Every year in the splendour of the Vegas neon lights the latest and greatest tech gets its first airing. CES 2019 is the showcase for the best gadgets and technology you can get your hands on this year.In recent years technology has let us answer our door from work, turn our lights on with our voice and even turn on the kettle from our beds. 2019 is set to take us even further into the world of personal assistants, mind-blowing TV picture quality and another batch of stunning smartphones.
Here are some of the best and most exciting tech and gadgets heading our way in 2019.
2019 looks like being a big year for TV with some of the major brands launching their 8K TV ranges. If you have been wondering why you can't get a 98-inch screen, then Samsung has some good news for you.
At CES 2019 Samsung introduced their new QLED 8K TV range which is headlined by the gigantic 98-inch offering. The line-up includes 65-, 75-, 82- and 85-inch models, so better start clearing some space in the living room now.
Samsung says their 2019 8K line delivers the best QLED picture quality, regardless of if the viewer is using a streaming service, USB or even mobile screen sharing. The content will be upscaled to "near pristine 8K quality" no matter what the original resolution is. The range will also have iTunes Movies and TV Shows, as well as Apple AirPlay 2 support in place before the summer.
Not to be outdone by Samsung, Sony, also unveiled a mammoth 98-inch 8K TV at CES 2019. The TV comes with LED backlighting and HDR. There is also a unique Netflix Calibrated Mode and IMAX Enhanced to further wow the viewer. There is no news on pricing as of yet, but don't expect to be able to pick this up on the cheap.
LG might not be able to match the huge sizes of the Samsung and Sony offerings, theirs is only a tiny 88-inches! But for design and looks it might have stolen the show. The TV looks impossibly thin, bearing in mind its 88-inches it's hard to know how the razor-thin bezel holds it all together. It's the screen and quality of picture that will stop and make people take notice. Reports from CES 2019 describe the picture as 'mind-boggling' thanks to the natural looking motion and the increased resolution that adds further depth to the 2d picture.
The hottest smartphones
Expect 2019 to be another big arms race from the top smartphone brands with some lesser known brands looking to upsetting the status quo. All the big brands are have announced or are expecting to release updated versions of their top range smartphones. So, expect another iPhone, the Galaxy S10, Sony Xperia Z4, the Huawei P30 Pro and the Google Pixel 4.
These phones usually have their own special unveiling events, so they weren't on show in Las Vegas at CES 2019, but there was a very special smartphone and was easily one of the hottest products at this year's show.
Don't worry if you haven't heard of Royole, because before the year is out thanks to the FlexPai, you will have heard all about the American-based Chinese brand.
That is because the FlexPai is the first ever fully flexible foldable smartphone. (I'm not counting the unintentional bending that plagued the iPhone 6!) The FlexPai has a 7.8-inch display that lets you go from tablet to mobile with the bend of the screen. The actual phone performance doesn't pull up any trees, but it's the screen technology that will excite. Has the future of smartphones arrived?
Don't forget the laptops
CES 2019 was notable for how many new laptops that were on display. No matter what you use your laptop for, CES had an exciting new option on show.
Huawei MateBook 13
Every year seemingly brings a new MacBook Air rival and this year Huawei might have found a way to steal its crown. The Matebook 13 uses 8th-generation Intel Core processors to deliver a ton of power. Most other laptops use scaled down processors because they don't require cooling so the Matebook 13 will have a significant power advantage. It's not short on power either, Huawei says the battery offers 10 hours of local HD video playbook.
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700
Asus showed off a fascinating take on the desktop replacement, gaming laptop. It's typically a gaming laptop, but you have the option to take off the stand, detach the keyboard and use it as an all-in-one gaming PC. Asus has come up with another smart way of letting us kill zombies.
Best of the rest
CES 2019 is a gathering of all things tech, so I have gathered together a few more of the stand out products.
HTC Vive Cosmos
2018 was a big year for VR, and if HTC has anything to do with it, 2019 could be even bigger. The Vive Cosmos will be a more portable and affordable VR experience which could help spread the joy of VR even further.
Withings Move ECG
Wearable fitness monitors are nothing new, but Withings has found a way to put a new twist on them. The Move ECG is the first analogue watch that can record an electrocardiogram, much like the Apple Watch 4. Unlike the Apple Watch 4, this technology is coming in a much more affordable form, only costing £129.95. It also offers the usual step counting and sleep tracking functions you expect from a fitness tracker.
Ring Door View Cam
Video doorbells are nothing new, but the features are continuing to mount up in 2019. The Door View Cam from Ring acts as a doorbell and a peephole, allowing you to see through it or use the app to see who is at the door. Not only does it alert you when someone rings the doorbell it can also tell you when someone is knocking on the door. Who'd have thought that we'd be spending £200 on our doorbells, but of course, we never thought they'd be this cool.
For anyone who does any sort of regular travel, this is the dream gadget, an autonomous suitcase which follows you around the airport! The Ovis, from ForwardX Robotics, follows a tracker worn on your wrist and uses computer vision to avoid obstacles. It can reach up to 6mph, comes a removable battery for charging your phone, as well as anti-loss alarm, and location tracker. For traditionalists, there is also a manual mode, simply grab the handle and pull.
That is just a small glimpse into the fantastic level of technology and gadgets we can look forward to in 2019. Some of them will make our lives easier, some of them will improve our standards of entertainment, and one of them means we no longer have to lug a heavy suitcase around a busy airport.
Let us know what tech you are most looking forward to in 2019, in the comments below.