CES is one of the biggest tech events of the year and CES 2019 is showcasing a truckload of new gadgets that’ll be launching in the next 12 months.
The one thing that defines CES is that virtually all the world’s tech manufacturers get together to talk about, and launch, the next big things, kickstarting the trends for 2019 and showing off all the hot products to get excited about.
Here are all the important announcements – and new devices or technologies – and we’ll be updating as they are released through-out the show.
Acer at CES 2019
Acer has a new version of the Swift 7, its 14-inch slim and light Windows 10 notebook. The new model has a magnesium-alloy chassis that’s only 9.95mm thick and it weighs just 870g. It’s powered by 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8500Y with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. It will be available from $ 1,699 in the US from May 2019; it will start at €1,799 in Europe from April 2019.
Acer has also unveiled an AMD-powered Chromebook, the Chromebook 315 with Radeon graphics and a 15.6-inch full HD display, available in touch and non-touch versions. At the extreme opposite end of the scale, Acer has updated the Predator Triton with new Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics, with two models, a 17-inch 4K version and a 15.6-inch version.
Apple at CES 2019
Ok, Apple doesn’t do trade shows and it doesn’t do CES. But one of the most significant announcements at CES 2019 is that Samsung TVs will offer access to Apple’s iTunes. That’s right – it means you’ll be able to access all your iTunes content on your Samsung TV (2018 and 2019 models supported) and Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2. This is a major step in Apple’s content, especially as it now provides an alternative to Apple TV. It’s a big deal and will surely add fuel to the fire that we’ll see an Apple streaming TV service in 2019.
Apple has also confirmed that AirPlay 2 will be supported by multiple TV manufacturers and we suspect that Samsung’s exclusive won’t last long. Other TVs are going to be compatible with Apple HomeKit.
Arlo at CES 2019
Arlo is making some big changes to how it’s positioned, setting itself up as a smart home platform and wanting other devices to join its Works with Arlo system. It’s also launching a Security System with a multi-function sensor, siren and remote – and all these devices are going to appear later in 2019.
But elsewhere, Arlo has made some of its newer cameras compatible with Apple HomeKit. So while it wants to be the leading platform, it is also happy to play nice in an Apple Home.
Asus at CES 2019
Asus has used CES 2019 to announce new ZenBook models – one sporting the thinnest bezels you’ll find anywhere – as well as boosting its ROG gaming laptops, with the monster ROG Mothership being a sort of Surface-on-steroids gaming 2-in-1 and the new Zephyrus S GX701, if you prefer your gaming laptop to be ultra slim.
There’s a new education-focused Chromebook range of two traditional Chromebooks, one Flip styled device and for the first time for Asus, a Chromebook tablet.
Elsewhere the company has also announced the Lyra Voice, a new mesh router that will not only boost your Wi-Fi, but also supports Alexa and can act as a smart speaker.
Garmin at CES 2019
Garmin has announced the Vivoactive 3 Music LTE – this version of its popular watch adds an LTE connection, giving you safety features and connectivity without a phone. It’s launching on Verizon – and there’s no word about other networks or countries – but it will mean you can download your music wherever you are, connect to your Bluetooth headphones and head off on your run – with no phone.
Garmin has also done a deal with Mercedes-Benz that will see the Vivoactive 3 integrate with the Mercedes Me app, with the aim of increasing driver wellbeing, in the future allowing the car to react to the driver’s condition, perhaps with soothing music, seat massages and so on to enhance the driving experience.
Google at CES 2019
Google doesn’t normally announce devices at major shows, instead it likes to support its partners, helping to push the message that Google works with everything and powering a new generation of connected devices. Such devices will include smart displays, the latest visual manifestation of Google Assistant we’ve already seen that KitchenAid will be offering a device of its own, designed for kitchen use.
Elsewhere we have seen Google Assistant support spreading to more devices, like Klipsch soundbars, and we’re expecting a lot more.
HP at CES 2019
HP has used CES to update the Omen 15 with a cracking design – but also introducing a 240Hz display. This gaming laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-8750H, with a 128GB SSD running alongside a 1TB HDD and packs in B&O speakers. The new machine with 240Hz display won’t be available until July 2019. There’s also a 65-inch Omen gaming display, and Obelisk gaming desktop, available from March.
