The eyes of the tech world will be glued on Las Vegas, where the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), kicks off early next week. Officially, the convention starts on January 8, but press events begin as early as January 6. Many believe that the show has become predictable and the products showcased at CES never make it to retail shelves. It’s becoming more clear that the Consumer Electronics Show is getting less exciting compared to previous years. Some even say that the CES has become more for an auto show and less of a tech show.
That said, the annual tech trade show still attracts thousands of vendors and visitors. Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, Amazon, Google, LG, Intel, Qualcomm, and other companies will be in attendance at this year’s CES. You won’t get to see Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S10, but there will be plenty of new TVs, laptops, VR, Robotics, audio, wearables, smart cars and smart home technology.
Here’s all you need to know about CES 2019.
CES 2019: Where is it and when is it?
The Consumer Electronics Show is perhaps the biggest tech trade show of the year. The annual trade show takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2019 International CES will begin on Tuesday, January 8 and end on Friday, January 11. Although the show opens Jan 8, you will start hearing about the major product launches between January 6 and 7. These two days are reserved for Media.
CES 2019: Samsung
The South Korean major will most likely showcase its 4K and 8K TVs at CES 2019. Samsung has already announced its plans to show off QLED versions of its 2019 Lifestyle TVs The Frame and Serif TVs. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Creative Lab will announce a slew of innovative yet unconventional products.
Speculation is rife that Samsung could announce an entry-level smart speaker, powered by Bixby 2.0, at the trade show. But we don’t expect Samsung will officially launch either its foldable phone or the Galaxy S10 at CES 2019. Expect both the devices to be officially launched at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in late February in Barcelona, Spain.
CES 2019: Sony
We are expecting Sony to announce a bunch of new products at CES 2019. While the Xperia XZ4 is rumoured to make its official debut at MWC 2019 next month, some mid-rangers (likely to be Xperia XA3 and L3) might see a CES launch.
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We will also most certainly see Sony refresh Bravia TVs, a new range of premium noise canceling headphones, action cameras and a new lineup of mirrorless cameras.
CES 2019: LG
LG will definitely have 4K and 8K TVs at this year’s CES. We have also heard rumours that LG could officially release its rollable TV, which was first announced at the CES 2018.
We already know that LG will showcase two new Gram laptops, one with a 17-inch screen and another a new 2-in-1. The South Korean company also plans to showcase new Xboom speakers with Google Assistant built-in.
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Though, there’s little chance we may get to see the company’s next-generation flagship in Las Vegas. The word on the street is that the G8 will be rival to the upcoming Galaxy S10, featuring a 3D camera and rumoured “Sound on Display” technology. We may instead have to wait until the MWC for an official announcement.
CES 2019: Qualcomm
It’s possible that Qualcomm will use CES 2019 to offer more details on 5G rollout in the US. We can expect to hear initial launch devices that will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor. Moreover, we may get to hear about its connected car processors.
CES 2019: Amazon, Google
The smart home segment is expanding rapidly and major companies do talk about connected speakers and appliances at the annual tech trade show. Last year, both Google and Amazon accounted for at least four out of five smart speakers sold in the US. We can expect a lot of chatter from Google and Amazon’s partners as their respective assistants move beyond smart speakers.
CES 2019: AMD, Intel
Both the heavyweights have scheduled press conferences at this year’s CES, but we’d bet our money on AMD. The chip maker is rumored to announce Ryzen 3, its first 7nm processor. Meanwhile, we are expecting Intel to talk about 5G, even though its 5G modem won’t be integrated into smartphones until 2020.