The Nostalgia Phone

The Nostalgia Phone

The home cinema phone

So many eyes are usually glued to the screens of smartphones. Somehow, despite TVs getting significantly bigger – see Samsung's The Wall – consumers have become used to watching movies on the phone's small screen. Sure you can plug in or cast your display to a TV, but who could be bothered sorting that out?

The Moviphone is being trialled at CES this year and features a unique feature. Included in the phone – meaning it is not a peripheral – is just a 720p HD projector. On the move and want to view a film with giant screen frills? The Pico projector can display a film up to 100 inches in size.

The device also comes full of a 16-megapixel camera, Android 7.0 Nougat and a fingerprint scanner. Don't worry too much about this stuff though, the reason why to purchase this phone is the projector. It will set you back $599 (£440 in the UK, but it is rarely a direct conversion).

Considering over fifty percent of all video viewing now happens on mobile devices, it's probably accurate to say that smartphones are becoming many people's go-to entertainment device. But you can find certainly times when watching a lengthy video or television show on a pocket-sized screen isn't ideal.

That's where Movi is available in: It's an Android smartphone with a built-in pico projector that could project 720p images up to 200 inches in proportions diagonally. It's available now for $599 and is unlocked, so it will assist any carrier.

The theory isn't entirely new — companies like Motorola sell smartphones that could hook up to projector accessories, but those in many cases are expensive. The Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, which was created to fit on certain phones in Motorola's Moto Z line, costs $300. Once you add that to the price of the device, which could range between $400 and $720 with regards to the model, you can find yourself paying between $700 and around $1,000. From that perspective, the Movi appears like a bargain.

The selfie phone

Sony has unveiled its new Experia XA2 at CES in Las Vegas Sony
Sony has been struggling to maintain Apple and Samsung on the device front. Now, it is attempting an alternative tact to attract new customers. The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra debuted on 8 January boasting a front-facing camera that could shoot 120-degree photos.

Long story short, Sony is branding XA2 Ultra as the very best camera for selfie photos. Remember dozens of times you'd to loosen up just to truly get your friend's face in the photo? Gone. The device will have one 8-megapixel camera and one 16-megapixel camera, both on the front. The rear camera will undoubtedly be 23 megapixels.

The Ultra includes a 6-inch display, almost a regular now of high-end phones, and the XA2 will house a smaller 5.2-inch screen. A fingerprint scanner, 3300 mAh battery and gorilla glass round out a fairly stellar phone from Sony. It is available in blue, black, silver and pink.

The nostalgia phone

The PDA, another casualty of phones in the mid 2000s. Old, clunky, usually with a cheap plastic stylus. Despite nobody really seeking one, it appears we've a new and improved version for 2018.

Planet Computers has been showing off the Gemini phone, a clamshell flip phone with the full QWERTY keyboard on half for typing. It's not by any means weak either, the device packs a 10-core processor, 4G and 64GB of storage.

It will run using Android 7.1 and includes two USB-C ports. It is available for pre-order on Indiegogo for £440.

One strange thing to mention though, apart from the front-facing 5-megapixel camera for video calls, the device does not have a passionate camera on the back.

The device everyone is waiting to see

A Vivo device will be the first smartphone with Clear ID Synaptics
After Apple killed the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone X, many wondered if that is the end of using your digits for security. But as it turns out, the technology does exist to place a fingerprint scanner under the screen itself.

It was confirmed in December that Vivo could be unveiling a smartphone at CES with the technology. At the conclusion of day two, nothing has been announced.

Watch on Vivo, everyone is eagerly awaiting "Clear ID ".

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