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Samsung hints at upcoming smartphones including one w/ “new materials”


During its earnings call with investors where Samsung announced a 31 percent drop for its profits in its mobile division, the company also slipped in a small announcement about upcoming smartphones to reassure investors going into the next quarter. As noted by The Wall Street Journal, Samsung executive Kim Hyun-Joon told investors that the company would launch a new model with a large screen and another that will be made with “new materials.”

In addition, Samsung said during the call that it “will introduce new low-end and midrange models with enhanced features.”

While Samsung didn’t share any additional details on what that new material might be, the report speculates a bendable screen, something that Samsung has teased and patented, could be a good candidate. Another possibility, however, is the much leaked and yet to be announced Galaxy Alpha that is rumored to be the company’s first all-metal design. The device, which is rumored to feature a 4.8-inch 720p display, 32 GB non-removable internal storage and a fingerprint scanner, will reportedly launch early next month on August 4th.

The model with the larger screen is likely the next generation version of the Galaxy Note. That device typically launches in the fall and gets stage time during the company’s events during IFA in September. 

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.