Every year CES brings a menagerie of products to tease and delight us. Whether you’re the average consumer or a tech geek like us, CES features all the products that will impact your life for this year or even longer. Below you’ll find some of our favorites from CES 2019 and what gets us excited for this next great year in tech.
Google Assistant Devices
It should be no surprise we are huge fans of Google Assistant here at Android Guys. It has become an integral part of our day that helps us manage our lives. Thanks to Assistant hitting more and more devices every year, it is becoming even more convenient to use. Here are some of our favorite devices shown off from CES 2019 with Google Assistant.
Lenovo Smart Clock
This charming little clock from Lenovo is the modern alarm clock I’ve been wishing for. It features a 4-inch display, physical controls, a speaker, Google Assistant integration, and even a USB port to charge your phone. The Lenovo Smart Clock is basically everything I’ve been dreaming of since the Google Home was first introduced. Fortunately, when it is launched this spring it will only set you back $80.
There were a few soundbars or what I’m calling smart bars announced at CES 2019. Companies such as Klipsch, LG, and JBL were all present and accounted for showing off their latest in smart home theater tech.
For home theater geek like myself who can’t get enough of Google Assistant, these are particularly interesting. Having the ability to add high-quality sound to my TV along with Google Assistant, and having a new loud speaker to group for whole home audio sounds like perfection.
Look out later this year for the Klipsch Bar 40G, the SL10YG, SL9YG, and SL8YG soundbars from LG, and JBL’s Link Bar. The JBL Link Bar is of special interest because not only does it offer Google Assistant but it is also a full-blown Android TV device.
Assistant in the car
JBL and Anker are both expanding Assistant’s reach to your vehicle. Both companies announced dedicated Google Assistant devices that are powered by a cigarette lighter port. The JBL Link Drive and Anker Roav Bolt both offer USB ports for charging your phone, as well as specialized mics to help filter out road noise making it easier to give commands.
Nubia Red Magic Mars
The Nubia Red Magic Mars is an affordable gaming phone from ZTE’s sister brand Nubia. This phone is packing some serious specs with a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3800mAh battery for only $400. That will be music to many consumer’s ears when compared to the outrageous prices we’ve seen in the smartphone industry lately.
If you care about smartphone gaming on a budget or just performance per dollar then this will be the phone for you to check out this year. You won’t have to wait long either as it is expected to launch next month and with Android 9 Pie.
Jabra Elite 85h
Jabra is jumping into the premium noise canceling over-ear headphone market and our ears are ready. With several microphones tuned for canceling out noise around you, Jabra expects the Elite 85h to outperform the other major players.
While that remains to be seen, one feature the Jabra Elite 85h will have that you won’t find from Bose or Sony is hands-free Google Assistant activation. Add to that impeccable style with 30+ hours of battery life and you’ve got our full attention. Expect the Elite 85h to launch later this year with a $300 price tag.
LG Signature OLED TV R
The Signature OLED TV R from LG gets special mention because this concept is no longer a concept. A TV with a flexible screen that appears out of a box is a bit awe-inspiring to see, and for the first time you’ll be able to actually buy one.
No longer is this just a gimmick seen on the CES showroom floor, it is now a fully fledged consumer-ready product. The LG Signature OLED TV R is expected in the second half of 2019 in a 65-inch model and the price is currently unknown.
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There were plenty more great products to come out of CES 2019 but these were some of our favorites. Did we miss one of yours? Let us know in the comments.