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CES 2020: All the announcements that matter

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The biggest consumer tech event in the calendar, CES, rolls around each and every January, bringing heaps of news announcements and product launches.

It's the show to reveal the defining products and technologies for the year ahead. Here we summarise by brand what's known, what's rumoured, and what the next big things are likely to be.

We'll be updating this feature throughout the show's lifespan, so you can see what's launched, what's coming and all the announcements that actually matter.

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Acer at CES 2020

Asus kicks off CES each year with a refresh of laptops and 2020 is no different. There's new convertibles in the Spin 3 and Spin 5, the latter of which is the more premium model with a 2K display. 

The designer-focused ConceptD also gets an update, with more power and more options.

Apple at CES 2020

  • Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable: What Do Consumers Want? Tuesday 7 January, 13:00 - 14:00 (PST)

Apple isn't known for doing CES, but 2020 is different. The company's Senior Director of Global Privacy, Jane Horvath, is going to be in attendance as part of a round-table event. So, no, Apple isn't exhibiting, but it's the first time the company has engaged with CES - other than trolling with large building-side advert reveals - in the last 28 years.

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Arlo at CES 2020

Arlo has announced another addition to its portfolio of home security devices with the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight. This is basically the 2019 Arlo Pro 3 camera - 2K, two-way audio, night vision, etc - but with a massive array of LEDs for illumination. That makes this a battery-powered floodlight, so you'll get easy installation, lots of illumination and easy access to your video with an Arlo Smart subsciption.

Asus at CES 2020

Similar to Acer, Asus has also received a bunch of CES Innovation Awards for the 2020 show. But, as highlighted in the company's Edge Up blog, none of these are brand new – we've seen the majority of them throughout 2019.

That said, we would expect Asus to bring the latest laptop updates from its ROG gaming line and consumer-grade laptops, including more dual-screen devices.

Dell at CES 2020

Dell is an interesting one, as it doesn't occupy space on the CES show floor. Instead, it'll operate a take-over of a restaurant space in The Venetian, showing off its latest wares.

Ahead of the show the American company announced its new XPS 13, with far less bezel than previous outings. It looks mighty impressive.

Google at CES 2020

Another non-exhibitor at CES itself, Google utilises guerilla marketing to take over swathes of advertising space in Las Vegas. Given the prominence of smart home devices and the presence of Google Assistant, that's no surprise, and we expect more of the same.

There's a rumour that the Pixel 4a might also appear – but we believe that will be later in the year, again to coincide with MWC 2020 or before.

Hisense at CES 2020

  • Hisense Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 11:00 - 11:45 (PST)

In addition to Samsung (further down the page), we suspect Hisense will announce its 8K TV charge.

HP at CES 2020

HP has announced that it's teaming up with Tile to provide Bluetooth tracking of your laptop - that should help you if you're prone to losing such things. The first model to offer this is the new HP Elite Dragonfly G2, also announced at CES. This model integrates 5G too.

Intel at CES 2020

  • Intel Corporation Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 16:00 - 16:45 (PST)

Intel's conference falls later in the day on the Monday, but it's an important one as it usually spells the unveiling of its latest processors. That said, Comet Lake hasn't arrived yet and those details are known, so we suspect the company will be detailing the presence of this 10th Gen technology in various laptops – devices that we'll likely be seeing from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, etc, within the same time-frame.

Whether there will be any mention of Apple's acquisition of Intel's mobile modem business, however, we doubt. CES 2020 won't be the place to find out about the 5G iPhone.

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Jabra at CES 2020

Jabra has announced a couple of new pairs of Bluetooth headphones, including the Jabra Elite Active 75t, sporty versions of the excellent true wireless earbuds announced in 2019. They offer more protection, more colours and more customisation. They are also going to introduce models with wireless charging for the case.

Lenovo at CES 2020

The biggest Chinese maker out there, Lenovo will be using CES 2020 to showcase its wide range of new kit. That ranges from consumer laptops to gaming laptops, all-in-ones, monitors, and often smart products in collaboration with Google. Lenovo appears to be drip-feeding its launches. It has confirmed new ThinkPad X1 and X1 Yoga models, as well as a thin and light gaming laptop, the Legion Y740S. The secret to this is the Legion BoostStation an external GPU that gives the performance power when you need it, leaving the laptop to be light and portable when you don't.

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LG at CES 2020

  • LG Electronics Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 08:00 - 09:00 (PST)

LG is always the one to kick off the official CES press programme, with the first conference at 8am on the Monday 6.

For 2020 that's no different, the stage set for the company to talk updated TVs, home appliances and, as we had confirmed in late 2019, more Gram laptops with Intel Ice Lake processors and some soundbars, too.

But the big push is really in 8K TV. LG has partnered with CTA to announce the Real 8K standard, and is offering a range of OLED and NanoCell models in 2020 that want to push 8K into homes. There will be eight 8K models to choose from.

OnePlus at CES 2020

After a very busy 2019, OnePlus is continuing the mass output of its phones, with CES the launch ground for OnePlus' first 'Concept Phone', called Concept One, as part of the company's sixth anniversary celebration.

There's also rumour that it'll be the launch ground for the OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus TV for the US market, too, but with the Concept One seeming like such a big point of focus, those additions might just become a distraction.

