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CES 2023: Day 0 recap

CES starts on January 5th, but the tech news is already coming in.

Companies including Samsung, Nvidia, and Dell have already made big announcements and revealed some promising technology.

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CHERLYNN LOW: CES is back for real sort of. While the show has never gone away in spirit, this year is the first time since the pandemic that Engadget has had a team on the ground.

The show proper kicks off January 5th. But the news has already been coming hot and heavy. If we count January 4th as day one, since the media preview day is usually then, that makes today day zero. Some companies couldn't even wait and broke their news on New Year's Day, those eager beavers.

From Samsung's eye catching display prototypes and home appliances to a slew of chips and laptops, here's what you missed from day zero of CES 2023.

Samsung beat everyone to the punch by announcing some of its news early. On Monday, the company unveiled new QDO LED TVs that will hit up to 2,000 nits of brightness as well as a 57 inch, 8 K gaming display. But most intriguing are the new wall ovens that will live stream a video feed of what you're cooking plus a new prototype mobile display that can both slide and fold.

The Flex Hybrid OLED is a 10.5 inch screen with a 4 by 3 aspect ratio that folds down into a 4.2 inch rectangle. When you need a little bit more display, you can pull on the right edge of the panel to get a 12.4 inch screen in total that runs at 16 by 10. The idea that you can basically carry around a 12 inch tablet in a pocketable device is exactly what foldable dreams are made of.

While this is just a prototype and not something that Samsung is going to mass produce right now, it's a nice glimpse of what might be possible in the future. I'm most into Samsung's bespoke AI oven, which is part of its high end wine of customizable appliances. But the highlight this year is the AI camera inside the wall oven, which not only identifies what's in it and suggests optimal temperature settings but can also share a live stream of your cooking progress via the Smart Things app.

In a dark twist, the oven can also work with Samsung Health to analyze what you plan on eating to generate workout and diet plans. Not sure I want my oven judging my caloric intake. Speaking of delicious things, chips, as in computer chips. Yes, CES is also a big show for chip makers like Intel, AMD, and Nvidia.

This year Intel unveiled its 13th Gen CPUs for laptops, which can offer up to 24 cores. Nvidia had a slew of news including the mid-range RTX 4070 TI which costs $800 as well as a series of RTX 4,000 cards for laptops. The latter promises serious leaps in gaming performance for portable machines with the flagship 480 and 490 GPUs reportedly being powerful enough to play games across three 4K monitors at 60 frames per second.

Nvidia is also expanding its GeForce Now game streaming to cars while bringing the processing power of the desktop RTX 4080 GPU to the cloud gaming service. These new chips are showing up in the usual plethora of laptops and computers from companies like Acer, Lenovo, Dell, ACS, HP, and more. Acer, for example, is updating its range of gaming laptops and simplifying its Swift Series with all of them getting 13th generation Intel Core processors alongside design refinements. Meanwhile, LG is also updating its gram series of super thin and light laptops with, you guessed it, Intel's 13th generation Raptor Lake processors.

The New Gram Ultra Slim is a mere 10.99 millimeter or 0.43 inches thin, and it has a so-called hidden trackpad that has led backlighting that illuminates when you touch it. Dell also unveiled a bunch of new laptops including the revamped G series that senior reporter Sam Rutherford thinks might be the best looking new budget gaming laptops at CES.

The company's gaming arm, Alienware, also released new gaming laptops including a monstrous 18 inch model. Alienware also launched its first 500 hertz gaming monitor, which is a 24.5 inch IPS display. Now Dell usually shows off some compelling concepts at CES, and this year it's catching our attention with an update to Concept Nix. As a refresher Concept Nix is the company's vision for a server for your home that can let you play games on various screens around your house.

The update this year is a new accessory and senior reporter, Devindra Hardawar, who has already checked it out, called it a truly baffling PC gamepad. He even says it's like the Steam Controller 2.0 but worse. Check out his hands on Engadget.com to see why.

In fact, head on over to Engadget.com to get the full details on everything I've told you about in this video, and stay tuned all week as we bring you the news from CES 2023.