Forget CES 2013, here’s what’s coming at CES 2014

CES 2013 Arch

We just finished CES 2013, and my poor feet will be a long time recovering. While I still think it comes far too early in the year, this year’s show did have a number of amazing announcements. Next year is slated to be even bigger, because a number of technologies we saw hinted at this year will begin to go mainstream and the overall theme will likely be “bigger is better.”

It’s still a whole year away, but let’s go through what I think we’ll see at CES 2014.

7-inch phones

One of the hottest products at CES this year was an Android-based smartphone with a 6.1-inch screen, which is within shooting distance of the ideal convergence product: a 7-inch tablet with phone capability and dual subsidies (one from the carrier, and one from the retailer). The result will clearly be a large phone optimized for media consumption and online shopping. A Retina-class display with a stronger backlight is a given, as is a very low entry price, tied to that two-year contract we’ve come to hate. But size shouldn’t be a hindrance, since many of us have either shifted to using headsets, or holding our phones in front of us and talking to them. I also expect more people will be walking into light poles after these phones hit the market.

8K TVs

Yes, I know 4K TVs just launched. They aren’t even in stores yet. But if nothing else, CES is about showcasing that the cutting-edge tech you bought the prior holiday season is obsolete, even if the new stuff is months or years out. This means that LG, Samsung, or Sony are likely to showcase the next generation of TV at CES 2014: the 8K TV. This technology will surely be one of those incredibly amazing moves that will keep you from fully funding your retirement yet one more year, but hey, look at it this way: You probably won’t live till then anyway, thanks to global warming or an incoming asteroid.

Internet TV service from Apple or Intel

Intel is getting pretty close to launching its own TV service, which would be similar to what you get from a cable company, but delivered over the internet. Apple is on the same course, but isn’t as well staffed. (Likely because Steve Jobs thought TV watching was for idiots. No, that’s not true, he thought watching TV turned people into idiots.) In any case, expect at least one big (enough to make Netflix and Hulu obsolete), compelling Internet-based TV service to launch at CES 2014. Apple would never announce at the show, but could try to steal the momentum from it by announcing during the show someplace else, as it did with the first iPhone.

Lots more electric vehicles

Automakers only made tentative plans for electric vehicle launches at CES 2013, because during the planning stages, it still wasn’t clear whether Obama would win or lose. If he lost, the electrical vehicle subsidies would have been toast. But since he won, expect to see electric car, scooter, motorcycle, and skateboard vendors to multiply massively in 2014, We’ll walk away with many more electric alternatives to both gas and exercise. You may turn into a fat blimp, but at least you’ll be riding in style!

One Chinese car company

One of the hotter sections of the CES show floor this year was automotive, and while Ford won for content, Audi clearly had Ford beat for staging. There were several Korean and Japanese car vendors at the show and one Italian (Fiat), but I didn’t see a single Chinese car vendor at the show. Meanwhile, the tech section was dominated by Chinese vendors, including Hisense, the company that took Microsoft’s old spot. Next year, I expect one Chinese car vendor to show up. While its cars will look a lot like cars from either US or European vendors, they’ll also be high quality, and amazingly cheap. They are also more likely to perfect in-car entertainment, allowing it to be upgraded and be far more consistent between car lines. A carmaker with that kind of product could even scare the Koreans, but I’ll bet they’ll be having a problem getting through the DOT approval process and founding dealerships.

10-hour battery life on PCs and tablets, and bigger tabletop computers

The PC segment is due for a big change next year as Windows tablets and notebooks move, in mass, to a 10-hour battery life standard for x86 configurations. Meanwhile, the traditionally weaker ARM configurations will begin to match their Intel- and AMD-based competitors in power. Tabletop computers, a new form factor spearheaded by Lenovo this year, are likely to grow even bigger. We’ll likely have one that is bigger than the huge 3M model – based on a big-screen TV – that was showcased this year. Think 30 inches and bigger. Of course, this will only happen if we seem some really compelling games this year. I’m still hoping the one I’m hooked on that runs on the Microsoft Surface table will get ported to Windows 8.

One big surprise

This will all be cool stuff, but I’m also expecting a few surprises at the show, like maybe the sneak early announcement of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox 720, the second generation of Nvidia’s Shield, or even an electric vehicle (under development) that blends the excitement of a motorcycle, with Segway technology, and the safety of car. (Yep it is coming in 2014.) So if you think this year’s CES was amazing, wait until next year. I think I’ll hold off on buying that new 4K TV for a bit myself, until after next year’s show.

Guest contributor Rob Enderle is the founder and principal analyst for the Enderle Group, and one of the most frequently quoted tech pundits in the world. Opinion pieces denote the opinions of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Digital Trends.

The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not reflect the beliefs of Digital Trends.

Emerging Tech

This startup will sequence your entire genome for free — but there’s a catch

Want to get your DNA sequenced but don’t want to shell out the hundred bucks or so to do so? A new startup called Nebula Genomics offers you the opportunity to have it done for free.
Mobile

Samsung patents show what Infinity-O display could look like on Galaxy S10

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Movies & TV

One popular character won't be returning for 'John Wick 3: Parabellum'

The third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, John Wick 3: Parabellum, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Digital Trends Live

DT Daily: Amazon HQ2(s), Indiegogo’s CEO, and Chris Bevans of Dyne

DT Daily's host Greg Nibler discussed headlines including Amazon's HQ2s and Twitter possibly getting an edit button. We also brought on the CEO of Indigogo and the creative director of Dyne.
Movies & TV

Winter coming in spring? HBO reveals 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere date

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Emerging Tech

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom: What’s the real difference?

DJI's Mavic 2 series drones are ready to fly -- but which one is right for you? The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are nearly identical save for their cameras. Here's what you need to know about these powerful new UAVs.
Emerging Tech

Students who designed transforming smart home will compete in Solar Decathalon

Modular smart homes are all the rage, and now some students from Virginia Tech are putting their money on their FutureHAUS, a modular, solar-powered, transforming smart home they're taking to the Solar Decathlon in Dubai.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best tech gear and gadgetry that survived Shark Tank

The television show "Shark Tank" has churned out quite a few strange, interesting, and downright awesome products -- so we rounded up some of the best ones for your perusal. Enjoy!
Emerging Tech

Hotter than the sun: Chinese fusion reactor claims breakthrough

China’s “artificial sun” has reached a temperature of 180 million ºF with a heating power of 10 megawatts -- six times hotter than the center of the sun. The achievement could mark progress towards fusion as a clean energy source.
Emerging Tech

Hope it doesn’t melt! Rocket to ISS carries vital supplies — including ice cream

A rocket has launched over Virginia's eastern shore, carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Inside the spacecraft are supplies for the ISS itself and the crew onboard, such as scientific equipment and food.
Emerging Tech

‘Super-Earth’ discovered orbiting nearby star

Astronomers have discovered a large planet circling a sun nearby to Earth called Barnard's Star. The potential new planet is thought to be cold and icy and has a size of around 3.2 times the Earth.
Emerging Tech

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully tests its asteroid-sampling arm

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, launched in September 2016, is closing in on its target of the Bennu asteroid. The craft has now unfurled its robotic arm, called the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM), and tested it successfully.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft’s friendly new A.I wants to figure out what you want — before you ask

Move over Siri and Alexa! Microsoft wants to build a new type of virtual assistant that wants to be your friend. Already making waves in Asia, could this be the future of A.I. BFFs?
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!