Samsung and Folding mobile – price 1980 dollars

Samsung Electronics (005930) announced today the first folding mobile ever.  This new type of mobile phone is targeted to the very heavy users and pros, who can now have all the digital content at the same time via the large screen. This is like opening the book of AR (augmented reality) content.

According to Samsung, “Galaxy Fold was designed with smartphone users in mind – driven by bigger and better form factors that boost their experiences. Galaxy Fold changes to the screen you need, the moment you need it. Slip it out of your pocket for one-handed calls, texts, and more and open for endless multitasking and higher quality viewing on our largest mobile display for presentations, digital magazines, movies, and AR content.”

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The new mobile phone is priced at 1980 dollars and should be ready for shipping in April. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6 inch display when folded and a 7.3 inch screen when unfolded.

According to Samsung they worked closely with Facebook, Google and Microsoft in order to make the apps working smoothly in every situation over and over again. The phone has 12 gigabytes of memory and 512 gigabytes of storage and it has Android operating system (9.0)

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Highlights of the year 2018 – Brexit, trade talks and green finance

The year 2018 was a year of Brexit, electric cars and trade talks. It included special moments in the financial markets and in the company side. Green Bonds and Green Finance were getting more attention in the markets and trade talks and Brexit were the topics during the year 2018 along. Climate Change and low carbon landed also in the agenda of central banks.

Investors were also asking what is the role of the City as a global financial hub. Should it have its own rules in spite of the Brexit? In the financial hub competition, Frankfurt and Paris were the European cities to get more new financial offices as financial companies were moving some operations to the EU side.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote of the Brexit during Janury 2019 after very intensive debate about the deal during the year.

Climate Change has become part of the everyday life in the financial markets and for example one of the biggest insurance companies in the US, Berskhire Hathaway informed in February 2018, that it has got 3 billion dollars losses of the natural catastrophies, the hurricances in the US. Several central banks, including the European Central Bank and some Asian ones, have also agreed about the co-operation in the climate issues and how to monitor the impact on the markets.

In the tech-side augmented reality and ioT were the themes for the year. Apple, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Intel  and Samsung  were one of the tech-companies to deliver new services related to the new technology. On the other side of the topic, Facebook was dealing with the privacy issues globally. New tech- companies listed in the markets were for example Spotify and Xiaomi.

Year 2018 was a year of electric cars in many countries. The e-cars breakthrough with charging issues was one of the tech topics as well. Telsa founder Elon Musk was the leading industry sector figure as he estimated that Tesla would make one million cars by 2020 in February 2018.

Also the German automakers announced new investments and concept cars. For example the BMW Group launched an autonomous driving campus in Munich in March 2018.

Year 2018 was also a year for luxury goods and services. The Basel World 2018 -fair announced its good selling and for example the CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe,  told ComteamPUB+ that the company expects double digit growth for the year and that the Chinese customers will be the leading segment.

In the debt markets the US Uber and Netflix issued their junk bonds to investors. Uber, the ride-sharing company, is said to plan an IPO for the year 2019 according to the secret filings to the SEC.

One of the biggest infrastructure projects ever, the China Silk Road, is getting more attention from the green investors side, while the organization made its first announcement of the green principles for the project co-operation and operators. The ancient Silk Road is expected to rise the GDP growth by 4 % or 240 billion dollars in the countries invlolved according to Credit Suisse analysis.

The aim of the Roman time Silk Road is to connect the western Europe with the eastern coast of China and to renew the infrasturcture in between. This means also that the 10 world largest container ports are located along the route.

Trade talks between different countries have continued lively during the year. US and China have been in the headlines, but also the EU with its agreement with Japan.  The political situation and rising volatility in the financial markets tell the direction for the next year. Geopolitical easing is needed.

Päivi Härkönen, co-founder, ComteamPUB+

 

 

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Samsung to invest in connected cars

The South-Korean technology company Samsung (005930) has announced it will invest in connected cars and AI via its new 300 million dollars tech fund. Samusung made the announcement during the International Motor Show in Frankfurt last week.

According to the company the new fund, part of the Harman International company, will focus on smart sensors, connected solutions and security.  A big part will also be advanced driver assistance services (ADAS). Harman company is known for its navigation services and onboard entertainment systems. The company was bought by Samsung with 8 billion dollars in 2016.

Samsung has also announced that it will start to test autonomous driving in California and Korea.

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Trending topics at CES2017

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is arranging the world leading Tech fairs in Las Vegas during this week. The trending topics include Internet of Things integrated with home devices – but also cyber-security, mobile payments, 5 G network, artificial intelligence, robots and connected cars are gaining more attention.

According to CTA, it is expected that this year there will be around 165.000 attendances, 6500 media representatives and 3800 companies – all celebrating 50 years of the exhibition.

One of the growing interest area is also about the integration of technology, innovations and sustainability issues. This Green Tech sector is growing also in Las Vegas and for example companies like Ericsson (ERIC:US), LG Electronics (066570:KS) , Panasonic (PMM:MK), Samsung (SMSN:LI) and Sony (SNE:US) are the consumer tech companies sharing their best practises in these issues. Most of the cases it is about the energy efficiency, but also about the innovations to daily life and the wellbeing.

“Innovation is measured by how many people can share, use and experience it. Thanks to our long and rich history in connectivity, we are deeply familiar with the feedback loop between innovation and experience. CES is always a fantastic stage for innovation, so we are excited to be sharing the latest connectivity technology, 5G, with partners and our mutual customers”, says Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson’s Chief Strategy and Technology Office in the company press release.

Companies are expected to make the major product launches during Wednesday the 4th, a day before the official opening of the fairs. This year is also important for the wearable industry and how the new product segments will find new customers and combine luxury, intelligence and usability.Print

 

 

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