Huawei P10 to launch in Kenya in April

At the just concluded Mobile World Congress in Spain, Huawei unveiled at least 4 new products targeted at consumers around the world. At least one of those, the Huawei P10 smartphone, is headed to the Kenyan market next month.

According to a statement from the company sent earlier today, it “is looking to build on the growth realized last year which saw its market share increase to 14 percent…” with the release of the P10 in Kenya in April and the just unveiled GR5 2017. Huawei is eyeing 50% market share in the country, an uphill task by any means.

It is not immediately clear if the company plans on bringing the other 3 products, the Huawei P10 Plus, the Huawei Watch and the Porsche Design Huawei Watch, to the Kenyan market as well. Past experience, however, has us expecting the P10 Plus smartphone to become available sometime after the P10 launches while the second generation Huawei Watch could also show up immediately or at a later date.

Porsche Design products, which cost a pretty penny, have never been prioritized for this market so it is wise not to hold out for one being available this year.

The Huawei P10 boasts of a number of upgrades over its predecessor, last year’s P9. They include an updated dual-camera setup from its partnership with Leica, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, the moving of the fingerprint sensor from the back to the front and the addition of a placeholder “button” where traditionally a physical home button resides, a new software overlay, EMUI 5.1 (which is based on Android 7.0, Nougat) and new colour options among other features. Specifications of the device are as outlined here.

Pricing details of the device when it eventually starts selling in Kenya have not yet been revealed. Global prices start at an equivalent of Kshs 70,000.

South Africa is set to be the first African country to receive the P10 when it launches there any time this month.

Emmanuel Chenze

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