Screens grow, cameras improve and emerging markets come into focus

The LG G Pro 2, Nokia X, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 among notable newcomers

By , IDG News Service |  

The growing importance of affordable smartphones is difficult to miss. Over the last two years, there has been a dramatic shift in sales, as more people are buying affordable smartphones that cost less than €100, according to Stephen Elop, executive vice president for devices and services at Nokia.

At the show, Nokia officially relented to Android's dominance in this segment and released the X family of smartphones, which cost from €89 before taxes and subsidies, for now. The phones are based on Android Open Source Project software, and have a user interface that uses tiles just like Windows Phone.

For consumers who can't afford that, Mozilla and China-based chip maker Spreadtrum Sunday unveiled a chipset designed for $25 smartphones running Firefox OS, which is solely aimed at more affordable devices. Those smartphones are scheduled to ship sometime this year.

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