With the world’s biggest consumer electronics show, CES 2019, kicking off on 8 January in Las Vegas, US, it’s time for yet another gadget feast for consumers. Here’s what we can look forward to this year at the Mecca of electronic gadgets.
Telecom companies across the globe are preparing for 5G adoption and CES will provide the first look at some of the gadgets that will leverage the faster internet speeds. Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon confirmed in December 2018 that every Android vendor is working on 5G right now. Phone makers like Huawei, OnePlus and Samsung have already announced their plans to launch 5G phones in 2019.
With the slowdown of smartphone sales worldwide, phone companies are also looking forward to new concepts to get buyers to switch to new phones. Foldable display and phones with multiple cameras are going to be the key factors. Samsung will be launching foldable phones this year and reports suggest that Huawei, LG and Lenovo have also got their flexible phones and concepts lined-up for the event. HMD Global’s Nokia 9 PureView is expected to be the first smartphone with five rear cameras. Images of a Nokia smartphone with five cameras on the back were leaked online early this week.
The year 2019 will see proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT)-driven smart speakers. Samsung is expected to expand its Galaxy Home speakers portfolio with more affordable variants on the lines of Amazon’s Echo Dot, breaking the Google and Amazon monopoly in this segment. The company will, thus, provide buyers with an alternative ecosystem of IoT devices running Samsung’s Bixby assistant. CES 2019 will also see a splurge in headphones with built-in assistants.
Already, 8K resolution is the new benchmark in the TV industry. While Samsung was the first company to offer it, LG has already confirmed plans to showcase an 88-inch OLED TV and a 75-inch LED TV with 8K resolution. It will also support the new HDMI 2.1 standard, which is a must for 8k streaming. Sony is reportedly planning to unveil its first line-up of 8k TVs at the event. Lack of 8K content, however, will be a major limitation but options such as 8K scaling will continue to fill the void until then in a limited way.