For cell phone enthusiasts, the big event to watch out for would be the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. That’s not saying that the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas, will not have its share of anticipated smartphone unveilings, but as is often the case, CES 2013 should be an event centering on home appliances, particularly high-definition television sets.
HDTVs and home theater sets should be the main attraction at CES 2013, as LG, Samsung and Sony are among the big-name manufacturers that will be showcasing their new HDTVs and other entertainment components for the living room, such as Blu-ray players. Of course, we can expect to see some products that wouldn’t have been imaginable in previous years, as next-generation appliances should also be well-covered at CES 2013.
In a pre-CES 2013 report, PCMag boldly predicted that 4K technology (ultra-high definition TV sets with four times the pixel resolution of 1080p displays) may be among the highlights of the event. That said, 4K HDTV sets may cost upwards of $20,000, effectively putting them out of the price range of the average customer. One problem 4K HDTV owners may have to deal with, however, would be a lack of 4K-compatible content, which is why PCMag believes the technology may need a few years before catching on with the majority of consumers.
TVs that make use of 3D and OLED (Organic LED) technology are also expected to be seen at CES 2013, despite “lukewarm adoption” for the former type of HDTV and the relative newness and expensive price points for the latter. Currently, 3D HDTVs have yet to gain momentum either, as all of them require a special set of glasses to truly enjoy the 3D-viewing experience; Toshiba previewed an HDTV at last CES that doesn’t require glasses, but said device has yet to be released. As for OLED TVs, pricing is expected to exceed the $10,000 mark, particularly for those with 50 to 60-inch screens.