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3 consumer technology trends expected to dominate 2019

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CES 2019 is expected to lead the trend

With a new year comes newer, better, and smarter gadgets that are about to flood the market starting from the flagship event Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019.

Here’s a look at what to expect through the year.

1. 5G, 5G everywhere

5G IOT
Ambitious 5G and smart tech is expected to connect the world

While Apple has opted to launch it’s flagship 5G iPhone in 2020 built on Intel’s 5G chipset, others are not waiting that long, with both Samsung and OnePlus expected to launch 5G phones in the middle of the year. With several others expected to follow suit.

But it is not just smartphones, 2019 is expected to be the start of a “5G revolution”, with 5G expected to give WiFi technology a run for its money.

5G is also expected to spark a new era of IOT, with smart home and smart city solutions enabled by 5G technology, connecting the world from the largest megacities to the smallest device being always online.

While the 5G revolution has been long time coming, telecom operators who are just starting to adopt the technology, is going to make it possible.

2. Brace yourself! Assistants are coming.

Well not actual assistants, but the virtual ones.

Smart Home Assistant
Both Amazon and Google are frontrunners in smart home assistant

With almost all major tech firm trying to build a smart assistant, think of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, Bixby, and many more, virtual assistants are expected to be everywhere and perhaps go one step further in form of smart home devices. Google, and Amazon, already have one in Google Home, and Amazon Echo. Expect Apples, Samsungs, Facebooks, and others to follow suit.

JBL, Lenovo and Sony have already demonstrated smart speakers and are expected to take a leap into smart home-assistants.

3. (Even) Bigger Screens

Still haven’t bought that 4K screen television? Too bad, because 8K televisions are coming, and coming soon. While most of us won’t know what to do with the 8K screen and most media may not be of 8K resolution.

Samsung Wall
Samsung’s 146-in TV leads the way in big-screen televisions

Samsung has already demoed The Wall“, a 146-in TV. Others are expected to follow.

And the trend is not limited to television, Samsung’s foldable phones mean the phone screen is getting bigger. Others aren’t far behind.


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