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CES 2021

First online CES tech event lures fewer Chinese participants

5G and EV stay at forefront with Samsung and Panasonic leading the way

Around 1,800 exhibitors are scheduled to appear at the first online-only CES, compared to 4,419 at last year's event.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S.-- The world's biggest consumer electronics and technology expo will be unlike that of any other year. The first online-only CES will kick off on Monday, with tech executives and industry experts participating remotely from around the world, instead of shaking hands in Las Vegas.

The annual four-day conference -- formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show -- will enter its 54th year with no physical presence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While fewer companies are scheduled to appear this year, the event will still be closely watched and is expected to set the tone for tech trends in 2021 and beyond.

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