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

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

To get you prepped for this 12 months’s digital present, this is a rundown of what to anticipate at CES 2021.

1. There can be much less noise and extra sign

This 12 months’s digital CES will characteristic round 2,000 distributors. For context, final 12 months’s present in Las Vegas had 4,500. Usually, one of many largest challenges of CES is the sheer quantity of data litter you must kind by to seek out the good things. CNET all the time accepts the mission of filtering the important thing CES merchandise and developments for customers. This 12 months can be just a little completely different with lower than half of the businesses concerned. The distributors displaying as much as 2021’s all-digital CES usually tend to have one thing new and fascinating to speak about, fairly than simply displaying up as a result of they all the time do and so they already had the lodge booked.

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2. The pandemic bandwagon will get crowded

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

Notice that CNET will focus on these points in our panel, Will Tech Maintain Dwelling the Finest 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 an enormous 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 12 months it is more likely to be LG’s clear OLED screens. These are going from 10% clear to 40% clear, which opens up new potentialities for many inventive use circumstances. A number of the ones that LG will exhibit at CES 2021 will embody a wise mattress the place the OLED display screen rises out of the footboard, a wise 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 photographs 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 automobile 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 12 months for EVs, nevertheless. Automakers are changing a few of the business’s most iconic manufacturers to EV, together with the Mustang, Ford F-150 and Hummer. Tesla simply reached its long-predicted half 1,000,000 automobiles offered in 2020, a quantity lengthy mocked and doubted by the auto business. 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 huge devices, John Deere’s AI and robotics-powered tractor is considered one of this 12 months’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 traditional 12 months, Samsung is all the time the 800-pound gorilla of CES, with the most important sales space on the present ground, the flashiest press occasion and a flood of latest bulletins throughout TVs, audio, computer systems, residence home equipment and quirky attention-getters like final 12 months’s Neon AI chatbots. Samsung will proceed to make the same old waves this 12 months, however it has added extra gasoline to the fireplace by holding a Samsung Unpacked occasion — ostensibly for its subsequent flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S21 — on the identical day that the digital CES present ground opens on Thursday, January 14. Speak about attempting to steal the present! Previously, Samsung has stolen thunder from its rivals by timing this occasion close to Cell World Congress in Barcelona (or per week or two earlier than). However with MWC postponed to the center of the 12 months, Samsung is actually co-locating its largest cell occasion of the 12 months to CES for 2021.

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

From Roger Cheng: I do know it looks like we are saying this yearly, however quite a lot of issues are in place to actually enable 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 possible will not see that many 5G units 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. 

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