January the new year. This means that very soon we will have another annual international consumer electronics show where many companies will show their novelties. According to reports, about 4,000 producers will be willing to share their products and accomplishments with more than 170 000 participants from 150 countries. The exhibition will open its doors on January 9, but before the official part we’ll likely see a few interesting announcements, which we will try to inform you. So, what we will show at CES-2018? Let’s deal.
The “smart” homes
One of the main trends of last year’s exhibition of steel systems for smart homes. And the three pillars of data systems, allowing to combine into a single network all the electronics in your home and even control it by voice, became the Assistant of Google, Amazon’s Alexa, Siri and in the face of Apple HomeKit. Most likely, this year the trend in such systems and new products based on them will continue, and we will see a variety of devices, ready to turn our boring house into something more futuristic.
Virtual, augmented and mixed reality
Another big trend of the present time are the systems of VR, AR and MR – virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Last year was full of announcements and rumors associated with these systems, which suggests that these technologies continue to develop and are not going to stop there. So where is the best to demonstrate all those achievements do not at CES? We are confident that this year the above technologies and products based on them will receive a huge amount of space at CES 2018, which starts in a few days.
Last year for such equipment was clearly not the best. Technology has attracted a lot of attention at the start, but during the year, interest in them gradually faded. Wearable electronics has become something of a commonplace. Nevertheless, the market remains giants such as Fitbit, continues to show the world that wearable electronics is a very important, useful and necessary part of our lives. Maybe the millions of “identical” bracelets and watches stopped cause wow effect, “smart” clothing, which is only just beginning to emerge, can restore us to that forgotten feeling of novelty. Certainly, in the CES-2018 will be something to watch from this segment.
Electric cars and robots
Do not sidestep CES and automotive corporations. According to the latest data, to present its new electric car EMotion plans the company Fisker. According to rumors, the novelty will cost crazy $ 129 000. The car will compete for the title of the best with the Tesla, because its power reserve from a single charge will be 650 kilometers. Also expect a display of products the companies Toyota, Ford and Hyundai.
There will be several novelties in terms of equipment car electronics. Manufacturers will show a new dashboard with augmented reality.
According to experts, one of the main trends of 2018 will be the artificial intelligence. It will be applied in all possible fields. One evidence of this is the plans of the company Honda at CES-2018. The Japanese giant will bring to the exhibition several robots on the basis of experimental technologies that will help people and can even empathize with them.
Of course, no CES is complete without the participation of almost all major smartphone manufacturers. However, according to insider information, to expect big announcements at this show is not worth it. Traditionally, all the main big announcements in the field of smartphone happen in February, at the MWC held in Barcelona. Nevertheless, the CES-2018 we will show several new products. Waiting for more devices from Samsung, LG and Sony.
According to some leaked to the information Network, new producers will look similar to the following.
LG will please lots of new TVs. Will be presented to the eighth generation LG OLED TV and also the new 88-inch 8K TV. It is expected the update of the thinnest TV in the world LG TV Wallpaper. The name of the device chosen. Due to its thickness it’s really more like Wallpaper than television. As for smartphones, it is possible that we will show a budget model K10 and Stylus 3. Wait for new flagship G7 is not worth it. According to available information, it was reserved for the exhibition MWC 2018. In addition, the company will show the next generation of laptops Gram, Blu Ray 4K players and a lot of “smart” home appliances.
Judging by the rumors and insider information, Samsung can become the main newsmaker Jan. First Samsung can show Galaxy’s mysterious X – the first bendable smartphone. The technology of flexible display the company introduced at CES-2013, however, the following novelties of the South Korean giant curved screens can be called only timid attempts to show the true potential of this technology. At the current CES, we can finally wait for a truly flexible smartphone.
The desire to produce a new product the company said last year. The rumors about the device have been circulating for a long time, but to read tea leaves — a thankless task. Just need to wait for the start of the exhibition and check. It is possible that under this announcement, the company will allocate a special event, as it usually does with a new flagship Galaxy.
Flagship line of Galaxy S9 and S9+, most likely have to wait until Feb. Different sources can not yet come to a common opinion: some say that the flagships will show at CES-2018, others say the device will have to wait almost until spring. But now we can confidently say that the exhibition will be shown again (now on sale) new Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), as, in principle, and the entire updated line of Galaxy A. We expect the update model A3, A5 and A7.
In addition, is expected to show a huge 150-inch TV based on OLED technology Micro. Details of this technology will tell us at the show, but we already know that it allows you to increase the pixel density, reduce power consumption and to avoid fading of pixels. Also Samsung will show conventional TVs, televisions with technology, QLED, new laptops and the continuation of the line of Galaxy Tab tablets.
We are waiting for the updated line of Bravia TVs with OLED-displays. Will be a lot of new peripherals and audio. As always, everything is expensive and good quality. According to some sources, Sony might show at CES a couple of new devices in the new design. According to rumors, one device will get a 5.7-inch screen with a 4K resolution, the new Snapdragon 845, dual camera, 6GB of RAM and the latest version of the operating system – Android Oreo. The second smartphone will be treated to the middle price segment and offers features easier. Both models are frameless (which, incidentally, is also a trend of the last time). It should be noted that Sony is one of the few companies that still holds a part of the release of their smartphone lines at CES, so we can expect the new flagship. Also worth waiting for new 4K projectors with a more affordable price tag than before.
Last revived CES, Nokia unveiled the Nokia 6, this time we will show an updated version with edge-to-edge screen and the top iron. Despite the fact that Nokia has planned a special event on 19 January, at CES, the company may present the flagship Nokia 9 and 8 (2018). Last year the company bought the developer of “smart” gadgets for health company Withings, with which it wants to strengthen its position in the market of Internet of things. It is therefore possible that in this segment from it will also be able to hear something new.
Intel and AMD
In November last year we reported that two major CPU competitor, Intel and AMD have teamed up to create a completely unique new processor. It will consist of three chips integrated on a single substrate – Intel Core CPU, Radeon GPU, Vega M, and high-speed video memory HBM2. Such processors will significantly reduce the size of gaming laptops. It is expected that the company will tell the details of the technology, as well as the date of the appearance of these processors in the final product. Who knows, perhaps at CES we will show the first laptops with this processor.
Last December, Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon processor 845, which works fine with Windows 10S, so expect a lot of new laptops from different manufacturers on this processor. Must also be submitted on chromebooks Snapdragon 845. In addition, the brand name Snapdragon will often sound stands in the area of AR and VR. After all, the Snapdragon processor 835 is a separate package for developers of AR and VR, and the processors themselves will be the basis for a new Suite of virtual and augmented reality. The same headset Oculus Go, presented in October, runs on this processor. It may seem new headset from Lenovo, which recently passed certification at the FCC.
For Google the CES-2018 will be the first. The company had previously been presented to her thanks to the partners, and now the search giant will have its own separate stand. Basically Google will use CES as the exhibition centre and show the devices which we are already familiar. Smartphones Pixel 2, Pixelbook, headset, virtual reality VR Daydream View, smart speakers, and more. This is done in order to enable users to get better acquainted with the technique of Google. It is also expected new chromebook. It may be made in the new form factor.
To predict 100% what will be shown at CES, it is impossible. And so it may be that some of the things that remained rumors are just rumors and will remain, the other – on the contrary, will surprise with its unexpected appearance. Each CES has a lot of products from companies such as ASUS, HP, Dell, Lenovo and many others. I think that this time is no exception. Their products will show NVIDIA, Razer, HTC, Nikon and hundreds of different companies.