Foldable smartphone to drop in 2018: Samsung

Samsung says the foldable smartphone will be launched in 2018

Talk about stealing someone’s thunder. As gadget freaks around the world ready for the final reveal of the iPhone 8 and to see which of the leaks was correct, news has emerged that Samsung intends to up the ante in 2018 with its foldable smartphone finally set to become a reality.

The Korean tech giant wants to release a bendable phone next year, according to Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung’s mobile business. Several problems need fixing first however, he said.

“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” the Associated Press quoted him as saying. “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.”

Analysts aren’t sure the Korean giant – and Apple supplier – can meet those timelines.

Samsung, of course, first showed off a flexible prototype call the Youm in 2013. Since then it has used flexible OLEDs in recent models, including the the Galaxy S8 and S8+. However, a rollable phone didn’t seem to be on the horizon – until now.

AI speaker

Meanwhile, Koh revealed that the company hopes to create a speaker enabled by artificial intelligence that, like Bixby, will accept verbal orders to play music and conduct other tasks.The product is being created in collaboration with Harman, which Samsung acquired last year.

Samsung is the sole supplier of the expensive OLED screen that is expected to be a key feature of the new iPhone. This departure from tradition puts Apple completely at the mercy of one of its biggest competitors.

The Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s biggest and most expensive phone, was launched in the UAE earlier this week.

Here’s a look at the Youm: