Samsung flagship phones may come with Harman audio on board starting 2018

Samsung's S-series of Galaxy phones may come with high-end Harman speakers in 2018, the company hinted during a press conference in Seoul. The information comes a week after the South Korean tech giant acquired Harman International Industries in a deal worth $8 billion.

During a press conference in Seoul earlier today, the chief of Samsung's automotive division, Park Jong-hwan, hinted not-so-subtly that the company's flagship Galaxy S line may adopt Harman's high-end audio technologies starting 2018:

“If we are to adopt Harman’s high-end audio technology for the Galaxy S series phone, the first model could come in 2018,” said Mr. Jong-hwan.

Harman International Industries is well-known for its high-end audio systems, but is one of the biggest providers of connected products for automakers. While Samsung currently expresses no interest in building cars, the company has confirmed its intentions to dabble in IoT (Internet of Things) networking via Harman's connected car solutions business.

According to Samsung, Harman will not be absorbed into the company's supply chain system of affiliates, but will rather remain independent after the acquisition is finalized.

Harman International Industries is a multinational brand that markets its products under more than twenty brands, including AKG, Studer, and JBL. Its audio tech has been implemented in the HTC One M8 special Harmon Kardon edition, as well as in the recent JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod add-on.

source: TheInvestor



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yo, I was about to point out that the HTC One M8 has a Harman-Kardon edition, you beat me to it, Milen! So, that stuff will only debut in Samsung's phones by 2018, hence the Galaxy S9 - that isn't anytime soon for me to get excited already.

2. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Samsung phones(exynos) already have pretty sick audio built into them. I don't think there's anything to get excited about, since these brandings are mostly for advertisement, like leica camera on huawei phones.

4. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It mostly is about branding indeed, but Harman has a much larger and more interesting patent portfolio than Leica, which now becomes accessible (without having to pay royalties).

3. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

They are still part (20%) owner of Renault Samsung Motors, which does make cars though.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This will be Epic. The Galaxy already sounds better than most phones. Now it will sound better than all of them. It records better to, since it records in stereo, which is something other phones don't do.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

No the f**k it doesn't. Every audio review on the Galaxy has said it's subpar at best, what the hell are you talking about?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

This article would beg to differ with you: Phone #2 on the list is the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy S5 was mentioned in the same space as the Note 4.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I was speaking on the S6/7 series. Pocket now does audio reviews, and the S series has been below average sincs last year. You can Aldo check gsm as well....

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

"It records better to, since it records in stereo, which is something other phones don't do." Techie, this article proves what you're saying to be false: The first to phones on the list are Nokia Lumia smartphones. The 930 and the 830, to be exact. Nokia Lumia 1520 is also mentioned in the same space. The fourth phone is the HTC M8. The fifth phone is the Sony Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact. The sixth and final phone on the list is the BB10 toting BlackBerry Passport. What is it with so many people on this site refusing to do any type of research before commenting? I mean, the two articles I listed here and in my response to kiko are from THIS VERY SITE.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but harman kardon speaker on laptop sounds like sh*t :-/

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