Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) displays a wide collection of technology products that range from robots, smart home appliances, phones, laptops, and televisions, making it the largest annual technology event in the world. It is religiously attended by leading technology innovators, crowded by enthusiasts, and populated by the media.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, CES will go to Las Vegas in the first week of 2017. There, consumer tech products will be showcased through keynote speeches, presentations and booths around the city.
But what could we expect at CES 2017?
On January 5 to 8, the following companies are expected to be in appearance: Casio, BMW, Bosch, Honor, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Faraday Future, LG, Lenovo, Nissan, Nvidia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm, Dell, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Xiaomi.
Amazon and Netflix, who went to the show in previous years, might be missing at CES next year. Meanwhile, Apple and Google have never made an appearance at the consumer tech show and choose to hold their launch events instead.
As traditionally done, tech companies in attendance are slated to announce their products at CES Unveiled. This is a preview of the trends and innovations from the show that will run from January 3 to 4.
Consumer tech products to be announced at CES are still as groundbreaking after half a century of holding the show. To be highlighted are the new generation of televisions, cars, virtual reality, smartphones, drones, and wearables, among others. Of course most of these are but rumors that have propagated in the tech world.
Sony is anticipated to announce its first range of OLED and Android TV combinations, on top of the new Xperia phones that sport a 5.5-inch 4K display and 4GB of RAM. There’s also a talk about two new Snapdragon 820-wielding handsets.
LG is expected to show off a 4K, HDR-compatible monitor that provides enhanced picture quality usually found in televisions. The tech giant is also slated to reveal new handsets which include four new K-series devices, the LG G Stylus 3 and the first-in-the-line LG X Calibur.
Samsung is also one to talk about in CES 2017. It might just unveil a dual-screen foldable smartphone and new Galaxy A series devices. No confirmation on the Galaxy S8 revelation yet but it is most likely to be reserved for the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.
Xiaomi is attending for the first time ever to show a new global Mi product that might just be a VR headset or a Pad 3 tablet.
Asus is speculated to display the Zenfone 3 Zoom, which features a dual 16 MP rear cameras and a 5.5-inch Full HD 2.5D glass screen, and an AR phone that would make use of Google’s Tango 3D mapping tech. Some new laptops and a new Chromebook are also to watch out for.
On the other hand, Faraday Future has confirmed its release of the concept car that is a “premium electric vehicle that combines extreme technology, industry leading range and holistic design”.
Hyundai is nowhere backing down in car technology as it plans to take the CES attendees a ride in two of its Autonomous Ioniq concepts. This, after the automaker has received a license to operate autonomous vehicles in Nevada.
Dell has also admitted that a convertible hybrid version of the Dell XPS 13 will debut at the show. That’s only one of their major unveilings – another is the Smart Desk, which is a bulky PC with a peripheral, second screen.
With all these leaks and pre-CES announcements of tech products considered, I’m sure we all can’t wait for the new year to arrive.