Huawei has been making smartphones for years, and in its heyday the company was creating handsets that led the market in terms of design and camera performance.
However, the diplomatic tie between China and the US severed in 2019, which saw the US add Huawei to its entity list, forcing the Chinese tech company to stop doing business with third parties. American companies.
The development was driven by issues that were never really laid bare to the public, but the assumption is that he engaged in industrial espionage to steal the intellectual property of his rivals.
This led to Huawei’s decline in terms of ranking, shipping and overall marketing of its phones, as it sold them to customers who heavily use Google services, who have since been kicked out of its devices.
It has also accelerated the development of HarmonyOS, which works in a few of its devices. Although we haven’t seen such smart devices in Kenya, its native China is served by Huawei smartphones, tablets and even TVs running the new operating system.
Speaking of Kenya, Huawei has not yet abandoned this market. He still has a lot of fans here (some of whom have rightfully moved on to other brands) and continues to be involved in his corporate business working with telecom carriers including Safaricom (which is testing 5G services using the technologies from Huawei and ZTE, among others).
And while the company took a temporary break from phone releases (it released one or two smartphones locally between 2020 and 2021) in Kenya, it’s since had a revival with a bunch of launches.
The nova 9 SE, for example, is already here, and we like its camera performance as it produces better images than the competition. The device costs KES 40,000.
The nova 9 is also there and retails for KES 66,000. Others, such as the flagship P50 and P50 Pro, can also be purchased locally from authorized Huawei stores.
More phones for budget customers
Huawei also announces that it will launch the nova Y series in the Kenyan market.
They’re budget devices, which means they’re affordable and just as capable thanks to their big screens, big batteries and reliable cameras, for the price.
The Y60 nova, for example, has excellent specs for a phone that costs around KES 20,000. He has:
- 6.6″ screen with HD+ resolution
- Android 10 (that’s bad) with EMUI, but no Google apps
- MTK Helio P35
- Triple rear snapper with a 13MP main sensor
- 5000mAh cell
Of course, this is a late 2021 phone, and Huawei is unlikely to consider bringing it here. Anyway, we hope that the nova Y series phones its preparation for the Kenyan market will be attractive on all fronts to win customers for them as the competition here is tough, from the likes of vivo, realme and d other Transsion phones (TECNO, Infinix and itel).