CES 2021: A preview of this yr’s client electronics present

These are a number of of the numerous new merchandise anticipated to be unveiled subsequent week on the Client Electronics Present, the annual splashy tech convention that usually units the tone for the largest traits of the yr. Residence automation, well being and 5G will as soon as once more be buzzy subjects, however many corporations may even introduce pandemic-specific options to mirror our elevated time at house.

Every year, reporters, exhibitors and buyers usually discover Las Vegas showrooms stuffed with large TVs, sensible vehicles and robots fixing martinis, however CES shall be on-line just for the primary time in its 54-year historical past as a result of Covid-19.

The Client Electronics Affiliation, the nonprofit behind the four-day occasion beginning Monday, mentioned 1,800 exhibitors from world wide will fill its “digital venue” this yr — a quantity that is down considerably from four,000 in-person exhibitors final yr. The transfer will permit tech corporations from international locations who’ve by no means attended earlier than to participate within the on-line spectacle, however may additionally make it more durable for smaller corporations to get observed with no bodily showroom sales space to come upon.

Registered attendees will be capable to stream (and re-watch) keynotes from corporations equivalent to Verizon (VZ) and Common Motors (GM), tune in to breakout classes — about how, for instance, know-how is enjoying a task in vaccine deployment — and search by a registry of exhibitors to look at new product shows.

It will lack a number of the signature substances of the commerce present, equivalent to hands-on time with the most recent devices, demos and networking. However the know-how that makes our lives extra linked and handy will nonetheless resonate as we proceed to navigate a world pandemic. CNN Enterprise shall be monitoring all the massive bulletins after which some.


5G will dominate discussions at CES 2021 a lot because it did final yr.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg will kick off the present with a keynote targeted on what the corporate has realized from rolling out its 5G community and tease its future plans. And Anne Chow, the CEO of AT&T Enterprise, is anticipated to do the identical in a breakout session. (WarnerMedia, the mother or father firm of CNN, is owned by AT&T.)

About 20 classes, as listed on CES’ web site, will dive into how 5G will reinvent varied industries, from vehicles and sensible cities to healthcare and farming. 5G-connected laptops may additionally make an look, in response to David McQueen, analysis director at ABI Analysis. Producers, together with Dell (DELL) and Lenovo (LNVGF), have but to disclose their 5G plans, pricing and total methods and will use this week to put it out.

5G is right here in lots of our largest merchandise, together with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, however it definitely has not reached what’s believed to be its potential but. These bulletins could provide a roadmap for the way it will get there.

Well being tech

Well being devices, health tools and wearables have lengthy been standard at CES, however the class shall be supersized this yr, each due to a rise in demand from the pandemic and the business regularly shifting on this path even earlier than.

Subsequent-level wearables will transcend conventional monitoring, very similar to the one which claims to affect your goals. New health companies and tools that hold you linked to others may even floor, and there shall be no scarcity of devices that mirror how we stay now.

“Search for quite a few well being options, particularly people who declare that they will let you know if you’re displaying indicators of doable an infection — raised physique temp, elevated coronary heart fee and respiration — or if you’re socially distanced sufficient,” mentioned Ramon Llamas, analysis director at market intelligence agency IDC. “Or take a look at completely different disinfection options for the house, much like those that declare they will zap undesirable or harmful microbes in your cellphone.”

Digital transformation

Final yr’s transfer to online-everything — telehealth, working from house, distant studying, streaming — shall be a primary speaking level at CES, however so will tech’s position to higher help these adjustments.

Microsoft (MSFT) president Brad Smith is anticipated to debate increasing world broadband by utilizing unused broadcast spectrum throughout the firm’s presentation, in response to Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. In the meantime, telehealth visits could get extra superior with new augmented actuality instruments, and a rumored chip from AMD may assist computer systems higher deal with multiplayer video games. Samsung (SSNLF) already introduced new Chromebooks — a less expensive various to higher-tier laptops — as thousands and thousands of scholars study from house.

Sensible house

With thousands and thousands of individuals staying house, corporations are hoping they will add extra sensible units and techniques into residing rooms, kitchens and elsewhere. Past merchandise like sensible fridges and washers, home equipment equivalent to robotic vacuum cleaners and air filters could get smarter with voice integration.

In response to ABI Analysis analysis supervisor Jonathan Collins, the pandemic helped increase the enchantment of house care, social and instructional robots, so we are able to anticipate much more of that this yr at CES, too.

Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 launch occasion is not formally a part of CES, however the firm will use the convention’s final day to unveil three new smartphones. (It usually hosts its annual Unpacked occasion forward of the Cell World Congress in Barcelona — the primary main convention that was canceled final yr as a result of Covid-19). This yr, we’re anticipating the lineup to incorporate an improved digicam, a flatter design and a decrease beginning worth.

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