There’s a lot to look forward to in the world of tech for the new year. As the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off this week in Las Vegas, “techies” from far and wide are preparing to see what companies like Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have to offer for the hottest new gadgets of the decade.

               From 5G phones to 8K TV’s to advancements in Artificial Intelligence, 2020 is shaping up to be a promising year in the world of tech gadgets. While CES is far too early in the year to cover all of what’s to come, many of the industry’s leading tech gurus and experts will offer their predictions on what to expect for new gadgets in 2020. Here’s a list of what we consider to be the best up-and-coming tech gadgets for the new year.

5G

               One of the most exciting tech trends you can expect to see a lot of this year is the expansion of 5G and 5G devices. As the Internet of Things (IoT) industry continues to grow, a new generation of “smart” devices are unfolding. Smart sneakers, for example, have already been on the market for a few years, with Bluetooth-enabled insoles that can track physical activity and link the data to your smartphone. Other smart products, from washing machines to robotic vacuums, will see increased capabilities and performance thanks to the added speed of 5G as compared to previous mobile network generations.

               4G ushered in a new era of mobile Internet capabilities. With 5G, we can expect these same capabilities, but for a much wider range of devices, and with improved performance and efficiency. As far as smartphones go, Samsung already has a few 5G-capable devices on the market: the Galaxy S10 5G and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. They’ve even introduced a folding model, the Galaxy Fold, which offers smartphone capabilities in a classic folding model reminiscent of the ever-popular Razr from back in the day.

8K TV’s

               While 8K resolution has existed for several years now, it is expected to surge in 2020, with more consumer-ready products being released. 8K offers four times the resolution of 4K at 33 million pixels (7,680 x 4,320). The ultra-high resolution of 8K, which has been likened to hyper-realistic art, comes at a price, though—anywhere from $3,499 for the cheapest Samsung model to $70,000 for Sony’s 98-inch Z9G.  

               We can also expect 8K gaming in 2020, as companies like Microsoft and Sony are rumored to release 8K-compatible consoles this year. Microsoft is currently developing their new Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett, which they promise will be four times faster than the current Xbox One X and features a solid state hard drive, a maximum of 120 frames per second, and ray tracing. Sony is also developing the successor to the PlayStation 4, the aptly-named PlayStation 5, with comparable features and the addition of 3D audio.

Electric Vehicles and Drones

               2020 promises to be a major year for the development of electric vehicles, both in the air and on the road. While the vast majority of road vehicles today remain powered by internal combustion engines, the resulting environmental impact has been a cause of concern for some time. This has led to many countries enacting bans on these vehicles, with the US proposing “cash-for-clunkers” plans in an effort to reduce the number of these vehicles to zero by 2040. In keeping with this trend, we can expect new and improved electric cars in 2020 from manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, and more.

               Sales of electric drones are also expected to rise in 2020, with advancing technologies allowing for more affordable models. DJI continues to be a world leader in drone technology, with products ranging in price from $399 for the DJI Mavic Mini to the $5,699 Matrice 600 Pro.

               Another electric transportation trend to look out for is an increase in e-bikes and e-scooters. Bosch, an e-bike motor manufacturer, is expected to unveil motor and battery upgrades for 2020 models that are less clunky than previous versions. Consumers can also expect to see newer, more powerful models of electric scooters hitting the streets this year.

               The technological advancements of the last decade have had a tremendous impact on how we live our lives. As the next decade begins, these advancements will continue to improve and provide unimaginable convenience to consumers of all persuasions.