The electronics industry's most important convention, CES, kicks off Tuesday. It's when big guns such as Samsung, Sony, Intel, and more show off their latest and greatest technologies. In the past, electronics such as the CD player, camcorder, and VCR made their stateside debuts at CES. More recently, HDTV, tablets, and the Microsoft Xbox have been unveiled at the conference.
This year, Samsung looks poised to dominate the conference, with Microsoft announcing last year it's done with CES and Apple saving its product unveilings for its own events.
As always, there will be some rumored gadgets that don't get introduced because they're not yet ready for the primetime and some closely-held surprise announcements that didn't leak pre-convention. Here's what has people buzzing in advance of this year's event.
Samsung (and perhaps other manufacturers) are set to introduce flexible displays that can be used on tablets and smartphones — possibly making cracked screens a thing of the past. The technology is still in its infancy, so it's unclear whether any consumer devices (roll-up tablets?) will be ready to launch this year. Speaking of smartphone screens, the third iteration of Gorilla Glass, used on many smartphones, is going to debut at the show and is rumored to be three times more scratch-resistant than existing technology.
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Next Generation High Definition TVs
With 3D TVs seemingly a miss, companies have refocused their efforts on jamming more pixels into ultra-large screens. Sometimes known as 4K TVs, some of the higher-end models will sport resolutions of 3840 x 2160 on 100-inch screens. Many of those ultra-HD TVs will set you back $25,000 or more.
Another potential game-changer from Samsung: It is set to unveil an "unprecedented new TV shape," at CES, according to a recent blog post by the company. The Samsung TV will apparently be translucent and will have portrait dimensions.
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New Smartphones and Tablets
Every year, the latest and greatest in already-existing technology gets shown off at CES. Some rumors suggest that Samsung might be ready to show off its Galaxy S IV, the follow up to the extremely popular Galaxy S III, which has sold more than 30 million devices since launching in May 2012.
On the tablet front, RCA is set to announce a tablet with a built-in TV tuner, the razor-thin PaperTab has already made some noise in advance of the show's opening, and both Asus and Acer are set to introduce tablets for just $99.
Intel is set to introduce a new, low-powered computer chip that can extend battery life, AMD will show off its latest Radeon graphics chip, and Nvidia will announce its Tegra 4, dubbed the "world's fastest mobile processor."
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New Gadgets and Accessories
Every year, thousands of companies announce new headphones, wireless speakers, iPhone accessories, and other gadgets. With more than 3,000 companies from 150 countries represented, there's always some new surprises.