Many of the gadgets on show at CES will be available in 2014, while some companies may showcase technologies that they've been working on that could feature in devices in the next few years. Prepare yourself for a feast of new phones, tablets, laptops, gaming tech, TVs, wearables and a range of other consumer electronics. So, what can we expect to see at CES 2014?
After Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and its 64-bit processor, Qualcomm was quick to jump on the same bandwagon and announced that it was working on a 64-bit chip of its own. The Snapdragon 410 was announced earlier this month and it's likely to be present at CES.
The Galaxy S5 is one of the expected handsets to feature a 64-bit processor and it is thought that Samsung will show this off at CES 2014 or at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, which takes place a couple of weeks later. If the S5 skips CES, we may get to check out one of the other four or five handsets that Samsung is reported to be working on. We may get to hear about the Galaxy Round, for example, and if the curved-screened device will be making its way to Europe or the United States.
The Galaxy Round is unlikely to be the only device at the expo with a curved or flexible display. Many companies are staying quiet for the time being, but Samsung is proudly declaring its future plans. Samsung recently announced that it has plans to unveil a mammoth 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV in January with 11 million pixel (5120 x 2160) resolution. When it comes to curved screens, LG is ready to go toe-to-toe with Samsung, and announced that it will showcase a 105-inch screen of its own at the event.
Flexible and curved displays of all sizes are the future of consumer electronics. LG recently released the G Flex in certain markets, but has plans to make it available in the United States in 2014, so it should make an appearance at the show. Expect some other companies to start making waves in the near future.
Between those two drastically different screen sizes are phablets and tablets. Large screen devices are being explored by a number of companies with Nokia, HTC, Sony, Samsung, Huawei and LG releasing phablets recently. We expect more news from these companies, but other manufacturers could try to jump into this expanding market too.
Less is expected from the world of tablets. History has shown that tablet manufacturers tend to hold off until Mobile World Congress in late February to make announcements, so the heavy hitters will probably wait. We may see some budget offerings announced at CES, but the flagship devices are likely to take to the spotlight at MWC.
In the past year, in particular, we've seen a growth in the world of wearable tech. Wearable tech has mainly been constrained to smartwatches and fitness bands and this doesn't look likely to change. Expect plenty of smartwatch manufacturers and connected fitness accessories at CES 2014. The only company looking to change this trend is Google, but don't expect Google Glass to make an appearance at CES 2014, although it will be more widely available in the coming year.
On the less mobile side of wearable tech, there may be some items on the show floor that will be of interest to gamers. The Oculus Rift is one such piece of kit that many will want to house in their living room, but perhaps CES will showcase a few alternatives that may tempt people.
And of course, CES 2014 is always home to a few surprises and quirky pieces of tech, so we look forward to what the showcase has in store.