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Chinese devices winning over visitors at Barcelona mobile congress

Updated: Mar 4,2015 8:23 AM     Xinhua

BARCELONA — The devices presented by Chinese telecommunications companies, Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, have been given a great reception by the mobile industry experts attending the event from all over the globe.

“The devices are very professional,” said Swiss visitor, Pier Cloor, who represents the company Altrum. Cloor made an interesting comparison between the current development of the mobile sector with the way Japanese and Korean car manufacturers began to dominate the car industry in the 1980s.

“Twenty years ago everyone was smiling at the cars coming from Asia and we realize that it is a very fast learning curve from Asian people in recognizing our needs and they bring us perfect products,” he said.

Joanna Jones, who works as events director for TV Connect and the Apps World show, was especially taken by Huawei’s smartwatch, which was showcased in Barcelona along with other ‘wearables’: a wristband, the Talkband B2 and the Talkband N1 headset.

“I love the look of the new watch. I think it’s fantastic,” she said, highlighting the device’s design; “I think it’s really unique in that it’s the first wearable I’ve seen which captures the traditional look of a product, plus gives the functionality around the software they’ve implemented. It’s very elegant.”

Analyst Tim Couling was also strolling around Huawei’s impressive display in Hall 2 of the MWC. “I’m struck by the depth of their product portfolio and also the look and feel of some of the devices is really improving.”

“The Talkband, for example, is really a leap forward from the product we saw last year. Great work in terms of design and creating really attractive products at good prices.”

ZTE meanwhile were not to be behind in Barcelona, presenting the voice operated ZTE Star 2, although their star product of the congress is perhaps the ZTE Grand S3, which has an eye recognition system to unblock it. This system, called Eyeprint ID, is integrated into the phone’s camera and recognizes its user by looking at the veins and white spaces in their eye.

Ibrahim from Senegal, whose company actually works closely with Huawei in the ZTE booth, had “come to have a look at the opposition.”

He told Xinhua that he really liked the entire ZTE presentation, especially the Smart Voice experience to showcase their voice-operated devices, although it was a smartphone which caught his eye. “I really like the Nubia,” he said.

Last, but by no means least, Lenovo presented two smartphones: the Lenovo smartphone with a 5-inch screen and the Lenovo A7000, which is the first smartphone with Dolby Atmos technology to improve sound quality, with an affordable price of 169 U.S. dollars.

“Chinese products are very advanced ... they are the future,” Ibrahim said.