Elsewhere, HP has an AMD-powered Chromebook 14 to rival Acer, and the HP Spectre 15 x360 now has a OLED display.
HTC Vive at CES 2019
HTC Vive has a new headset called the Vive Pro Eye – and why is it called Eye? Because it tracks your eyes. That’s right, this headset can use eye tracking which brings a range of benefits for the wearer. There are simple things like being able to focus on the content on where the user is looking, it can reduce motion sickness, but we suspect, as HTC highlighted enterprise deployment, that it will mostly be used for control without your hands.
There is also a new consumer headset called Vive Cosmos. This is a completely wireless VR headset sitting in the mid range. It is designed to connect to a PC, but there’s a strong hint that in will also be supported by phones in the future. HTC says there will be modular upgrades.
Huawei at CES 2019
Huawei has used CES to launch a new, slightly more affordable version of the MateBook. The new MateBook 13 is a slim and light laptop, a natural rival to the MacBook Air, coming in two different configurations – i5 or i7. That keeps things simple, keeps the options few and keeps the prices down.
Lenovo at CES 2019
Lenovo is eking out its launches at CES 2019. This has resulted in ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga. These are thin, light, and mostly aimed at business. There’s also an update to Legion gaming laptops, but so far there’s been nothing in the regular consumer line.
LG at CES 2019
LG’s show-stopping announcement is the LG OLED TV R, a 65-inch TV 4K HDR TV that will put itself away into its 4.2 channel 100W speaker cabinet when you don’t want to use it. It’s also LG showing what can be done with OLED displays and really flexing its technical skill. How much will it cost? If you have to ask…
We already know the new Alpha 9 (α9 Gen 2) processor will be at the centre of the 2019 OLED series: an 88-inch Z9 8K set in addition to the W9, E9 and C9. All will now be able to utilise Amazon Alexa in addition to the already-available Google Assistant.
LG also has two new LG Gram laptops – a 17-incher plus a new 2-in-1 – as well as soundbars featuring Meridian Audio know-how alongside various technologies including Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant. It has also revealed new XBoom speakers including a smart speaker with built-in Google Assistant.
There is also a new craft brewing appliance – LG HomeBrew – which hopefully will produce something better than last time we tasted a home brew.
Nissan at CES 2019
Nissan is also one of the car manufacturers that attends CES – this year it has a concept that will help drivers “see the invisible” by merging real and virtual worlds. Essentially this will take real-world data that your car is able to pick up and join it together with cloud-based info about the road environment that’s coming up by being able to anticipate what might be behind a building or around a corner.
Nvidia at CES 2019
The focus of Nvidia’s press conference was the launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060. This is the latest version of the company’s 20 series GPU that’s intended to be the entry-level model that will make ray tracing technology more accessible to the masses.
Elsewhere, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 GPU has made its way into several new laptops including the Predator Triton 900 and 2019 Razer Blade 15. These new laptop GPUs should help deliver both 4K and 144Hz display visuals that laptop gamers will love.
Panasonic at CES 2019
Panasonic’s big announcement is the GZ2000 OLED TV. This is a hardware-modified OLED TV offering Dolby Atmos in the TV itself. Yes, we’ve heard that before from LG, but Pana has actually added upfiring speakers on the rear. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10+, making it hugely appearing to home cinema fans.
Panasonic brand Technics has announced the SL1210 turntable to appeal to DJs, promising to give you all the features you might want, while the SL1500C is there for Hi-Fi fans. Technics is also launching noise-cancelling headphones.
Elsewhere Panasonic continues to offer Ultra HD Blu-ray players, while it has also revealed a few more details on its Lumix S1 full frame camera.
Ring at CES 2019
Ring has added the Door View Cam to its line-up, in this case using the spyhole in your door and incorporating that into the design. It also includes knock detection, so if someone fails to press the button, you’ll still get an alert.
Elsewhere, Ring continues to expand its selection of lights, with a motion detector and a range of different options. Finally Ring is expanding Alarm with new sensors, so it does a whole lot more.
