First news on the NEXT Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone
The Galaxy Note 8 may well be followed by a 'bendy' successor
Samsung has revealed that its next Galaxy Note smartphone should be foldable, according to Dongjin Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile business.
The revelation comes just days before the Galaxy Note 8 arrives in the UK.
Koh told reporters at a conference in South Korea that the company hopes to release its first 'bendable' smartphone next year under its flagship Galaxy Note line. However, Koh added that there are still a number of hurdles to overcome and the release would be pushed back if they're not resolved.
"As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," he said. "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product."
This isn't the first we've heard about Samsung's foldable smartphone plans. The company has long teased bendable display prototypes, such as the 'Youm' back in 2013.
In January this year, rumours had suggested that the firm's first flexible device would be launched this year, as the so-called Samsung Galaxy X. This device, rumours claimed, would arrive as a flexible handset capable of folding out and transforming into a 7in OLED tablet. It's unclear whether Samsung's 2018 Note will offer similar functionality.
During this week's news conference, Koh also confirmed that Samsung is working with Harman to develop an AI-enabled speaker, in a bid to take on the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
It's likely that Bixby will power the upcoming smart speaker, which is codenamed 'Vega' (according to the rumours) and will likely enable users to control connected devices around the home, such as lights, TVs and thermostats, using voice control.
The speaker was allegedly set to launch alongside the Note 8, but the WSJ reported back in July that progress of the speaker had been held back by the slow roll-out of the US English language version of Bixby.