Samsung is boosting the sound quality of its Galaxy smartphones and tablets by building in tech made by audio brand AKG.
AKG is owned by Harman International Industries, a company that Samsung bought late last year. It specialises in making audio equipment and in-car systems.
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The first Samsung device to launch with AKG-made speakers will be the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung’s latest tablet, which features quad stereo-sound speakers tuned by AKG.
According to Samsung, these will “produce pure sounds, free from distortion and distraction, inspiring listeners with a truly immersive acoustic experience".
The speakers adjust automatically depending on whether the device is in portrait or landscape mode.
The collaboration will extend to “select Galaxy smartphones”, including – we presume – the S8. But instead of the phone’s speakers being made by AKG, AKG will make the headphones that come bundled in the box.
“AKG has been delivering Grammy Award-winning reference sound for professional musicians for more than 70 years,” said Michael Mauser, president of Harman Lifestyle Audio.
“Integrating AKG technology will greatly enhance Samsung’s mobile products by delivering a fully differentiated and superior audio experience to customers.
“We are very excited to be a part of Samsung’s prestigious Galaxy portfolio and look forward to bringing our premium audio capabilities to Samsung Galaxy users worldwide.”
Younghee Lee, executive vice president and head of mobile marketing and wearable & accessory business at Samsung, added: “Harman and the AKG brand were the natural choice to elevate our audio quality and immediately communicate the distinct and premium offering that we wanted to bring to consumers with our new product introductions.
“For a totally immersive experience, we wanted the best performance in audio – and we achieved that through this exciting collaboration, giving Galaxy users the ability to fully enjoy enhanced listening experiences across Samsung’s mobile portfolio.”