Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, which will run in Las Vegas for four days from Jan. 8 (local time), is expected to showcase premium TV technology and advanced smart home technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Samsung Electronics, which betted on micro light emitting diode (LED) TVs of a modular structure at CES 2018, will introduce an ultra-large 8K quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) TV at CES 2019. Its 8K QLED TV lineup currently features four types –- 65-inch, 75-inch, 82-inch and 85-inch models. The company is also expected to launch a micro LED TV for home use, which is smaller than the 146-inch model released this year.
LG Electronics will showcase an 88-inch 8K organic light emitting diode (OLED) TV unveiled at the IFA 2018, Europe's largest consumer electronics exhibition in August. Attention is also focusing on whether or not LG Electronics will take the wraps off a rollable TV. A rollable TV can be rolled up so consumers can freely adjust its screen size and ratio. LG Display showed rollable display technology at the CES 2018 in January of 2018. At the time, LG Display did not specify when it would be able to commercialize the rollable display technology.
Experts in the TV industry are expecting that Sony of Japan will also launch its 8K TV lineup at CES 2019. Sony, a traditional TV giant that once suffered a slump, signaled its brilliant revival at CES 2018 by opening a large pavilion filled with OLED TVs.
China's TCL and Hisense also joined the 8K TV race. Hisense is expected to show an 80-plus-inch 8K ULED TV.
CES 2019 is also expected to showcase technologies that will be used to create a more advanced super-connected society. The U.S. Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs the annual show, picked out AI, smart homes and 5G mobile communications as key words for this year’s edition.
Samsung Electronics will come up with a smart home linked to its advanced AI assistant Bixby and internet platform SmartThings. The electronics giant announced that it would load all of its smart devices with AI by 2020. Samsung Electronics also unveiled New Bixby (Bixby 2.0), which is more open than previous Bixby.
LG Electronics will also showcase the evolution of its AI technology to support smart home technology. Park Il-pyung, the company’s chief technology officer (CTO), will introduce LG Electronics’s AI strategy under the theme "AI for an Even Better Life." LG Electronics has steadily strengthened the functions of the LG ThinkQ AI platform, which is characterized by learning, wide contact points and openness.