CES2020 Observation: Under the Innovation Bottleneck, Cross-border Convergence Becomes a New Power

A month before CES, #appleā€˜s reture after 27 years the hashtag was tweeted. To the disappointment of electronics enthusiasts, however, Apple is not about releasing hardware products at CES, but rather an executive explaining Apple’s privacy policy at a roundtable forum. 5G, self-driving, smart home… The theme of the exhibition area set by CES this year, as well as the various pre-8K TV competitions, seem to be nothing particularly new.

CES2020 Observation: Under the Innovation Bottleneck, Cross-border Convergence Becomes a New Power

However, all kinds of manufacturers play cross-border, really let people see a bright. Sony cross-border car making, Big Territory’s involvement in autonomous driving, 5G and folding-screen PCs debut… As single hardware innovation moves toward stoain, cross-border and convergence are giving birth to new innovation dynamics.

5G has reached, 5G not to

In 2019, operators in several countries around the world will start 5G construction. And before that, 5G has long been a hot keyword for all kinds of science and technology exhibitions.

As you can see, however, that 5G technology is still in its early stages, as well as changes in the way users live and produce in consumer electronics.

TCL Communications released the TCL 10 5G before launching, and Coolpad launched its first 5G phone, legacy 5G. On the one hand, most of the application carriers of 5G in consumer electronics are still mobile phones, on the other hand, TCL Communications and Coolpie are not the current global mainstream smartphone manufacturers. After all, the MWC 2020, more than a month later, is the main battleground for mainstream smartphone makers to release their 5G flagship phones. OPPO, vivo, Huawei and other manufacturers are ready to showcase the latest products and technologies.

Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo Group, said that although he was concerned about 5G, he did not see a lot of practical applications of 5G at the CES. In his view, the first is because 5G applications are still taking time, and second, because CES is consumer electronics, 5G’s broader applications may not be in the consumer sector, but in the commercial sector.

In fact, 5G mobile phones and the Internet are not currently widely available globally, including in China. While Chinese handset makers started the 5G mobile phone war in 2019 and released more than a dozen products, shipments are only in the millions for the year.

During CES, Sina Technology also conducted random interviews with participants from the United States, France, Japan, Bulgaria and other countries, the vast majority of people have not experienced the 5G network, and even some participants said they do not understand 5G.

But at the point when the 2019 and 2020 stakes are in place, you can say without a doubt that this year will be the year of the gradual mass spread of 5G networks and 5G phones. At the same time, the birth of 5G PC and other new categories of new products also to 5G in the consumer field of the landing has brought new scenes and possibilities.

Just before the launch, research organization GFK released the 2020 mobile phone market forward-looking report forecast, said that 2020 will become the global mobile phone market special time window, the second half will begin to enter the fast lane of development. GFK predicts that the global 5G mobile phone market will retail 170 million units in 2020 and 110 million units in China, accounting for 65% of the world’s 5G mobile phone retail sales.

In terms of popular acceptance and institutional data projections, China does have a unique advantage in 5G applications and popularization.

Traditional product reproduction innovation

In traditional consumer electronics such as mobile phones, Televisions and PCs, there have been no revolutionary changes, but you can also see some new directions and ideas.

OnePlus has unveiled its first concept machine, the OnePlus Concept One, with an electrochromic glass technology on the surface of the rear camera that enables a “hidden rear-camera” design that shines a lot on a rear-facing phone. And electrochromic technology has been used mostly in the ultra-run, aircraft and other fields, this is also the first attempt in the mobile phone industry.

In TV products, in addition to the 8K picture quality competition, Skyworth W81 Pro equipped with electric lift side screen, Samsung’s QLED 8K TV to achieve borderless, Hisense’s curling screen laser TV, etc. , all make the TV category has produced more new play. The constant entry of mobile phone manufacturers has also made them need to explore differentiated products.

However, Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus and other new TV players, not on the CES, after all, in the screen and other hard-core technological innovation, they still accumulate less.

CES2020 Observation: Under the Innovation Bottleneck, Cross-border Convergence Becomes a New Power

On the PC, in addition to Lenovo’s main 5G PC concept, many manufacturers will also look to the folding screen. Folding screen first appeared in mobile phone products, its just need or not has not yet formed a consensus, has cross-border to PC products. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold, Dell’s Concept Ori and Concept Duet, and Intel’s Horseshoe Bend, are all hoping to develop new categories that will combine PCs, tablets and smartphones in the future.

