Tech-Rich Smartphones Revealed At CES 2017: Asus Zenfone AR and Zenfone 3 Zoom, Blackberry Mercury, And More

Jan 06, 2017 12:49 PM EST | JP Olvido

It hasn't been that long since mainstream smartphones hit the market. This year, we have a new batch of smartphones equipped with the latest features and technology to feed our excitement with all thanks to CES 2017.

The smartphones of CES 2017. Three days have only passed and we already more than a handful of smartphones unveiled at CES 2017. Consumers were treated to a whole lot of sleek and affordable smartphones full of the latest features as well as the top of the line ones that are so technology-rich that they could pass off as magical.

Blackberry Mercury. The Blackberry is back with the Mercury, an Android smartphone with an actual physical keyboard. It is to go on sale by March 2017.

Asus Zenfone AR. Asus offers us an impressively thin smartphone that is the first to be able to pair with Tango, Google's AR software, using its new Daydream virtual reality headset.

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom. We get another smartphone from Asus but this time with a dual-camera setup at the rear. The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom has a 26 mm wide-angle lens and another more zoomed in 56 mm lens.

Huawei Mate 9 with Amazon's Alexa assistant. The Huawei Mate 9 is finally going to be available in the US and will be first to smartphone with Amazon's Alexa assistant.

Huawei Honor 6X. The Honor 6X features a 5.5-inch full HD display, a dual 12-megapixel camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel one at the front, and a fingerprint sensor all in encased in metal for only US$200.

Huawei Honor Magic. Here's a smartphone that is smart enough to show you notifications when it knows that it is you holding it. Did we mention that the Honor Magic will automatically turn on its flashlight when its dark if you set it to?

Special mentions. Other notable phones revealed were the 2017 versions of Samsung's A3, A5, and A7, all of which are IP67 water resistant, ZTE's Blade V8 Pro with 13-megapixel dual-cameras, and the LG Stylus 3 and its digital pen and removable battery. The audience was also introduced to affordable smartphones such as the ZTE Hawkeye, LG K10, Alcatel A3 XL, a white version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, and the Changhong H2. Watch a feature on Asus's Zenfone AR at CES 2017 below.

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