Samsung says it plans to focus on AI, entry-level smartphones in 2017

Samsung has detailed its 2017 business strategy, with a key focus being on mid-to-low end smartphones, display products and artificial intelligence (AI).

In a press release, Samsung said offering new services like AI is important to its plan, as growth in the smartphone market is expected to slow this year.

Referring to the combustion-prone Galaxy Note 7s, some of which still need to be returned, Samsung stressed that quality and safety assurance across all of its devices is a key priority.

The company also said that it “plans to enhance the competitiveness of its mid-to-low end models by introducing water and dust-proof features and fingerprint recognition.”

Additionally, it will seek new 4G/LTE opportunities in emerging markets and expand its Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pay services. For the latter, the upcoming personal assistant app Bixby could allow users to send peer-to-peer payments.

As for phone releases this year, the Galaxy S8 may release in April, while the company says the Galaxy Note line will continue.