A leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei technologies and telecom giant Huawei is set to introduce their latest smartphone in Uganda mid this year.
The standard version of the P8 will go on sale within weeks in 30 markets, including China, the UK, France and Germany, priced at Shs1.7m.
Huawei Uganda’s spokesperson Allan Kyobe says they are waiting for their flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones to hit the South African market after being launched in London a few days ago, and will be priced at slightly below Shs2m when it arrives in less than three months’ time.
These new additions to Huawei’s line of smartphones are targeting mainly medium-level smartphone users but come with all the latest applications and sophistication you would expect from a 2015 model smart phone at affordable prices.
The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen — slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 — and an eight-core 64-bit processor.
Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width of 6.4 millimeters, Huawei said at a packed global launch event in London.
Like Apple, the Chinese company also launched a super-size version, the P8 Max, which comes with a 6.8 inch screen.
Huawei; a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units, giving it a 5.5% share, according to research group Gartner.
The market is dominated by Samsung and Apple, which Gartner said had combined sales of nearly 500 million units.
It also optimized the devices’ cameras to take “selfies”, including an ability to adjust skin tones, a move consumer device marketing president Shao Yang said would particularly increase its appeal to fashion-conscious young women.
Huawei, and fellow Chinese companies Lenovo and Xiaomi, are leading the challenge to the two big players, particularly in their home market.