"CES 2011 is less about revolution than evolution," said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. "We likely won't see any groundbreaking new product categories, but we'll see some significant leaps in some key technologies such as computers, smartphones, and 3D TV."
Consumer Reports has identified the following five product areas that will have an impact this year on consumers.
1. TABLET COMPUTERS - Though other tablets started to appear in the
marketplace toward the end of 2010, most were disappointing compared with
the Apple iPad. Consumer Reports expects that the iPad will get some real
competition from tablets introduced this year at the show. For example,
the Toshiba Tablet will offer many features that the current iPad
doesn't, including a camera, a memory-card slot, and support for Flash
2. PASSIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR 3D TV - Another one of Consumer Reports'
anticipated product categories is 3D TVs made for viewing with light,
inexpensive passive glasses, as opposed to the bulky and costly
active-shutter glasses they've needed until now. Vizio, LG, and other
manufacturers will be showing these TVs.
3. NEW COLOR TECHNOLOGY FOR E-BOOK READERS - Though e-readers--which played
a large role at last year's CES--probably won't be as thick on the ground
this year, we're interested to see the latest versions of e-book readers
that use technologies, such as Mirasol, that will eat up less battery
power than existing color LCD e-book readers.
4. 4G PHONES - Consumer Reports expects that Verizon, along with other
carriers and manufacturers, will announce many new 4G phones, using
faster networks than most current cell phones use. Sprint and HTC
announced the EVO Shift 4G and Samsung is expected to announce a 4G
5. CAR CONNECTIVITY - Consumer Reports will also be looking at innovative
car connectivity solutions, including ones that implement 4G, from
manufacturers such as Ford and Audi.
Consumer Reports team of editors and testing experts will be reporting all week from the show floor and posting reports at www.ConsumerReports.org/CES.
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Consumer ReportsLAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show officially starts on Thursday and the electronics editors at Consumer Reports have identified five product categories they're eager to see at this year's show. The full story, accompanying video, and all of Consumer Reports' CES coverage is available at www.ConsumerReports.org/CES.