Huawei launches Huawei Honor and Huawei MediaPad Tablet in Kenya

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Huawei Honor
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Huawei has has launched two devices in the Kenyan market, these being the Huawei Honor U8860 and Huawei MediaPad 7 Tablet. The Huawei Honor was announced in Q3 last year and released to the shops in December. Huawei has been made visible in the market with the success of the Huawei Ideos U8150 that did more than 210,000 device sales after a subsidized pricing made the devices literally fly off the shelves. This made Huawei the biggest smartphone brand in the market for quite sometime, I dont know whether that stands till now. With Huawei Honor, they seek to bring the higher end user with a Huawei option and take on that market too. Let’s take a walk-through of the specs, shall we?

Huawei Honor U8860 Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3G HSDPA 14.4Mbps, GPRS class 10
  • 4″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, multitouch
  • Touch Sensitive Controls
  • 480 x 854 pixels
  • 1.4GHz Scorpion processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • Accelerometer
  • 1GB Storage
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM
  • microSD upto 32GB
  • Wi-Fi, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • microUSB 2.0
  • 8MP rear camera AF, LED Flash, 0.3 front VGA
  • 122 x 61 x 11 dimensions
  • 140grams
  • HTML, Flash support
  • Fm Radio
  • GPS
  • 1930mAh Li-Ion Battery

Huawei Honor is an almost high end device, noticable by some features seen on high end devices, like the 8mp camera, 1.4Ghz processor, 1930mAh battery and 4 inch screen, however, the screen resolution, internal storage, and RAM are the drawbacks. But at a price point of Kshs 31,999, who can complain? Plus the design is also good. It’s good that it’s on Gingerbread since the internal storage and RAM would have been a strain if it were on Ice Cream Sandwich, but now that Gingerbread is an OS two generations down, one would wish it sold on Android 4.0. That 1930mAh battery looks like it will sure impress.

The Huawei MediaPad Tablet on the other hand is the one of “first 7 inch tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb” fame.



Huawei MediaPad 7

This one will be retailing at Kshs 34,999 and is a huge upgrade to the previous Huawei S 7 tablet. It runs Honeycomb while the previous one run Froyo, a user can tell the difference in OS fluidity, plus the screen is capacitive multitouch.


Huawei MediaPad Tablet Specifications:

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • HSDPA 14.4Mbps
  • 7″ LCD Capacitive touchscreen, Multitouch
  • 800 x 1280 pixels display
  • 1.2Ghz Dual core Scorpion Processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
  • Adreno 220 GPU, Accelerometer, gyro, compass
  • 5.8GB internal storage, 8GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • microSD upto 32GB
  • 390Gram
  • 190 x 124 x 10.5mm
  • HTML5 and flash support
  • 5mp rear camera, AF with Geotagging
  • 1.3Mp cront camera
  • Video recording of 720p@30fps
  • 4100mAh Li-Ion battery

The two devices will be retailing at Safaricom retail stores and come with a massive 1.5Gb of Data pre-bundled.

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11 COMMENTS


  1. Nice review but i think you overshot it a bit. I disagree with you on the price point. Given that price point the phone is not a bargain at all. At the same price point you can get a HTC phone which is of a much better quality. The price point is also just 9K shy off a Galaxy Nexus. If you want a nice high end smart phone why not just go for a phone of which you will be assured to run on the latest OS for at least 5 years rather than one which is 2 years off the mark? Next time you do a review please include a price comparison with its competitors. I like your reviews by the way. Keep up the good work. We need a local cnet. 


    • Thanks alot @96563dd7eee0bd975fa728ec8a16faf9:disqus , I value your feedback and it’s this kind of engagement that leaves our community making better decisions when making purchases. I fault Huawei for taking this long to get this device in the market early enough, guess they were still unsure of the market and weighing their options.

      Take it the way you want, but I think this is good for the market, bringing in more products that will enhance competitiveness and ultimately price impact. Soon you will see more of these things happening to reverse what happened with Motorola, i.e. they quit on this market, even after being the biggest mobile phone brand of the time.

      In the long run, the consumer gets better choice options, and the investors get better business if they have the right products, take it as an indirect R&D.


  2. Thanks for the detailed review Martin of the Huawei smartphones and tablet. I’m currently using the huawei honor which has premium features and slightly cheaper than the Honor X.

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