Samsung’s working on a phone with a terabyte of storage but a Chinese company beat them to it
Smartisan's 1TB smartphone wasn’t enough to save it from financial trouble
But this apparent game-changer has actually already happened -- in China. And guess what? Nobody bought it.
At the same time, Smartisan unveiled a multi-touch display called the TNT Workstation, powered solely by the R1 smartphone. Luo said the Workstation will “redefine the PC for the next decade.” But netizens expressed skepticism that Smartisan’s demo video was real, and the TNT Workstation doesn’t appear to have ever been released.
In December, news came out that Smartisan’s salaries were late -- which was followed by a court freeze of its bank accounts over unpaid dues to suppliers. Its products started disappearing from ecommerce shelves. The latest news is that Bytedance, the company behind viral short video app TikTok, is recruiting Smartisan’s staff and licensing a number of its patents.
Of course, Samsung is on more secure footing. But is 1TB of storage really a selling point?
Still, there are signs that Samsung might be on the right track (other than, y’know, smartphone capacity growing steadily as time passes). The latest sales data shows that people are actually upgrading their phone less frequently than before, so hanging on to a phone for more than 2 years would make the extra space handy. Just think of all those super important selfies and pictures of your meals you could save!
And Samsung may also have other plans in mind – which are similar to Smartisan’s. Last year, the company introduced a new version of Samsung DeX, a platform that turns your smartphone into a desktop computer. That product didn’t exactly catch on either, but Samsung is hoping that the future will bring more opportunities for smartphone-PC combos.