In April 2018, the Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei announced that it would be introducing a range of new mobile phones to the South African market in May. The new models range from affordable smartphones to their most luxurious mobile phone currently available.
According to global statistics on mobile phone sales, Huawei is currently the third-most popular mobile brand after Samsung and Apple. The mobile manufacturer has gained significant ground in the South African market, and currently takes the second place in terms of how satisfied consumers are with their phone (after Apple, in the top spot, and before Samsung, which took third place) according to the latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index for mobile handsets, conducted by Consulta in 2017.
A phone to fit every pocket
Priced from R1,999, Huawei’s Y-Series affordable smartphones will launch sales in South Africa in May. The devices are enabled with features such as face unlock, high-resolution FullView displays, improved storage capacity, dual-SIM support, a slot for expendable storage and improved battery life. Huawei’s Y-Series includes the Huawei Y5, Huawei Y6 and Huawei Y7, all priced at under R5,000.
In contrast with their affordable smartphone options, Huawei also announced that it would be launching the Mate RS Porsche Design luxury smartphone in South Africa in May. This high-end device is expected to be priced similarly to the Mate 10 Porsche Design, which retailed for R26,999 when it first launched in South Africa.
The device features the same Leica triple-camera system (40MP, 20MP and 8MP) as the Huawei P20 Pro, as well as rear and in-screen fingerprint sensors, facial recognition and iris scanning, and 512GB of storage. Aerospace cooling technology ensures that the phone maintains a safe operating temperature.