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Asian Firms Challenge Apple with Snazzy New Smartphone

Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end Smartphone and other wireless gizmos on today, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

Published: 02nd March 2015 09:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2015 09:38 AM   |  A+A-

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BARCELONA: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end Smartphone and other wireless gizmos on today, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

Samsung, fellow South Korean firm LG and hip Chinese maker HTC timed their Smartphone launches to grab the attention on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest telecoms trade fair, in Barcelona, Spain.

In a head-on challenge to Apple's popular iPhone 6 which was released last year, Samsung came out fighting today with the Galaxy S6, a Smartphone with a touch screen that curves around the edges and has a wireless charger.

It also presented the larger S6 Edge, a "phablet" somewhere between a tablet and a phone in size.

LG unveiled a new top-line phone with a curved back to sit snugly in the palm, the LG Flex 2, as well as a range of four new mid-range Smartphone and two new luxury internet-connected watches.

At a noisy stage presentation before a crowd of hundreds, HTC chief executive Peter Chou meanwhile presented the HTC One M9, with a grey metallic handset moulded from a single piece of aluminium.

HTC also revealed a new connected "fitness band" body -monitoring bracelet and a virtual reality headset that it said it hoped to sell commercially by the end of the year.

Apple as usual was staying away from the Barcelona show but was reported to be preparing a coup with the launch next month of its new Apple Watch, reflecting a major trend in wearable gadgets this year.

The chief executive of Samsung's mobile division, J.K. Shin, said the company aimed to set "a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda", claiming his phones had the fastest processers and most high-performance cameras on the market.

Samsung is the world's biggest seller of Smartphone but saw its world market share fall last year from 34 percent to 20 percent, according to a report by tech consultancy IDC.

"There's a risk Samsung's 2015 flagship devices are insufficient for the company to regain brand leadership among consumers and businesses looking for high-end Smartphone experiences," said Thomas Husson, an analyst at another consultancy, Forrester, in a note after today's launch.

"Samsung's lack of software DNA will still prevent it from delivering truly differentiated service experiences like Apple does."



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