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CES 2017: From Amazon to Intel, Acer to Huawei, New Hardware Beckons

2017 CES 2017 Las Vegas
Written by Mike Olsen

CES 2017 doesn’t officially launch till Thursday, but today several of the world’s biggest hardware makers made their big reveals. Here’s a roundup.

aNewDomain — Today marked the unofficial beginning of the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show as major press events and product announcements streamed from Las Vegas ahead of the Thursday show opening.snapdragon-835-and-penny-image

As is usually the case with the first CES unveilings, it’s all about the hardware.

On the processor front, Intel is announcing generation seven of its Core processors, Kaby Lake. While most new hardware features the new chip, the actual improvements are minimal, though. Think of this design as more of an iteration than a wholesale generational change.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is continuing to push the envelope on the ARM side with Snapdragon. At CES 2017, it debuts the 835.

And what about gaming? It’s always the thing at CES, and this year’s no different. Several leading manufacturers revealed updated gaming laptops, including Acer’s ridiculous $8,999 Predator 21 X gaming laptop. This built-to-order laptop definitely shows off Acer’s manufacturing prowess.

Luckily, that’s also evident in Acer’s CES 2017 unveiling of more affordable versions of its Predator line.

Also at the show Dell will be using the CES 2017 news hook  to deliver a refresh of its popular Inspiron and Alienware gaming laptop lines.Amazon Echo

And Lenovo surprised with a brand new gaming laptop line dubbed Legion, as well as new Alexa-enabled speakers and updates to Miix and Thinkpad X1.

In other news, two days before the official launch of CES 2017, Amazon is making a big push around Alexis.

And HP’s Sprout all-in-one will attempt to show showgoers that finally it’s ready for primetime.

Meanwhile, Dish has revealed a new take on the streaming box and Mattel, well, it’s taking the wraps off a digital assistant — to children.

Also at CES 2017: Kingston unveils a 2TB thumb drive, Linksys jumps into the mesh networking category and LeEcho announces US availability of two new Android-powered smart bikes. And Huawei is in town to announce the American release of its Honor 6X, an astonishingly inexpensive SoC at $299. On the other side of the pricing scale comes Acer, which is here to announce and promote a rugged Chromebook.

And it wouldn’t be CES without robots, you know.  Mayfield’s new Kuri home robot is the first one to make CES news, but I guarantee you it won’t be the last.

I’ll be here in Las Vegas with more CES 2017 coverage for you all week long.

For aNewDomain, I’m Mike Olsen.

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About the author

Mike Olsen

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Olsen is a tech enthusiast and part-time freelance journalist. When not obsessing about technology, he is a staff manager at The University of Michigan. Catch his blog at http://www.techimprovement.com, email him at mikeo@anewdomain.net, follow him on Twitter @olsenmike and Google+ at http://goo.gl/EthtP.