If you are a smartphone enthusiast, you probably know that CES 2024 was a spectacular event for the industry. CES 2024, or the Consumer Electronics Show, is the world’s largest and most influential tech exhibition, where thousands of companies showcase their products and services to millions of visitors. Among the many categories of devices, smartphones are always one of the most popular and anticipated ones, as they reveal the trends and technologies that will shape the future of mobile communication.
But with so many smartphones on display, how do you know which ones are worth your attention? How do you compare and contrast the different features, designs, and performance of each model? And most importantly, how do you decide which smartphone is the best for you?
That’s why we have created this guide, where we will introduce you to some of the best smartphones we saw at CES 2024. We will highlight their strengths, weaknesses, and unique selling points, and help you make an informed decision. Whether you are looking for a gaming phone, a budget-friendly phone, a phone with a paper-like display, or a phone with a physical keyboard, we have got you covered.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the best smartphones at CES 2024.
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro: The Ultimate Gaming Phone
The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro is a beast of a phone, designed for hardcore gamers who want the best possible experience. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, up to 24GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. It also has a 6.78-inch LPTO Samsung flexible AMOLED touchscreen that can reach a 165Hz refresh rate for select games and a 720Hz touch sampling rate for ultra-responsive controls. The display can also get up to 2,500 nits of peak brightness and supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The phone has a 50MP main camera with Asus’ 6-axis gimbal stabilizer, a 13MP wide-angle camera, and a 32MP telephoto camera. The front has a 32MP selfie camera. The phone has a massive 5,500mAh battery that supports 65-watt wired charging and wireless charging. It also has a mini LED display on the back that can show 20 different animations for various scenarios. The phone comes with an AeroCool X fan cooling accessory that has another RGB display, two physical buttons, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Asus ROG Phone 8: A More Affordable Alternative
The Asus ROG Phone 8 is a slightly toned-down version of the ROG Phone 8 Pro, but still a very impressive gaming phone. It has the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip but with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It also has the same display, camera, and battery specs as the Pro version, but without the mini LED display on the back. The phone also does not come with the AeroCool X fan accessory, but it is compatible with it.
TCL 50 XL 5G: A Budget-Friendly 5G Phone
TCL is well-known for its lineup of affordable smartphones and tablets. This year at CES 2024, it announced seven new phones — but let’s take a closer look at the TCL 50 XL 5G.
The TCL 50 XL 5G has a massive 6.8-inch FHD+ 120Hz display that’s also equipped with dual speakers and DTS sound. And though it starts with 8GB RAM, it can be expanded for better performance.
With a 5,010mAh battery inside, the TCL 50 XL 5G should last a good while on a single charge. It’s a good option for those who are always on the go and need a phone with battery life that can keep up with them. It should also prove an interesting alternative to the likes of Samsung, Google, and others this year.
TCL 50 NxtPaper Phones: A Unique Paper-Like Display
TCL also unveiled two new NxtPaper smartphones as part of its massive lineup. TCL has remained fairly quiet on the specs for the NxtPaper phones, called the TCL 50 XE NxtPaper 5G and the TCL 50 XL NxtPaper 5G, so we don’t have much to go on. The big deal, however, is that these will be the first NxtPaper phones to hit the U.S. market.
TCL’s NxtPaper tech itself is quite impressive, and it should offer something different from most other smartphones on the market today. On NxtPaper devices, the screens have a matte finish, and they look and even feel like paper — hence the name. Since they have a matte finish, it makes the display easier to see since there’s no glare, especially outdoors in sunny conditions.
Clicks Creator Keyboard: A Phone with a Physical Keyboard
Technically, Clicks is not a new smartphone, but rather a keyboard case for your iPhone. But it’s one of the most unique accessories we’ve seen yet.
Clicks is a case that wraps around your iPhone, similar to the old Mophie Juice Pack case or even Apple’s own Battery Case before it was discontinued. It has either a Lightning or USB-C port, depending on your iPhone model, and it plugs in directly to the iPhone itself, so no Bluetooth connection is required.
Once Clicks is installed, it removes the virtual keyboard on the iPhone, so it basically doubles your screen estate. This makes it easier to type while remaining immersed in your app and even content creation. The keyboard even has a backlight, making it possible to use it in dark or lowlight situations. But Clicks isn’t just about adding a physical keyboard to your iPhone. It also unlocks iOS keyboard shortcuts for your iPhone, so you can press CMD + H to quickly get back to the home screen or CMD + Space to get to search. If you’re in Safari, you can scroll through webpages with the spacebar. And it’s not just first-party apps that use the keyboard shortcuts either — you can use Clicks with third-party apps, too.
Clicks come in two colors: BumbleBee (yellow) and London Sky (gray). It costs $139, and you can preorder one right now at Clicks. tech. The first shipments will arrive next month. There will also be a Clicks companion app launching on the App Store soon.
These are some of the best smartphones we saw at CES 2024, but there were many more to explore. CES 2024 was a showcase of the latest and greatest in smartphone technology, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this industry. Which smartphone are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.