According to the characteristics of folding screen PC, its target group will be the geek user business crowd, either have a strong desire for new technology and acceptance, or in the portable there is a more obvious demand.

Cross-border smart travel

Although the car maker’s move into CES has long been a long time ago, and there have been media dubbing CES as a car show, Sony’s car-making may still be one of the most unexpected events of the year.

CES2020 Observation: Under the Innovation Bottleneck, Cross-border Convergence Becomes a New Power

SONY’s first concept car, SONY Vision-S

At the meeting, SONY officially released the first concept car, SONY Vision-S, which was created by Sony in conjunction with a number of companies, and is equipped with a large number of Sony’s latest technology. In fact, you can understand Huawei’s similar intention to set up a smart car solution BU, Huawei hopes to use existing communications, intelligent solutions and other solutions, in the future of smart car era. The same may be true of Sony.

CES2020 Observation: Under the Innovation Bottleneck, Cross-border Convergence Becomes a New Power

Concept flying cars developed jointly between Hyundai and Uber

Another car with great imagination space is up for a few. Hyundai has unveiled the SA-1 four-seater concept aircraft, which can cruise at speeds of 180 miles per hour (about 290 km/h), 1,000 to 2,000 feet (304 to 610 meters) and 60 miles (about 90 kilometers) of range. Hyundai is currently working with Uber to develop flying taxis for future air-sharing travel services.

Autopilot is nothing new, but Qualcomm and Broadland’s involvement will surprise some. Qualcomm has launched its self-driving platform, Snapdragon Ride, which supports L5-class autonomous driving, and will deliver pre-development to automakers in the first half of 2020. Qualcomm wants to apply its capabilities in areas such as chips to more than mobile phones; drone companies have launched two lidar products that can be used for L3 or L4-class autonomous driving, exporting their experience in drone path detection to car makers.

In fact, such cases are not difficult to understand. In the tide of electric vehicles, there are many Internet enterprises cross-border into the construction of vehicles, which also makes traditional auto manufacturers feel pressure, have been transformed to explore new directions.

As mentioned earlier, after mobile phones, PCs, televisions, traditional automobiles and other products reached a certain industrial maturity, the hardware of single-point innovation has already faced bottlenecks, in the multi-domain players continue to enter, as well as 5G, AI, folding screen, Internet of Things and other new technologies under the comprehensive holding, cross-border convergence is accelerating the pace of innovation in these industries.

Chinese manufacturers are back in the disresonofer?

Data show that this year’s total CES exhibitors 5,187, of which the number of Chinese manufacturers is more than 1,100, less than 1,200 in 2019, less than the 2018 record of more than 1,500. This year, the size of Chinese exhibitors is also slightly lower than last year.

In fact, this is one of the hot topics at CES every year. Yang Yuanqing believes that Chinese companies have been the main force in CES in recent years. Even with frictions in Sino-US economic and trade relations, Chinese manufacturers are still very active in participating. At the same time, in terms of the competitiveness of Chinese enterprises, he believes that the past reflected in the cost, efficiency and other aspects, but in recent years, Chinese enterprises have undoubtedly become the main force of innovation. “We can see more and more original products from Chinese companies at CES. Yang Yuanqing said.

Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association of the United States and host of the CES exhibition, also told Xinhua that the innovation capabilities of Chinese companies are “increasing”.

A media participant in CES for many years said that Lenovo, such as the North American market revenue share of a certain level of international enterprises will not be absent, which is directly related to the local product volume, market sales and so on.

In addition, CES is also an important channel for Chinese manufacturers to explore the North American market. For example, tcl communication to the new launch of the opportunity to announce the TCL brand mobile phone into the United States and Canada market, the business map from Europe and Asia to North America.

Interestingly, Huawei, despite the U.S. government’s ban, also came to the exhibition this time, there is a sense of swearing.

CES2020 Observation: Under the Innovation Bottleneck, Cross-border Convergence Becomes a New Power

Huawei Booth at CES

By the economic environment, exhibition fees and other factors, some small and medium-sized manufacturers will be a certain impact on the enthusiasm of exhibitors, the total number of Chinese exhibitors may also be a decline in the stage, but for large and medium-sized enterprises, or the need to open up north America and other global business enterprises, CES is still an inviolable feast.