Kakao's telecom platform wing releases 5G phone pre-installed with Kakao apps

By Park Sae-jin Posted : November 4, 2019, 16:17 Updated : November 4, 2019, 16:17

[Courtesy of STAGE FIVE]

SEOUL -- STAGE FIVE, the telecommunication platform subsidiary of South Korean web service giant Kakao, has released an affordable 5G smartphone which was manufactured by Chinese tech company ZTE and pre-installed with Kakao apps.

STAGE FIVE said in a statement on Monday that its smartphone, "STAGE 5", installed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and a triple-lens camera, comes with a price tag of 814,000 won ($702). It carries apps such as Kakao Talk, a popular messenger app, and Kakao Navi, a navigation app. 

"We will continue to provide user experiences which consumers want by converging devices and Kakao's services," STAGE FIVE CEO Seo Sang-won was quoted as saying. It offers gift vouchers for pre-installed apps such as Kakao's mobile games.

5G smartphones hit the shelves in South Korea after mobile carriers began the world's first commercial mobile communication services in April this year. However, 5G smartphones released by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics carried an expensive price tag of about 1.25 million won.
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