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Samsung scrambles to fend off Huawei with content tie-ups

All-day battery and Bluetooth-linked pen among new features to debut Aug. 24

The Galaxy Note 9 with the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, which can serve as a remote control for the device   © Kyodo

NEW YORK -- Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest Galaxy Note smartphone on Thursday, strengthening its music service in partnership with Spotify amid intensifying competition from U.S. rival Apple and Chinese manufacturers.

The tie-ups indicate that Samsung is eager to nurture its relatively weak content services in cooperation with the specific players, shifting focus beyond being just a strong hardware manufacturer.

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