CES 2017 Preview: Samsung, LG And Xiaomi Teasers And Rumors

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Las Vegas will be the place to see all things tech next week as CES 2017 kicks off from Jan. 5 to 8. A plethora of brands will be at the trade show to announce and showcase their latest and greatest for 2017.

Manufacturers including Samsung and LG have already begun teasing their CES lineups. Meanwhile, rumors circulate around companies still new to the U.S. market, such as Xiaomi, which may be looking to wow audiences with new mobile devices.

Here’s a rundown of what these companies have in store for CES 2017.

Samsung

Samsung recently teased several audio and visual devices it plans to showcase at CES, including the H7 wireless speaker, MS750 Soundbar and M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The H7 wireless speaker and MS750 Soundbar will feature Samsung’s UHQ 32-bit audio technology, producing high-fidelity audio and bass frequencies as low as 35Hz.

The wireless speaker will come in silver or charcoal color options with a metal finish. The soundbar is an unassuming dark panel, which can be mounted to a TV for easy use and saving space.

The M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player features HDR playback, Bluetooth streaming and compatibility with Samsung’s Smart Remote.

Samsung will also showcase three smart TV services, aimed to create content for sports, music and live TV, as well as three Quantum Dot curved monitors, which will be marketed toward gamers.

Samsung is also expected to announce its 2017 Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017), in an event separate from CES in early January. However, the devices will likely also be showcased at the trade show.

LG

LG recently teased its PJ9 Levitating Portable Speaker, which it plans to showcase at CES. The system features a base station and a 360-degree speaker module that hovers slightly above. The PJ9 speakers feature a 10-hour battery life and a IPX7 water resistance rating, as well as Dual Passive Radiator technology for optimal sound quality.

LG is also expected to showcase two new sets of headphones called Tone Studio and Tone Free. The Tone Studio headphones feature Hi-Fi DAC audio, while the Tone Free headphones are standalone wireless buds, with LG’s signature neckband to house the buds when they are not in use. The Tone Free buds can likely be considered LG’s answer to Apple’s AirPods.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi will host a press conference at CES next week and rumors suggest the Chinese manufacturer may announce its Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone, as it hopes to expand its presence in the U.S. If true, the device may be the first announced with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, which the semiconductor supplier showcased in November.

Several rumors and leaks have surfaced for the smartphone, suggesting it will contain a 5.2-inch display, 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the model, 64GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 3000mAh battery and QuickCharge 4.0.

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