Samsung’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, has confirmed that we’ll see foldable smartphones by next year – potentially the fruit of Samsung’s Project Valley initiative.
One of the longest-running stories we’ve tracked on Bandwidth Blog has centered on Samsung’s bid to produce a foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid – and now the company’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, has confirmed that we’ll see the fruits of that project as soon as next year.
For years, Samsung’s work on a foldable smartphone concept has labored under the moniker of “Project Valley“, wherein the company has published several patents depicting how a transitional smartphone-cum-tablet may work.
Up until now, however, we haven’t seen any physical proof of the project’s success, and the likes of Lenovo and LG have been quick to capitalize on that momentum by revealing both a foldable phone/watch concept and a rollable OLED panel, respectively.
Koh’s confirmation breathes new life into rumors that have claimed Samsung is developing an ultra-thin, foldable device that will carry high-end specs into the market. Some analysts predicted that the company’s Galaxy S range will bring such hardware to the market, while others have offered that the foldable device range will be called ‘Galaxy X’ – a little similar to Apple’s rumored iPhone X.
The announcement was adjunct to Koh’s claim that Samsung will soon debut a smart speaker in conjunction with Harman Kardon. Presumably, the device will be the first smart speaker to bring Bixby into the living room, and may see Samsung compete with Apple’s HomePod and Amazon’s Echo units.
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