The annual International Consumer Electronics Show is underway showcasing the latest high-tech developments, some of which will be the future’s indispensables while others will disappear into the dustbin of history.
Breaking with recent tradition, the event is not centred on smartphones this year.
Samsung – fresh from the self-igniting Galaxy Note 7 disaster – was keener to show off its latest innovations in the way of household devices, including super bright smart TVs and vast washing machines that can do two different loads of laundry at the same time.
The company would not comment on media reports that the phone’s replacement – the Note 8 – will be out in April.
Tim Baxter, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer in the United States, did say we should know soon what went wrong with the Note 7: “We continue our intensive efforts internally and with third party experts to understand what happened and to make sure it does not happen again. And very soon we will be sharing the root cause report on the Note 7.”
Samsung’s troubles are other companies’ opportunities and Chinese mid-range smartphone makers used the Consumer Electronics Show to push their latest models hoping to find buyers among the 200,000 people due to visit the event in Las Vegas.