When it finally kicks off on January 5, CES 2022 will bring us plenty of new devices from the industry’s top companies. We look forward to cutting-edge TV technology in our living rooms from the likes of LG, Samsung, and Sony, as well as new laptops, desktops, smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, and more.
However, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), this year’s event will end a day early “as an added safety measure” due to concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. As a result, the CTA announced that the last day of the conference is now set for January 7, 2022.
Even with big players like Amazon, Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Google canceling their physical presence at CES 2022, the show’s organizer, the CTA, remains committed to sticking around in Las Vegas on January 5.
With that said, here’s what you can expect at this year’s event.
Phones at CES 2022
CES may not be a big stage for phones coming out this year (there’s usually a Mobile World Congress (MWC), which takes place in February), but some brands choose to introduce some new wearables at the first big annual show. That includes some flagship devices, mostly budget and mid-range phones, as companies save their greatest hits for MWC.
This year, we expect Samsung and TCL to have several mobile devices on display if previous CES events are any good. We predict that we may be seeing more expensive mid-range Samsung devices, such as follow-ups to the Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A72, as well as a possible launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. For TCL, we may see the first batch of devices in the TCL 30 lineup, with others lined up later in the year.
TVs at CES 2022
Larger. Brighter. Better contrast. More pixels. It sounds pretty simple when you put it like that, but really, those are the four traits that every TV manufacturer around the world is looking for right now. Larger screens have been a popular trend at CES for a while now, and we’ve seen some truly oversized models that top out at 90 inches. Crossing that barrier won’t be easy, and it will be expensive, but we’re only a few days away from seeing affordable 100-inch TVs.
In terms of brightness and contrast, we’re looking at new Mini LED TVs to boost the score on both fronts. So far, we’ve got a few models from LG and Samsung released last year in the form of the Samsung QN90A QLED TV and LG QNED99, and we were surprised by both.
Also, there are some rumors circulating about what would be next for display technologies: holographic and transparent televisions. Still, we’ll have to sit and wait until we get to Las Vegas to find out what the big three manufacturers have in store for this year’s CES event.
CES 2022: How to register
Registration for CES 2022 is currently available to the consumer technology industry now on the CES website. The CTA plans to charge a fee of $300 in terms of cost. This fee will apply primarily to attendees, including retailers, but credentialed journalists and analysts will be exempt as in previous years.