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Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 28 February 2017

BARCELONA (AFP) - China’s Huawei

unveiled a new smartphone with a

better camera on Sunday as it tries

to fill the void left by Samsung’s

withdrawal of its flagship device due

to problems with the battery.

Huawei’s P10 and the larger P10

Plus, launched on the sidelines of the

MobileWorld Congress in Barcelona,

the world’s biggest annual phone

expo, feature dual Leica rear camera

lenses, a longer-lasting battery and

fingerprint sensor system.

“The P10 and the P10 Plus will

make every shot a cover shot,”

Richard Yu, chief executive of

Huawei’s consumer business group,

said at the presentation.

Huawei, the world’s third-largest

phonemaker, has takenaim in recent

years at the high end of the market,

which is dominated by Apple and

Samsung though neither company

is presenting new smartphones in

Barcelona.

Apple normally steers clear of the

event. It launched a new iPhone 7 in

September.

Samsung, which withdrew its

GalaxyNote7 lastOctoberafter faulty

batteries led several devices to catch

fire, decided to put off presenting a

new flagship smartphone until later

this year.

That leaves Huawei as the

biggest firm to present a new

device in Barcelona, giving it a rare

opportunity to grab the spotlight at

the show.

The company managed to gain

ground on Samsung and Apple

in terms of market share last

year, increasing its share of the

smartphone sector to 8.9 per cent

in 2016 from 7.3 per cent a year

earlier, according to the Gartner

consultancy group.

Samsung saw its market share

shrink over the same period by two

full percentage points to 20.5 per

cent and Apple contracted to 14.4

per cent from 15.9 per cent.

The P10 will sell for 649 euros

($685), the P10+ will cost 799 euros.

The two models will hit shops next

month.

Huawei also unveiled a new

smartwatch, with amore sporty look

than the first device it introduced

two years ago, targeting fitness

users.

Earlier on Sunday South Korea’s

LG, the world’s sixth bestselling

smartphone maker, unveiled a new

flagship model that is designed for

split-screen use so that can show

two apps at once. It also has dual

rear cameras.

Huawei takes aim at ailing

Samsung with new smartphone

Chief executive of icer of consumer devices division for Huawei

Technologies Co Richard Yu presents the new phone Huawei P10 Plus

before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s product showcase

Sunday is notable for what’s missing: A new

flagship phone.

Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android

and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy

S8 smartphone — an indirect casualty of the

unprecedented September recall of the fire-

prone Note 7 phone . The new tablets will carry

the Galaxy brand and come with many of the Note

7’s features, including the S Pen stylus and screens

with rich colours.

Consumers will have to wait at least a few

weeks longer for details on Samsung’s next

major smartphone. That’s partly so that Samsung

wouldn’t have to share the stage with its

smartphone rivals at the Mobile World Congress

trade show, which begins Monday in Barcelona,

Spain. The delay also gives Samsung more time

to make sure it has done everything right, given

that any minor bug will surely draw outsized

attention.

“The microscope is going to be firmly on

Samsung,” said Geoff Blaber, an analyst with the

research firm CCS Insight.

Samsung said the new tablets will go through

extensive safety checks put in place after dozens

of Note 7 phone overheated and in some cases

exploded. Those incidents prompted aviation

authorities to ban them on flights; Samsung

eventually killed the product.

Samsung now wants everyone to focus on its

tablets’ most notable features:

- The new Galaxy Tab S3, running Google’s

Android system, will have a glass back and

metal frame, borrowing designs from Samsung’s

smartphones. The screen technology, called

AMOLED, offers richer colours and purer blacks

than standard LCD screens. The display will

support high-dynamic range, a feature that

promises brighter whites, darker blacks and a

wider range of colours — at least for the handful of

video titles produced with that capability.

- For those wanting a laptop replacement,

Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Book with

Microsoft’s Windows 10 and more powerful

processors from Intel. Only the 12-inch version

will get AMOLED, though; the 10-inch Galaxy Book

will use LCD. Both models come with a keyboard

attachment, something sold as an optional

accessory for the S3. The Galaxy Book is Samsung’s

answer to Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface

devices.

All models come with Samsung’s S Pen and

include standard features from the Note phones,

such as taking on-screen notes when the phone

is locked. But unlike the Note, these tablets lack

spring-loaded cavities for storing the stylus.

Prices and release dates haven’t been

announced.

The absence of a new Samsung phone gives

rivals a chance to shine.

LG, for instance, is pushing a G6 phone that

is slightly smaller than the Note 7 but matches

the doomed phone’s 5.7-inch screen size. LG is

also matching major rivals in offering water and

dust resistance, though in doing so, it got rid of

an ability to replace the battery with a spare — a

feature LG had long cited to set itself apart from

rivals.

LG also redesigned the insides to separate the

two main sources of heat — the main processor

and the display driver — while doubling the

separation between the battery’s positive and

negative chambers. The fact that these under-the-

hood improvements are getting any mention at all

shows the climate all phone makers are navigating

after the Note 7 fires.

Meanwhile, Motorola has a new version of

its mid-range Moto G phone, while Chinese

smartphone maker TCL is unveiling a BlackBerry

Android phone with a physical keyboard after

BlackBerry gaveuponmakinghardware itself. And

the classic Nokia 3310 phone from the year 2000

is coming back; although it’s not a smartphone,

the device is popular for its durability.

It’ll be tough, though, for any company to stand

out as innovation in smartphones slows down.

The challenges are underscored by the fact

that only Apple appears to have benefited from

Samsung’s troubles. According to research firm

IDC, worldwide iPhone shipments grew 5 per cent

in the fourth quarter, compared with the previous

year. That’s about the same as what Samsung lost.

Even after the Note 7 recall, many consumers

decided to stay with Samsung, analysts say.

Switching to the iPhone means learning a new

operating system and buying new apps, while

Google couldn’t produce enough of a promising

Android contender, the Pixel, to meet demand.

Samsung took a $5.3 billion hit on its earnings in

recalling millions of Note 7 phones. Its reputation

also took a hit — but not necessarily permanently.

“In the process of addressing the situation, I

think Samsung buys back some of the good will

with consumers,” said Ramon Llamas, an analyst

with IDC. “What people want is an assurance that

it doesn’t happen again.”

This couldmean beingmore conservative in the

S8 features, though it also needs some breakout

features to restore excitement in the brand. Llamas

said that could come through software features,

such as S Voice, a voice assistant rivaling Apple’s

Siri, or Samsung Flow, a way for multiple devices

to work together. The new tablets will come with

Samsung Flow so that you can make phone calls

and answer texts using the tablet as a bridge to a

phone sitting on the table or in your pocket.

Blaber said Samsung was smart in delaying the

launch of the S8, as it needs a smooth rollout to

recover.

Samsung delays its new

phone, and showcases

tablets instead

AP

A user demonstrates Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 and S Pen, a tablet and stylus that can be used to

write or draw on the device’s screen in New York