What to expect from CES 2019

The latest and greatest tech from around the world is going to be on show at CES 2019, Las Vegas. Here’s a taster of what to expect…

03 Jan 2019

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CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the biggest tech events in the calendar. It’s held in Las Vegas every year, and it’s the place where all the biggest names in tech show off their most exciting upcoming products.

CES 2019 will run from Tuesday 8 January to Saturday 12 January, so here’s a rundown of what tech we think is going to hit the headlines this year…

 

TVs

Samsung QLED 8K

8K TVs are going to make a real splash at the event, with the likes of Sony and LG hotly tipped to reveal working models for the first time.

Sony and LG have previously only released 8K TVs as prototypes at CES, but we should see both companies announce real 8K TV releases this year.

“CES 2019 is a likely stage to […] mark the debut for LG and Sony’s 8K models, which we’ve only seen prototypes of so far.” Whathifi.com

65-inch TVs will be a common sight, and we may even see a 98-inch screen unveiled. They’re going to come in all shapes and sizes too, with LG set to unveil a rollable TV.

A lot of premium TVs will have amazing sound too, with cinematic quality sound coming from soundbars, or integrated into the sets themselves. LG for example, are expected to announce an AI-powered soundbar that it says will raise the bar for home theatre audio. With the help of AI, LG says, the viewer will be able to switch from sports to a Hollywood movie without changing any settings. It all happens automatically.

Samsung always has something special to show off at CES, and this year the Korean tech giant is rumoured to reveal its 2019 Frame and Serif TVs that promise to combine award-winning design with QLED picture quality and smart features.

 

Laptops

LG Gram Laptops

LG will be showing off two new LG Gram laptops at CES 2019, adding more processing power and all-round usability, it says. One will be the first Gram to have a 17-inch display, and the other will be a portable, multi-use 2-in-1 device.

 

Audio

LG has already announced that it’ll showcase three premium soundbars at CES 2019 - the SL8, SL9 and SL10. All three models will have Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant on board, and more details will be revealed at its press conference on Monday 7 January.

 

Smart home

Amazon Echo

We’re also expecting to see many more devices with virtual assistants (especially Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant) built into a growing amount of TVs, soundbars, speakers and headphones. This will make searching for content much easier, andthey’ll be able to act as a hub for other smart devices.

“CES 2019 will see more voice-controlled products than ever before, including soundbars from the Samsung, Sony and LG.” Jack Wetherill, Futuresource

We’ve heard that there will be news about Google Assistant at the show, but the exact details of what this could be are still under wraps. One thing we do know is that the Google Assistant will be on a whole lot of new smart home devices at CES 2019. Expect “Hey, Google” to be a key part of the show.

Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker could also be launched at the event, possibly in standard-sized and mini versions.

 

Smartphones

Smartphones

Samsung is widely expected to announce its new 5G smartphones at CES 2019. We may also get a closer look at its new foldable phone. We’ve also heard rumours that LG will show-off a foldable phone of its own.

We haven’t heard a great deal of other smartphone news – but some mid-range handsets from Sony have been rumoured to appear, possibly the Xperia XA3 and L3.

 

TechTalk will be bringing you all the breaking tech news as it happens in Vegas – so stay tuned for the latest CES 2019 coverage here.

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