CES 2020 has only just begun and already there have been some big surprises.
Before the first day of the show, Samsung spoiled its annual First Look event that’s held on the Sunday before the show by announcing the bezel-less Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED TV on Saturday afternoon, and rushed off invites to its February Unpacked event where we expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S11, too.
Strap in folks, it’s going to be quite the show this year.
This year at CES, we’re expecting everything from 5G phones to transparent Ultra-HD TVs to personal drones that can fly you around, but there’s always something completely unexpected we discover – like, say, a robot dog.
What’s in store for CES 2020? The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the folks who run the entire event, tell us that this year’s show will have a greater focus on travel, tourism, data analytics, and improving customer experiences. Of course, there will still be the usual assortment of cutting-edge TVs, speakers, headphones, laptops and phones – many of which will be optimized for the 5G/8K revolution.
After facing blowback last year for its exclusion and revocation of an award from a sex toy company, CES 2020 will broaden the scope of its Health and Wellness sector to include sex toys ‘on a one-year trial basis’ and will be partnering with the Female Quotient to ensure that more diverse voices are heard at the show.
Beyond the cavalcade of products, we’re expecting to see a lot of conversations at the show about digital health and the commodification of personal data, two big problem areas for the industry.
Whatever kind of tech you’re into, however, CES will offer something new and interesting for everyone, whether you’re deep into enterprise, obsessed with future trends or just keen to see what comes next. Here’s what you can expect.
CES 2020 leaks and rumors
CES hasn’t officially started, but we’ve already heard about a few products that will make their glorious debuts at the show.
LG has leaped ahead of Samsung with what looks to be the first TV with ‘8K Ultra HD’ resolution that’s been industry-certified. That means the company can use the ‘8K Ultra HD’ logo on its products, starting with LG’s line of ‘Real 8K TVs’ that are set to be unveiled at CES 2020.
LG isn’t stopping there: the company unveiled a new set of gamer-oriented monitors it will show off at CES 2020, including a 38-inch curved 4K display with an IPS panel that yet manages a 1ms response time. With 144hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility, we’re eager to see how other displays at the show compete with this offering.
On the phones side, Chinese company OnePlus stated that it will unveil a new mystery device at its own event during CES, which the company is dubbing ‘OnePlus Concept One.’ Given the phone-shaped silhouette in a photo promoting the reveal, we’re expecting a handset – but all the fuss has us wondering if OnePlus is going to enter the foldable phone rodeo.
Of course, as a concept, it may never hit retail shelves. But given the other rumor about OnePlus potentially releasing true wireless headphones to rival the AirPods, we might see a lot more OnePlus at the show than ever before.
Another rumor suggests new Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones are on the way, a follow-up to the wildly successful WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling cans released in October 2018. While the rumor doesn’t link the launch to CES, the timing could be ripe for a January 2020 launch – which makes CES the logical stage to unleash them.
When is CES 2020?
If you’re going by the official dates, CES 2020 runs from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10, 2020.
That said, however, journalists will pour into the city a few days before that to cover the news conferences that kick off on Sunday, January 5 at 12 pm PST and continue through Monday and Tuesday. It’s during that time we’ll hear from Sony, Samsung, LG and several other electronics makers as they introduce us to new products at their on-stage keynotes.
Traditionally, the biggest of these keynotes happen on Monday as that’s when LG, Samsung and Sony all hold their events, but some CES-related announcements will arrive starting on Sunday night as news begins to trickle out of the conference.
How do you get tickets for CES 2020?
Registration for CES 2020 is available now on the CES 2020 website, and are free for qualifying members of the media. For non-media folk, Early Bird tickets are available for just $100 if you just want access to the show floor from January 7 – 10 and the keynotes, though that price will shoot up to $300 starting on December 18, 2019.
If you want a bit more than the basic pass, you can buy the CES 2020 Starter Conference Pass that includes a curated list of events around the show’s biggest trends for $700 or the Deluxe Conference Pass that includes 14+ partner sessions for $1,400.
