Huawei Y7a set for Kenya launch

Huawei is set to unveil its first smartphone this year, at least in Kenya, in early February.

That smartphone, according to information from the company’s local office, is the Huawei Y7a.

Announced back in October 2020, the Huawei Y7a is what follows the Huawei Y9a, which has been available in the local market since the time the Y7a was being made public.

The Huawei Y7a keeps the tradition Huawei started with the Y9a of democratizing its proprietary accelerated charging technology, Huawei SuperCharge. However, in place of the 40W charger that the Y9a shipped with, buyers of the Y7a are getting a 22.5W charger in the box. Huawei says that a 10-minute top-up guarantees one up to 2 hours of video playback.

It has a bigger 5,000mAh battery, half the memory (4GB), a similar amount of onboard storage (128GB) and just about the same display.

The biggest differentiator between the two devices has to be on the camera front where the large visor-like module at the back has been replaced with a standard bump housing the four cameras at the back. The headline feature here is the 48-megapixel high-res camera. Also, there is no pop-up camera here.

Like all of Huawei’s offerings last year, the Huawei Y7a arrives powered by Huawei’s own Mobile Services (HMS), its Google Play Services equivalent. That means that applications are sourced from the Huawei AppGallery by default as well as from other unofficial sources.

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