Samsung acquired Harman International, a US-based car and audio systems supplier, a few days ago for $8 billion, sparking off speculations that it could use the audio technology for its upcoming devices. Well, it could become a reality though the acquisition has more to do with the automobile industry.
Park Jong-hwan, senior vice president and chief of Samsung's automotive division, has hinted that Harman's audio could be used in Samsung's future smartphones belonging to the Galaxy S series, according to The Inventor. However, he said it could happen only by 2018.
"It will take time for the acquisition process to be completed, including the planned shareholders' vote. After that, we could ramp up efforts for business synergies," Park Jong-hwan was quoted as saying by The Inventor. "If we are to adopt Harman's high-end audio technology for the Galaxy S series phone, the first model could come in 2018," he added.
Going by Park's comment, the South Korean technology giant will not be able to introduce Harman's audio in its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which is expected to come in the second quarter of 2017. So, the Galaxy S8's successor could become the first handset to feature the technology.
[Source: The Inventor]