Huawei brings Mate 8 to Tanzania

The latest addition to Huawei’s smartphone range, the Mate 8 is in the market in Tanzania after its launch in South Africa last week.

The new mobile phone was unveiled at Studio Blu in Fourways, Johannesburg last week. “The Mate 8 represents the pinnacle of style, innovation and ground-breaking technology that introduces a new style of business, “ Charlene Munilall, General Manager for Huawei Consumer Business Group SA stated at the launching event. T

he Mate 8 has set a new standard in style that transcends its beautifully crafted exterior to deliver a mobile companion that meets the needs of today’s always-connected and sharing user.”

Huawei’s Director for Retail and Open Market Sales, Cameron Perumal said Tanzanians would get the new product at an affordable price, in a bid to have technology accessed to everyone.

“We have always been looking on what consumers want and we promise to issue a unique offer to all of them,’’ he said. According to Tanzania’s Sales and Marketing Director, Samson Majwala, beginning this week, all customers would be able to access the mobile accessories in retail and wholesale at all Huawei centres and agents.

In South Africa, at the launching ceremony, speaker after speaker observed that when taking a closer look at the device it was discovered that the Huawei Mate 8 features a metallic uni-body, a 6-inch Full HD screen and a revamped Emotion User Interface – which is now version 4.0. 

When it comes to specs, we found that device is powered by the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. To add to the features the device sports a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, which is expected to deliver powerful performance and low power consumption.

When discussing the device they said the Mate 8 processing power is not at the expense of its battery life and usability. With an impressive 4,000mAh high-capacity battery that offers more than one-and-a-half days of heavy use, nearly two-and-a-half days of regular use and an astounding 22 days’ standby time.

Should the need arise, they say, can watch 17 hours of continuous HD video, or navigate the web non-stop for 20 hours.

The latest device from Huawei features a rear-facing 16 Mega-Pixel (MP) camera as well as smart camera features such as Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Huawei’s new Image Sensor Processor (ISP).

When it comes to the front-facing camera Huawei revealed that the device will come packed with a 8MP camera, which can record video in 1080P.

Drawing on the performance and size of the Sony 16MP sensor, Huawei has upped the smartphone camera stakes by adding its proprietary image sensor processor for faster focusing, higher clarity, and according to the company, more accurate colours.

This new Image Sensor Processor, according to Huawei, delivers vivid images, which are improved further by the built-in Optical Image Stabilisation that uses intelligent light level monitoring and anti-shake technology to create unbelievably sharp, bright, and detailed images in low-light conditions.

The launch of a new product comes amid pressure over Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)’s plan to effect a nationwide switch-off scores of counterfeit phones from the networks by employing the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), number, the unique number assigned to individual mobile phones.

Mobile phone users as a result may perceive the proposed switch-off by June 17th this year as heralding unprecedented problems to the users but the stakeholders hold onto the opinion that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks in the long run.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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