2018 is officially here and while we have no definitive way of knowing that the new year has in store for us, we do know that we can expect plenty of technological promise. We’ll get a glimpse of this promise at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the biggest technology show on earth, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Las Vegas from Jan. 9-12. Many expect to see all the facets of technology, from audio, vehicle technology and wireless, to virtual reality, 3D printing and so much more. With some of the biggest names in the tech industry attending, here is a glimpse at what to expect from CES 2018:
- Google – For the past few years, Google has opted out of attending CES, therefore to hear that they will be attending in 2018, with the largest booth at the show a that, has attendees sitting on the edge of seats in anticipation. Experts predict Google will have a massive presence at the show with plenty of action around the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini and the Daydream View VR headset.
- Samsung – Since Samsung is an annual major player at the CES, experts highly anticipate what Samsung will bring to showcase. Especially since rumors of the Samsung Galaxy X, the company’s long-trailed bendable smartphone, have been circling for some time. Experts also anticipate a sneak-peak of the Samsung Galaxy S9 at the show.
- Sony – Sony’s display typically revolves around AV, so many expect plenty of action in terms of audiophile headphones and turntables. This year, Sony has a dedicated CES press conference at 5 P.M. Jan. 8, where more, quite possibly the Bravia TV range, will be revealed.
- LG – Crowned by CES attendees as the ‘King of TVs,’ LG will more than likely showcase sleek OLED televisions as well as home appliances and mobile advances in their smartphones. Recently, LG debuted the ThinQ, a google assistant powered smart speaker for the home, and many are expecting the LG booth to showcase the new device.
- Dell – Back in October, Dell released a quick sneak peak of the Dell XPS 13 to TechRadar and many experts are hoping more information, including a full specs sheet, price point and release date are given during the show.
CES has always been a major event for laptops, desktops and televisions, and this year should be no different. However, a category that is speculated to have an incredibly massive presence is electric cars and self-driving cars. Many are eagerly awaiting a look under the hood from companies like Nvidia and Fisker. Other categories that will be displayed are audio, VR, wearables, smartphones, robots, and home appliances.
However, with an overwhelming amount of new technology being showcased, there are some things you should not expect to see at CES. Traditionally, companies like Apple and Microsoft will not reveal much at CES as they have their own separate shows throughout the year. And while there are usually new phones at CES, there aren’t all that many. A majority of phone manufacturers will launch their 2018 handsets separately or will opt to wait until the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will take place a couple months after CES in Barcelona. Also, you should not expect to see much that you will be able to go out and buy right after the show. CES is often used to simply announce or showcase technology that is projected to launch in the months ahead, or perhaps to display prototype technology that has not been fully developed yet.
Nevertheless, CES is bound to show the amazing technology that is in store for the new year, As the world’s largest gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, attended by tech professionals, it will be interesting to see what new innovative gadget will be the buzz of the show.