a decent job with the hard processing power for a tablet.

Display

The Super AMOLED Display is absolutely amazing.  It by far goes above and beyond much tablets out there.  The display is incredibly sharp to the point that one may have hard time finding a wallpaper that is high enough resolution to show up properly without being incredibly pixilated.  For those who love media, especially videos, will adore the high resolution of this tablet.

The 8.4 inch display is quite nice a well.  Some might find that a 10 inch tablet is a bit too big for holding in one hand, while 7 inch tablets are just a bit too small.  This one reaches an easy medium.  It is easily held in one hand, but has a great screen size.

Size and Shape

The Tab S 8.4 is incredibly thin.  Compared to the tablets of a few years ago, this thing is so small and light-weight, even though it has a decently-sized screen.  It is easy to hold in one hand and looks amazingly slick with its thin profile.

Battery Life

The Tab S can go many days with just casual use.  However, someone who heavily uses the tablet or who decides to run Netflix or another movie streaming site for awhile will need to charge it every night.  After a few months of running the device, the battery life has stayed fairly consistent.  Extensive multitasking doesn’t drain the battery as much as it could, but it is a good idea to close all applications when done with the device.

Cameras

Both the front and the back get the job done, however, photography connoisseurs might want to look at the specs first when deciding.  The ability to do video chat is great for those who enjoy Skype or Google Hangouts as well.

Operating System

The biggest–and possibly only–con to this tablet is the fact that it’s a Samsung and the odds of many Android updates are very, very slim.  In the past, older Samsung tablets have not been updated pretty much at all.

Overall

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is impressive as a high-performing tablet.  The display alone is enough to turn heads.  However, with the performance and style, this tablet really does shine.

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 “Watches are good at telling time but, imagine having useful, actionable information there precisely where you need it automatically,Today we are announcing that Android is extending to wearables”

-David Singleton Director of engineering, Android

Watch out Samsung, we know that your original Galaxy Gear didn’t fair so well in the market and at this moment Galaxy Gear 2 cleaned up some missteps but, Google has decided to show you a seemingly better way in doing things. Don’t get me wrong, you rock in making phones and tablets and it sure is odd that good ole google sure isn’t even shaking your tree a little bit but, check this thing out…

Crisp UI, Sleek bezel & band designs.

Crisp UI, Sleek bezel & band designs.

If first looks could kill I’m sure the death recipient would have a smile on its face. Google’s Android Wear will be hitting our stores “later this year” infused with Big G’s very own Operating System. Android Wear will be buddying up with partners such as; Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung… HOLD ON, Samsung? Oh Google, you sly dog you. Now the upcoming wearable technologies coming from the search engine/E-mail client giant will really be interesting.

“To bring this vision to life we are working with consumer electronics manufactures, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes “

-David Singleton Director of engineering, Android

I would really like to now know whom is the company that created the device(s) announced by Google? Like these bezel designs of these Android Wear watches.

With Google App integration

With Google App integration throughout these badboys should fly off the stores shelves.

Alex Faaborg Designer, Android elaborated on the newly designed custom UI that all the Android wearable devices will have embedded in them stating…

“(The UI) is based around voice and contextual information that’s reactive to your surroundings… it has to be incredibly fast, incredibly glanceable. There is only two components: Information that is most relevant to you and the ability to speak to it and do a quick command.”

Recently Announced Motorola's  Moto 360

Recently Announced Motorola’s Moto 360

Weather, calendar information, important meetings, integrated GPS locating where you are, how far you are from a scheduled meeting and how long it will takes you to arrive there will be incorporated in these devices. Things that are most important to you will roam around with you all over the place like checking your favorite sports teams scores on games you cannot view at that time. You can also respond naturally to messages received simply by speaking to Google Now  “Reply” and say whatever that needs to be relayed to your contact and then it automatically send out your message. GPS services also can be initialized on the fly by asking google to search nearby locations for you like ” OK, Google find nearby movie theatres” and swiftly and accurately the device will find them just like that.

