Your subsequent smartphone may fold in half.
Samsung introduced on Tuesday, simply hours earlier than the extremely anticipated iPhone eight launch occasion, that it plans to launch a foldable smartphone in 2018.
“As the top of the enterprise, I can say our present aim is subsequent yr,” Samsung Electronics president of cell enterprise Koh Dong-jin mentioned in an interview with the Related Press. “After we can overcome some issues for certain, we are going to launch the product.”
Samsung has been rumored to be pursuing a foldable cellphone since at the least 2013, when it first began exhibiting prototypes at know-how conferences and different media occasions. The rumor mill has picked up much more in recent times following the Galaxy Be aware 7 debacle and cries from specialists for smartphone makers to attempt one thing totally different.
The Korean electronics conglomerate is aggressively looking for new methods to face out in an more and more congested shopper tech market, and bendable telephones aren’t the one approach. Samsung can be rumored to be constructing an artificially clever speaker to compete with the Amazon Echo, Google Residence, and Apple HomePod.
Samsung has been actively muscling its approach into the factitious intelligence business since October 2016, when it purchased startup Viv Labs for an undisclosed amount of cash. Koh didn’t give some other details about the sensible speaker, when it’s going to launch, or whether or not it will be bundled with the foldable telephones he talked about.
Meaning the corporate will largely depend on the Galaxy Be aware eight to compete with the brand new iPhones by the tip of the yr. Mashable senior tech correspondent Raymond Wong really cherished his expertise utilizing the Be aware eight and customarily recommends the cellphone, with the large caveat that he hasn’t tried the brand new iPhones but. He’ll be on the bottom immediately on the Apple occasion to get a primary look and will definitely provide up some ideas after.
Along with a foldable cellphone, Samsung can be rumored to be launching the Galaxy S9 in January. If the rumor is true, it signifies that Samsung will be capable to use a multi-pronged assault in opposition to the brand new iPhone X, which begins at $999.
As all the time, we’ll be watching these releases rigorously and bringing you deep evaluation about any future releases from Samsung or its high rivals. Foldable telephones actually sound cool — however we query whether or not it’s going to really be sufficient to fend off all the brand new know-how packed into the iPhone eight and its counterparts.