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MWC 2017: Huawei P10, P10 Plus unveiled; Details and Specs revealed

Journalists check the new model of Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei, the Huawei phone P10 (LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Journalists check the new model of Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei, the Huawei phone P10 (LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Huawei unveiled a new smartphone with a better camera Sunday as it tries to fill the void left by Samsung’s withdrawal of its flagship device due to problems with the battery.

Huawei’s P10 and the larger P10 Plus, launched on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s biggest annual phone expo, feature dual Leica rear camera lenses, a longer-lasting battery and fingerprint sensor system.

“The P10 and the P10 Plus will make every shot a cover shot,” Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, said at the presentation.

Huawei, the world’s third-largest phone maker, has taken aim in recent years at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung though neither company is presenting new smartphones in Barcelona. Apple normally steers clear of the event. It launched a new iPhone 7 in September.

Samsung, which withdrew its Galaxy Note 7 last October after faulty batteries led several devices to catch fire, decided to put off presenting a new flagship smartphone until later this year.

That leaves Huawei as the biggest firm to present a new device in Barcelona, giving it a rare opportunity to grab the spotlight at the show. The company managed to gain ground on Samsung and Apple in terms of market share last year, increasing its share of the smartphone sector to 8.9 percent in 2016 from 7.3 percent a year earlier, according to the Gartner consultancy group.

Samsung saw its market share shrink over the same period by two full percentage points to 20.5 percent and Apple contracted to 14.4 percent from 15.9 percent. Huawei also unveiled a new smartwatch, with a more sporty look than the first device it introduced two years ago, targeting fitness users. (AFP)

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