Royole at CES 2019
Royole is behind the folding phone. Yes, you thought it would be Samsung or LG showing off this device, but instead it falls to Royole with the FlexPai. Never heard of Royole? It’s a new company – founded in 2012 – that specialises in flexible products. It packs in some of the latest hardware with Snapdragon 855 and the developer version of this hardware is available to buy for $ 1300.
Samsung at CES 2019
Samsung has announced that it’s going to be offering Apple iTunes access on its 2018 and 2019 TVs, as well as AirPlay 2. Beyond that, Samsung has also shown off The Wall 2019, including a 75-inch 4K model – which is going on sale in 2020. The future of TV is Micro LED, it seems.
It has also added a 98-inch 8K QLED model to its line-up, so there’s a full range of sizes to choose from if you want a next-gen TV. Of course there’s another version of Samsung’s Family Hub – its connected fridge – while Samsung really wants you to be excited about its expanding Bixby platform.
That’s not gone so well so far, but fortunately it’s putting Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility in its 2019 Smart TVs.
Sony at CES 2019
Sony has a new range of flagship TVs, covering both OLED and LED. The Master Series ZG9 is an 8K LED TV that’s full array and available in 98 and 85 inch sizes. There’s 8K X-Reality upscaling so your 4K content remains sharp at larger sizes.
If OLED is your thing, then Sony is going for 4K HDR supremacy with the Master Series A9G. It use Acoustic Surface Audio+ and is slimmer than the model it replaces. Again, this is a big TV coming in at 75, 65 and 55-inch sizes. Both support Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, Alexa, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
Sony also announced a full run of LED TV updates, audio update with new connected soundbars, introduced a new sound technology called 360 Reality Audio – which is basically surround sound for music – and has confirmed that the excellent WH-1000XM3 headphones are getting Alexa support.
TCL at CES 2019
TCL and Roku have announced that they are working on an 8K version of the Roku TV, to launch in 2019. That will give you an integrated Roku experience without the need for a dongle or set-top box. In addition, TCL is working on new 4K HDR models with far field microphones for voice control and search.
When and where is CES 2019?
CES always takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, primarily due to the vast availability of hotel rooms and exhibit space in the city. The show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center but a huge number of exhibitors also take space in other hotels such as The Venetian and Wynn.
CES 2019 itself starts on Tuesday 8 January and lasts until Saturday 12 January. We’ll be there from Saturday 5 January as some companies start press conferences across the weekend. The main press day is Monday 7 January which is when the majority of the announcements will be. The Monday starts with LG’s press conference at 8am PT, 4pm GMT.
Who attends CES?
CES is an industry event so, unlike IFA in Berlin, the public can’t attend. But anyone connected to the consumer electronics industry can apply for a pass.
CES started in 1967 and, although it originated in New York, the first CES in Las Vegas was held in 1995. Last year over 182,000 people attended CES including 69,000 exhibitors (connected to around 4,400 exhibiting companies) and almost 7,000 members of the media – including us! 63,000 of the total number visited from outside of the US.
CES also hosted more than 1,000 startups at the Eureka Park Marketplace – a new venue for emerging companies to exhibit.
We’ll be updating this feature with all the press conference details and launches as they’re announced.
What themes are we expecting from CES 2019?
4K has reached a stage where it’s either in everything or will be coming to devices like webcams, doorbells and so on. The focus of innovation will gradually shift to 8K over the next couple of years, so expect some more previews of 8K sets, as well as further enhancements to 4K HDR picture quality.
5G will debut in 2019 both in the UK and US but, while we’re expecting EE to be first to launch in the UK by the middle of the year, the US could be even quicker than that so expect a few announcements around networks and possibly even early previews of 5G devices that may see their global launch at Mobile World Congress the following month. Foldable devices will also be further previewed.
Also expect to see a lot more devices debut featuring Amazon Alexa and, particularly, Google Assistant. This will include more in-car tech featuring virtual assistants.
We’re not expecting revolutionary announcements on the computing front, but there will be a bunch of new laptops and 2-in-1s from all the major manufacturers.
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