Tecno Set to Launch the Successor to the WinPad 10 in Kenya Soon

Winpad 10

Winpad 10

Last June, Tecno unveiled the WinPad, a 2-in-1 hybrid device that ran on Windows 10 which we later reviewed thoroughly.

Back when it became available, the Tecno WinPad 10 was arguably the most affordable Windows 10 machine on the Kenyan market at Kshs 30,000 as Windows 10 had just started being rolled out and most of the entry-level laptops that would today compete with it had not yet hit the market.

It is already November and soon, 2016 will no longer be with us. That’s way over a year since we last heard from Tecno about its plans for a sequel to the WinPad keeping in mind that it has been busy releasing Android tablet after another with the latest being one that is being aimed at those who want a productivity machine, something that naturally falls right outside Windows’ doors. I mean, you cannot be talking about productivity without thinking for a moment about Microsoft’s two core products: Office and Windows.

(l to r) Tecno GM Tablet Division Steven Hang, Kenyan), ICT PS Joseph Tiampati, Microsoft EA GM Kunle Awosika and Intel EA GM Danie Steyn show off the Tecno WinPad10 during its launch in Nairobi in June 2015

The WinPad has not been forgotten. A successor to the WinPad, the WinPad 2, is set to be unveiled in a week’s time, next Thursday, November 24th.

We expect lots of improvements over last year’s model as well as the introduction of new features while still retaining the overall form factor and 10.1-inch display.

The WinPad 2 will be available in two variants in the open market: one which can connect to cellular (3G) networks and one that is Wi-Fi-only. Safaricom will be getting an exclusive third model with support for LTE which the telco has recently rolled out to more areas in the country. As such, price points for the three models will vary but are not expected to be a big departure from last year’s model.