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    This Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, photo provided by Andrew Zuis, of Farmington, Minn., shows the replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone belonging to his 13-year-old daughter Abby, that melted in her hand earlier in the day

    Chinese Company Hot on Heels of Samsung Following Galaxy 7 Scandal

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    Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note7 was supposed to strengthen positions of the Korean smartphone producer in the global market. However, the numerous cases of exploding smartphones which lead to serious injuries undermined the credibility of the brand and forced the company to recall the gadgets.

    Following the incident, the US Federal Aviation Administration even issued an official prohibition banning Galaxy Note 7s from being brought onto planes operated by US airlines. Under the new rule, it's now a federal crime to fly with the gadget.

    Samsung's decision to stop production and sales of its flagship caused a wide resonance. Social network users joke that the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was so "immersive" that it could "blow your face off".

    ​The incidents with the smartphone even inspired some people to create unusual Halloween costumes.

    While customers are discussing the explosion of the Korean smartphones, its closest competitors, American Apple and Chinese Huawei, plan to occupy the vacant niche in the global market. In particular, Huawei is said to have very good chances of becoming a leader in the market.

    One of the advantages of the Chinese company is related to Apple's inability to respond quickly to changing trends and offer an analogue to the Galaxy Note 7. The Chinese company, by contrast, is preparing to launch its next flagship Mate 9 in early November which is expected to be a good alternative to the Korean brand.

    "This incident with Note7 shows that it is necessary to offer not only excellent performance, but also ensure product quality and safety in order to be able to compete in the smartphone market," director of the Institute for Foreign Investment at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce Zhang Fei Zhang Fei said in an interview with Sputnik.

    "Problems with the quality and safety of the Korean smartphone led to a serious crisis for Samsung, which has become signal and warning for its competitors. Once Note7 disappeared from the market, companies such as Apple and Huawei as well as OPPO, Xiaomi and other producers of smartphones immediately took advantage of it," the expert stated.

    According to official data, since the beginning of 2016 Huawei sold more than 100 million smartphones abroad. The company's production has also become increasingly popular in the domestic market due to technical problems with Samsung gadgets and the high price of new Apple products.

    However, as the Chinese newspaper "Global Times wrote, Huawei still has much to do to become a key player in the smartphone market. The company still depends on foreign suppliers amid the lack of basic technologies for production of important smartphone components such as OLED-displays.


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