With more than 2,100 exhibitors, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest technology fair, is back in its face-to-face format. Will it be able to respond to the expectations that the organizers themselves have set? This is everything we expect from CES 2022 almost 15 days after its inauguration.
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In addition to the return to the face-to-face format, after being forced to hold a 100 percent virtual event in 2020 due to COVID-19, one of the biggest novelties will be the incorporation of three new categories: food technology, space technology and everything related to the rise of NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
The CES 2022 will take place January 5-8, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). However, the activities start on January 3 and 4 with press conferences for the media, so the main announcements will be concentrated on these days.
The event will take place under strict sanitary protocols to prevent cases of COVID-19, so the organizers will require vaccination for all attendees, as well as preventive tests before and during the event.
What we expect from CES 2022
Despite the global shortage of technological components, CES 2022 could arrive with important developments in the field of processors and graphics cards.
Intel is likely to elaborate on its future Alder Lake chips and Arc Alchemist graphics cards, which will be geared specifically for gaming. On the side of AMD, there are rumors that it could introduce the processors of the series Ryzen 6000, named Vermeer S.
Another announcement would come from MediaTek, which would present its routers with Wi-Fi 7, which promise 2.3x speeds, vastly superior to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 technologies.
Although CES is a common setting for the unveiling of computers, component shortages have likely delayed or postponed many developments. For now, it is known that Lenovo could present a strange prototype of a laptop with two screens, the main one and another located next to the keyboard; and that Asus could release the ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, a gaming laptop with AMD and Nvidia components that would be the successor to the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, one of the best on the market.
TV manufacturers often bring the main novelties to CES, such as LG’s roll-up screens, Samsung’s microLED technology or the 8K panel with TLC’s Roku. What will CES 2022 bring? LG already teased the Objet TV, a 65-inch OLED TV with a motorized cover, and the StanbyMe, a 27-inch TV on wheels, that follows you wherever you need it. Hisense will also bring news in 8K technology, while Samsung and Sony could debut the first devices with QD-OLED technology.
The ideal space for the launch of the phones is the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, scheduled for February 28, 2022. However, many brands could opt for the CES to publicize their products, given the unpredictable scenario of COVID-19 and the omicron variant in Europe.
Leaving aside Samsung and Apple, who organize their own events to present their new equipment, there are rumors that OnePlus could present its new OnePlus 10 Pro. Motorola also tends to show its latest lines. However, the expectation is whether any manufacturer dares with proposals such as LG’s rollable device, announced in 2021, a couple of months before the company closed its phone division.
If there is one thing that CES usually brings us news, it is in technology for the home. Considering that the 2021 edition saw a number of contactless devices arrive to adapt to the times of COVID-19, the 2022 version is likely to follow the same path. In this way, we hope to see more products like the Kohler Contactless Toilet or the Alarm.com Video Doorbell.
But also “more traditional” technology to facilitate everyday household tasks. Hyundai, for example, will debut the Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED) robot, which is capable of carrying everything from babies to drinks. Along the same lines, we should know more powerful robot vacuum cleaners powered by artificial intelligence, more capable refrigerators or traditional smart brushes, among others.
While healthcare technology used to be part of the smart home, given the context of COVID-19 it has earned its own space. In this way, it is possible that during the technology fair new products will be presented aimed at controlling the pandemic and preventing diseases, as Razer did in 2021 and its Hazel mask with RGB lighting.
CES is not usually the preferred space for brands to reveal their innovations, considering its proximity to the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show and which is confirmed for February 12-21, 2022.
Despite this, GM will introduce the Chevrolet Silverado EV, the manufacturer’s first electric pickup. With a range of 400 miles (643 kilometers), it looks to compete with the Ford 150 Lightning. Brands such as Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler, FCA (Fiat Chrysler) and Stellantis have also confirmed their participation in CES 2022, but have not revealed their plans.