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Huawei’s roadshow to launch new products to Zimbabweans

Huawei LogoChinese IT solutions and communications giant Huawei has stepped up its efforts to gain prominence in the Zimbabwean market as it goes on a four day road trip which starts today.

From information gathered from a report in regional tech journal ITWebAfrica, the roadshow, set for the capital city Harare, will be used to launch its latest products and services. There will be demonstrations to highlight functions of the company’s new offerings.

Huawei has been steadily increasing its presence in Zimbabwe, as it currently has a distribution arrangement with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest Mobile Network Operator and Services provider. Huawei also set up a support centre in the country last year aimed at offering support for its tablets and smartphones.

Products recently released by the Chinese firm include the MediaPad X1 and M1 which are small tablets , the Huawei E5786 Wi-Fi device and the Ascend G6 smartphone. An interesting release from Huawei has been the TalkBand B1 smartband fitness trainer which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The wearable doubles as an earpiece with its detachable Bluetooth earpiece embedded in it.

This move into the wearable mHealth segment has placed Huawei as a competitor for market leaders Samsung. It will be interesting to see if Huawei’s smartband will be competitively priced when it goes on sale locally. This just might result in an uptake in wearable tech and mHealth on the local front.

Huawei has been involved in a strong campaign for the local and regional mobile communications market, with a huge thrust towards lower end smartphones and devices. They have managed to establish themselves as China’s largest and most reliable manufacturer of affordable Android based devices.


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