Galaxy S4 to feature sound from Wolfson, now ‘primary audio partner’ for Galaxy family

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The Galaxy S4 will come with Wolfson sound on board, as the company announced it has become the “primary audio partner for Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets,” including Samsung’s latest flagship handset.

This isn’t Wolfson’s first contact with the South Korean giant, as the company provided sound technology to some of Samsung’s 2012 mobile devices including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones, but also the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

The Wolfson-Samsung deal is a “multi-year IP License and Component Supply Agreement,” but not many other details are provided in the press release. While Wolfson wasn’t as prominently featured by smartphone makers – like HTC did with the Beats Audio technology – potential Galaxy S4 buyers will certainly be happy to hear the company has plenty of experience with providing sound products for mobile devices, but not only.

Wolfson’s clients list includes, in addition to Samsung, companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, LG or Logitech. The company has provided audio tech for various products including iPod and iPhone versions, Zune and Xbox 360 or PSP, to name just a few.

The Galaxy S4 will be out in customers’ hands in just over a week from now (at least in some markets), at which point we’ll be able to better asses his performance, sound included.

When it comes to audio performance, one of the obvious comparisons people will make will naturally be between the HTC One (also a great sound performerBoomSound dual stereo speakers and Beats technology) and the Galaxy S4, considering the two devices are the hottest Android handsets of the moment, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

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Multi-Year IP License and Component Supply Agreement with Samsung establishes Wolfson as a primary audio partner for GALAXY range of smartphones and tablets
Date:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wolfson Microelectronics plc, a global leader in the design and development of mixed-signal semiconductor audio solutions for the consumer electronics market, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, have today agreed a multi-year IP License and a Component Supply Agreement which establishes Wolfson as a primary Samsung audio partner. As a result of this agreement, Wolfson expects to be a major audio component supplier for Samsung’s GALAXY range of smartphones and tablets including the GALAXY S4 in 2013.

This announcement builds on Wolfson and Samsung’s existing relationship, where Wolfson has provided outstanding audio performance for Samsung devices including its best-selling GALAXY S III, as well as its GALAXY Note II and GALAXY Note 10.1.

Mike Hickey, CEO of Wolfson, said: “This is a significant milestone for Wolfson, and we are delighted to be making this announcement. Having worked closely with Samsung over recent years on their GALAXY range of tablets and smartphones, this agreement is a testament to our strong IP portfolio and our growing partnership, and we very much look forward to working closely together to continue to deliver exceptional audio in Samsung’s smartphones and tablets.”

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Samsung Electronics is transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. Samsung Electronics employs 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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