CES 2013 preview: Ultra HDTVs, bendy screens and more
4th Jan 2013 | 12:04
Next week the consumer electronics industry's answer to E3, CES 2013, will kick off in Las Vegas.
Running from January 8 to 11, the Nevada show will present the latest in television, tablet and mobile phone innovation - and some less predictable announcements involving crazy bending screens.
Below is a preview of what you should expect from 2013's show. For more on the less gaming-relevant announcements, head over to our colleagues at Tech Radar.
Ultra High-Definition televisions debut
These days televisions seemingly become obsolete the moment you shimmy them out the front door of Currys, and now's the turn of flatscreen HD TV's to look a bit old fashioned thanks to the emergence of Ultra High-Definition.
Previously known as 4k high-definition TVs (only Sony's still sticking with this moniker), the Consumer Electronics Association has settled on the new name 'Ultra HD'.
Ultra means at least 8 million pixels, with a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160. These ridiculously pretty displays should spark another mini-revolution for home movie viewing, but despite PlayStation 4 rumours games consoles are not likely to possess this kind of power for a long, long time to come.
You're also unlikely to be able afford one for a while, with launch prices sitting around the £15,000 ($25,000) mark.
There's debate between engineers as to whether anyone can tell the difference between UHD and regular HD on a display that's less than 100-inches, and both Samsung and Westinghouse look set to debut gigantic 100-inch sets next week.
In the near future your phone, tablet or even HDTV will be even more flexible - litterally.
Samsung plans to show off flexible display technology at CES 2013 which could soon reinvent how electronic devices are made. According to reports attendees will be shown a 5.5-inch flexible display running at 1280 x 720 HD resolution with a pixel density of 267 ppi.
The CES prototypes will bend without breaking but are reportedly not yet made to curl up into a roll.
The technology is also currently missing a touch screen lens, so there's a way to go before it can be seriously considering for modern portable devices.
Unlike most manufacturers, LG has already released pictures and details on its new range of TV sets, ahead of CES 2013.
One interesting addition to its 2013 sets is the introduction of NFC technology to its plasma and LED TV line-up. The "Tag On' tech will allow users to pair their television with any capable smartphone via an NFC sticker.
This will allow LG television owners to stream content from their mobiles with minimal fuss or effort.
Nvidia's Tegra 4
According to reports, Nvidia is set to unveil a successor to its successful Tegra 3 processor, which is used in phones and tablets such as Microsoft's Surface and Google's Nexus 7.
In the stats department, Tech Radar reports that the Tegra 4 could fit four new Cortex A15 ARM chips, with average speeds of 1.8GHz increasing to 2.0GHz by the end of the year.
CES 2013 will likely see an Android or Windows 8 tablet announced for journalists to test out the new chip.
Samsung's 'unprecedented' TV design
Samsung is set to drop a television surprise in Las Vegas next week - and thankfully it looks like it's not just last year's model with different plastic.
The company is teasing "true innovation of TV design" on its Samsung Tomorrow blog, with promise of "an unprecedented new TV shape and timeless gallery design."
As you can see by the image above, the television in question is suggested to sport a portrait-style design and a fully translucent screen.
Those features would undoubtedly present a difficult sell to consumers, so we'll have to wait for the actual show to kick off before we have a full understanding of Samsung's plans.
The Galaxy S4
Yet another rumour from CES's largest real estate holder involves Samsung's Galaxy S4, which will almost certainly be unveiled in Vegas.
The new handset is said to feature an energy efficient AMOLED display and screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 set at a staggering 441 ppi.
The handset is also likely to feature the Exynos 5440 quad-core processor, based on the dual-core version found in the Korean-made Google Nexus 10 tablet.