What to expect from CES 2017
Every January the world’s biggest (and smallest) tech companies gather in Las Vegas to show off the products they’re hoping you’ll be pining for over the coming months.
The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) gets under way on January 4 with press launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Sony – but what could be unveiled?
TechTalk will be on the show floor in Vegas to report on all the coolest gadgets. But until then here’s what we think you can expect.
TVs – HDR and OLED
TVs have always been the main draw at CES, with the first colour, flat-screen, high-definition and 4K UHD and OLED tellies all making their debut in Las Vegas.
CES 2016 was all about HDR, a cutting-edge TV technology that worked in tandem with 4K to make pictures even sharper and more colourful – what is HDR TV?
This year the HDR story will continue. Samsung, LG and Sony are all likely to launch new 4K HDR TVs even sharper and slimmer than the ones that came last year. Samsung’s most high-end 4K HDR tellies, its SUHD line, is expected to get an update.
Much will be made of the increasing availability of 4K HDR content from the likes of Netflix and Amazon. HDR video is available in different formats – and the battle between the more common HDR10 and the more advanced Dolby Vision will be a big CES story.
Sony is rumoured to be launching OLED TVs. OLED TVs use different screen technology to your HD or 4K TV, both of which have LED screens. They’re more expensive to buy and are made primarily by LG.
Panasonic is other main manufacturer of OLED sets and a new flagship TV is expected from them.
Virtual reality was the other big story of CES 2016 and this year has seen the technology become available to buy with the likes of PlayStation and Oculus launching headsets. At CES 2017 we could see Microsoft showcase VR headsets from HP, Lenovo and ASUS. These headsets would be designed to work with Windows 10 software and laptops.
Microsoft announced in October that it had been working with PC makers on new VR headsets and CES seems the perfect time to show them off. We could also see more news of content to run on the headsets of 2016 – including the PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Laptops and computing
Oodles of cutting-edge laptops await your exploration at CES - with Windows, Lenovo, HP and the rest showing off their latest designs.
The Dell XPS 13 has been one of the best laptops of the past year or so – slim, powerful and super-portable. Now it’s been suggested we could see a 2 in 1 version launched at CES 2017.
2 in 1 laptops switch between laptop and tablet mode to get the best from Windows 10’s mixture of keyboard and touchscreen controls.
The next big thing in gaming is 4K HDR. The new PlayStation 4 Pro can output games in 4K while also getting the best from HDR. And NVIDIA has been busy creating some HDR-friendly graphics cards for PC gamers. LG has such gamers in mind with the potential launch of a 4K HDR monitor for gaming at CES.
What happened last year?
If you want a digest read of the biggest tech that dominated the headlines at CES 2016 – check out our round up piece The best of CES 2016: The tech that stole the show.
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