CES 2017: Here’s What To Expect From The World’s Biggest Tech Showby Ajinkya January 4, 2017
2017 has just begun, and the biggest tech event is already around the corner. The CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2017 is to be held from January 5th-8th at Las Vegas, Nevada. In its 50th iteration, the tech carnival will be attended by around 200,000 people. With roughly more than 2.5 million square feet of exhibition space at disposal, the CES is expected to house cars, drones, augmented/virtual reality, wearables, cameras, and the internet of things. On its 50th anniversary, the CES promises to be bigger and better than before. While we are still a couple of days away from the event, let’s find out what will be making it big at the CES 2017.
Although there aren’t many flagship handsets expected at the event, companies such as Lenovo are expected to showcase foldable phone concepts at the event. Moreover, many brands will be adopting to the newer 5G technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Chinese brand TCL will showcase BlackBerry’s next generation of DTEK series of smartphones. Out of the line-up, the DTEK 70 is expected to feature a 4.5-inch touchscreen with full QWERTY keyboard. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC (System on Chip), the phone will run Android. It is also said to house first of its kind fingerprint sensor underneath the spacebar key.
In its conference dubbed as ‘Zenovation’, ASUS is set to display its Zenfone 4 series and Zenfone 3 Zoom phones. The latter is rumoured to be Google’s Tango phone. Huawei will exhibit its Honor Magic which was announced earlier. Moreover, many smartphones with curved displays and minimum bezel designs are likely to make may to the CES. The Korean manufacturer LG is also expected to unveil its flagship grade G6 smartphone and its K series smartphones at the event.
HDR in TVs
While last year, brands mostly pushed for features such as curved screen and 3D. This time around, companies will be rooting for HDR (High Dynamic Range) and high-resolution panels. The highlight of the show will be a standoff between OLED and Quantum Dot LCD panels. With the superior OLED tech, LG has already blown existing LCD technology out of the water. This year, using the Quantum Dot screens Samsung and Sony will try to compete with OLED panels. For those not in the know, LCD screens require LED backlight. Therefore, these panels cannot produce true blacks and are prone to backlight bleeding. On the other hand, in OLED tech, every pixel has its own luminance, which results in true blacks and excellent contrast.
A few brands may unveil screens up to 98-inch. To keep up with the size, more manufacturers will be moving to 8K resolution.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
With the massive success of Pokemon GO, many companies will be betting big the AR technology. On the other hand, VR is expected to mature in 2017. Headsets such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift will be displayed to showcase the immersive gaming experience. Using Microsoft’s reference design, brands such as Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer could also be showcasing its VR headsets.
Owing to its factors of affordability, ease of use and convenience has helped drone cameras become favourite amongst filmmakers and YouTubers. Following the lead of DJI and GoPro, more brands will unveil similar products.
Since Amazon successfully completed a product delivery using a drone last year, many other e-commerce companies will consider it as a viable option. At the CES this year we can expect these manufacturers to reduce the bulk of their drones and make them more compact. Xiaomi, for instance, is going unveil its Yi Erida drone. There have also been speculations about brands such as Samsung, Sony, Panasonic leaping into the drone business soon.
The CES could be a host to more compact and slimmer laptops on the lines of MacBook and Microsoft’s Surface products. Lenovo is set to unveil nine new laptops and updates to its existing products for 2017. LG is also likely to reveal its G Pad 3 10.1. Dell is expected to showcase its convertible version of XPS 13 laptop along with an all new device featuring an (almost) bezel-less InfinityEdge display. There’s a strong possibility that Xiaomi and LeEco could come up with ultra-portable and hybrid Laptops. Two Windows 10 powered Samsung tablets are also rumoured to hit the stage at CES.
AMD is slated to announce its newer generation of ‘ZEN’ CPUs at the Las Vegas trade show. The top-end CPU is tipped to comprise of 8 cores, 16 threads running on the AM4 platform. To support the latest GPU architecture, these CPUs offer PCI Express 3.0 support.