Industry sources recently informed Digitimes that LG, Samsung and Vivo are all launching multiple new smartphone models to rival the iPhone XR in Taiwan, in an attempt to maintain their respective market shares in the country.
LG recently launched its K9 and K11+ handsets. The K9 is usually priced at around $160 and is, in fact, a rebrand of the K8. It features a 5″ LCD display with a resolution of 720 × 1280, 294 ppi and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It runs Android 7.1.2, powered by a Snapdragon 210 chipset, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, with a micro SD card providing up to 32GB extra storage. It’s got an 8MP primary camera and a 5MP internal camera — but no fingerprint sensor.
Meanwhile, the K11+ includes a slightly larger 5.3″ LCD display with the same resolution and aspect ratio but a slightly lower pixel density of 277 ppi. It uses a Mediatek MT6750 chipset and also runs Android 7.1.2, with up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB storage. However, the micro SD card in this handset can pack in up to an extra 512GB of storage. It features a 13+8MP dual-lens primary camera alongside a 5MP internal camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The K11+ normally retails for around $310.
Then there’s Samsung, who recently brought its Galaxy J4+ and J6+ handsets to the Taiwan market. The J4+ features a 6″ LCD display with a resolution of 720 × 1480 pixels, 274 ppi and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It runs Android 8.1, powered by a Snapdragon 425 chipset, up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB internal storage, with up to another 512GB accessible via a micro SD card. It has a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP internal camera, plus a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Some models also come with NFC capabilities. The device retails from NT$5,990 ($193).
The J6+ features mostly the same specs as the J4+, except it packs up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, though it does away with the micro SD card slot seen in its lower-spec counterpart. It also includes a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and will be priced from NT$8,990 ($290).
Finally, Vivo is launching its Y81 handset in Taiwan, which incorporates a 6.2″ LCD display with a resolution of 720 × 1520 pixels, 270 ppi, an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 83%. A Helio P22 chipset powers its Android 8.1 operating system, with up to 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable by up to 256GB via a micro SD card. It also features a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP internal camera, plus a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor— but only on the 4GB RAM model. The Y81 is available to Taiwan consumers for NT$4,800 ($155).