This year's Consumer Electronics Show may be missing Microsoft and Apple, but other companies like Qualcomm, LG, Samsung, and others are ready to step up and propel the tech industry forward with announcements beyond thinner smartphones and android tablets. We're talking new tech, cheap desktops, and a promise from Samsung to reinvent TV as we know it.
Will they deliver? We'll find out when CES kicks off on Tuesday, January 8th. We'll provide coverage all next week online on Spike.com and All Access Weekly, GTTV, and Playbook360 will be bringing you coverage from the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show all next week.
While it's hard to predict what we'll see from these sort of events, here's what to expect based on what we do know and the teases that companies have put out thus far.
SHINE ON, YOU CRAZY DESKTOPS
The focus is likely to come away from tablets and smartphones, bucking the trend from tech shows and CES in particular the last few years. Consumers are no longer wowed by the presence of a new tablet like they once were, so companies in attendance are rushing to provide something different to set them apart. With desktops changing and seemingly making a comeback, we could see a lot on that front.
YOU'VE GOT THE TOUCH
Whether it's desktops, phones, or tablets, the tech industry is convinced that the future is in touch screens. Which leads us to…
IT'S A WINDOWS 8 WORLD
It's a post-8 world out there. Like any new PCs you'll buy on the market, the PCs we'll see at the Consumer Electronics Show will all be Windows 8, which means they'll lean towards touch-screen functionality. Will the world of Desktop Apps appeal to all, or will people be clamoring for the days of the Start Menu?
GET LOW, GET LOW, GET LOW
One of the things smart phones have done is separate consumers like hardcore gamers who need high speed, accelerated graphics, and functionality, from the vast majority of consumers whose gaming needs begin and end with Words With Friends. This means is that the PC industry has wised up to not giving people what they don't want or think they need. That will translate to bargain basement desktops, with some expected to start around $600.
WE CAN MAKE THEM THINNER, LIGHTER, FASTER, STRONGER
Apple got a head start this past fall with its announcement of thinner and lighter than ever Macbooks and iMacs. Now it's the PC industry's turn to present a thin yet more reliable laptop.
THE $99 TABLET
Most are convinced that we'll see at least one, and possibly more, cheap Android tablets on the floor. The smart money seems to be on Taiwanese company Asus to prevent one, but Acer could also throw their hat in the ring next week.
While not necessarily one of those bargain tablets, we'll also see LG back in the tablet game with its new Windows 8 tablet, the Tab-Book H160.
SAMSUNG'S "NEW TV"
Samsung has been promising something big, and most recently they released a teaser video for what they describe as "new TV"
. Could their Japanese blog have given us a peek at what this might mean
Not to be outdone, we're also going to see more Google TV integration from LG. Sony is also hinting that it may have something up its sleeve. It's possible that we'll come out of CES talking more about televisions than we have in years.
IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE: IN CARS
The automotive industry is ready to step in and make their presence know. Smartphones have made tech not just a more active element in our day to day lives, but an expectation. We'll see several representatives from major auto manufacturers presenting the latest in navigation and more.
And that's just the beginning. What we don't know and what we won't expect far outweighs even the rumors we hear. One thing's for sure: it's likely going to be the most interesting CES in years, and what we see will be indicative of where tech is going beyond the latest phone upgrade.
You can follow our coverage of the event online next week at AllAccessWeekly.spike.com
Also be sure to tune in to Spike TV for coverage from the floor:
• Wednesday Jan. 16th @ 1am/12c – All Access Weekly
• Thursday Jan. 17th @ 1am/12c – GTTV
• Saturday Jan. 19th @ 1am/12c – Playbook360
And check out the latest All Access Weekly for a preview: