The president of the company’s mobile business announced that the company will launch a flexible screen phone, although there are several obstacles to overcome, according to Bloomberg.
For years we have seen prototypes of screens that could bend or fold, now Samsung wants to take them to the Galaxy Note of 2018.
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During the most important day of the year for Apple and in the midst of the launch of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, its most fierce competition, Samsung, announced its plans to launch a foldable Galaxy Note in 2018.
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According to a report from Bloomberg, Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung’s mobile business, confirmed what has been a rumor for years: Samsung is working on a folding telephone and intends to launch it next year, although to achieve it, it will have to overcome several obstacles that They still have on their way.
“As the head of the business, I can say that our current goal is next year,” Dong-jin said. “When we can overcome some problems safely, we will launch the product.”
The executive did not say what are the problems that the company has to overcome in order to launch a massive Galaxy Note foldable. The first time the company showed a prototype of the flexible technology was in 2013, when you introduced the Youm, a team with a folding screen, which was then in full development stage.
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The Samsung executive also told AP (which quotes Bloomberg) that he is working through his music device company Harman a smart speaker, in the style of the Amazon Echo or Apple’s HomePod, which will hit the market by the end of year.
Something that is currently unclear is whether Bixby will control the horn or if Google Assistant, for example. Nor is it known when this new piece of artificial intelligence would reach the market.
These announcements were made at a press conference in South Korea, which was held to announce the official launch of the Galaxy Note 8, just the same day as the Apple event. The company also said the device sold 650,000 units in its country of origin during the pre-sale days.