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Customers are aware that most of the faults that arise in their mobile phones are due to the excessive exposure of these phones to moisture or water. Accordingly, engineers at Talkit Inc. have developed a water-resistant phone that can stay underwater for at least 30 minutes without any resultant damage to either its hardware or software. However, since the manufacturing cost of the phone is anywhere between 25-30% more than that of an ordinary phone, trade analysts have predicted that the phone will be very expensive and as such not be able to find enough customers.

Which of the following, if true, argues in favor of the assertion that the analysts’ prediction is premature?

(A)The manufacturing cost of the water-resistant phone is less than that of most high-end smartphones.

(B)The phone has a built-in high-resolution camera that can match if not beat the quality of the usual 8-megapixel camera the regular phones come with.

(C)According to several recent surveys of consumers, people looking to purchase a new phone are unlikely to buy models that are more expensive than most popular models.

(D)The latest tests done at Talkit Inc. have indicated that the water-resistant phone can actually withstand at least forty minutes of remaining underwater.

(E)The average repair cost of a regular phone in its lifetime is anywhere from 30%-35% of its original selling price
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11 Oct 2018, 22:16
[quote="Probus"]Customers are aware that most of the faults that arise in their mobile phones are due to the excessive exposure of these phones to moisture or water. Accordingly, engineers at Talkit Inc. have developed a water-resistant phone that can stay underwater for at least 30 minutes without any resultant damage to either its hardware or software. However, since the manufacturing cost of the phone is anywhere between 25-30% more than that of an ordinary phone, trade analysts have predicted that the phone will be very expensive and as such not be able to find enough customers.

Which of the following, if true, argues in favor of the assertion that the analysts’ prediction is premature?

(A)The manufacturing cost of the water-resistant phone is less than that of most high-end smartphones.(manufacturing cost is more than that of ordinary phone)loser

(B)The phone has a built-in high-resolution camera that can match if not beat the quality of the usual 8-megapixel camera the regular phones come with.(strengthen the reason to purchase but doesn't address the cost part)loser

(C)According to several recent surveys of consumers, people looking to purchase a new phone are unlikely to buy models that are more expensive than most popular models.(but if new model is water resistant & doesn't malfunction then people will purchase it)

(D)The latest tests done at Talkit Inc. have indicated that the water-resistant phone can actually withstand at least forty minutes of remaining underwater. (Good reason to purchase but doesn't, address the cost part)loser

(E)The average repair cost of a regular phone in its lifetime is anywhere from 30%-35% of its original selling price (contender)

What if the cost of repairing a regular phone is more than the initial cost of purchasing new water resistant phone then people will buy it

Choice E is correct

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Customers are aware that most of the faults that arise in their mobile phones are due to the excessive exposure of these phones to moisture or water. Accordingly, engineers at Talkit Inc. have developed a water-resistant phone that can stay underwater for at least 30 minutes without any resultant damage to either its hardware or software. However, since the manufacturing cost of the phone is anywhere between 25-30% more than that of an ordinary phone, trade analysts have predicted that the phone will be very expensive and as such not be able to find enough customers.

Which of the following, if true, argues in favor of the assertion that the analysts’ prediction is premature?
>>> In simple English: weaken the analysts' argument. This might be the trickiest part of the question, because a test-taker might see the expression "in favor" and assume that we need to strengthen the argument instead of weakening it.

(A)The manufacturing cost of the water-resistant phone is less than that of most high-end smartphones.
Out of scope. We don't compare this phone with high-end smartphones, but with ordinary phones:
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However, since the manufacturing cost of the phone is anywhere between 25-30% more than that of an ordinary phone[...]

(B)The phone has a built-in high-resolution camera that can match if not beat the quality of the usual 8-megapixel camera the regular phones come with.
Irrelevant. The argument focuses solely on the price factor.

(C)According to several recent surveys of consumers, people looking to purchase a new phone are unlikely to buy models that are more expensive than most popular models.
180. It strengthens the argument instead of weakening it.

(D)The latest tests done at Talkit Inc. have indicated that the water-resistant phone can actually withstand at least forty minutes of remaining underwater.
Irrelevant. The argument focuses solely on the price factor.

(E)The average repair cost of a regular phone in its lifetime is anywhere from 30%-35% of its original selling price
The right answer. If the phone allows customers to save money on repairs in the long run, they may still choose this model even the price is higher.
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