Samsung's mobile chief says to expect a foldable smartphone in 2018

Samsung's mobile chief says to expect a foldable smartphone in 2018
Perhaps in a bid to distract all of those smartphone fans watching out for Apple's introduction this afternoon of the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X model, Samsung had a big announcement itself. Samsung's top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, said today that the company will be releasing its long awaited foldable smartphone in 2018. The manufacturer has been working on this for some time. Back at CES in 2011, Samsung introduced a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED display.

Samsung's press conference today was held to show off the highly regarded Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet to the media in the company's home country of South Korea. In the country, and in the U.S., pre-orders are running at record levels. Before this Friday's launch of the phone in South Korea, 650,000 units have been reserved. That is impressive considering the price tag of the Galaxy Note 8, which is 1.1 million Korean Won (the equivalent to $969 USD in South Korea) and $930 USD in the states.

The Samsung foldable smartphone will feature a bendable screen. Analysts have said that mass producing such a device with high-end specs and a thin form factor will not be easy. And while there has been talk almost every year about such a handset, we now actually have Sammy's top mobile executive giving us 2018 as the year that the company's foldable phone will arrive.

Koh also said that its Harmon speaker division is working to develop an artificial intelligence based speaker that users can speak to for music and to handle other tasks. This does sound a bit like the smart speaker that Samsung has already spoken about. This would compete with the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Microsoft Invoke the Apple HomePod and a smart speaker launching next month from Sony. The Samsung unit is also expected to include personal assistant Bixby.

source: AP

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28 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Which Apple will use as inspiration for their 20 years anniversary phone.

3. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

apple hater ?

6. afrohoxha

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

apple lover?

14. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

ı dont hate any tech brand lol get a life if you hate tech brand there are so many things to hate

17. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

yes. we all hate you. :)

9. TechGirl90 unregistered

I understand some of you have an animosity towards Apple and their products, but mentioning them on a Samsung Article (or any article that is not related to Apple) is just an open door to be scolded.(I'm guilty, I do this too, not saying I'm a saint in this matter) And once that Reprimanding comes, some of you will complain about it, and no ones fault for the responses towards you will be your own. Apple makes solid Products, sure they look the same and they put inexscusable price tags on them, but I have to admit, their Optimization is second to none in the Smartphone Game, not by any means am I saying Apple is perfect or their Products, they're solid, and I give them props, Other Manufacturers have their Components within the iPhones, but IMO I feel Apple tries to take advantage of those components fully by optimizing their Software.

12. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You clearly didn't read the article. Apple is mentioned in the opening sentence.

22. TechGirl90 unregistered

I stand corrected.

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You've already been corrected. Comment #1 did not mention Apple irrelevantly, because this article itself spoke about the iPhone X in the first paragraph! So, you saying: "mentioning them on a Samsung Article (or any article that is not related to Apple) is just an open door to be scolded" is false in this case, since comment #1 is related to the first paragraph of this article which talked about Apple. Admit you've been proven wrong.

24. TechGirl90 unregistered

Again, I stand corrected, correction means: something that is substituted or proposed for what is wrong or inaccurate; emendation., I'm not saying I'm right, I acknowledged my misinformed statement on this matter, it's clear you didn't understand that. Don't make this more than what it is.

27. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

She did say she stand corrected, which means she acknowledge that she was wrong but now she realizes that. No need to start an argument over nothing.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I misunderstood it then... I took it like she said : "I stand corrected" meaning I still have grounds to stand on, or 'I am yet to be corrected'... I hereby apologize for the mistake.

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Don't kid yourself, Apple will claim foldable smartphones are a joke and have no practical use, then 3 years later, release a foldable smartphone and act like they invented them. On top of that, they'll even buy Samsung's old panels while Sammy releases the best in class foldable screens

18. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

exactly. you sir win today's prize for most sensible comment.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1459; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Hey PA, are you guys ready for the most profitable day in your companies history? It will be epic for you PA, and all you have to do is thank Apple.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Sorry, I don't expect a foldable smartphone.

5. afrohoxha

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You almost never mention Samsung and Galaxy phones on an Apple article. Why mentioning it on the very first paragraph?

7. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

So Techie finally got banned.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

He'll make new account.. (and that account will reach 1000 posts before the end of this month)

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Good riddance. About time he got banned.

8. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 2017

Nothing special there, it'll come to Apple in there 25th anniversary edition. Samsung should know the difference between normal every year phone and once in years anniversary phones. They should stop launching anniversary phones every year with super amoled, wireless charging, curved screens and now these foldable ones.

10. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I dont need foldable phone,I need QC4+

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I heard this Foldable THINGY 2 years ago, i think we'll see happen in year 2020.

19. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Either way, it's going to be interesting, since we know Sammy and LG are going back and forth with the Tech. Samsungs Smart Flip phone is cool enough as it is, if only it was certified for the US

20. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

I personally think that foldable tech will go the way of curved panel TV's. but this is why I respect Sammy and lg over apple. they are always pioneering new ideas in mobile and are willing to invest money into research and innovation, and then apple is just lazy and sloppy. they sit on the sidelines and then come by after other companies have already attempted new ideas, and they casually pick them up and polish them and repackage the idea. Apple always make the ideas work better, but damn, why so lazy? Surely apple can be the first at something going forward.

21. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Wait, are Curved TVs not a thing anymore? I love mine and I expect to get another one when it's time to move on. Although LGs Wallpaper TVs look pretty enticing, I wonder how soon before they can be mass produced The trend of Apple following occurred after Jobs passed, he was an innovator, he wasn't as concerned with money as those currently in charge. Why take risks when you can become richer?

25. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Yeah, that will distract from the Apple news today.

26. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Apple catches up to the edge-less era, Samsung moves on to the next level...

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