OPINION: As it does every January, the Consumer Technology Association kicked off the new year with a bang by inviting some of the biggest names in technology to showcase their upcoming products and concepts at CES 2023.
The Las Vegas conference grabbed most of our attention this week, with big announcements from companies like Samsung, LG, Nvidia, Intel, and Lenovo (to name a few).
However, we decided to look elsewhere for this week’s winners and losers. Scroll down to find out who we picked and why.
Realme is our winner after the campaign announced a phone capable of charging from 0 to 100% in minutes.
The Realme GT Neo 5, which was launched in China this week, is the first smartphone with 240W fast charging. 240W is actually the limit for USB-C charging, so it would be pretty hard for the company to exceed those speeds without going beyond the current USB standard.
Realme hasn’t specified exactly how long it takes to charge the GT Neo 5, but the brand says the phone can reach a “full charge in minutes.”
Realme has paired the phone with the world’s first 12A charging cable with four 21 AWG wires and a dual GaN charger to make these speeds possible. There are also heat monitoring and fire protection measures to ensure that the phone is safe to charge at such extreme speeds.
We don’t yet know what the GT Neo 5 looks like, and we don’t know what else it has in store after its February launch in China, but the 240W charging system will reportedly hit the global market later this year.
Ours lost to Microsoft – or perhaps more accurately, Xbox gamers – after the company complained that Sony had made deals with publishers to exclude Xbox consoles from some title releases.
The claim was made as part of Microsoft’s response to an investigation by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into its proposed acquisition of gaming giant Activision Blizzard.
“In addition to open exclusive content, Sony has also entered into agreements with third-party publishers that require Xbox to be ‘excluded’ from the set of platforms on which those publishers can distribute their games,” Microsoft wrote in an excerpt highlighted by KoreaXboxNews.
According to the document, this list of excluded games includes the remake of Final Fantasy VII, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy XVI, and the remake of Silent Hill 2.
The point of this argument is apparently to demonstrate how all the big game companies (including Nintendo) are involved in exclusive deals, but mostly it just disappointed Final Fantasy fans who were hoping for an Xbox announcement this year.