CES 2020: all the news and previews from the world’s biggest tech event

CES 2020 has begun, and we're reporting live from the vast Las Vegas tech show, bringing you all the breaking news, product announcements and first impressions of new devices as we get our hands on them.

The eagle-eyed among you may be thinking "but CES doesn't start until Jan 7" – and you'd be right, to an extent. Officially CES 2020 runs from January 7 to January 10, which is when the show floor is open, but press conferences and media previews start in earnest today, Sunday, Janaury 5, which means the show has technically already started.

In fact, we had some big surprises in the lead-up to CES 2020. Before the first day of the show, Samsung spoiled its First Look event that it traditionally holds on the Sunday 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 Galaxy S11.

So strap in folks – it's going to be quite the show this year. 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.

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's happened so far…

CES 2020 latest news

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, yet which 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 from 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 reveal to CES, the timing could be ripe for a January 2020 launch – which makes CES the logical stage on which to unveil them.

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

Monday, January 6 2020

AMD at CES 2020

Keynote time: Monday, January 6, at 2:00pm 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 8:00am 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

noise-cancelling headphones

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: 

When is CES 2020?

If you’re going by the official dates, CES 2020 runs from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10, 2020

However, journalists will start pouring into Las Vegas a few days before that to cover the news conferences that kick off on Sunday, January 5 at 12pm PST and continue through Monday and Tuesday. It’s during this time that we’ll hear from leading consumer tech brands as they introduce us to new products at their keynote events. 

Traditionally, the biggest of these keynotes happen on Monday, when LG, Samsung and Sony all hold their events, but some CES-related announcements will land on Sunday night as news begins to trickle out of the conference.

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? 

The big news this year (well, in theory) is that Apple is 'attending' CES for the first time in decades. The brand has traditionally not presented at the show after it switched to its own events to unveil key products, but this year Apple will be taking part in a security round table.

Appearing at the 'Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable: What Do Consumers Want?' discussion, Jane Horvath, Senior Director, Global Privacy at Apple will join Facebook, the Federal Trade Comission and Proctor & Gamble in discussing privacy in today's online world.

So while Apple won't be at CES in the same vein as rivals from Samsung and LG, launching a slew of new devices, it will be present in a way it hasn't been for years.

Beyond that, 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. 

You can see a complete list of those attending on the CES 2020 website.

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. 

Source: techradar.com