Since 1967, technologists from all around the world gather to exhibit the world’s latest inventions and technology products at the 53rd Consumer Electronics Show 2020 at Las Vegas, Nevada from 7th Jan to 10th Jan.
As the show progresses, we see tech companies and giants unveiling innovative products and leaders reveal interesting insights in their keynotes. We expect to see some of the best devices such as 4K and 8K TVs, self-driving advances, and a possible smart fridge showdown, with Samsung and LG leading the charge. Let’s look at the latest trends in smartphones, televisions and other smart gadgets this year at CES.
Phones: All about 5G
2020 is the year that 5G technology and phones go from laboratories to regularly worldwide launches starting from the US and moving onto other countries. Some carriers have already launched their 5G networks but whether they actually bring a considerable change in user’s daily lives or not is still an open question.
CES is not a phone-centric show so all big brands save their announcements of premium and flagship products on their own shows so we should not expect much from most of the mainstream phone brands.
Televisions: Expensive Flagships and Some Substance
At the beginning of each year, determined and madly expensive TVs at CES always steal the spotlight. Last year, LG showed off an OLED TV that rolled down into a compact box when not in use, while Samsung had a revamped version of its stunning modular TV it calls “The Wall,” which uses Micro LED display technology to create an image that rival’s OLED with almost none of the downsides.
But those big shouting products didn’t really mean much for regular consumers. Samsung’s Wall is prohibitively expensive, and LG’s rollable TV has yet to ship in the United States. CES is a TV show, though, and so the less-flashy announcements really do turn into real products that real people can buy later in the year. While Apple and Samsung, and even Google save their big phone hardware announcements for their own events, TV technology still happens at CES.
So, this year consumers will be able to look forward to future proof products and save the need to change their TVs for the next couple of years.
Streaming: End to Netflix
This year streaming is going to get real complicated as HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi all have plans to launch while Disney+ and Apple TV Plus beat the crowd slightly with launches at the end of 2019.
With these new services rolling out and their bidding for subscribers’ time and money, we’re going to hear more about gigantic content licensing deals, a la Warner Media paying $450 million for licensing rights to Friends, and Netflix reportedly spending $500 million to get Seinfeld on its service.
We will also keep learning about big names committing to specific platforms. As thinking about, Martin Scorsese producing and directing his three-hour mobster drama The Irishman for Netflix. More movies will flood the streaming space as studios like Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal figure out a theatrical versus streaming strategy. Netflix will continue to try to get its biggest films in theaters, too.
Ultimately, it’s going to get real noisy at the end of the day for consumers as they juggle a plethora of subscriptions as they streaming services announce content to with it.
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