Opinion: Top 4 products from CES 2021 that I am looking forward to
January 15, 2021
CES 2021 has just wrapped up. These are the top 4 products from CES 2021 that I am looking forward to this year.
Asus ROG Flow X13
Asus is taking aim at Razer's Blade Stealth 13 laptop with the ROG Flow X13. The Flow X13 is a 2-in-1 ultrabook equiped with an AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. Unlike the Razer Blade Stealth 13, the Flow X13 comes with a touch enabled 16:10 FHD or 4K screens. The device also comes with stylus support, allowing the user to draw and annotate on the device.
The thing that makes this device a game changer is the ability to connect the laptop to the ROG XG Mobile eGPU. This eGPU houses up to a GeForce RTX 3080 despite its 1kg (2.2lb) weight and 155mm by 208mm by 29mm dimension. The device comes with a proprietary connection that will currently only work with the Flow X13, but the connection solves a lot of the limitations of Thunderbolt 3/4. For example, the proprietary connection has double the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3, allowing it to get the full benefit of the RTX 3080 card. In other eGPUs that use Thunderbolt 3/4, you will often see a 20-40% drop in performance compared to if the card was in a desktop or directly onboard the laptop. The other thing major improvement from Thuderbolt is the connection reliability. The proprietary connection has a locking mechanism that makes sure you get a stable connection. In my experience, Thunderbolt 3 connections can be flakey. I often have to unplug and re-plug in order to reset the connection. My biggest concern with the ROG XG Mobile is pricing. An anonymous source has stated that the Flow X13 + the ROG XG Mobile will cost around two Asus Zephyrus G14s. That would make the combo close to $3000.
Below is the specifications for the ROG Flow X13
- 📺 13.4" Touch 4K 60Hz or 1080p 120Hz
- 🧠 Ryzen 7 or 9
- 🗃 16/32GB RAM 512GB/1TB Storage
- 🎮 GeForce GTX 1650
- 🔋 62 Wh (11hrs)
- ⚖ 2.9 lbs / 1.3 kg
- 🎁 up to GeForce RTX 3080 eGPU (proprietary)
- 🔌 Type-C charger
- 🎨 Phantom Black, Silver
- 💸 TBA (about the same as a Zephyrus G14)
- 📆 TBA
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Although I am not a fan of Samsung's software, I am excited to see how Samsung will push the smartphone market with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. My interest comes down to the new cameras in the S21 Ultra. The new 108MP camera in the S21 Ultra is Samsung's 2nd generation 108 MP camera. I believe it should be the ISOCELL HM3. This camera should bring better low light performance and details compared to the Note S20 Ultra. It should also improve on the focusing issues that plagued the S20 Ultra.
Below is the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G:
- 📺 6.8" 1440 x 3200 120Hz AMOLED
- 🧠 Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100
- 🗃 12/16GB RAM 128-512GB Storage
- 📷 108MP Wide, 10MP Periscope, 10MP Tele, 12MP ultrawide, 40MP Selfie
- 🔋 5000 mAh
- 🔌 25W wired, 15W Qi
- 🎨 Phantom Black, Silver, Titanium, Navy, Brown
- 💸 $1200+
- 📆 2021.01.29
LG briefly teased the LG Rollable during their CES2021 press conference. Unlike other foldable devices on the market, the LG Rollable expands the screen by unrolling the screen from the interior of the device. This rollable design will allow the phone to stay relatively thin and much less chunky than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. The most exciting news is the fact that LG plans to release this device this year, potentially sometime in September. The rumored price right now is somewhere around $2500.
AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs
Intel has long dominated the mobile CPU space. With AMD's new Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs, AMD is providing Intel with real competition this generation. We can see this in the new lineup of Asus ROG laptops that are all sporting AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. Acer's new Aspire 5 and Aspire 7 are also AMD devices. So is Lenovo's refresh of the Legion series. My hope is that competition from AMD will cause prices to be more competitive and provide significant improvement in speed and battery for laptops going forward.
What did you see during CES 2021 that you are excited for? Leave a comment below