Huawei launches budget H phone in Korea

Huawei has launched its budget smartphone, the H phone, in South Korea, continuing its expansion in phones, PCs, and equipment in the country.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer

Chinese tech giant Huawei has launched its low-tier smartphone, the H phone, in South Korea.

Sales of the handset, available only through local telco LG Uplus, will begin on September 29. It will cost 242,000 won ($217) and be available in both black and white.

The 5.5-inch phablet is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 and packs a 3,000mAh battery, 13 megapixel back camera, and an 8 megapixel front camera. The phone has a "professional mode" that allows for control of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

South Korea is dominated by local vendor Samsung, but foreign firms are either reentering the market or continuously launching low-end models. The demand for cost-friendly phones is on the rise due to market saturation.

Huawei previously launched the Y6 budget model smartphone in South Korea. The company is also a large seller of telecom equipment to local telcos.

Huawei launched its 2-in-1 notebook, the Mate Book, back in August, in South Korea.

Earlier this month, BlackBerry launched its first Android-powered smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, in South Korea, marking its return to the market after a three-year absence.

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