TechRadar at CES 2013: join us for the biggest event in the tech calendar

This year's show is the biggest ever. Join us

Next week sees one of the biggest events in the tech calendar - it's the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the key global events for new tech launches.

Expect new kit from the likes of Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Asus and LG as well as huge amounts of news from every firm under the sun including Intel, Qualcomm, and more.

TechRadar is hitting CES harder than ever before this year, not only bringing in our biggest editorial team yet, but also participating as a Consumer Electronics Association Official Media Partner for the first time.

We'll be covering as much kit as is humanly possible. As well as all the latest news, we'll also be bringing you cutting-edge analysis of the show. And we'll also be giving you the benefit of our first-hand experience of the new hardware in hands-on reviews with thorough photography.

The show is simply packed with stuff, so to make things easier we've got two things for you – our CES 2013 hub page will carry a curated flow of the latest and greatest news and essential hands ons.

Then there's our CES channel, which will carry all of TechRadar's CES content. Last year we posted in excess of 100 stories - this year we'll be doing even more.

The show starts Tuesday, but the press day is Monday and we'll be attending major talks by vendors including Samsung, LG, Intel, Sony and others.

Samsung at CES

153,000 people attended CES last year

All about CES

CES 2013 will take place over 1.87 million square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center as well as at venues including Mandalay Bay and The Venetian on the world-famous Las Vegas strip.

3,000 exhibitors will be in attendance, marking the largest show floor in the event's 45-year history. For the first time in years, Microsoft won't be among them, having announced that last year was its last at the show. Apple is also a notable – but unsurprising - absentee.

Nokia Lumia 900

Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer launch the Nokia Lumia 900 at CES 2012

The show has a long pedigree of key launches and has seen a number of firsts – including the VCR in 1970, the Laserdisc in 1974, Atari's Pong in 1975, the CD player in 1981, digital satellite in 1994, DVD in 1996, Xbox in 2001 and Blu-ray, OLED and 3D TV over the last decade.

The show has increasingly become a launchpad for phones and tablets, but one of the key growth areas in 2013 looks set to be automotive. A record number of automakers will exhibit at CES 2013, including Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus and Subaru, across more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

TechRadar's Best of CES Awards

Not only will TechRadar cover every nook and cranny of CES 2013, we're also revealing the winners of the TechRadar Best of CES Awards sponsored by DTS.

The awards are designed to honor products that really shine - the most innovative gadgets and technologies that showcase groundbreaking design, technology, and user experience across 15 different categories.

Winners like Most Unique Product, Best Tablet (in both Android and Windows), Best Digital Camera, Best Cell Phone (Android and Windows) People's Choice and Best in Show will be announced on Tuesday 9 January.

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Dan (Twitter, Google+) is TechRadar's Former Deputy Editor and is now in charge at our sister site Covering all things computing, internet and mobile he's a seasoned regular at major tech shows such as CES, IFA and Mobile World Congress. Dan has also been a tech expert for many outlets including BBC Radio 4, 5Live and the World Service, The Sun and ITV News.