CES 2022 preview: What will we see from the world's biggest tech show? – Laptop Mag

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What happens in Vegas gives us a glimpse at the future of gadgets
CES 2022 is just around the corner and Las Vegas is about to get nerdy with the return of the in-person consumer tech spectacular!
Kicking off on Wednesday, Jan. 5, the Consumer Electronics Show gives us a preview into what kinds of gadgets you can look forward to getting this year —  and a glimpse of the future.
Of course, this is still quite a stripped back version of the event in comparison to the pre-pandemic bash, which would see hundreds of thousands of attendees crammed into convention halls. In fact, you’ll see many companies either keeping their events virtual or just not showing up.
That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to see some cool stuff, though. Here are our predictions.
Laptops at CES 2022 are sort of predictable, but really exciting at the same time. Throughout the many teases and product announcements we expect to see during this time, there will be some key specs that will give us a glimpse at the next 12 months in the category. Apple MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch)With Mobile World Congress just around the corner from CES and many of the big OEMs holding their own, we rarely see any big phone news emerge from Vegas.Pixel 6 vs. Galaxy S21However, we’re in a slightly different position than usual. With Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 being announced, alongside Samsung, TCL and Sony being at the event, there may be some surprises lined up.
Although, applying common sense and looking at the history of phone events at CES, I’d reduce those expectations and look forward to some refreshes of mid-range phones such as the Samsung Galaxy A52
It should come as absolutely no surprise that there will be new headphones and true wireless earbuds at CES 2022. With LG, Samsung, Sony, Klipsch, JBL and more being at the show, alongside numerous more attending virtually, expect a host of manufacturers who are set to have a lot to say about audio.JBL UA Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones reviewI’m not going to say these are predictions — more of a personal wishlist. I hope we see improvements to battery life across true wireless earbuds (four hours is simply not enough), alongside more people moving to a dual-driver sound structure. The separation of having a Knowles balanced armature driver handling the highs makes a profound impact on the spaciousness of the sound production.
Plus, after seeing Apple drop Spatial Audio into its AirPods line-up and the likes of Sony 360 Reality Audio in past years, it would be fair to expect more companies making moves in this area. 
The TV world has largely shown its hand for the future. As the march towards 8K resolution and a high refresh rate goes on, moves toward Mini LED technology are clearly going to be the talk of the show.Wall-mounted TVSony, LG and Samsung will bring their big screen energy to the show with a usual slew of 100-inch monsters, but keep an eye out for these Mini LED panels too, as they will be the future of televisions. Not only that, but we may also see some Smart TV OS updates and some interesting conversations around the future of HDMI I/O.
As for when you should actually buy this tech, given the eye-watering prices of TVs announced at CES, I’d give it a year or two before investing.
So, there we are. CES 2022 is not back to full strength yet, but we’ve got plenty to look forward to. 
From the usual minor tweaks and improvements to laptops, phones, headphones and TVs, to bigger ideas like space travel, 5G-driven automation, smart cities and the continual move into the world of NFTs and the blockchain.
It’s worth taking any big ideas with a pinch of salt, though, as they will take a while to become a reality (5G Smart Cities has been on every CES tech trends presentation since 2016).
 Jason brings a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag. He specializes in finding the best deals to make sure you never pay more than you should for gadgets! Jason takes a particular interest in writing and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you’ll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn’t already. 
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