Huawei Mobile Kenya intends to launch its new smartphone Mate 9 in the local market next month. The pre-order process which aims to attract over 100 sales is already underway in leading stores across the country. The first 100 customers will get a free B3 worth Kshs 20,000 for buying the smartphone that will retail at Kshs 70,000.
Making the announcement, Huawei Mobile Kenya GM Mark Hemaobin said the company sees Kenya as a lucrative market for its smartphones.
“The penetration of smartphones in Kenya has been on the rise due to a strong economic climate and increasing internet and mobile connectivity. As a company, we are keen on taking advantage of these factors to grow our smartphone business. Introducing our Mate 9 in Kenya, just one month after the global launch shows how much we value this market,” he said.
According to a new study by e-commerce Company, Jumia, of the 3.1 million devices sold in Kenya this year, 1.8 million were smartphones, representing 58 per cent of the units sold. This represents a substantial year-on-year growth of 112 percent compared to 3.6 percent increase recorded in the feature phone category this year.
The pre order will be done on both online and offline where customers will be required to fill in pre order forms that will facilitate the purchase of the device. Online activities with details of how to make pre orders will be done on the company’s twitter and Facebook page whereas offline will done in over 10 stores across the country as follows; Dixons, Mobile world, Huawei brand shop at Garden City, Office Mart, Royal King, Gadget world, Wataalamu, Keromatt, Sparks, Skyline, Decent One, Dhaval among others.
Building on Huawei’s success in delivering beautifully-designed, powerful mobile devices, the Mate 9 will provide users with an all new Android experience – featuring the Kirin 960 for the fastest computing performance, SuperCharge technology and a stunning new user interface.
Some of the main features of the Huawei Mate 9 include: Kirin 960 chipset, the world’s highest performing Smartphone processor; EMUI 5.0, an intuitive user interface that streamlines the users’ experience with the OS; SuperCharge technology that delivers a full day’s charge in 20 minutes and second-generation Leica dual-lens camera with 12-megapixel RGB sensor, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, featuring a superior 2x magnification.