The trends suggest that the International CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) is losing its stature as a start-of-the-year showcase for the gadgets that consumers will buy over the next 12 months.
These are some of the themes that will be in evidence:Ultra HDTVs have four times the resolution of HDTVs. Sony, LG, Westinghouse and others will be at the show with huge flat-panel TVs that bring that experience home, if you have a spare $20,000 or so.Reports point to several super-sized smartphones, with screens bigger than 5 inches diagonally, making their debut. These phones are so big that wags call them “phablets” because they're almost tablet-sized.PC makers will offer a slew of machines that blend the boundaries between PC and tablet. They have touch screens that twist, fold back or detach from the keyboard. None of these seems to be a standout hit so far.