Huawei eyes more sales with new smartphone launch

Wednesday February 17 2016

Ms Hellen Nalianya business development manager at Proscene Systems Ltd, Huawei CEO Dean Yu and Harry Hare CIO Publisher at the launch of Huawei Mate 8 on Tuesday. PHOTO | LILIAN OCHIENG 

By LILIAN OCHIENG'
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Huawei wants to raise its share of Kenya sales with the launch of its Mate 8 smartphone on Tuesday.

Huawei CEO Dean Yu said the firm is targeting a 20 per cent market share with its new high-end smartphones that serve the user and are affordable.

The Mate 8 smartphone is built to withstand constant use with a two-day battery life. It features a refined, elegant design and comes with a one-year warranty for screen replacement.

“Huawei owns 10 percent of [the] Kenya smartphone market because of the high level of Internet connection and availability of 3G and 4G networks. We hope to have 20 percent of the smartphone market share in Kenya by [the] end of [the] first half 2016,” said Mr Yu in a statement Tuesday.

The Mate 8 also features an advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation, leading to an excellent holding experience and lower power consumption.

“Using an advanced fingerprint ID, the smartphone unlocks in just 0.5 seconds, to not only reveal the screen, answer a call or silence an alarm but also provide instant access to the camera, enabling users to take a quick shoot,” said Mark Hemaobin, head of devices at Huawei Kenya.