It is April and if you remember well, this is the time that Huawei promised to bring its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Huawei P10, to Kenya.
As per the latest information we have from the company, it is not explicitly doing that but it isn’t far away either. Starting yesterday, April 11th, Kenyans who are interested in laying their hands on the Huawei P10 are able to do so by placing their pre-order through to April 30th when pre-orders for the device will close ahead of the device’s official Kenya launch.
The local launch of the Huawei P10 will take place in early May.
The choice of May for the unveiling and this moment for the pre-orders aligns with that of another big Android smartphone brand, Samsung’s Galaxy. Samsung opened pre-orders for its Galaxy S8 on Monday and plans to make its flagship smartphone available in the Kenyan market on May 5th, just 2 weeks after its debut in the global market on April 21st.
The Huawei P10, unveiled in late February in Barcelona, Spain, features a second-generation dual-camera setup from renown German lens maker Leica and a slight tweak to the design of last year’s P9 that sees the fingerprint sensor moving to the front of the device where it is embedded in the home button from the back where it is located on the Mate 8, P9 and Mate 9, Huawei’s past premium Android smartphones. Find more information on the P10’s specifications here.
The device will go for Kshs 65,000 at Safaricom retail stores across the country.
The first 100 people who pre-order the Huawei P10 will also get a free tablet worth Kshs 13,000 with 4GB data, 3-months free screen replacement warranty and a custom engraving of their choice on the device.
While the Huawei P10 comes in 8 colour options, the device will initially be available exclusively in gold. Other colour options will be available once the device is officially unveiled in the local market.
Huawei is eyeing at least 50% market share in the country, up from its current 14%.