1 Letv will mark its official entry into the U.S. market with a 120-inch 4K Ultra HD TV. Beijing-based Letv has a hand in a number of CE categories, including smartphones, health and fitness, and connected car.
“The year 2016 will be remembered as the time Letv entered the U.S. market, and we’re kicking it off with our debut at CES,” said Eric Mika, open ecosystems, strategic alliances and partnerships senior VP. “We’re excited to show the world how dynamic the Letv brand is and all the new, exciting experiences and innovations our open ecosystem offer consumers — and we’re doing it on a truly global scale.”
The Super TV uMax 120 features 3,840 by 2,160 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 3D video support, 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, Mali-T760 quad-core GPU, 3GB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.0. Pricing wasn’t given.
2 LG will add three new Minibeam projectors, all brighter and smaller than current models. All also feature Wi-Fi to connect to mobile devices and Bluetooth to connect to wireless speakers. One operates on rechargeable battery. The handheld devices will ship in the first quarter. Pricing wasn’t released.
3 Streamz will debut $399 headphones you don’t have to connect to a smartphone or home audio system to hear music. The headphones, which carry the same name as the company, will pack a 96kHz/24-bit high-res-audio music player and a Wi-Fi network streamer, which will access computer-stored music and Cloud-based streaming services. It will also feature AptX Bluetooth to stream music from smartphones, laptops and home-audio products, and will contain 4GB of onboard storage and accept 32GB memory cards. The headphones will be available in leather-cushioned on- and over-ear versions, each in a choice of black or white. March availability is planned.
4 Clarion will demo what it’s calling the first car audio system that delivers a digital signal from a head unit to speakers. The Full Digital Sound (FDS) system will also play high-res audio. “This all-digital approach operates on a purely digital audio signal from the source to the speaker voice coils, resulting in pristine sounding audio with zero loss in quality and no added noise from DACs or analog connections,” the company said. At no point is the audio signal converted from digital to analog or passed through an amplifier, the company added. It released a video demonstrating the technology.
5 HTC will launch a second-generation developers’ kit for its Vive virtual-reality headset to stimulate content creation for the delayed product, which was due late this year but will now ship in April. Headset pre-orders are scheduled to start at the end of February. HTC announced plans for a VR headset early this year in cooperation with Valve, the developer of game software and the Steam online game platform. Another 7,000 developer kits will be distributed in early 2016 to ensure that the library of virtual content available at launch will be “as rich and robust as possible” the company said.