Huawei Mate 8 now in Kenya,  just weeks after CES 2016 launch

Huawei’s flagship device – the Mate 8 – is now available in Kenya, less than 2 months since it was unveiled to global audience during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

With the fundamental of OS architectures shifts from PCs to smartphones and tablets, the Huawei Mate 8 – launched here this week – brings a significant change to how enterprise customers and other end user communities manage their architectures.

This is a direct response to the technology shift where the PC economy continues to fade as organizations are faced with a radical change in architecture, operations and system governance. This has forced businesses to rethink everything they understand about IT and focus on putting mobility at the center of their operations.

The Mate 8 will allow users to interact with the device’s security system, for instance wiping it clean in case of an information breach.

Speaking during the launch event in Nairobi, Dean Yu, CEO, Huawei Technologies Kenya, said that in as much as devices are inherently difficult to secure, the Mate 8 access controls to enterprise resources are robust and a lot more than just the user pass keys.

The Mate 8 boasts significantly enhanced power, efficiency and battery life and also features a customizable, and the latest version of Huawei Android skin, the EMUI 4.0 Marshmallow.

Since tomorrow’s employees will have much more access to information, with digital enterprise revolving around making information mobile, the Mate 8 has been designed to help users connect not only to company data via the cloud but also to data from customers, suppliers and relevant outside sources including social media as well as internet connected sources.

The Mate 8 will retail at Kshs 70,000.

Patrice Muchwe, Channel Sales Manager, Huawei Devices Kenya, said that despite the stiff competition from recent and new entrants in Kenya, the market is still huge enough to offer quality products that meet customers’ needs at competitive prices.

Huawei Devices Kenya intends to launch more customer centric devices in the coming months with a focus on middle-level to high-end models, open four more flagship shops in key markets across Kenya, and increase engagement with retailers and wholesalers.

This, Muchwe said, will aid in growing Huawei’s device market share from the current 15 per cent to 25 per cent by end of 2016.

Apart from the Mate 8’s business and security features, Huawei’s Knuckle Software will let users perform certain tasks using their knuckles and its Split Screen mode which allows two different apps to be opened on the top and bottom portions of the screen.


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