The phone, first of its kind in the market entails a 3.5 – inch HVGA touch screen, the largest among all Android phones. It also features innovative canvas profile which enables users to switch freely between six default extended screens.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Operations Officer Huawei Technologies Kenya, Radoslaw Kedzia said, “We are launching Huawei U8220 Android phone in the Kenyan Market making it the first to enjoy this high-tech phone in the whole of Africa. Customers will use various applications freely powered by the Google Android software at affordable price. The launch also reflects our long term investment to develop high-tech devices which will enable users explore various unique applications that satisfies their needs.’
“I believe that World-leading operators are looking for differentiated and innovative products to increase revenue from the increasingly saturated terminals market hence the mutual partnership with Safaricom.” Added Mr. Kedzia.
Safaricom’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Joseph said, “We take this opportunity to laud Huawei Technologies for taking the leadership to formally launch the first Android phone in Kenya. Safaricom and Huawei have been collaborating for several years now and this joint initiative is an example of cooperation between the most innovative companies in the fields; Safaricom is the Kenyan telecommunication arena. Safaricom is in the middle of revolutionizing its use of the internet to change people’s lives and Huawei is an important partner to the end.”
Presiding the event, Dr. Bitange Ndemo, PS Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology said, “I would like to commend the efforts of Huawei Technologies and Safaricom in ensuring that Kenyans access innovative products. I am confident that as we work towards achieving Vision 2030, we will take advantage of collaborating with companies that are more innovative to improve our economic development. These include the recent arrival of fibre optic cable into the Kenyan Market and we are already launching a new innovative phone in the sub Saharan Africa thus making a step into fulfilling our vision.”
Other features of the phone include, sleek chrome cover and HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and GPS capabilities. The U8220 will be sold in all Safaricom outlets around the country with a retail price of around Kshs. 27,000.