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CES 2021 review: Key trends to watch for

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All the announcements that matter from the digital Consumer Electronics Show

What is CES

CES is the giant Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas every January and it’s the largest tech event of its kind. Everything that’s presented during the event becomes a trend in the months ahead in areas such as consumer tech, streaming content, health and fitness, smart homes, and transportation.

CES 2021 Highlights

This year, there’s been an increased interest in 8K TVs, foldable phones and tablets, affordable 5G smartphones, drones, and faster laptop chipsets.

Besides these, there’s also been a generous sprinkling of weird tech. On the list of strange new innovations is a poop-analyzing toilet. Toto Wellness Toilet offers dietary advice, plus a customizable perfume you could set from the app. All together with a headless robotic pet meant to soothe your angst.

Other weird gadgets that we could point out are the Petit Qoobo, the Pet Portal, and last but not least the Razer ‘Project Hazel’ N95 Mask. The last one is actually quite interesting. Having in mind that wearing a face mask has become the new norm, Razer came up with an intelligent mask.

Razer Project Hazel N95 Mask
Razer Project Hazel N95 Mask

Despite being a remote event this year, CES 2021 has shown that it’s still a weird and wonderful way to get a sample of the tech year ahead. Day no. 4 was mostly just a summary of the event, dominated by the announcement of the new Samsung Galaxy S21.

Technology

The biggest story of CES 2021 has arguably been the LG Rollable smartphone. The company confirmed that the gadget will be available in 2021. The Rollable smartphone has a unique resizable screen that extends from a phone into a small tablet display. The screen slides in and out to provide a bigger screen area.

LG Rollable smartphone
LG Rollable smartphone

On the second day of the event, Nvidia and AMD made a big announcement. First, Nvidia confirmed the rumors that have been swirling for a while now, announcing its mobile range of RTX 3000 graphics cards, bringing powerful Ampere technology to gaming laptops.

Secondly, AMD announced its new Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs. Most of them are based on the company’s 7nm Zen 3 architecture.

TV and home theater

On the third day, LG Display revealed a new more reasonably-sized 42-inch OLED TV that will launch this year. We’ve been waiting for OLED tech to arrive in smaller screen sizes for a while, so this could be big news if you’ve been thinking about getting a second screen for your home this year.

LG 42-inch OLED TV
LG 42-inch OLED TV

Also, LG Display unveiled a transparent OLED. The model was showcased, emerging gloriously from the foot of a bed.

The high-end TV stakes aren’t limited to just LG. Samsung announced the launch of the Neo QLED TVs with Mini LED backlighting for 2021 and new Micro LED models – with 110-inch, 99-inch, and smaller sizes coming this year.

Also, Samsung presented a new Dolby Atmos soundbar, which could be its most immersive yet and pair nicely with its new flagship 8K TV, the Samsung Neo QN900 8K QLED TV.

Samsung Dolby Atmos soundbar
Samsung Dolby Atmos soundbar

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