CES, one of the world’s biggest tech trade shows, kicks off Wednesday in Las Vegas with its first in-person event since the start of the pandemic. While the conference may look a little different in 2022, it’s still showcasing the familiar mix of innovative and wacky products that make an appearance year after year.
Beyond the laptops, tablets and smartphones, the event will feature a number of oddball gadgets, including dehumidifying earbuds (yes, you read that right), smart light bulbs that monitor your sleep and even smart bath technology that lets a bathtub fill itself. Here’s a look at some of the buzziest products to watch for at CES 2022, based on company announcements and a press day on Tuesday.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 FE 5G smartphone — FE stands for “fan edition” — borrows some of the best features from its existing S21 line and packages it into a more affordable device. The smartphone, which starts at $699 and is available on January 11, costs $100 less than last year’s S21 for the same processors, refresh rates and triple camera system. With a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, it’s slightly larger than the S21 and comes with an aluminum frame, a slight camera bump from the phone’s edge and a fingerprint scanner. It may not be as flashy as the S21, but the cheaper price and different colors — olive, lavender, white or silver — could make it a compelling alternative.
Alienware, Dell’s gaming hardware division, showed off a gaming setup called Concept Nyx that would allow you to seamlessly switch from playing a game on a PC in the bedroom to playing on a TV screen in the living room, picking up right where a gamer left off using a single controller. The system, currently still in the prototype stage, would rely on edge computing, which could also mean higher bandwidth and fewer lags when they’re playing.