Huawei Mate 8 Launched in South Africa

Huawei  the world`s  third largest smartphone maker slightly behind Apple and Samsung has been seriously invading the African market with the recent South African launch of their latest flagship Mate 8. The moves comes in few months after announcing their African roll-out as the smartphone maker rolls out it take over strategy.

Unknown to many Huawei is bigger than Sony, LG, Motorola, Lenovo, BlackBerry, OnePlus and Xiaomi. While Xiaomi another Chinese based emerging has been causing quiet a stir, Huawei has increased its presence in Africa and Zimbabwe as well.

The recent South African Launch signified a switch over to the SADC region which will see Huawei Zimbabwe officially unveiling the product soon to the local market as well. Sources close to the event confirmed that the local launch will be done very soon, just  before the month ends.

Huawei has been been registering significant growth and acceptance in Zimbabwe since it was introduced during the official P6 launch, to date Huawei Zimbabwe has made strides and signed signficant deals in support of the government and initiatives.

Huawei Shipped more than 100 million devices last year which has propped it up to maintain a high position and if the trend is maintained it will remain an international powerhouse while their designs and specs mixed with a sober prize have helped them maintain a fair market share.

Unlike most of Google’s Android partners, Huawei is KILLING it in both the mid and high-end phone segments. making their pricing slightly lower and attractive for the emerging market.

“Huawei raised itself to the number three spot this quarter from its fourth position in 2015Q1,” said IDC. “There was a continued push on premium devices from its Ascend Mate 7, P-Series, and Honor portfolio.”

It added: “The shipments of mid-range and high-end phones accounted for 35.5% of its smartphone shipments in 2015 Q2. Huawei’s Y-series sold briskly both inside and outside China, as a valuable low-cost option in many markets.”

The Huawei Mate 8 used to be the latest from Huawei.

But you now have a choice though when it comes to Huawei flagships, as the Mate 8 isn’t the latest handset you can buy. Huawei launched the P9 and the P9 Plus in early April and so far the response to the handsets has been superb — you can read why in our Huawei P9 and P9 Plus Hands On Review.

The camera is the big USP aboard the P9 and P9 Plus and, unlike Apple, Huawei has included the same unit on both models. The only difference between the two models is display size, memory and storage — all the good stuff is kept the same. And that camera really is very impressive: it’s a dual-lens Leica 12MP Summarit H 1:2.2/27 ASPH sensor array.


The two wide-aperture, f/1.1 sensors fulfil different purposes, both feature a large pixel size for more light, but one handles RGB colour while the other is a monochromatic black-and-white sensor. And the results, even from our hands-on were alarmingly good. We really cannot wait to test this handset out properly. We could have a world-beater on our hands here. And that doesn’t happen very often.

credit: KnowYourMobile


Nicole Madziwa

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