CES 2020 Keynotes
Toward the end of November, the CTA released the full schedule of announced CES keynotes and conferences, listed below for your convenience:
Sunday, January 5 2020
- Living in Digital Times Lifestyle Trends Press Conference – Sunday, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Reef D-F
- Procter & Gamble Media Days News Conference – Sunday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Lagoon J/K/L
- UHD Alliance Media Days News Conference – Sunday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay A
- BYTON Media Days News Conference – Sunday, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside C
- 2020 Tech Trends to Watch – Sunday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside D
- CES Unveiled Las Vegas – Sunday, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Shorelines Exhibit Hall
Monday, January 6 2020
- LG Electronics Media Days News Conference – Monday, 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 3, South Seas A/B/E
- ZF Media Days News Conference – Monday, 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Lagoon E-F
- Bosch Media Days News Conference – Monday, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay B/C/D
- Panasonic Media Days News Conference – Monday, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 3, Jasmine
- Continental Automotive Media Days News Conference – Monday, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Surf D/E/F
- Hisense Media Days News Conference – Monday, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay K-L
- Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Media Days News Conference – Monday, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Lagoon G/H/I
- TCL Corporation Media Days News Conference – Monday, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside D
- Valeo Media Days News Conference – Monday, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Reef A/B/C
- Toyota Media Days News Conference – Monday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside A
- AMD Media Days News Conference – Monday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay G
- Faurecia Media Days News Conference – Monday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Surf A/B/C
- Hyundai Motor Company Media Days News Conference – Monday, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside B
- Intel Corporation Media Days News Conference – Monday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Mandalay E-F
- Brunswick Corporation Media Days News Conference – Monday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Mandalay Bay Level 2, Oceanside E
- Sony Electronics Inc. Media Days News Conference – Monday, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – LVCC Central Hall, 17300
How big is CES and where does it take place?
CES is massive and takes over the vast majority of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding streets. In fact, in terms of square footage, there’s 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space between the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Sands, Mandalay Bay and The Venetian, nearly all of which plays host to the convention and its exhibitors.
Fun fact: There are around 160,000 hotel rooms in Vegas and around 180,000 attendees each year. As you’d expect given those numbers, hotels fill up fast and the roads leading to the convention center get pretty crowded that week. Thankfully, the CTA (the company that puts on the show) offers free shuttles to almost all of the major hotels on the strip from the Convention Center, and has buses running to and from the Sands between 9 and 6 pm.
All that said, be prepared to walk. The convention center itself is massive and so is The Sands. Walking either can easily take between one and two hours, and you’ll easily rack up three to four miles on your pedometer along the way.
Which companies are attending CES 2020?
Pretty much every major tech company will be there, minus Apple. (You can find a complete list on the CES 2020 website.)
Confirmed exhibitors include Amazon, Canon, Facebook, Intel, LG, Lenovo, Microsoft, MSI, Nikon, Samsung, Sony and many, many more.
Now, admittedly, not everyone is there to show off new products. A fair majority of companies are there for business, while others are there to collect feedback and have a presence, rather than debut something new. That said, there will still be hundreds of new products making their debut this year in nearly every category.
CES 2020 Trends and Predictions
In a meeting with TechRadar, the CTA outlined a number of trends that would take center stage at this year’s show. The list included transportation and tourism (Delta Airlines have a keynote this year for the first time in the show’s history), data analytics and privacy, digital health, the global race for 5G, the consumerization of AI and, of course, 8K displays.
These are rather dense, multifaceted topics and will surely be the topic of many presentations during the show. If you want hard product news, that will come from many of the same suspects as last year, all of whom are listed below.
AMD at CES 2020
Keynote time: Monday, January 6, at 2:00 pm PST
Location: Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, 2nd Floor, Mandalay G
We’re fully expecting AMD to come out with a line of high-end GPUs next year – maybe even as early as CES 2020. In past years, AMD has taken to the stage on Monday to deliver a keynote, and could potentially do the same this year. Last year AMD showed off its first ever 7-nanometer GPU, the Radeon VII, at CES 2019, so expect big things this year.
LG at CES 2020
Keynote time: Monday, January 6, at 8:00 am PST
Location: Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, 3rd Floor, South Seas A/B/E
Like Samsung, LG’s plans are easy to predict – it’s probably going to show off a new series of OLED TVs, plus give an updated release date for last year’s rollable OLED. Speaking of far-flung TVs we can’t afford, CES 2020 will probably be the place LG officially debuts its transparent OLED prototype that it was showing behind closed doors at last year’s show… though it will likely only be for businesses at first.
Want a more affordable OLED? Ahead of the show, LG has already revealed its intentions to release a line-up of smaller, 48-inch OLED TV screens. Previously, OLED panels have only been manufactured at sizes of 55-inches and above, but a smaller size would fit more houses – and bank balances.
LG also uses CES to debut its new line of appliances including smart washers and dryers and nifty household gadgets like air purifiers and robot vacuums. Last year we saw a home brewing system and a smart cupboard that steams your clothes. Featuring a mirrored door with integrated display, automatically moving hangers, and a smart steaming system, it was a wildly different product than we were expecting to see at a tech trade show.
CES is also the time LG debuts its mid-range mobile phones. Last year we saw the LG V40 ThinQ, while back in 2017 LG brought the Stylus 3. Don’t expect any flagship phones at this year’s event, but it’s Android phone fans should expect something.
Intel at CES 2020
Keynote time: Monday, January 6, at 4:00 pm PST
Location: Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, 2nd Floor, Ballrooms E & F
Last year was a big show for the chip maker. The company came out guns blazing at its CES 2019 keynote, announcing the first 10nm Ice Lake processors based on its Sunny Cove architecture – and even showing the chip powering a running laptop.
