Huawei on Monday 10th, December 2018 launched the Huawei Y5 Lite in Kenya. (Photo Credit: techweez)
Huawei on Monday 10th, December 2018 launched the Huawei Y5 Lite in Kenya. (Photo Credit: techweez)

Chinese smartphone manufacturer; Huawei has today launched a budget friendly smartphone; the Huawei Y5 Lite in Kenya. The new handset is smaller or lite version of the Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) that was launched in May.

The handset has been priced at USD$97.52 (about UGX363, 800 or KSH9,990) and is readily available in black and Blue color options. The 5.45-Inch smartphone is the latest handset in the Huawei’s Y-series.

According to reports by TechMoran; Steven Li, Head of Eastern Africa Mobile, said the introduction of the Y5 Lite in the market is part of their strategy to target low end users who are looking for a budget device that offers unique experience that meets their needs and requirement.

Huawei last year announced it was existing entry-level smartphones to focus on high-end smartphones. The announcement was made Richard Yu; Huawei’s CEO of Consumer Business Group.

“We’re giving up the very low-end devices because the margin in this is extremely low, and it’s not making enough profit for us,” Richard is quoted saying in an interview with Bloomberg.

However, there was no mention of when this would go effective.

The company launching a handset like the Huawei Y5 Lite for entry-level smartphone holders draws competitions from likes of itel, and Tecno who have leveraged the smartphone market when it comes to entry-level smartphones.

“The market has been competitive with the introduction of devices by other players in the market. As Huawei, we’re keen on ensuring that our devices which we launch in the market are value for money making them more favorable in the already congested market. The launch of this device comes at a time when everyone is looking for a Christmas gift for their loved ones, it is an ideal gift for gifting people in your lives,” TechMoran quotes Steven.

Specs and Features
The handset flagship spots a 5.45-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels and a screen aspect ratio of 18:9.

It comes with Mediatek MT6739 Quad-core chipset, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the phone couples an 8MP and 5MP rear and front camera sensors respectively.

The Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) runs Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by a 3020mAh – much like the Huawei Y5 Prime. In terms of measurement and weights, its reported to measures 146.50 x 70.90 x 8.30 weighing 142.00 grams.

The Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) is a Dual-SIM smartphone. Connectivity options include GPS, Bluetooth. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.

Price and Color
The handset has been priced at USD$97.52 (about UGX363, 800) and is readily available in black and Blue color options.