Medialog, an affiliate of LG Uplus and a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), said Monday that the X3 will be available at 430 HiMart stores.

The Chinese handset maker's inroads into Korea seem set to becoming the catalyst of a major battle with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and other handset makers to get ahead in the local market.

Huawei says that the X3 is a budget smartphone, but offers high-end features at an affordable price.

It has a full high-definition (HD) 5-inch touch screen with a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. It has Google Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and a 3,000mAh battery, which can last for up to 16 hours before needing to be recharged. The device works through a long-term evolution (LTE) network.

Medialog spokesman said that customers can purchase the device for around 200,000 won, with 300,000 won subsidies available by the Improvement of Retail System of Mobile Telecommunication Devices Act which took effect on Oct. 1.

"Since the act, the X3 attracted more customers because of its decent quality with an affordable price," said the spokesman.

Users can also benefit from cheaper bill plans provided by MVNOs than the major mobile carriers, because MVNOs save on costs in operating networks.

The company also set up 50 after-service centers across the country so users don't have to worry about inconvenience if they need to have a device repaired.

Source: The Korea Times - Photo: Android Headlines