CES 2014: What to expect
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!
While we aren't really sure what Samsung is going to announce at its CES 2014 event, we think we know what's not going to be announced. It is unlikely to see the company's newest tablets as those are said to be coming in February, and there's a near-zero chance of seeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 on stage. On the other hand, we will get to see a new Samsung Galaxy Camera model. A new Windows Phone 8 smartphone may also be present, if recent rumors are to be trusted. Also, we won't be surprised if the company updates us on the state of its Exynos system-on-chip solutions.
The rumor mill is building up hype around an "LG G3" smartphone, yet we aren't expecting to see the G2's successor at CES 2014. On the other hand, LG might announce the rumored LG G2 mini – a mid-range cousin of the LG G2. Another exciting device that LG is said to be working on is its very own smartwatch. Dubbed "G Arch", it could be announced alongside a heath-tracking wristband referred to as "G Health". What's more, LG could be working on its own mobile SoC, and CES could be the right time for it to be introduced to the world.
With all those Sony smartphones leaking from here and there, it goes without saying that CES could see the announcement of at least some of them. These may include a 6-inch phablet with an octa-core SoC and the entry-level Sony Xperia E2. But the star of the show should be the Sony Xperia Z1s, or whatever it ends up being called. This is said to be a smaller, yet no less capable variant of the Xperia Z1. Last but not least, Sony's third smartwatch could be announced as well.
We know that Asus is developing a new tablet, on which Android and Windows can happily coexist, and CES could be when we'll get to give it a try. And if that's not cool enough, Asus could also announce a new Padforne model at its CES 2014 event. Dubbed Asus Padfone X, the Android 4.4-powered device will brag with its top-notch hardware specs.
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.
The newest products in Lenovo's portfolio are to be showcased at CES 2014 – we're expecting to see the Lenovo Vibe Z smartphone, which just got detailed, along with the rest of the company's newest Android-powered handsets.
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!