Believe it or not, CES 2017 is just two days away. As we prepare to hit the show floor and bring you coverage of all the latest products, it’s also a good time to take a look at what we can probably expect to see related to Android and Chrome OS products we’ll probably be seeing at the show.
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Huawei Mate 9 (US Release)
A couple of months ago Huawei took the wraps off the Mate 9, but released it only overseas. We rarely expect Huawei to launch devices in the United States, but with the Mate 9, Huawei confirmed that its flagship would indeed by landing in the States, but with no time frame attached to that announcement. However, infamous leakster Evan Blass revealed a few weeks ago that Huawei’s flagship would be launching in early January, pinning a CES-launch for the device. This would, of course, make sense considering the timing of the event and that at least year’s Huawei press conference, the Mate 8 was revealed.
We’ve already released our review of the Mate 9, praising it as one of the best Android smartphones available right now, and Huawei’s best to date. Huawei should be revealing more info on the launch on January 4th.
Likelihood – 8/10
ASUS Chromebook Flip 2
Easily the most likely of all, the ASUS Chromebook Flip 2 will probably be announced at CES 2017. Over the past couple of days we’ve seen this unannounced Chromebook pop up at both Newegg and Best Buy, the latter even pinning down a January 5th release date. That puts the release in the middle of the show, and a day after ASUS’ press briefing. So yeah, there’s no doubt in our minds that the Chromebook Flip 2 will go official during CES 2017, and you can bet we’ll be there to give you a hands-on look.
In case you missed it, the Chromebook Flip 2 is a mid-size Chromebook with premium specs, a metal build, and, of course, a 2-in-1 design.
Likelihood – 9/10
Samsung Chromebook Pro
Sticking with Chrome OS, there’s also a strong possibility that the long-awaited Samsung Chromebook Pro will finally make its debut at CES 2017. The Samsung Chromebook Pro, like the ASUS Chromebook Flip 2, is a 2-in-1 premium Chromebook which brings a high-res display, solid specifications, and even a stylus for use with Android apps.
We’re pretty excited to finally see the Chromebook Pro debut, but there’s not any guarantee here. We haven’t heard anything in terms of a release date, but Samsung does have a press conference at the show where it is also rumored to release some Windows devices. Fingers crossed, the Chromebook Pro will show up right alongside it.
Likelihood – 7/10
Honor 6X (US Release)
Another Huawei device we’re expecting at CES is the Honor 6X. Released earlier this year in China, the Honor 6X is a direct follow-up to the successful Honor 5X from last year. Just like that device the 6X offers a 5.5-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and all-metal build. More or less the only things changing on this device are the specs which have been slightly bumped up, the addition of USB-C, and the new dual camera system. EMUI 5.0 on Android Nougat will almost certainly ship with the device as well.
Likelihood – 7/10
Honor Magic (US Release)
While the only Honor smartphone we’re really expecting to see at CES this year is the Honor 6X, there are also rumors floating around that the company’s “concept” smartphone, the Honor Magic, will also make an appearance on US shores. The device has a very unique curved glass design with a metal frame, dual cameras, and a slim 5-inch display. However, it trades EMUI for “Magic Live” which brings several new and features to the device.
Likelihood – 3/10
Xiaomi Android Smartphone
We also already know that Xiaomi will be heading to CES and will be hosting a press conference to debut a few new products destined for the United States. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has yet to reveal what will be headed to the States.
Obviously, one of the first things that springs to mind is smartphones, but Xiaomi also makes dozens of other products including accessories, drones, and even TVs. If Xiaomi does bring a phone, which seems fairly likely, phones like the Mi5 and Mi Note 2 would be excellent candidates.
Likelihood – 7/10
New LG Budget Smartphones
In confirmed news, LG will be bringing a handful of new budget Android smartphones to CES. Included in the lineup is the K3, K4, K8, and K10. The LG Stylo 3 will also be announced at the show. Both the Stylo 3 and some of the K series devices will be running on top of Android Nougat, with other low-end models running Marshmallow. The K10 and Stylo 3 also pack octa-core chipsets while the other devices use quad-core chipsets.
Likelihood – 10/10
ASUS ZenFone 4
Last but not least, we may just see the ZenFone 4 series debut at CES. The upgraded series will likely bring an altered design, new chipsets, and Android Nougat out of the box. We haven’t heard many rumors about the ZenFone 4, but it’s entirely possible that we could see it at CES. However, the ZenFone 3 made it’s debut last May at Computex, so it also wouldn’t be all that surprising if ASUS saves the debut for later in the year.
Likelihood – 4/10