CES Asia: Shapiro Talks Tech Globalization; Huawei Debuts MateBook PC Series
The third annual CES Asia trade show opened in Shanghai, China, on June 7 with show producer Consumer Technology Association (CTA) president and CEO Gary Shapiro saying in a keynote speech that it had “surpassed expectations” this go-round, attracting 30,000-plus business attendees and over 400 “totally high-quality, thoughtfully curated” exhibitors from 23 countries. “The breadth of the show mirrors the global technology industry and a huge, fast-growing consumer market in China,” he told the audience.
"China,” he reflected, “has adopted a strategy that makes sense with a focus on infrastructure, education, technology and innovation, encouraging public entrepreneurship and… acceleration of digitization to build smart cities.” He cited statistics showing China’s tech market value at RMB 2.1 trillion and tracking at a five percent growth rate for 2018.
Besides touting exhibitor quality, Shapiro mentioned the show’s focus on entrepreneurial companies, with Startup Park expanded this year to 75 exhibitors from 10 countries.
Shapiro acknowledged the “major global shifts in this era of political and technological disruption, causing global change and challenges worldwide,” but qualified that observation, adding that the first meeting between the leaders of China and the U.S. had been “positive.”
He stated that the technology sector is uniquely positioned to help solve global problems in “healthcare, communications, and even in terrorism, through technological innovation. Nations embracing innovation will provide the way forward… Technology will drive economic growth and jobs. We’re at the edge of a promising future.”
Shapiro set the stage in his part of the keynote for a presentation by Huawei’s COO Consumer Business Group, Wan Biao, who outlined a slew of personal computer and tablet introductions for the domestic market that included a centerpiece presentation on the company’s new MateBook X laptop.
Huawei, which Biao said sold 113 million smartphones globally last year and is one of the top three smartphone manufacturers in the world, took the occasion of CES Asia to showcase a roster of design and aesthetic innovations in the new MateBook laptop series.
His point-by-point enumeration of performance features and size specs included a larger usable screen area (88 percent) than on the recently introduced 13-inch MacBook Pro (76 percent), 2160x1440 high-definition display, an ultra-thin chassis, and a weight of just 1.05kg (lighter by 24 percent than Apple’s new model). The X also uses the seventh-generation Intel Core processor, which speeds processing and increases battery life, plus a new heat dissipation system that uses micro encapsulated material from the aerospace industry to cool the computers instead of fan technology. It also uses Windows 10, the operating system said by Intel’s Chris Walker, who also spoke, to be “the best OS for the gaming industry.”
Wi-Fi performance is enhanced via the X’s dual-antenna Wi-Fi system, and the company claims that it is the first computer to use a version of the Dolby Atmos sound system to provide an immersive experience for users. Integrated within its Power On button is a fingerprint detection system that unlocks the laptop within 10 seconds. The keyboard is splash- and spray-proof, and if no Internet connection is available, the laptop can use a mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.