Upmarket toaster maker Balmuda launches smartphone in iPhone-dominated Japan

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By Sam Nussey
TOKYO (Reuters) – Excessive-end Japanese toaster maker Balmuda Inc unveiled a stripped again smartphone on Tuesday, aiming for a toe-hold in a market dominated by Apple’s iPhone.
Chief Government Gen Terao stated on the launch occasion that the 5G enabled Android machine is anticipated to contribute 3 billion yen ($26 million) to Balmuda’s gross sales within the present monetary 12 months.
The “Balmuda Cellphone” prices 104,800 yen ($920) and has a small 4.9 inch display and a curved again.
It’s constructed by industrial ceramics agency Kyocera Corp and provided by wi-fi provider SoftBank Corp, which first introduced the iPhone to Japan.
“The iPhone has develop into an excessive amount of the usual,” stated Terao, who was a …

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