Huawei P40 Series Launching in Kenya Soon

Huawei is promising to bring the Huawei P40 Series to the market soon. In an email press release about the ”revolutionary design” of their latest flagship, the company says the series will be launched locally in the coming weeks. So we as yet don’t have a timeline, nor official pricing. They however say that more information will be shared in the coming days. What I can bet on is that they will be priced more aggressively than all previous Huawei flagships have been.

The P40 Series consists of four smartphones:

  • Huawei P40 Lite
  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei P40 Pro+

I don’t know which of the four Huawei Mobile Kenya will consider first. Will they be bringing the whole package, or will they choose a couple of devices from the series to launch?

I can bet on the P40 Lite launching first, followed by perhaps the P40 and P40 Pro sometime later on. I am not so sure about the P40 PRO+ which is quite expensive. However, given Samsung’s decision to bring in all their flagships – including the overly expensive Galaxy S20 Ultra – we can expect nothing less of Huawei.

Huawei P40 Series Kenya

The biggest challenge for Huawei though is the lack of Google Apps on their new devices. Their first attempt at selling non-Google phones in Kenya has been the Huawei Y7p. I cannot talk of sales, but interest on the device has been pretty good. Will the interest – which mark you is borne out of the good specs of the device – translate to sales?

When the P40 Series was announced officially globally, I said Huawei is betting on good hardware to lure us to the new ecosystem. And they’re ready to push the good hardware as far as possible. Hopefully this will translate to sales.

Huawei P40 Series Kenya

Huawei P40 Pro+ Specifications:

PRICEExpected KES. 130,000
Check on PhonePlaceKenya.com for best price.
Display6.58 inches OLED touchscreen
1200 x 2640 pixels
DCI-P3
HDR10
90Hz Refresh rate

IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Glass front, ceramic back, ceramic frame 
Rear CameraPenta Leica Optics Setup:
50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS
Periscope 8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth) 
Front Camera32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+)
GPUMali-G76 MP16
RAM8 GB RAM
Storage256/512 GB Storage UFS 3.0
Expandable NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 (AOSP + HMS); EMUI 10
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery
Fast charging 40W
Fast wireless charging 40W
Fast reverse wireless charging 27W
Network2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE
GPS with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
NFC
Infrared port
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
ExtraNO 3.5mm headphone jack
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Color spectrum
SecurityInfrared face recognition,
Fingerprint (under display, optical),
Colour optionsWhite Ceramic, Black Ceramic

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