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CES 2015: What to expect from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth
Red Bull. Energy tablets. Assorted sweets. Eye drops. Chapsticks (Vegas is dry). Our CES survival packs are ready.
Yes, it’s nearly that time of year again where we traverse the ocean to arrive in the nether regions of the Mojave desert, where the annual International Consumer Electronics Expo kicks off once again.
Running from 6-9 January, the world’s tech giants and hopefull startups will converge in Las Vegas, showing off their tantalising tech wares for all the world to see.
There should be plenty to get worked up about. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:
CES is always packed with the latest and greatest TVs, and we always leave feeling jealous.
Jealous, and poor. And this year is likely to be no different.
For starters, LG has already confirmed that it’ll be showing off its new quantum dot-enabled 4K LCD TV. The new screen tech makes use of nano crystals placed in front of an LCD backlight to increase the range of colours, saturation and brightness over traditional LD displays.
The company will also demo Web OS 2.0, promising faster boot times, nippier performance and a new My Channels feature for customising a list of your favourite channels.
Samsung also looks set to show off its own quantum dot sets, keeping the tradition of the two South Korean tech giants matching each other every year. We could also see Samsung match LG’s existing curved 4K OLED TV with one of its very own, along with a smattering of Tizen-powered tellies running Samsung’s own OS.
We also expect Sony to show off a new range of 4K sets with bigger room-filling sizes on offer, along with (hopefully) more 4K content boosted by Sony Pictures to make use of all those extra pixels.
LG looks set to continue its smartphone bending tradition by revealing the LG G Flex 2 in Vegas. The original G Flex featured LG’s flexible OLED display, but the structure of the phone itself was rigid. Could the second iteration be the world’s first truly flexible phone? We’ll have to wait and see.
We could see Sony’s 2K Xperia Z4 make an appearance too, although it’s unlikely. The device is rumoured to pack the power of Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 810 processor, which is apparently in short supply. If the Z4 does strut its stuff in Vegas, we can’t see it being realesed soon after.
A phone that’s even less likely to make an appearance is Samsung’s Galaxy S6, especially as its predecessor the S5 made its debut at Mobile World Congress in February last year.
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Stuff will be at CES in full force as usual, along with its all-new Wearable Tech Awards which will see ten winners showered with accolades on Stuff’s International News Stage on 7 January.
Most of the devices we see are likely to be wrist-worn, and smartwatches are set to become a prevalent trend when Apple’s Watch launches in spring. Naturally a whole horde of devices are waiting in the wings, ready to take it on, many of which are running Google’s Android Wear platform, competing with it on functionality and design.
We’re expecting to see many high-profile tech/fashion tie-ups at the show this year, from smartwatches to VR headsets.
Will Findlater, editor in chief of Stuff believes that “wearable technology plays by a different set of rules to every category the major tech manufacturers have built products for until now, because it’s on show. The functionality to make smartwatches compelling is already there, and the next step will be the real experts in the market – watch makers, fashion houses and jewellery designers – to get involved, either on their own terms or through collaboration with tech brands.”
Everything from smartwatches to VR headsets will be in the running for the awards, and we’ve already got a few hints at what to expect.
While HTC isn’t expected to debut a new smartphone (M8 owners can relax for a little while longer), rumours have been flying around that the Taiwanese tech giant could be debuting a new mysterious wearable devices at CES to compete with the likes of the Moto 360, LG G Watch R and Sony Smartwatch 3. This news came straight from the mouth of a company spokesperson in early December, and is described as being “very different from anything currently on the market”, which might rule out a smartwatch completely. Interesting…
Sony also looks set to debut its Google Glass competitor – a module which can attach to regular glasses, instantly blessing them with a miniature OLED screen and processing power.