Chinese firms introduce new tech in Las Vegas

Global Business

At the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, the crowds bustle inside Lenovo’s private showroom. The Chinese company is one of the busiest companies at CES, releasing more than 20 new products.

CGTN’s Mark Niu reports.

The company’s North American president, Matt Zielinski shows me the new Thinkpad X1 Carbon. It weights just 1.08 kg and is .99 mm thick.  Zielinski said it’s the lightest and thinnest14-inch laptop in the world. 

But it still comes with some unique features, including Privacy Guard.

“Another cool thing that really came in handy for me on the way to CES as I was prepping for events is our e-privacy solution, which basically drowns out the image, so that only you can see it. You don’t need a flimsy piece of plastic to make sure someone next to you on the airplane isn’t looking over your shoulder seeing what you are doing,” said Zielinski.  “So let’s say you have it in typical operating mode and all of a sudden the sensor senses someone looking over your shoulder, it will automatically turn it on so only you can see the image and the person on the periphery cannot.”

Lenovo also introduced a smart clock – which uses Google’s personal assistant to stream media and wake you up gently.

Lenovo had a big 2018, regaining its spot as the #1 personal computer seller in the world.

As both Chinese and multinational company, Lenovo is hoping to keep the momentum going, despite a tense trade war where tariffs loom over many electronic components.

“Many PC manufacturers build products in the same way and we are a part of that so. This situation affects us all in a very similar way,” said Zielinski. “One thing uniquely advantaged with Lenovo is that we do more of our own in-house manufacturing than any other PC maker out there, so we have the ability to really flex and acquiesce around situations like this. And so look, we are monitoring it very closely, and you know if something pops up and we have to manage it, we can acquiesce.  But I can say so far, our business is still doing quite well regardless what is happening on the macro side.”

The consumer technology association – which is made up 2000 U.S. technology companies said the trade war has just been plain bad for business.

“We are totally opposed to the tariffs, the taxes on American companies, American businesses, American consumers,” said Shapiro. “They are hurting our exports, they are hurting they Chinese economy and they are hurting the US economy. We have urged our president to take a different tack.”

U.S. startups with Chinese investors and founders are eager to keep making connections at the show to expand their markets. 

In the Kids and Family tech area of the convention, we find Woobo, an AI-robot companion that interacts with children to both entertain and help them learn.