The 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas, the United States, from January 8 to 11, 2019.
Aiming at promoting the close integration of cutting-edge e-technology and modern life, CES is hosted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The exhibition commenced in 1967 and is held in Las Vegas in every January. Being the world's largest and most influential consumer electronics technology exhibition held yearly and the world's largest consumer technology feast, it has been successfully held for 52 times so far. The event has become the window for the world's major electronics companies to release product information, display high-tech advantages and advocate future lifestyles. It is the wind vane of the consumer electronics industry.
The exhibition is highly professional, has a good trade effect and enjoys a high reputation in the world. Over the years, CES has gathered the best traditional consumer electronics manufacturers and core IT manufacturers. They have brought the most advanced technology concepts and products, attracting many high-tech equipment enthusiasts, users and industry audiences.
With an exhibition area of 250,000 square meters, 2019 CES attracted more than 4,500 corporate exhibitors and over 1,200 star-ups. More than 6,000 media and over 60,000 international visitors from 155 countries attended the event. The exhibition received more than 180,000 people in four days. The most eye-catching products this year are the fifth generation of mobile communications (5G) technology, intelligent digital health care products and robots made in China.
CFIS representatives were sent to participate in the exhibition and brought back the following products that should not be missed at 2019 CES:
On this year's CES Media Day, the 2019 global consumer technology market forecast was released for the first time, displaying the core forecast data and analysis of global electronic consumer products. The main content of the report is that, in 2020, the world will fully enter the data age. The key areas of science and technology focus on speech recognition computing, robotics, 5G, biometrics, and artificial intelligence (AI). In terms of 5G, China is the front-runner, and more 5G equipments were unveiled at this CES; in terms of AI, digital assistants will penetrate in all facets of life, making "things" smarter, especially voice control; in terms of smart TV, 8K Ultra HD QLED will ignite the visual revolution. More exploration will be developed on VR/AR, and B2C will convert to B2B. Automated driving cars are to be mature, basically reaching Level 3, and full automation will be accomplished in 2030. Digital health is attracting more and more attention.
The Coming of 8K Era
As the protagonist of CES, domestic appliances were displayed in the main hall of the venue to bring consumers new products that should not be missed this year. Ten years ago, high-definition LCD TVs prevailed, and five years ago, 4K ultra- definition TV. Nowadays, the 8K era is coming. Manufacturers, like Sony, Sharp, Samsung, TCL, Hisense, and Skyworth, have all displayed their 8K product lines, Televisions with clearer pictures, mostly larger than 75-inch ones, which provides 8K resolution panels, can be officially purchased by consumers within the year.
At the same time, the form of television has also changed, and various types of laser TVs have become more and more popular. Manufacturers like LG, Hisense, and Skyworth, have launched ultra-short-focus 4K laser TVs, which are replacements for oversized TVs, and are ideal for customers who want high-quality screen, but have limited budget.
Ubiquitous Smart Domestic Appliances
The year of 2018 is the first year of AI. At 2019 CES, intelligence has become the most frequently-used keyword for domestic appliance manufacturers. AI becomes standard in all domestic appliances.
Intelligent systems prevail which can understand users, perceive users, and decide the functions that users need by themselves. Smart TVs have gradually become the interactive center in the living room, and in the kitchen, smart refrigerators with screens are gradually replacing smart phones to become the "brains" of kitchen appliances.
Smart TVs also incorporate semantic interaction functions like smart audio. In the black screen state or power-on state, it helps users to find information, switch functions, and even some complicated ordering and ticketing services through specific natural language.
5G’s OfficialArrival, the Terminal on the Way
The year of 2018 is also the first year of 5G, and this CES serves as the eve of the 5G’s outbreak. A large number of 5G terminals will officially arrive in next month's MWC! At this CES, Qualcomm, the wind vane of the 5G industry, first confirmed the latest development of 5G terminals - in 2019, there will be more than 30 terminals based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and X50 5G modem solution. They all use Qualcomm RF front-end solutions. The three major operators in North America, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, had previously confirmed that the 5G networks would be put into commercial use in 2019, and the first batch of 5G network terminals would be launched this summer.
NVIDIA for the Revival, Intel for the future, PC Rises Again
As the world's largest consumer electronics show, CES does not only focus on the PC, but has made the PC and 8K TV equal. Due to the officiallifting of the GeForce RTX graphics card product line, mass production of Intel's10nm process is at the corner, and calls for exploration into the future shape of the notebook. Notebook OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) immediately released a batch of new products based on the new platform hardware.
According to data by NV, over 40 products equipped with GeForce RTX graphics cards will be officially released on the 29th of this month, and 17 of them will meet MAX-Q’s requirements of thinness and lightness. Most of these products have already been unveiled at 2019 CES's exhibition.