If the previous 6 items on the 1st part of this list were crazy, prepare to be blown away. First things first though, if you haven’t read the first part of our CES 2017 countdown, make sure you do so.
4. SNAPDRAGON X50 5G MODEM
The Snapdragon X50 is Qualcomm’s first ever 5G modem that it announced at CES 2017. 5G networks themselves are not expected to reach commercial use until 2020. However with the release of the Snapdragon X50, Qualcomm have started to pave the way.
The X50 will interestingly use previously untapped millimetre wave frequencies. Presently mmWaves travel very short distances and can’t penetrate objects. However, Qualcomm say tools such as beam tracking and beam forming will be used to mitigate the issue. The X50 modem is expected to hit the 4.6GBps speeds on the downlink. It will transmit at 28GHz with very high bandwidth.
3. LG OLED W
Slimmer phones, slimmer TVs, everybody is doing it so much it’s beginning to put us to sleep. The OLED W however will make you stand up and take notice. ‘The ‘W’ in OLED W stands for Wallpaper’ is what LG said at its CES 2017 presentation.
The OLED W is thin, very thin, 2.57mm thin, you could even bend it a bit without damaging it. The most impressive thing is how it looks like a wallpaper when hung up. There is virtually no distance between the OLED W and the wall once its mounted, hence giving it the ‘wallpaper effect’. The fact that OLED creates its own backlight allows one to do away with several components that would otherwise make the panel bulkier. Here the components are relegated to an external bar and this allowed LG to focus on making the panel as thin as humanely possible. Mounted on a wall next to a picture of the same size, the panel is almost indistinguishable.
2. 3D VOLUMETRIC VIDEO
Volumetric videos will change the world. The technology is simple yet revolutionary. We all know that we can create a virtual space and using a VR headset allow someone to interact with that environment. However what a volumetric video does is not take a virtual space but a real live location as filmed from a camera and place you in there, allowing you to move around and interact in different ways. Quite different from a VR video that basically uses the headset as a monitor.
3D Volumetric videos are no slouches when it comes to processing power though. Intel featured a live demo at CES 2017, they used several cameras to capture an entire scene for a 360 degree view, a very fast network to transmit and finally i7 processors and dedicated graphic cards to power and process the scene. Commercial use is a ways off but applications will cut across so many sectors.
1. SNAPDRAGON 835
Was Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 the coolest thing we saw at CES 2017? Possibly not, but it was certainly the most significant.
The Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm’s new SoC (System on a Chip) to be used on mobile devices as its processor and graphics engine. To give you a better scale of Qualcomm and Snapdragon’s significance, understand that Apple uses their own custom SoC for their iPhones, Samsung does the same. Aside from this virtually every other phone on the planet is powered by a Snapdragon SoC from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 835 will use a Kyro 280 as its CPU, Adreno 540 GPU and Hexagon 682 for DSP. In relation to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 820, the 825 is a first ever 10nm chip, this means at being 35% smaller, it offers less battery usage, better graphics and faster overall performance.
Also the Snapdragon 835 will be the first chip for mobile devices that has enough performance to cater to VR and AR. That means get ready to use your VR headsets on the go with your 5inch phone powering it all. How cool is that?