Huawei’s latest smartphone in the Kenyan market, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, is available for purchase across the country.
This comes after a successful pre-order period that started on 26th June, the day it was officially introduced to the market and ended 2 days ago.
According to a statement from Huawei Mobile Kenya, the company managed to score over 1,000 pre-orders during the pre-order period through both online and offline sales channels.
Huawei is conducting a public launch of the device today at the Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi.
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 goes for Kshs 25,000 and its main attraction is the 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera which eliminates the need for the imposing notch that has graced Huawei devices for over a year.
The availability of the device comes after a period of uncertainty over the brand’s future with regards to the Android ecosystem and things like timely software updates after Huawei was put in a blacklist by the United States government in the escalating trade war between the US and China, Huawei’s mother country.
At the media launch in the country a week ago, Huawei executives joined their global counterparts in assuring buyers of Huawei devices of continued software support, seeking to allay fears by some that they may be abandoned along the way. In fact, if anything, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 comes with Facebook and Google apps pre-installed.
Reuters had previously reported that the social networking giant was pulling its apps and services from being pre-installed on Huawei devices. Google, by pulling Huawei’s Android license, had cast the Chinese device maker’s ability to get its devices certified to have its popular apps like Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others pre-installed in doubt, as it sought to comply with the Donald Trump government’s ban on American companies trading with Huawei.
In an interesting twist, the US President said that Huawei would be allowed to trade with US companies after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Osaka, Japan, diffusing tensions that were not only building among the two economies but also device users around the world, some of whom had been reported to have disposed of their Huawei devices on the cheap, something they probably regret after the recent turn of events.
Going by the impressive pre-order numbers of its latest device that Huawei is reporting locally, the happenings overseas do not seem to have influenced Kenyans.
Will you be getting the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019?