When one thinks of Las Vegas, mobile gadgets are far from the first thing that comes to their mind. They're probably not even in the top five list. But as any devoted geek should know, for the past 15 years, Sin City has been the host for one of the world's largest technology trade shows – the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short.
During the event, which is set to officially begin on January 7, 2014 (though announcements will be happening starting today), both major and not-so-major electronics manufacturers will get together under one roof to showcase their latest products and innovations. And to no surprise, many new smartphones and tablets get announced each year at CES, which is why we've always followed the show with a great dose of interest.
Now, while CES is an event that gets a lot of attention from the media, prior to its launch, there's usually very little information as to what exactly is going to be unveiled. However, there's plenty of leaks for us to analyse and use to make our predictions. In fact, the rumor mill has presented enough information for us to compile a list of smartphones, tablets, and other smart products that we will likely see at CES 2014. Flick through the slideshow below to learn more!
CES 2014: What to expect
CES 2014: What to expect
Yup, NVIDIA has its own CES 2014 event as well. This leads us to believe that a next-gen Tegra SoC could be in the works, and we might get to learn more about it at the show. If a Tegra 5 is indeed bound to be announced at CES, then NVIDIA could also introduce us to some of the upcoming devices the chip would be powering – a new Tegra Note tablet, or why not a successor to the NVIDIA Shield console? That is more of a guess, however, so don't get too excited ahead of time.
Alcatel announced a ton of smartphones over the course of 2013 – from budget-friendly, entry-level models to mid-range and even a few high-end offerings. There's surely more devices in stock for 2014, and at least some of them are likely to make an appearance at the upcoming CES event. We aren't sure what the company has to impress us with this time, but it won't be long until we find out.
Acer is also going to be present at CES 2014. However, the company is not giving us any hints as to what products we should be expecting to see from it. New smartphones, new tablets, new laptops, or all of the above? We can only guess.
The guys at Huawei have something exciting to show us at CES 2014, which is why they'll be hosting a dedicated event. Currently, we don't know what's going to be announced, but one of the products we're likely to see is the rumored Huawei Ascend Mate 2 – a new high-end phablet with a 6.1-inch screen.
ZTE is not leaving much to the imagination as it has already revealed its newest handsets, all of which will be shown off at CES. And some of these are not looking bad at all. The ZTE Nubia Z5S and Z5SMini
, which are the company's flagship device and its mini variant respectively, will be on display, along with the ZTE Grand S II phablet, the BlueWatch smartwatch, and more.
It seems French gadget maker Archos is at it again, as the company has promised to bring a series of smartwatches to CES this year. There aren't many details right now, but it's said that some of those smartwatches, which Archos claims will have "pebble-like design," will cost less than $50! What makes this even more interesting is that the devices should be compatible with both Android and iPhone. Could this be the official advent of the affordable smartwatch? We'll know soon enough!