A new era is set to unfold at the 2013 CES show: there is no Microsoft and there will be no Steve Ballmer to bore us to death with consumer products that consumers appear to ignore in favour of products from Apple, Google and Samsung.
I am still tipping that Samsung will launch a brand new look and that the Korean Company will go head to head with LG in a slugfest of new products spanning TVs, new sound devices and mobile communication devices. OLED TVs are set to be big along with a new generation of Ultra High Definition TVs.
Samsung will show the UN85S9000, which is an 85-inch UHD TV that will compete head on with the award winning LG 84 UHD TV.
Samsung’s 85-inch UHD TV is said to be the world’s largest commercialised UHD TV. It boasts life-like picture quality in Ultra HD resolution with over 8 million pixels, four times the resolution of Full HD displays. Like LG, Samsung has moved to improve the on-board sound system to deliver a powerful and dynamic range of sounds.
LG is set to reveal a new consumer electronics chipset which will appear in their TVs and consumer electronics products. The Korean Company will also show a TV running a new software interface powered by HP’s WebOS software.
WebOS, is the open source system developed by HP. It is tipped to replace the current NetCast Smart TV interface currently available on LG Smart TVs.
The new processor could be the H13 which is an in-house developed chipset.
Changhong, who is a major player in the appliance and TV market in China is set to show new OLED TVs and a low cost (sub $6,000) 60″ High Definition TV which will be launched in Australia mid 2013.
Sony could surprise everyone with the Company set to launch several new products in an effort to get back into the consumer electronics race.
On the Computer front, Intel is set to talk up the next generation of Ultrabooks.
A hot new processor from Intel will be the Bay Trail-T which is said to be a quad-core processor. The Processor, which is scheduled for a 2014 launch, is set to be shown running inside new devices including a tablet and Ultrabook.
One rumour doing the rounds pre CES is that Apple is set to drop Intel processors for several of their MAC products. It will be interesting to see what Intel executives have to say on this issue.
Currently Ultrabook sales are struggling because consumers are reluctant to invest in new hardware running Microsoft’s windows 8 operating system.
One company that is set to show new innovations in headphones is German Company Sennheiser.
The organisers of the 2013 CES Show recently gave the German Company a Design and Engineering Award Honouree for its IE 800 ear-canal headphones which are set to be shown at the 2013 show.
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The IE 800 high-end headphones, which feature a sleek design and scratch-resistant ceramic housing, are manufactured in Germany to meet the most discriminating demands of audiophile listeners. The dynamic, audiophile-grade, ear-canal phones offer brilliant trebles, a precise bass response and a detailed, lifelike sound with a frequency response of 5 to 46,500 Hz.
HTC executives in Australia have told me there will be some “hot” new phones shown to carriers and mass retailers like JB Hi Fi who stock the Taiwanese brand.
Recently HTC released the HTC One X and the S running on the Android platform.
One of the new devices is tipped to be the HTC M7, which could be a 5-inch flagship product that will compete head to head with the Samsung Note.
There is also talk of a new 7″ tablet.
Asus is set to reveal a new tablet with the code name ME172V, the device is thought to be 7″ and designed to take on the Amazon Kindle.
While we are on tablets, Samsung will show a new a 13.3-inch with a QWERTY keyboard dock.
Another product set to be released by Samsung early in 2013 is the Galaxy S4. It is rumoured to have a Full HD Super AMOLED display that will deliver 1920 x 1080 resolution and 441 ppi. The device is said to be thinner than current model Galaxy smartphones.
A dark horse at this year’s show is Chinese manufacturer Huawei who is investing in the event for the first time.
Harman International will show a new 3D Blu-ray player that has the same features as those built with separate components, including high fidelity amplifiers, without the clutter and cables. It adds built-in AirPlay, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, YouTube, and support for a wireless subwoofer.
Samsung has reportedly hired a design team that’s worked with Nike on some of that company’s branding initiatives, so we’ll likely see some dynamic stuff from South Korea in Vegas.
While Microsoft will not be at the show Qualcomm has stepped up their presence at the show with the Company set to deliver a major keynote.
Let’s see. There is still more to come.