It's Christmas, we're near the end of December, and that can only mean one thing: just two weeks until the world's leading manufacturers showcase their latest hardware at CES 2020. We can expect everything from toothbrushes and refrigerators to smartphones and televisions and even smart tubs to be unveiled during press-only events.
CES 2020 will start with several introductory conferences on January 5, but the fun won't start until home makers take the stage to show off their latest hardware during the January 6 press conference session. Then on January 7, the exhibition floor will be open for all attendees to be able to access the hand-on with the products (the best part) until January 10.
Consumer Electronic Show – CES is a commercial only event and is not open to the general public. Industry professionals are encouraged to register in advance to ensure faster 'preview' timings. CES (formerly an acronym for Consumer Electronics Show (1)) is an annual fair organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the event typically focuses on introducing new products and technologies to the consumer electronics industry. Focusing on the official dates, CES 2020 runs from Tuesday, January 7 to Friday, January 10, 2020.
If there's one thing we can count on witnessing at CES 2020, it's plenty of 5G hardware – be it networked refrigerators, televisions or vehicles. We can also expect to see a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence, as was the case with CES 2019, and the introduction of a series of 8K TVs. Yes, and now that sex toys are allowed, there should be some of them on display, too. 5G phones, clear TVs and super-fast laptops are set to dazzle at this year's event. We can expect everything from 5G phones to transparent Ultra-HD TVs to personal drones that can fly through the exhibit, but there's always something completely unexpected – like a robot dog.
Chinese phone maker OnePlus has said it will unveil a mysterious new device during its CES event, which the company is referring to as 'OnePlus Concept One'. Given the phone-shaped silhouette in a promotional photo, we're waiting for a device – but all the fuss has made us wonder if OnePlus will enter the folding phone market. Of course, as a concept, it may never hit the shelves of a store. But given the rumor about OnePlus potentially launching true wireless headsets to rival AirPods, we can see a lot more OnePlus on the show than ever before. Another rumor suggests that new Sony WH-1000XM4 headsets are on their way, a follow-up to the highly successful WH-1000XM3 released in October 2018. While the rumor does not turn on the launch during CES, the momentum may come in a January release. 2020 – which makes CES the logical stage to launch them.
Registration for CES 2020 is now available on the CES 2020 website and is free to qualified press members. Prices for those who want to be present range from US $ 300 (about 270 €) to US $ 1,400 (about 1,264 €).
That said, however, journalists will start arriving a few days earlier to cover press conferences starting on Sunday, January 5 at 12:00 PST and continuing until Monday and Tuesday. It is during this time that we will hear about Sony, Samsung, LG and several other consumer electronics manufacturers and the new products at their stage conferences. Traditionally, the largest of these conferences will take place on Monday as is the case with LG, Samsung and Sony hosting their events, but some CES-related announcements will arrive from Sunday night.
And what is most reserved for CES 2020? The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which organizes the entire event, is pointing out that this year's event will focus more on travel and tourism, data analysis and improving customer experiences. Of course, there will still be the usual amount of TVs, speakers, headsets, laptops and phones – many of which will be optimized for the 5G / 8K revolution. In addition to product horseback riding, we expect to see much talk at the digital health event and the commercialization of personal data, two major problem areas for the industry. Shaking things up a bit, Corey Gaskin Editor Mobile predicts a trend we won't see at CES 2020, but one that is expected to come as a surprise in the market: folding smartphones – at least folding smartphones from the top manufacturers we all know, like LG and Samsung
Instead, Gaskin predicts the presence of other little-known Chinese brands, including Oppo and Vivi. John Velasco, editor of Digital Trends at Smart Home predicts robot vacuum cleaners to get more and more advanced, and CES will feature some interesting new versions. The Roomba / security camera combination might arrive very soon, for example. Meanwhile, computer editor Luke Larsen is expecting an avalanche of dual-screen PCs.