The Lenovo Miix 630, on show here in Las Vegas.James Martin/CNET
The modern phone has become a ravenous technology black hole, absorbing digital music players, point-and-shoot cameras and even many tablets along the way. Screens got bigger, camera lenses got better, and work and entertainment apps improved. Aside from the iPad and a handful of budget tablets like Amazon's Fire HD series, the standalone tablet has largely been subsumed by big-screen phones.
Many thought the PC, especially the classic clamshell laptop, was next -- especially after a few years of anemic growth in many areas of the PC industry. But the laptop is far from dead, and it's still one of the biggest categories every year at CES.
This year's crop of CES laptops -- which we'll define broadly to include Windows-based two-in-one hybrids and slates -- even show signs of a sudden evolutionary leap. The long-predicted PC-phone convergence is happening, but rather than phones becoming more like computers, computers are becoming more like phones.