LG's recently announced "G-Watch"

LG’s recently announced “G-Watch”

It was not mentioned if the wearables will be tethered to your smartphones like Samsungs Galaxy Gear series time will only tell as more information trickles out closer to the launching of these devices. I can say for sure if these Android wearables can be independant of the smart phones i definitely would love to have one of these pretty puppies. Even still what Google officially announced yesterday is still a great advancement in wearable technologies and thats always a great thing. Stay tuned for updated information on Android Wear & other geekery here at RealOtakuGamer.com

 

 

 

 

No GravatarInternational CES is the world’s leading, largest technology trade show, held in Las Vegas at the LV Convention Center from January 8th to the 11th, 2013. People from all over the world come to enjoy this epic week of technologies, geek out over the future electronics.

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To give you an idea of the size of this thing, Michael Phelps would have to swim 483 laps to travel the 15 miles of the carpeted CES show floor. My feet certainly wished it was a pool instead of cement floor. There are about 3,280 exhibits, tons of parties and celebrity appearances. My friends and I saw Will.I.Am, Sheila E, Xzibit, Lupe Fiasco, Rohan Marley (son of Bob Marley and father of Lauryn Hill’s babies), Tyson Beckford, Nick Cannon, Mike Tyson and  Snooki, but didn’t see LL Cool J, 50 Cent or Felicia Day.

This was my first trip to CES, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was definitely a different experience than any gaming convention, and I really had to look hard to find gaming specific innovations. The Gaming Showcase, a tiny section of the show floor, was my favorite part of the event of course, since I’m not really big into mobile tech or televisions. But for those of you who are, here are some highlights!

 Cool Tech News:

  • Lenevo and 3M have introduced tablets that are actually the size of tabletops. Meant for multiple users and most certainly for companies, both of the products are going to be pretty pricey.
  • Canopy developed Sensus, an iPhone case that is touch sensitive to allow you to use the back and the sides of your phone to scroll and click instead of just using your screen.
  • A vibrating fork from Hapilabs that is meant to stop you from eating too much made an appearance. 0_0
  • VuzixM100 smart glasses: a bluetooth controllable headset that sits under your eye looks pretty cool.
  • The Samsung’s Ultra HDTV S9 was shown off with both an 85-inch and a 110-inch screen. Not only that, it looks like it is floating in its frame, since you can adjust the screen.
  • The Pebble – an e-paper watch for iPhone and Android let’s you use bluetooth to seamlessly control your phone with your watch.
  • Facecake’s Swivel allows you to virtually try on clothes, different hairstyles and colors, and varied makeup styles without ever taking off what you’re wearing or making a horrible dyeing mistake .
  • The Puzzlebox Orbit is a brain-controlled helicopter that flew around and was amazing.
  • Monster had an Alicia Keys concert and featured brand ambassadors such as Tyson Beckford, Xzibit, Sheila E., Nick Cannon and more showing off their new and stylish headphones. I drooled (at the headphones… not the celebs :P).
  • Sony showcased a ton of cool products that worked by touching your mobile device to them. It was pretty cool looking!

Cool Gaming News:

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There was plenty of awesome gaming news as well!

  • Monster and EA sports teamed up to create a gaming headset, The MVP Carbon, which also works with lifestyle products such as phones and MP3 players.
  • Mad Catz showcased the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard. This keyboard won the Best of Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award in Gaming Hardware & Accessories at this year’s CEAs. The keyboard is modular, meaning it can be taken abart as needed and rearranged.
  • Razer is coming out with a gaming tablet called the Razer Edge
  • The R.A.T.M. Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse from Mad Catz looks pretty awesome

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As for the innovations and products that caught my eye, the  real standouts for me were the Extreme Reality software, Nvidia’s Project Shield and Afterglow’s Prismatic Wireless Headset (and girl friendly products). I have a few posts coming up that go into more detail about those babies!

However, with the gaming tech in general, almost everything else was showcased at another event or convention. The one other surprise for me was not particularly innovative for this show, but it was darn fun. The Mag 2 looks like a cheap game accessory. If I came across it online, I would glance over it and keep moving. But when I actually picked it up to play, I found it completely addicting. The gun controls your view in the way movie stars use guns in action movies, pointing the way, looking around with it. It takes a bit to get used to, but once you do you feel like a total badass.

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Speaking of BadAss, there’s Xzibit at the Monster booth!

In all, I’m very glad I attended and my only with is that I brought one of our tech or mobile writers along. I’m certainly looking forward to International CES 2014.

I’ll have some reviews and previews coming along for some of these products and more, so please make sure to subscribe to stay up to date on the latest posts!