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

This might 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 finest — exhibit the newest improvements and concepts in tech, and set the agenda for what’s occurring 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 an important tales.

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

1. There might be much less noise and extra sign

This 12 months’s digital CES will characteristic round 1,000 distributors. For context, final 12 months’s present in Las Vegas had 4,500. Sometimes, one of many largest challenges of CES is the sheer quantity of knowledge muddle you must type by way of to search out the great things. CNET at all times accepts the mission of filtering the important thing CES merchandise and developments for shoppers. This 12 months might be somewhat completely different with lower than 25% 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, relatively than simply exhibiting up as a result of they at all times do they usually already had the lodge booked.

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2. The pandemic bandwagon will get crowded

Corporations are going to be pitching a variety of tech to assist individuals deal with COVID-19 fears, lockdown life and dealing and studying from dwelling. Within the well being and sensible dwelling areas, we’ll see high-tech masks, sensible air purifiers, extra hands-free units, UV-C lights to kill germs and lots extra. Actually, computer-makers will lean into over a 3rd of American workers working from dwelling 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 almost all of its leisure in the lounge.

Be aware that CNET will focus on these points in our panel, Will Tech Hold Residence the Finest Headquarters? 

3. Clear OLEDs will create buzz

With extra of us at dwelling, binge-watching, TVs had been in excessive demand. Which is why we at all times take note of the subsequent coming points of interest in TVs at CES. There’s at all times an enormous TV or a rollable TV or one other spectacular — if gimmicky — new display expertise 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 artistic use instances. A number of the ones that LG will exhibit at CES 2021 will embrace a sensible mattress the place the OLED display 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 possibly can see massive pictures of menu gadgets 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 speak from the world’s largest automakers, who make stunning prototypes however have dragged their ft in making actual progress. Momentum is gathering round 2021 being a breakout 12 months for EVs, nevertheless. Automakers are changing among 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 offered 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 huge devices, John Deere’s AI and robotics-powered tractor is one in all 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 at all times the 800-pound gorilla of CES, with the most important sales space on the present flooring, the flashiest press occasion and a flood of recent bulletins throughout TVs, audio, computer systems, dwelling 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 flooring opens on Thursday, January 14. Discuss attempting to steal the present! Previously, 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 12 months, Samsung is basically co-locating its largest cell occasion of the 12 months to CES for 2021.

6. 5G might be an enormous deal, once more

From Roger Cheng: I do know it seems like we are saying this yearly, however a variety of issues are in place to essentially 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 unravel among 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 speak will dominate digital CES 2021


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