Maria Montero

Smart TVs, Gaming PCs, Folding Smartphones and More: What …

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.

Intel Core i9-9900K 720

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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Nvidia's Titan RTX represents the current pinnacle of the line.  Image: Nvidia

Nvidia’s Titan RTX represents the current pinnacle of the line. Image: Nvidia