Sam­sung eyes fold­able smart­phone, voice­con­trolled speaker

The Myanmar Times - - Business | International -

SAM­SUNG Elec­tron­ics Co. said Tues­day it aims to launch a fold­able smart­phone next year un­der its Galaxy Note brand.

Koh Dong-jin, pres­i­dent of mo­bile busi­ness at Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics, said the com­pany is set­ting its eyes on 2018 to re­lease a smart­phone with a bend­able dis­play. But he said there are sev­eral hur­dles it has to over­come, leav­ing room to push back the re­lease if those prob­lems are not solved.

“As the head of the busi­ness, I can say our cur­rent goal is next year,” he told re­porters. “When we can over­come some prob­lems for sure, we will launch the prod­uct.”

He did not elab­o­rate what the prob­lems are. An­a­lysts said masspro­duc­ing a fold­able phone with top tech fea­tures and a thin body will take time.

When Sam­sung will re­lease its first fold­able phone has been a peren­nial ques­tion in the mar­ket since Sam­sung first show­cased a flex­i­ble dis­play pro­to­type called Youm in 2013. For at least the past two years, there have been ru­mors that Sam­sung is close to show­ing off its first smart­phones that can be folded.

Koh also said the com­pany is work­ing with auto-sys­tems maker Har­man to de­velop an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence-en­abled speaker that users can speak to in or­der to play mu­sic and con­duct other tasks. Sam­sung ac­quired the Stam­ford, Con­necti­cut­based com­pany last year as part of its plans to ex­pand in the emerg­ing mar­ket for con­nected cars.

Ama­zon and Google al­ready have those al­ways-on voice-con­trolled speak­ers in the mar­ket while Ap­ple’s Homepod is due to go on sale later this year. It is not clear when Sam­sung’s voice-con­trolled speaker, which will likely use the South Korean com­pany’s Bixby voice as­sis­tant, will be un­veiled. Koh did not say when it will hit the mar­ket. – AP

Photo: AP

Koh Dong-jin, pres­i­dent of mo­bile busi­ness at Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics, speaks dur­ing a me­dia day for Galaxy Note 8 in Seoul on Septem­ber 12.

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