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Chinese may have edge in emerging market dash for smartphones

Published on Feb 28, 2013 6:18 AM
 
Consumers look at products at Huawei booth at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The next billion people to connect to the internet in developing countries will do so largely via smartphones, prompting a battle that could favour low-price Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE over market leaders Samsung and Apple. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - The next billion people to connect to the internet in developing countries will do so largely via smartphones, prompting a battle that could favour low-price Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE over market leaders Samsung and Apple.

Fixed-line telephone networks are often weak in emerging markets and building new ones is expensive, and so smartphones are becoming a vital way to connect populations to the web and bolster economic growth.

Consumers in markets from Nigeria to Indonesia are hungry for features now standard in the United States and Europe that allow them to tweet or watch video on the go.

The challenge for smartphone makers is offering those features at a price local populations can afford.

 
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