This IDC Insight presents highlights from this year's Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. Exhibitors capitalized on the opportunity to demonstrate their latest innovations at CES 2014. At Intel's booth, PC vendors showcased a wide assortment of new 2-in-1 products, some of which were capable of running both Windows 8 and Android. Smartphone vendors showed off various levels of hardware advancements, from minor incremental improvements to camera performance to ambitious new designs, such as LG's G Flex curved phone.
For TV vendors, Samsung and LG showcased curved OLED TVs, but the dominant story remained the 4K TV and the rapidly accelerating push toward the 4K transition by TV vendors. Dozens of device manufacturers made their cases for their respective wearable products, highlighting enthusiasm within this infant product category.
As with previous CES shows, some announcements will stall at the development stage before products can get to mass production. Other announcements will make it to market but will fail to capture meaningful traction. A privileged few will make significant impacts on the consumer electronics market. The sections that follow sort out the trends IDC believes to be impactful and the trends that may be more CES hype than reality.