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Samsung defends crown in tougher smartphone market

Published on Feb 24, 2014 11:08 PM
 
Visitors walk past the Samsung stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb 24, 2014. Samsung defends its crown as the world's top smartphone maker on Monday, unveiling a new premier smartphone in the face of tougher markets and a rising challenge from China. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Samsung defends its crown as the world's top smartphone maker on Monday, unveiling a new premier smartphone in the face of tougher markets and a rising challenge from China.

On the opening day of the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the South Korean giant launches its flagship device, almost certainly a Galaxy S5 smartphone rumoured to be equipped with a fingerprint scanner and larger screen.

Samsung's brand was stamped on more than 30 per cent of smartphones sold in the world last year, about twice the share of archrival Apple, which traditionally skips the world's largest mobile fair.

Despite Samsung's dominance, early signs are emerging of difficult times ahead.

 
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