The start of each new year is also the start of one of the largest technology conferences in the US: The Consumer Electronics Show. 2019 marks the 23rd edition of CES and it continues to grow more and more.
That said, the focus is also moving away from core consumer electronics and CES currently includes the best in technology, but the technology may not yet offer a direct benefit to the end consumer.
Unlike the past few years, there hasn’t been much speculation about what to expect at CES. the Mobile Phone World Congress (MWC) has stolen the attention of consumers because after all, that’s where all the smartphones are. CES, by comparison, has stayed true to its reputation of showcasing interesting technology that may or may not see the light of day in short-term retail markets.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at what we can expect this year.
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Personal computers are on the rise
Whoever said that PCs are dead, just have a look at the PC brands that show their products. All from Lenovo to Dell to Asus from OEM side to Intel, AMD, Qualcomm Y Nvidia of chipmakers are expected to showcase new products and technologies.
In October 2018, Intel announced the ninth generation of its Core processors, so OEMs can be expected to come out in full force to showcase their latest sports machines with Intel processors. Intel is rumored to be releasing graphics cards in 2020 as well and we hope we get a glimpse of that.
It’s been a year since Qualcomm sold the promise of always-on, always-on slim form factor convertibles. We have yet to see a retail model for sale. With the announcement of the Snapdragon 855 SoC already out of the way, and the sporting devices expected to be showcased at MWC, you can expect to at least see some examples of retail-ready convertibles built on Qualcomm’s computing platform.
Nvidia is expected to announce its RTX platform for gaming laptops (RTX 2070 Max-Q), news that should leave gaming enthusiasts drool. An inexpensive graphics card based on the Turing architecture, RTX 2060, is also rumored. Complementing Nvidia’s announcement, gaming laptop makers like MSI, Asus, Acer, Razer can be expected to have something up their sleeve as well.
While AMD has given Intel a run for its money in the CPU space, we’re expecting some GPU updates that should also be of concern to Nvidia. We’re hoping to see some new Vega II graphics cards built on a more efficient 7nm process, which should hopefully bring the price down for Nvidia.
The mobiles are out of date.
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Over the years we have seen that CES is not the place where smartphone brands carry their products, that holds for CMM. Even with MWC, over the years we’ve seen prominent brands completely let it go, deciding to have their own special launch events throughout the year.
If anything, CES is known to be the place where quirky designs and form factors get a good play. As Samsung already introduced a folding smartphone last year, we can expect smartphone brands to introduce their sports folding screen smartphones here.
A few years ago, CES was all about 3D TVs, with exciting new things to promise customers. We all know how it fell.
But TV technology is still evolving, and while some of it is still gruesome, it is actually impressive. QLED TVs, Quantum Dot TVs, MicroLED TVs, and 8K TVs should be showcased by prominent TV manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HiSense, Thomson, Sharp, Sony, among others.
Yes, all of these technologies are still in the future, but then CES never had to do with the technology that will lead to a retail product line launching in a few quarters. So expect to see large-screen TVs displaying 8K content in a loop, which enlarges finer areas of the scene to show how well the TV can resolve minor details.
Another issue is that there is not much 8K content available. But with just one year left before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a boost is expected when it comes to 8K TVs.
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Better Alexa and Assistant integration
This is obvious. We can expect to see many smart speakers, smart displays, and smart TVs with Alexa or Assistant integration.
It is the most logical trend that we can see from a mile. But it won’t be limited to speakers and displays. Expect appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen equipment and more, also being compatible with Alexa or Assistant.
Smart lighting and other smart home components could see some action too. Lenovo had already announced its plans to enter the smart home segment at IFA 2018. Expect more players to announce their smart home products with smart speaker integrations.
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