Samsung launches entry-level Internet phones

NEW DELHI Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:37pm IST

A handout picture showing Samsung phones.

A handout picture showing Samsung phones.

Related Topics

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world's top mobile handset maker, launched a new range of entry-level Internet-enabled phones on Thursday aimed at customers in emerging markets such as India.

The new REX series phones will be available in four variants priced between 4,280 rupees and 6,490 rupees, Samsung said in a statement. The dual-SIM phones have touch screens and some variants support wi-fi.

"This is designed to cater to a growth market, predominantly India," Asim Warsi, Vice President at Samsung's Indian business told reporters.

India is the world's second-biggest telecommunication market by customers but smartphones are just about 5 percent of the market. Just about a tenth of India's 1.2 billion people have access to Internet and analysts say for most of the remaining, their first experience of the Internet will be through low-priced smartphones.

Samsung, which will start selling the new phone in India next week, will launch the phone in other markets in Southeast Asia, China, Middle East, Africa and South America, Warsi said.

Rival Nokia expanded its line of low-end smartphones on Tuesday with the Asha 310, which comes with dual-SIM and wi-fi access, aiming to bolster its market share in developing markets.

Nokia leads the Indian handset market with a share of 26 percent last year, according to researcher Canalys. Samsung was No. 2 with a 22 percent share of overall handset sales, but dominated in the smartphone category with a 48 percent share.

(Reporting by Arnika Thakur)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Reuters Showcase

Photo

Afghanistan Politics

Afghanistan's presidential rivals sign pact for power-sharing government.  Full Article 

Group of 20

Group of 20

G20 says nearing growth goal, but more needed from Europe.  Full Article 

Reuters Interview

Reuters Interview

Spain should not dump tiki-taka, says Capdevila.  Full Article 

IS Threat

IS Threat

Argentine President said received Islamic State threats.  Full Article 

New Device

New Device

Facebook's Oculus unveils new virtual reality prototype device.  Full Article 

Xbox One Launch

Xbox One Launch

Microsoft delays launch of its Xbox One console in China.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage