China’s Huawei Technologies device division has launched two high end smart devices – HUAWEI Honor Smartphone and HUAWEI MediaPad tablet – into the Kenyan market.
Retailing at Kshs 31,999 the HUAWEI Honor is not only easy on the eye but also offers excellent features. Operating on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, the touch screen smart phone offers better power management offering up to 650 hours standby time, 9 hours talk time and has a power saving mode that allows for 35 per cent more power saving, thereby allowing users to enjoy up to 8 hours of web surfing or up to 6 hours of non-stop gaming.
The HUAWEI Honor measures 61.5mm wide, 122mm in length, 10.9mm thick with a glossy black finish and comes in a sleek body. It has a 4.0 inch LCD touch screen with 4 touch-sensitive controls at the bottom, supports 2G and 3G network and is Wi-Fi and GPRS enabled.
The Honor’s high definition 8MP camera has a rear-facing camera for crisp, quality pictures and a 0.3MP front-facing camera which allows for video chatting.
“Kenya is now amongst the most technologically advanced African markets and we have seen an uptake in smart phone usage in the country. With HUAWEI Honor, we aim to increase the variety of choice Kenyans can make in the smart phone category based on the user experience that they want,” said Huawei Kenya Office CEO Mr Wind Li.
The Huawei Honor offers fully integrated social networking with quick access to Facebook and Twitter as well as access to Android Play store where the user can download almost 400,000 available Apps. Its other features include MP3, MP4, java, FM radio and e-mail support.
The HUAWEI MediaPad Tablet, on the other hand, will retail at Kshs 34,999 and is a sleek, slim, yet compact device weighing in at 390g and measuring 190mmx124mmx10.5mm. The MediaPad, an Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet, is a heavy weight performer offering up to 6-plus hours of user time, an attractive 7-inch high definition LCD multi touch screen, 1.3 MP fixed focus camera and a rear-facing 5MP auto-focus HD camera.
The MediaPad’s 1.2 GHz dual core and High Speed Packet Access – plus (HSPA+) will offer users faster processing and downloads which comes with 8 GB of Memory onboard as well as a memory card slot which can be extended up to 32 GB with a micro SD, though sold separately.
Despite competition, Huawei Devices have cut a unique niche in the mobile device market as a result of favorable pricing. This has been evident in the sale of 210,000 IDEOS, a milestone that led to the launch of IDEOS Ascend now retailing at Kshs 8,499, two weeks ago. The IDEOS Ascend Y100 offers a better User Interface and battery life and is targeted at first time smart phone users and those who yearn for a smart phone experience at an affordable price.
The two devices will be retailing at Safaricom retail stores and come with a massive 1.5 GB of Data pre-bundled at no extra cost.