Here’s What China Brought to CES 2020

CES 2020 is underway in Las Vegas, and Chinese tech companies have unveiled some of this year's most innovative exhibitions

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5:16 AM HKT, Fri January 10, 2020 2 mins read

CES 2020, the largest Consumer Electronics Show on the planet, is currently on in Las Vegas, with more than 4,500 companies unveiling their latest gadgets and AI applications.

In this year’s show, Chinese companies account for around 1,000 of the 4,500 total companies displaying new products — China’s smallest share in the past three years. But these companies have still managed to impress tech-savvy audiences with some of this edition’s most creative exhibitions.

Here are some of CES 2020’s most interesting Chinese offerings:

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold

Lenovo calls it the “World’s First Foldable PC.” This tablet can, you guessed it, fold. When closed it appears like any other notebook. It packs a visual punch with 2048 x 1536 resolution.

The device comes with a kickstand so you can prop it up like a laptop screen and type on its bluetooth keyboard, which magnetically folds into the system when it’s not needed. The device seems to challenge the mutual exclusivity of products good for touch-heavy use and those meant for working. Its starting price point is 2,499USD.

AutoX-Chrysler Autonomous Taxis

AutoX, an Alibaba-backed startup specializing in autonomous vehicles, has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler to bring autonomous taxis to China and the world. AutoX and Chrysler exhibited one of their robotaxis at CES 2020, fitted with lidar and radar sensors (lidar technology uses lasers instead of radar’s radio waves).

According to AutoX, a fleet of its robotaxi Chrysler vans will debut for public use in early 2020.


Niu’s Self-Balancing Electric Scooter

Niu Technologies, an electric scooter producer hailing from Changzhou in eastern China, has unveiled a three-wheeled electric vehicle that boasts limited autonomy and a range of driver-assistance features, such as the ability to stay balanced. The vehicle has a range of 200 miles on a single charge.

DJI Enters the Sensor Market via Livox

Renowned Chinese drone maker DJI is taking baby steps toward the autonomous vehicle industry. The Shenzhen firm is backing Livox, a company that produces lidar sensors. At CES 2020, Livox exhibited two new sensors aimed at assisting autonomous driving. The Horizon sensor is priced at 6,499RMB (935USD) and has a range of approximately 260 meters, while the Tele-15 sensor is priced at 9,000RMB (1,295USD) and scans longer distances.


Royole’s Smart Writing Pad and Smart Speaker

After creating the world’s first foldable phone, Royole now has a fresh take on writing and a speaker with an abundant capacity for touch. At CES 2020, it exhibited the RoWrite 2, a smart writing pad that bends.

Also on display was the Mirage, a smart speaker with a touch display that covers much of the device. The speaker also shows texts, pictures, and videos, and it has a built-in camera that allows for video calls.

The writing pad will cost 799RMB (115USD) and the speaker will cost about 6,250RMB (899USD).

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