Another year has passed, dear readers, and with that year comes another CES conference in Las Vegas. This year's pilgrimage is being made by me and my esteemed colleague Cameron Summerson. We're not exactly sure what to expect this go around, but CES always brings something of interest and, given our very packed schedule, we're bound to see at least a few neat things.
As always, Monday is the big crunch day for members of the press, with press conference after unrelenting press conference unleashing barrages of product announcements ranging from smartphones to refrigerators. With names like LG, Samsung, ASUS, and Sony on the docket, there's bound to be a few surprises.
Rumors have swirled about new Samsung tablets through various FCC filings, as well as rumbles of a new high-end Sony phone. It's possible LG will announce US availability for the G Flex, though I wouldn't exactly call that something to get excited about. And with an ASUS press conference on the docket, we know that chairman Johnny Shih will have something new and exciting to show off. It's even possible we'll see an Audi-Android infotainment announcement on Monday evening.
Anyway, here's what our show is looking like, so you can get an idea of when the news will start breaking across the web.
- Sunday, 1/5 (times are PST)
- CES Unveiled 4-7PM (various vendors show off products of sometimes questionable value, we eat free food and drink free alcohol)
- NVIDIA press conference 8-9:30PM (we're already predicting a Tegra 5 announcement as inevitable, but who knows what else we could see)
- Monday, 1/6
- LG press conference 8-9AM (as I alluded, a US G Flex drop may happen, but we don't know much else)
- AT&T Developer Summit keynote, 9-10:30AM (we may or may not attend this, but AT&T has announced phones here in the past)
- Huawei press conference 10-11AM (definitely expect a new phone or two from this Chinese OEM)
- ASUS press conference 11:30-1PM (if nothing else, it'll be entertaining, though I'd count on some new Android goodies)
- Qualcomm press conference 12-12:45PM (we may get a new chipset announcement, or we may get nothing - this one's tough to call)
- Samsung press conference 2-2:45PM (as I said, tablets seem like a distinct possibility, but Samsung will likely have a bevy of other announcements, too)
- Hisense press conference 3-4PM (probably not on our 'to attend' list, but maybe Hisense will announce new Google TV products or cheap tablets)
- Samsung product showcase 4-9PM (a chance to go hands-on with Samsung's latest and greatest. And eat food.)
- Sony press conference 4:30-6PM (hard to know what we'll see here, but Sony has always had a big CES presence with lots of new product announcements)
- Pepcom Digital Experience (once again, various vendors show off their wares to the media, the media eats and drinks away the horrors of press day)
- Audi CES keynote 8:30-10:30PM (we're expecting an Audi-Android announcement, but we'll see if that actually pans out)
- Tuesday, 1/7
- We have a morning meeting to go hands-on with new ASUS products.
- We're meeting with children's tablet vendor Fuhu.
- We have an appointment with NVIDIA early that evening.
- Showstoppers 6-10PM (the final major free meal ticket of the show for the general media, more vendors, more wares, more booze)
- Wednesday, 1/8
- We'll be wandering the convention center looking for interesting products, and later in the night attending a few social events (read: more free food and alcohol).