That is preceded by a pre-order phase, which kicked off yesterday, that sees the Chinese device maker give free gift hampers tp those who place their orders before it officially goes on sale.
If one pre-orders the Huawei Y8p, the superior one of the two devices, they will get a free gift hamper worth over Kshs 5,000. If they pre-order a Huawei Y6p, they will get a free gift hamper worth over Kshs 3,000.
The Huawei Y8p and Huawei Y6p are going for Kshs 25,000 and Kshs 15,000 respectively.
At that price, the Huawei Y8p is taking up the place of the indefatigable Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 which, for most of 2019, provided some of the best value in a smartphone for Kshs 25,000 or less.
The Huawei Y8p brings with it an under-display fingerprint sensor and NFC connectivity to Huawei’s budget lineup. The Huawei Y6p, on the other hand, boasts of a mammoth 5,000mAh battery unit that Huawei says can last for up to 3 days on a single charge as well as FM Radio that does not require earphones to act as an antenna.
As noted earlier, however, what sets apart the Y8p and the Y6p, other than the feature improvements that can be expected of a new device, is that they join the increasing long line of budget devices from Huawei arriving with the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) in place of similar services from Google that are the norm on other Android devices.
With Android 10 powering them, the Huawei AppGallery and multiple options courtesy of third-party app stores and repositories, Huawei will be counting on the strong feature set and design of its devices to balance out any shortcomings on the software end of things and keep the competition at bay.