Huawei’s new smartphone, Mate 9, to cost Kshs 78,000

Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled two new devices – the Huawei Mate 9 – and the exclusive Porsche-designed Huawei Mate 9.

Building on Huawei’s success in delivering beautifully-designed, powerful mobile devices, the two Mate Series variants provide users with an all new Android experience – featuring the Kirin 960 for the fastest computing performance, SuperCharge technology and a new UX.

“In developing the HUAWEI Mate 9, we started with a simple question – how can we improve every element of the smartphone experience?” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “We know that for today’s business users, a fast and functional smartphone is just the beginning. Consumers also want a gorgeous design and intuitive features, so we created two new devices at the forefront of hardware and software innovation. The result is a device that is breathtakingly new, inside and out.”

The Huawei Mate 9 features a dynamic interplay of industry-leading hardware and advanced software that work together to keep users a step ahead. The smartphone’s key features 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.

Huawei Mate 9 is available in Black, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Ceramic White while the exclusive Porsche-designed version is available in Graphite Black.

The device will initially be available in the following launch markets – China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.

In terms of pricing, the Mate 9 – with a 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage capacity – retails at €699 (about Kshs 78,429) while the Porsche-designed version – with 6GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage – is available at a cost of €1395 (Kshs 156,519).

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