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SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) unveiled its latest Galaxy Hide smartphone on Wednesday hoping to gain ground against competitors Huawei [HWT.UL] and Apple (AAPL.O) because the smartphone market begins to enhance from its COVID-19 hasten.

Samsung launched its previous top rate mannequin, S20, in February initially assign of the pandemic but since then it has ceded its top ranking within the smartphone market to China’s Huawei, as folks opt for more cost-effective fashions in straitened times.

The new Hide 20 boasts a elevated screen at 6.7 inches (17 cm), 5G connectivity, enhanced writing aspects with its S-Pen stylus, and earn admission to to more than 100 console and PC video games by job of a tie-up with Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) Xbox cloud carrier.

This may maybe lag on sale from Aug. 21 in about 70 international locations along with the united states, the assign the basic version will retail for $999, in contrast to the predecessor’s $949.

“It is an unsure time to launch a new top rate design given the no longer easy aggressive and financial environments,” acknowledged Paolo Pescatore, an analyst at PP Foresight Tech, along with that the “interrogate-watering mark” may maybe well presumably deter some investors.

Apple fans are doubtlessly to no longer soar ship to the new Samsung mannequin because the 5G iPhone is doubtless to be launched later this three hundred and sixty five days, analysts tell.

Samsung posted a 29% on-three hundred and sixty five days descend in shipments within the June quarter, the greatest tumble among top vendors, in step with researcher IDC. Apple, which launched the funds-pleasant SE all via the length, remained resilient with 11% on-three hundred and sixty five days cargo progress, while Huawei posted handiest a 5% tumble.

The worldwide smartphone market shrank about 16% on-three hundred and sixty five days within the April-June quarter as a consequence of COVID-19 lockdowns and user caution, a elevated contraction than within the principle quarter, and is predicted to enhance handiest reasonably within the 2nd half of, IDC acknowledged.

“Its no longer until H1 2021 that most international locations all over the globe will birth exhibiting clear progress in smartphone shipments,” acknowledged Nabila Popal, be taught director at data supplier IDC.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Further reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Douglas Busvine; Editing by Stephen Coates

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