Visually and literally, TVs are usually the biggest thing at CES-unfortunately, we can’t see them in person this year. But this has not stopped TV manufacturers from releasing their latest devices, which some companies such as Samsung, LG and Sony have already done.
The biggest trend this year seems to be the use of Mini-LED technology, which has been used in Samsung’s latest 8K and 4K Neo QLED TVs and LG’s QNED TVs. This is the same technology we saw in TCL̵
Samsung and Sony have also announced new MicroLED TVs, but they are for enterprise customers (or customers with strong financial resources) of 80 inches and above.Taking Sony as an example, the company demonstrated that its modular Crystal LED display panel can be used as a virtual background set for TV shows, such as Mandalorian.
We may also see the continuation of the trend in previous years. The focus is still on 8K displays and the upgrades that must be made to make low-resolution content look better. Technologies such as transparent and foldable displays will also be shown, although they may not be ready for consumers.
Laptops, personal computers and accessories
Another big category at CES this year may be PCs, especially laptops. All ordinary manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus and Acer will announce new devices in their 2021 product lineup. We hope to see updates in the consumer and gaming sectors, many of which have already been announced.
For example, Dell has announced its new Latitude 9420 and 9520, which have the industry’s first automatic webcam shutter function claimed by the company, as well as an upgrade to Intel’s 11th-generation Core vPro processor. LG also announced five new thin and light Gram notebooks, all of which have passed Intel Evo certification. Lenovo also released several new high-end laptops at this year’s CES, including two IdeaPad 5 Pros that can be configured with Intel or AMD processors.
5G drums may also continue to be maintained in this year’s notebook configuration. For example, Lenovo has announced IdeaPad 5G, which uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx chipset and runs Windows on ARM. It will connect to an available 5G network and connect to 4G LTE when it cannot connect.
In addition to this, we have occasionally seen desktops, such as Lenovo’s Yoga 7 AiO (which can rotate from portrait to landscape, and vice versa), and the latest high-end displays from companies such as Dell.
Compared with previous CES events, the smart home scene appears to be quieter. This is mainly due to the fact that neither Google nor Amazon made an official appearance at this year’s show. Of course, we still hope that Assistant and Alexa can be integrated into everything from TVs to speakers, so even if they may not officially release any content, Google and Amazon will still make people feel their presence.
Similarly, it is very likely that we will hear a new update about connecting the kitchen and bathroom-maybe a new smart faucet? -From companies such as Kohler or Moen, and perhaps some announcements about other household devices, such as security cameras and smart lights. Taking LG as an example, it has launched a robot vacuum cleaner that can automatically pour its trash can into a separate bag.
Robots and drones
As far as drones are concerned, CES has never been the most exciting event. DJI is one of the most well-known companies in the drone industry and almost never launches a new machine there. However, less well-known brands in Asia usually make their appearance at CES, and they may make an appearance again at this year’s virtual event. We also want to see common selfie drones and drones with industrial or non-photographic applications. For example, at the last CES, we saw sunflower home security drones whip around the house.
In terms of robots, we may see multiple innovations from all walks of life, such as food services (such as Miso Robotics’ burger flip robot) or delivery robots (such as Amazon’s Scout). Big Ag is also an outstanding investor in the field of robotics, and we would not be surprised if John Deere showed any automation equipment here. We may also see so-called “companion robots” for children or the elderly as usual.
In recent years, transportation technology has shined at CES, but since most automakers have almost no plans to exhibit at CES in 2021, it is expected to become quieter this year. About electric cars and peculiar concept cars. For example, Mercedes has announced a car with a 56-inch large MBUX “Hyperscreen” screen that spans the entire cab of the EQS luxury electric car. The large display seems to be the theme of this year’s car, and even Cadillac sneaked a peek at its 33-inch surround LED display.
In addition, even if there may not be a new car release, we may hear more about in-vehicle technology infotainment systems, head-up displays and vehicle connectivity functions.
Slower, quieter performance
Perhaps the most obvious expectation about CES next week is that it will be quieter than in the past few years. After all, COVID-19 not only disrupted our lives, but also disrupted the production cycle of products. Of course, we will see some weird and weird devices, and there may be devices designed specifically for the global pandemic (perhaps health tracking wearables or smart masks). However, CES 2021 is expected to become a relatively slow exhibition. To make matters worse, Samsung held its own annual Unpacked event on the last day of CES, and we hope to hear news about the Galaxy S21. CES is probably just the opening remarks of Samsung’s blockbuster.