Monday, January 17, 2022

Exclusive: Huawei to bring New Edition P30 Lite and Nova Series to Kenya

This post will be updated with more information once that becomes available

Huawei Kenya will in the next few weeks – that is by end of October – launch new devices in the Kenyan market. In this line-up, we will be seeing the NEW Edition P30 Lite, and phones from the Nova Series.

P30 Lite NEW Edition:

Huawei P30 Lite Unboxing Price in Kenya
Original P30 Lite

The Huawei P30 Lite NEW Edition was announced back in July and comes with updated cameras, and a new color option. The big change between the original P30 Lite, and the NEW Edition one is in cameras.

Instead of the Triple 24MP+8MP+2MP on the original edition, the new P30 Lite features a 48MP+8MP+2MP setup at the back. On the front, instead of the signature 32MP camera that was on all P30 Series devices, the NEW Edition features a 24MP sensor.

In Kenya, there was two variants of the original P30 Lite. There was a 4GB RAM option whose recommended retail price was KES. 26,999 and there was a 6GB RAM option (which I reviewed) whose retail price was KES. 29,999.

We can therefore expect the NEW Edition P30 Lite to range between KES. 25,000 and KES. 30,000. Which will be a sweet spot for the specs, and for the competition.

Nova Series:

Nova 5 Series Kenya

The Nova series is Huawei’s budget to midrange offering. It isn’t yet clear which Nova Series phones Huawei Kenya will be bringing to the market. It is also confusing to point one device out in particular because many times you find a Nova Series phone being re-branded as a Y-series device or even as a Lite Version of a flagship. For example, the Nova 4e was later on launched as the original P30 Lite.

Hopefully, Huawei Kenya will be bringing in the Nova 5 Series. They’re all amazing devices. How they price these device(s) is what I am waiting to see.

Google Apps and Services:

We’ve seen the new flagship MATE 30 Series launch without Google Apps. This is following the messy trade wars between America and China leading to US ban on Huawei trading with American companies.

Since the P30 Lite NEW Edition was launched earlier on, it will still have Google Apps. Unless that changes somewhat. With the Nova Series, it remains unclear which phone Huawei will be bringing in, and whether the device will have Google Apps. All we can do is wait.

Huawei P30 Lite NEW Edition Specifications:

PRICEKES. 30,000 (Check Jumia)
Display6.15 inches 2312×1080 pixels (~415 ppi density), IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with dewdrop notch
Rear CameraTriple:
48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Front Camera24 MP, f/2.0
ChipsetHisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
GPUMali-G51 MP4
Storage128GB Storage Kenya (MicroSD Expandable to 512GB Sim 2 Slot)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0
Battery3340mAh non-removable battery
18W Fast Charging
Network2G, 3G, 4G
Colour optionsPeacock Blue, Midnight Black, Pearl White, RED
Fingerprint (rear),
Face Unlock
USB Type-C,
All Glass Design,
Bluetooth 4.2

Original P30 LITE Review:


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