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SEOUL (MK Business News) - LG Electronics Inc
in desperate moves to survive the cut-throat
premiumleaguehas givenup its love for innovative
designs for its latest flagship smartphone G6,
but is expected to fight well against its rivals in
winning consumers’ hearts thanks to a great
screen, enhanced water-proof feature and higher
LG Electronics Inc unveiled its latest flagship
smartphone G6 at press event on Sunday (local
time), a day before the 2017MobileWorldCongress
(MWC) to be held in Barcelona, Spain from Feb 27
to Mar 2.
The G6 sports a 5.7-inch quad high definition+
(QHD+, 2,880x 1,440resolution) Full Visiondisplay
with an 18:9 screen ratio. This unprecedented
screen size makes the phone suitable for split-
screen applications and movie-watching in
cinematic formats. The big screen, however,
doesn’t mean it is uncomfortable to hold. It is
designed for an easy single-handed use.
The latest G6 is not so innovative compared to
itspredecessors that camewithmodular accessory
slots or the leather cover, but its traditional look is
not a minus but a plus. Nor does the G6 come with
a removable battery, following the latest trend.
Instead the battery capacity is improved from
2800mAh to 3300mAh.
The G6 is also water- and dust-proof and
durable enough not to be turned off even when
it is dropped. It has baked-in Google Assistant,
artificial intelligence (AI) -based aid service, which
is currently available in English and German
only. An LG official said Google considers adding
Korean to the service within this year.
LG pins high hopes on the G6, as seen in the
booth commanding a size of 1,617 square metres
in the MWC exhibition, double that of last year.
Industry observers will watch closely whether
LG could win in the global smartphone market
amid an absence of new phones from Samsung
Electronics Co that has delayed the release of its
latest flagship smartphone after its Galaxy Note7
The tech giant will roll out the phone at home
on Mar 10, at a price of 899,800 won ($795).
Shares of LG closed Monday at 59,000 won,
down 5.9 per cent from the previous session.
LG unveils its new
flagship smartphone G6
BARCELONA (AFP) - Chinese telecoms giant ZTE
unveiled Sunday what it said is the world’s first
smartphone compatible with the lightening-fast
5G mobile internet service that networks expect
to have up and running by 2020.
The company said the Gigabit Phone is the
first smartphone capable of download speeds
reaching up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) - up
to 10 times faster than the first generation of 4G
services widely in use today.
The device, unveiled in Barcelona in
northeastern Spain on the eve of the start on
Monday of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s
biggest mobile fair, will allow for 360-degree
panoramic Virtual Reality video and fast
downloads of ultra Hi-Fi music and videos.
“With the new device, the way people stay
connected will be changed forever. Focusing on
5G technologies will be one of the key priorities
of ZTE’s global development,” a ZTE spokesman
Tech firms are racing to develop products
that will be compatible with 5G, shorthand for
the fifth generation of networks, which promise
blazing fast connectivity for a generation used to
streaming movies and TV directly to phones.
South Korean carrier KT Corp aims to offer
trial 5G services during the 2018 Winter Olympics
The first large-scale commercial deployment of
the technology is expected in 2020.
Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said ZTE was
using the phone to “showcase innovation” and
“offer a glimpse into the future when people will
be able to download full movies in seconds” but it
was not likely to be a big seller.
“The sad reality is that this smartphone will
not end up in consumers’ pockets because both
5G and Virtual Reality are still years away to be a
mass-market consumer reality,” he added.
ZTE launches world’s first 5G-ready smartphone
brand Nokia, a former mobile star,
on Sunday launched three new
Android smartphones and unveiled
a revamped version of its iconic 3310
model more than a decade after it
was phased out.
Unlike the original, which was
known for its sturdiness, the new
Nokia 3310 will allow web browsing.
The new version will bring back
its predecessor’s popular “Snake”
game and distinctive ringtones, said
Arto Nummela, the head of Finnish
start-up HMD Global which will
produce the phone under a licensing
agreement with Nokia.
“The telephone will allow you to
talk for 22 hours, ten times more
than the original,” he said during a
presentation in Barcelona on the
eve of the start of the Mobile World
Congress, the world’s biggest mobile
Launched in 2000, Nokia’s
original 3310 sold nearly 120 million
units worldwide before it was
discontinued in 2005, making it one
of the world’s best-selling mobile
Analysts said resurrecting the
popular model was a clever way
for HMD Global to relaunch Nokia’s
“HMD launched three new
smartphones and an iconic mobile.
It is a way to create a halo effect
around the other models by reviving
talk about the Nokia brand,” said
Thomas Husson, a mobile analyst at
In addition to the new 3310, HMD
presented three new smartphones,
the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6
which will sell for different prices.
The Nokia 6 was already available
in China and will now go on sale
“We think (Nokia) could take 5
per cent of the global smartphone
market by the end of 2019. But it
needs to get big quick or it won’t
work,” said CCS Insight’s device
specialist and chief of research, Ben
Nokia was the world’s top
mobile maker between 1998 and
2011 but was overtaken by South
Korean rival Samsung after failing
to respond to the rapid rise of
Its telephone brand remains
widely recognised, especially in
Nowa leading telecomequipment
maker, Nokia sold its entire handset
business to Microsoft Corp in 2014.
Last year HMD bought Microsoft
Mobile’s handset business and the
right to use the Nokia brand.
Under the agreement, Nokia will
receive royalty payments from HMD
for sales of every Nokia branded
mobile phone or tablet.
Nokia relaunches iconic
3310 mobile model
Arto Nummela, Chief Executive Of icer at HMD Global, shows the new re-
launched Nokia 3310 phone, ahead of Monday’s opening of the Mobile
World Congress wireless show in Barcelona