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Vietnamese smartphone launch faces delay

Released at: 16:31, 08/04/2015

Vietnamese smartphone launch faces delay

The market debut of the much anticipated Bphone created by BKAV Corporation could be delayed until May.

by Tom Tran

Progress in the production of sapphire glass to protect the phone's camera is experiencing issues, possibly delaying the appearance of the 'purely Vietnamese' smartphone by one month. An earlier leak had suggested a launch in early April.

An informal source shared that the meticulously high precision required in the manufacture of sapphire glass meant that the factory does not own enough robots to finish on time. The high-tech glass would protect the camera from unwanted scratches which can lower picture quality. The convex design of the camera lens is in line with many high end models.

The phone was officially introduced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015 in Las Vegas. “This is a high-end phone, selective in design and materials. It combines a glass back cover and an aluminium edge along with high technical specifications without the really high price,” said a BKAV representative during the event. It promises to be a wholly Vietnamese made smart phone. As it is researched and assembled by BKAV in Vietnam without any outsourcing, it is something of a landmark product that will test if the country's technology is ready to reach another level. However, many Vietnamese consumers remain skeptical that BKAV tends to make overstatements regarding its products.

Established in 1995, Bkav Corporation is a big firm in network security, software, smartphone manufacture and smart homes in Vietnam. In the fields of network security, antivirus software and mobile security, Bkav has had a presence in more than 100 countries all over the world.

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