Panasonic at CES 2020

  • Panasonic Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 10:00 - 10:45 (PST)

Panasonic is most likely to announce another TV, a follow-up to the GZ2000 with its Dolby Atmos integrated speakers.

Otherwise, well, we don't know. It's typical for Panasonic to show off its Technics products, too, but with CES now serving as a more B2B environment for the Japanese maker, don't expect stacks of gear.

Qualcomm at CES 2020

  • Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 11:00 - 11:45 (PST)

Following its late 2019 Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm will use CES 2020 to showcase its latest 865 platform, due in mobile devices from mid-2020. But that's not all, expect more talk of automotive future and 5G integration, too.

Ring at CES 2020

Recent rumours, leaks and filings with the Federal Communications Commission in the US have suggested that the smart home security brand is about to unleash its own smart bulb and internal sensor. It has also been suggested recently that a new Ring Chime Pro is on the horizon, one with added features, including Amazon Alexa integration.

Royole at CES 2020

  • Royole Corporation Media Days Power Session. Monday 6 January, 10:00 - 10:45 (PST)

The company released a 'Welcome to Flexible Planet' invitation, so we suspect the 2020 show will be the place to see the company's follow-up to the FlexPai foldable phone. A pre-face of what's to come for MWC 2020, too, perhaps?

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Samsung at CES 2020

Samsung likes to show us what it can do technically and TV is a huge battleground right now. Top of the list is the new Samsung Q950TS, an 8K TV that's almost totally bezel-free. It certainly looks stunning and it's smart too - looking to take 8K into the mainstream.

Samsung is also introducing its Sero TV to a wider audience. Already available in Korea, this 43-inch TV will rotate to vertical so it's the right shape for all those videos you might be viewing on social media. Yes, it's an admission that vertical video is a thing, but wouldn't you just watch it on your phone instead?

As for Micro LED - heralded as the future of TV - Samsung has made things smaller, with 88 and 150 inch versions on show, but the message is that Micro LED is coming and will soon replace your TV. Samsung is also pushing its lifestyle TVs with the Serif and Frame lines, as well as offering a couple of new 2020 soundbars.

Sony at CES 2020

  • Sony Electronics Inc. Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 17:00 - 17:45 (PST)

The Japanese brand always uses its show floor stand at LVCC to cap off the end of the press day, usually bringing celebrities and giant video walls into the mix to make for a more engrossing audio-visual experience. That's what the company's products are all about, after all.

Much like its Samsung rival, Sony is also expected to push its existing 8K TV range forward, suggesting it as the next big thing for the consumer market.

There's also a rumour that CES 2020 will be where Sony unveils its WH-1000XM4 fourth-gen over-ear noise-cancelling headphones. Otherwise, it's very much watch this space, as Sony always brings heaps of new tech into the limelight at this show.

Suunto at CES 2020

Suunto has announced the Suunto 7, a new Wear OS watch that wants to combine sports and smarts. It's the first Wear OS device from the company, offering all the normal sports tracking that Suunto offers, but with all the connectivity and support for all the functions that Google brings to smartwatches. You get offline mapping, up to 12 hours of activity tracking and a great looking watch.

TCL at CES 2020

  • TCL Corporation Media Days News Conference. Monday 6 January, 12:00 - 12:45 (PST)

Having used the 2019 show to announce its 8K Roku TV, we believe CES 2020 will bring more of that vision into form, perhaps utilising the confirmed Mini LED technology. And having finally launched Roku TV in the UK, this should be a more internationally applicable announcement. 

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Visio at CES 2020

Visio, one of the biggest TV manufacturers in the US, has announced a range of launches, introducing the company's first 4K OLED TV. This is ranged alongside a number of 4K quantum dot TVs, with new SmartCast 4.0 tech and voice control from remotes on the more premium models.

On the soundbar front there's a range of updates, including a new Dolby Atmos soundbar, the Elevate, that will rotate some of its speakers to give a more pronounced 3D effect when required.

When and where is CES 2020?

  • Location: Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Dates: Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 January 2020
  • Press day: Monday 6 January 2020

CES always takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, primarily due to the vast availability of hotel rooms and exhibit space in the city. The show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center – but a huge number of exhibitors also take space in other hotels and suites, such as The Venetian and Wynn. 

CES 2019 itself starts on Tuesday 7 January and lasts until Friday 10 January. We'll be there from Saturday 4 January as some companies start previews and press conferences across the weekend. The main press day is Monday 6 January, which is when the majority of the announcements occur.

Who attends CES? 

CES is an industry event so, unlike IFA in Berlin, the public can't attend. But anyone connected to the consumer electronics industry can apply for a pass. In 2019 over 182,000 people attended, which is the show's capacity. That includes 69,000 exhibitors (across more than 4,000 represented companies) and almost 7,000 members of the media.

What themes are we expecting from CES 2020?

In 2019 the message was 5G, it was artificial intelligence (AI), it was smart device connectivity. And we expect CES 2020 will follow a similar path, with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrated products at the fore.

Of course it will be a little different though. With Ultra-HD 4K and HDR now better established, manufacturers will no doubt be looking to push into the next phase, so expect 8K tellies to be featured in abundance – ones that actually might be small enough and affordable enough to make it into your home!

As much as we'd like foldables to be the big thing at the show, we suspect that Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 will be the place for that, in February 2020.

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