One cannot escape the fact that the consumer electronics show (CES) is almost never a mobile phone centered event, especially considering the world mobile congress is only a few weeks away. Still, there is no rule against some of the world’s biggest brands displaying their new handsets for the year at CES. 2018’s edition certainly saw some impressive phones displayed. Here are some of the best:
This phone caught the eye both for the way in which it was launched and its capabilities and features. There is no name for the phone, or a release date, but the company says it is a production ready phone, one that will hit the stores in 2018. It is an impressive 6 inch phone, one with a particularly innovative fingerprint scanner. The scanner is discreetly tucked away under the screen, such that when there is need for a confirmation, the icon appears telling you where you need to press. After the phone is unlocked, this icon then disappears, leaving more space for users to enjoy the phone. This phone takes something that most mainstream brands have done and improves on it.
Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1)
Asus is widely known for its longer lasting phone, and this is something that is expected of the ZenFone. Expected to retail at a little over $229, the phone runs on a 4130 mAh battery, one equipped with various power optimization strategies that are guaranteed to help the phone last long between charges. The phone also features a full screen display, a dual rear camera and a fingerprint sensor. While the features are impressive, the biggest offering of this, just like many other Asus phones is the hardware and battery life.
Nuu Mobile G3
Brands that are not exactly mainstream or known in the world’s biggest markets were always likely to feature at this festival, especially knowing their biggest competitors will likely not feature, giving them a relatively free reign to influence the conversation. Nuu is one of these; the G3 is mainly targeted at those looking for a bargain without compromising on the quality. At $250, you get features one would not typically associate with phones at this range, like a full glass body, dual rear cameras, 5.7 inch screen and an 18:9 aspect ratio. You will have to compromise on some things, though. The display, for instance, will only go as high as 780p. Still, this is a trade-off most people will be willing to live with.
Blackberry has always been popular with fans that love its signature physical keyboard. The Blackberry motion will not have this unfortunately; it is a purely touch screen device. Coming in at a price of $449, the motion, however, will have features that will make many Blackberry fans forget about the physical keyboard. For instance, it has a 4000 mAh battery, perhaps the biggest ever to be put inside a blackberry device. Another impressive feature is the convenience key, which controls or adopts different shortcuts depending on where one is: at home, work or in the car.
CES is not known for its phones, but phone companies are slowly waking up to the potential of launching new phones here.