The Huawei P20 Lite, the budget member of the high-flying P20 family, is on its way to the country. At least if the teasers by e-commerce platform Jumia Kenya are anything to go by.
Jumia is expected to have first dibs on the device when it goes on sale in the country soon and the online retailer is inviting Kenyans to place pre-orders for the device, even though they’re not providing an exact link to do so (I’ll update this post with the link once it’s up). Talk about putting the cart before the horse.
Last year, Jumia Kenya was the preferred launch partner and exclusive retailer of the Huawei Mate 10.
Huawei went with another online retailer, Kilimall, for the recent launch of another budget smartphone, the Huawei Y7 Prime.
So, what would make you want to go for the P20 Lite? Well, for a start, the price, though not your usual out and out budget price point, is lower than that of its superior siblings, the P20 and P20 Pro which are expected to fetch premium prices that match their impressive feature set. Going by the looks, this is a cheaper “iPhone X”. There’s all that premium glass and metal going on, making it one of the sleekest devices at its price, Kshs 32,000.
Even though the dual-camera arrangement on the P20 Lite is a far cry from the triple-camera magic of the critically-acclaimed P20 Pro and it lacks the Leica branding of camera modules found on Huawei’s premium smartphones, it is probably good enough to hold on its own in the wake of competition from others like OPPO’s F5 and the F7 which OPPO is set to launch in Kenya next week.