LAS VEGAS -- Electronics companies from all over the world unveiled the latest technologies to the press here on Jan. 7, ahead of the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- the world's largest trade fair of its kind.
Home appliances manufactures announced the release of high-definition 8K televisions, while automakers showed off communications technology in preparation for the introduction of the next generation 5G high-speed mobile network.
Sony Corp. announced that it will be putting its first 8K liquid crystal televisions, which come in 98 and 85-inch screen sizes, on the market at the company's press conference. The new screens have a function that converts every image to 8K resolution, and will be sold in United States by the end of the year at the earliest. This puts sales ahead of the TVs' release in Japan.
Panasonic Corp. brought to the show an electric motorbike co-developed with Harley-Davidson Inc. The bike is equipped with a mobile communication device. Panasonic is currently putting its efforts into corporate services and in-vehicle devices as the main pillars of its businesses, as South Korean and Chinese manufactures dominate the world TV market.
(Japanese original by Mihoko Kato, Osaka Business News Department, and Masahiro Nakai, North America General Bureau)