This story is a part of CES, the place our editors will convey you the newest information and the most popular devices of the solely digital CES 2021.

This shall be a CES like no different, as we expertise it remotely from throughout the globe on our personal screens. CES remains to be going to do what CES does greatest — showcase the newest improvements and concepts in tech, and set the agenda for what’s taking place within the trade within the months and years forward. CNET will cowl each class with our staff of skilled reporters and editors who will dig up essentially the most compelling merchandise and crucial tales. This is how one can watch CNET’s livestream on the primary day of CES 2021.

To get you prepped for this yr’s digital present, here is a rundown of what to anticipate at CES 2021.

1. There shall be much less noise and extra sign

This yr’s digital CES will characteristic round 2,000 distributors. For context, final yr’s present in Las Vegas had 4,500. Sometimes, one of many largest challenges of CES is the sheer quantity of data litter you must kind via to search out the great things. CNET all the time accepts the mission of filtering the important thing CES merchandise and developments for shoppers. This yr shall be a bit of completely different with lower than half of the businesses concerned. The distributors exhibiting as much as 2021’s all-digital CES usually tend to have one thing new and attention-grabbing to speak about, reasonably than simply exhibiting up as a result of they all the time do and so they already had the resort booked.

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2. The pandemic bandwagon will get crowded

Firms are going to be pitching lots of tech to assist folks address COVID-19 fears, lockdown life and dealing and studying from residence. Within the well being and good residence areas, we’ll see high-tech masks, good air purifiers, extra hands-free gadgets, UV-C lights to kill germs and lots extra. Definitely, computer-makers will lean into over a 3rd of American staff working from residence to pitch gadgets and equipment to make their work lives simpler. And residential leisure distributors will pitch TVs, soundbars and streaming gadgets and companies to a public that’s nonetheless caught getting practically all of its leisure in the lounge.

Be aware that CNET will talk about these points in our panel, Will Tech Preserve Dwelling the Greatest Headquarters? 

3. Clear OLEDs will create buzz

With extra of us at residence, binge-watching, TVs have been in excessive demand. Which is why we all the time take note of the subsequent coming points of interest in TVs at CES. There’s all the time a large TV or a rollable TV or one other spectacular — if gimmicky — new display screen know-how that turns into the flashy showpiece of CES. This yr it is more likely to be LG’s clear OLED screens. These are going from 10% clear to 40% clear, which opens up new prospects for many artistic use circumstances. Among the ones that LG will showcase at CES 2021 will embrace a sensible mattress the place the OLED display screen rises out of the footboard, a sensible subway window the place the maps and schedules are overlaid on the glass, and a restaurant partition between cubicles the place you’ll be able to see giant photos of menu objects and even watch a chef put together your meal.

4. The largest gadget will take heart stage

Automakers have been utilizing CES as a platform to speak about what they name the “digitization and electrification” of the automotive for over a decade now. The issue is that it has been largely discuss from the world’s largest automakers, who make lovely prototypes however have dragged their toes in making actual progress. Momentum is gathering round 2021 being a breakout yr for EVs, nevertheless. Automakers are changing a few of the trade’s most iconic manufacturers to EV, together with the Mustang, Ford F-150 and Hummer. Tesla simply reached its long-predicted half one million autos bought in 2020, a quantity lengthy mocked and doubted by the auto trade. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, GM CEO Mary Barra will give the opening keynote handle of CES and Chevy has already promised that new EV bulletins are coming. Oh, and talking of enormous devices, John Deere’s AI and robotics-powered tractor is one among this yr’s CES Innovation Award winners.

We’ll be speaking about all of this at our panel, The Nice Commute Reboot.

5. Samsung will loom bigger than ever

In a standard yr, Samsung is all the time the 800-pound gorilla of CES, with the most important sales space on the present flooring, the flashiest press occasion and a flood of latest bulletins throughout TVs, audio, computer systems, residence home equipment and quirky attention-getters like final yr’s Neon AI chatbots. Samsung will proceed to make the standard waves this yr, however it has added extra gas to the hearth by holding a Samsung Unpacked occasion — ostensibly for its subsequent flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S21 — on the identical day that the digital CES present flooring opens on Thursday, January 14. Speak about making an attempt to steal the present! Up to now, Samsung has stolen thunder from its rivals by timing this occasion close to Cellular World Congress in Barcelona (or every week or two earlier than). However with MWC postponed to the center of the yr, Samsung is actually co-locating its largest cell occasion of the yr to CES for 2021.

6. 5G shall be a giant deal, once more

From Roger Cheng: I do know it seems like we are saying this yearly, however lots of issues are in place to essentially permit 5G to dominate the dialog at CES, particularly since this present goes extra digital and relying extra on panels and discussions than whiz-bang demos of devices. All three US carriers now have nationwide 5G protection. Each phone-maker — together with and particularly Apple — is on board. Past the Samsung announcement, you doubtless will not see that many 5G gadgets on the present. The dialogue will largely revolve across the longer-term functions of 5G, like how we faucet into 5G to resolve a few of the issues uncovered by the coronavirus. The dialogue will contain utilizing 5G to shut the digital divide, in addition to to enhance the experiences round telemedicine and distant studying and dealing. 

Learn extra: 5G discuss will dominate digital CES 2021


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