The new chips aim to bolster modern PC performance, while Intel’s new Project Athena initiative hopes to push mobile computing to the next era with thinner and lighter hardware across industry partners like Huawei, Asus, and Lenovo.
Intel also announced six more 9th-gen processors, ranging from Core i3 to Core i9, making it one of the biggest launches yet for the company.
This year could be the year that company debuts its long-rumored discrete GPU which we saw a mockup of at GDC 2019 earlier this year, or Intel could use the congregation of journalists to announce new 10nm desktop CPUs now that 10nm mobile chips are out on the market.
Nvidia at CES 2020
Now that it’s been unveiled to the public, the new Nvidia Shield is all but guaranteed to make an appearance at CES this year.
Last year Nvidia revealed its GeForce RTX Mobility graphics cards at CES 2019, alongside the RTX 2080 and other cards for gaming laptops. Will CES 2020 bring more of the same? We’ll just have to wait to find out.
Samsung at CES 2020
CES is always a big show for Samsung. It’s the place the company picks to roll out its latest QLED TVs, concept screens and monstrous custom-installs. Last year, the company debuted a new 219-inch TV called The Wall and gave us an updated look at its Tizen operating system that included Apple TV. This year, our money is on new QLED TVs with zero bezel – a rumor that has recently been corroborated by a patent filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
On the computing side of things, Samsung debuted the Notebook Flash and Notebook 9 Pro, and could offer updates on those this year. As for confirmed products, Samsung has already revealed the Galaxy Book Flex α (that’s ‘alpha’) a $829.99 (around £630, AU$1,200) convertible laptop with QLED display and impressive 17.5 hour battery life.
Samsung has also been doing a lot more with its monitors and solid-state drive categories, so be sure to keep an eye out for those at the show, too.
Sony at CES 2020
Keynote time: Monday, January 6, at 5:00 pm PST
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth 17300
Sony didn’t have a ton of new products to show off last year, but did bring its new Master Series Z9G TV to the show and debuted its new 360 Reality Audio format. We’ll likely see more of the latter this year as well as a few new TVs in the 950, 850, Z- and A-Series lineups plus some new 2.1 soundbars with Dolby Atmos.
Outside of the AV space, Sony will probably tease some PS5 news ahead of its official debut and talk up its gaming peripherals like the PlayStation VR. A full debut of the new console seems unlikely, especially considering the rough history Sony consoles have with CES, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it at least gets a mention during Sony’s Monday evening keynote.
Everything else at CES 2020
With literally thousands of exhibitors at the show, you really have to do something amazing to stand out from the crowd. But even smaller companies can make a splash at CES. We’ll be constantly updating this article with the latest announcements – find the first early snippets below:
- Klipsch Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling set to rival Sony WH-1000XM3: Based on the specs, the new Klipsch headphones compare favorably to their biggest competitors, boasting a 30-hour battery life, which matches the Sony WH-1000XM3, and beats the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 by about ten hours.
- Latest Klipsch true wireless earbuds boast built-in AI and noise cancelation: Following the success of the Klipsch T5 True Wireless earphones, which were launched at last year’s showcase, the company is gearing up to release the T10 True Wireless and T5 True Wireless ANC earphones, as well as a sports version of the T5s.
- Amazfit T-Rex smartwatch to debut at CES 2020: Originally set for a January 1 launch in China, the Amazfit T-Rex release has now been pushed back according to a new teaser from the company. Specifically, the updated teaser image above was posted to Chinese social networking site Weibo, showing the date January 8. CES 2020 will be underway by then, making that the obvious announcement venue.
- TCL to challenge OLED TV dominance with Mini-LED TVs at CES: The Shenzhen-based TV manufacturer announced that it’s bringing its latest crop of Mini-LED TVs to the show and they could pose a real threat to LG’s OLED dominance. Mini-LED TVs, for those who missed their debut a few years ago, use smaller LEDs that allow for more precise control over the TV’s backlight. While they don’t offer pixel-by-pixel brightness control the same way OLED does, Mini-LED TVs can get much brighter than OLED – and that will make a world of difference when it comes to displaying HDR content.
- OnePlus Concept One smartphone has ‘invisible’ rear cameras: According to Wired, the OnePlus Concept One uses electrochromic glass. This is an electronically tintable glass, which can hide the rear camera lenses behind the flush glass rear of the handset, revealing the trio of sensors only when they’re in use.
- Insta360’s next snapper combines a drone, action camera and 360 shooter: 360-degree camera maker Insta360 has teased the launch of its next shooter for January 7, on the first day of CES 2020, via a short 30-second video posted to the company’s YouTube channel.
- Nikon D750 rumored to get a successor at CES 2020: Mirrorless cameras may be all the rage in 2020, but both Canon and Nikon aren’t keen on seeing DSLRs disappear, with a successor to the now five-year-old Nikon D750 likely to join the ranks this month.