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Phone makers pin hopes on artificial intelligence and 5G as sales go flat

They are also eyeing bigger screens and better cameras to draw buyers

Overall global smartphone sales for 2017 are virtually flat - down 0.1% at 1.47 billion units - as phone makers struggle to come up with innovations that encourage customers to upgrade their devices.


PHONE makers will seek to entice new buyers with better cameras and bigger screens at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain after a year of flat smartphone sales.

But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World...

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