If you hadn’t noticed, yesterday was quite crazy. There were dozens of new Android-related product announcements that featured new smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, wearables, TVs and other accessories. Since it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the news, we’ve pulled the most important announcements into this post to showcase the highlights of the day. Whether you read through the highlights or dig into every story, be sure you’re done before the next wave on CES news rolls in today.
Smartphones and Tablets
While there were quite a few smartphones and tablets announced yesterday, the devices from Huawei definitely stood out. The Huawei Mate 8 is the company’s new flagship smartphone for international markets, featuring a 6-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, a fingerprint scanner, Android 6.0 and a massive 4000mAh battery. The Mate 8 is will sell for a starting price of €599.
While it wasn’t the first Huawei phone to be unveiled, the Honor 5X is certainly the most exciting since it sports an aluminum chassis, fingerprint scanner, 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 615 processor and 13-megapixel main camera. And it can be pre-ordered now from Amazon for only $199! Competing with the Honor 5X is the Huawei GX8, which sports nearly all the same specs while carrying a $349 price tag.
If you live in Asia and are looking for nice mid-range phone, the Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite may be perfect. The phone comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display, MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a 2700mAh battery, all wrapped up in a 8.5mm-thick body that carries a $199 sticker price.
Since cheap tablets are everywhere these days, you shouldn’t be surprised to see one at CES. The Acer Iconia One 8 runs on Android 5.1 with an 8-inch display, MediaTek quad-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB DDR3L RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The good news is that Acer is only planning to charge $99 for the Iconia One 8 when it goes on sale in February.
Wearables and Smartwatches
Huawei has introduced two new variants of the Huawei Watch: the rose gold-plated Elegant and the Jewel, which features 68 Swarovski Zirconia crystals around the face of the smartwatch. Both watches share scratch-resistant, two-layer sapphire crystal screens and 316L cold-forged stainless steel construction. Internal specification are the same as the original Huawei Watch.
HTC typically doesn’t have a huge presence at CES, but the company decided to change that in 2016. HTC finally introduced its fitness product portfolio, bundled as the UA Health Box. The bundle includes the UA Band for tracking your sleep, steps and workouts; UA Heart Rate for precise heart rate monitoring; and the UA Scale, which keeps track of your weight and body fat. HTC and Under Armour will be selling each product individually when the Health Box go on sale in February, but you can save money by pre-ordering the UA Health Box for $400.
The Fitbit Blaze is a new $200 smart fitness watch that features a color display and basic notifications and music controls. Along with the expected step, sleep and heart rate tracking, the new FitStar feature displays guided workout animations on the Blaze’s screen.
Casio is a new player in the Android Wear arena, but the Casio WSD-F10 should be an appealing option for those looking for a rugged smartwatch. The device can resist being submerged in 50 meters of water, is MIL-STD-810 “military standard” certified and incorporates a dual layer display that incorporates a color TFT LCD and monochrome LCD, which allows the smartwatch to last more than a single day with regular use or more than one month when switched over to Timepiece Mode.
The Garmin Varia Vision is the biker’s alternative to Google Glass. Selling for $400, the Varia Vision fits onto either side of an existing pair of sunglasses and offers a heads-up display that shows ride data cyclists might find useful. That includes distance traveled, time, navigation prompts and performance alerts, in addition to call and message notifications from your smartphone.
Your fitness tracker no longer needs to be an eye sore thanks to the new Misfit Ray. The cylindrical aluminum body of the Ray looks like a fashion accessory, but it can keep track of your fitness and sleep and can last up to six months before the battery needs to be replaced.
CES announcements wouldn’t be complete without a few Android TVs. Sony’s XBR-X930D, XBR-X940D and XBR-X850D 4K TVs offer quite a few improvements over last year’s models terms of in contrast, color accuracy and clarity, and they give users the ability to enjoy media or gaming through Android TV.
On the surface, the new Jaybird Freedom and Jaybird X3 may seem like ordinary Bluetooth headphones, but both work with the company’s new MySound app, which gives users the ability to create completely customized sound profiles for their wireless earbuds that actually stay with the hardware.