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Huawei takes on SA market on three levels with P20 set

Apr 06 2018 19:25
Duncan Alfreds
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Huawei has launched its new range of smartphones in SA. (Huawei)

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Huawei has launched a new smartphone in SA as it races to increase its market share in the country.

On Thursday, the Chinese company announced the launch of the P20 series of smartphones.

Gloabally the P20 and P20 Pro were launched in March as a follow-up to the Mate 10 and P10 smartphones.

Huawei is aiming to replicate the success of its flagship devices.

"In SA, Huawei's growing reputation ensured a 66% increase in sales of our Mate 10 Pro compared to our Huawei Mate 9. Similarly, our sales grew by 67% when comparing our Huawei P9 to our Huawei P10," said Likun Zhao, Vice-President of Huawei Consumer Business Group in Southern Africa.

Camera

Zhao said that global shipments reached 153 million devices in 2017, representing an increase of 41.6% over 2015 numbers.

READ: Huawei announces new Notebook, tablets and P20 launch date

The rounded body P20 has a 14.7cm (5.8 inch) screen and the device is powered by an octa-core processor. There is 128GB of memory on board and the device features 4GB of RAM.

As expected, the device runs Android 8.1 and Huawei has declined to provide a removable battery or external memory card slot.

"The P20 smartphones also offer high-end performance, thanks to their 12-core graphic processing unit (GPU). The GPU is 20% faster in processing pictures and 50% more power efficient than its predecessor, which translates into a much longer battery life and a more responsive user experience," Zhao claimed.

The P20 features a dual Leica main camera up to 20 megapixels with an impressive f-stop of f/1.6. This would help the device capture low light images, especially when combined with the LED dual tone flash.

The P20 Pro has a larger 15.4cm (6.1 inch) screen and Huawei boasts that it has the "highest total pixel count on a smartphone available in the market".

But the 40 megapixel count alone doesn't guarantee a great camera.

The P20 Pro also has a low f-stop of f/1.6 as in the P20 and comes with 6GB of RAM. The premium version is certified as IP67 for dust and is splash proof.

Developing markets

As expected from the premium segment, the P20 series devices feature a fingerprint reader, though it's on the front of the device, different to the Mate 7 which first featured the rear reader.

The cheapest in the set is the P20 Lite which has similar dimensions to the P20, though you get a 16 megapixel dual camera and there is also an external card slot to compliment the 32GB or 64GB memory on board.

Globally, the launch is a critical one for Huawei which is focused on developing markets.

It's in these markets that premium smartphones usually struggle in sales and recent data shows a slowing market overall, making the going potentially tough for Huawei.

Data tracker IDC revealed in late February that the smartphone market declined 0.5% in 2017, but it expects growth to return.

"That fact that China alone declined almost 5% in 2017 was a huge factor for why global volumes fell, but EMEA also declined 3.5%, and the US market was flat," said Ryan Reith, programme vice president with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers.

The IDC forecast growth of between 3% and 4% for Android devices to 2020.

Gartner data showed that Huawei and Xiaomi were the only vendors to show growth during the fourth quarter of 2017 as the market shrank.

"Future growth opportunities for Huawei will reside in winning market share in emerging APAC [Asia-Pacific region] and the US," said Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.

The P20 Pro is available in SA and will retail for R15 499, the P20 comes in at R12 999, and the P20 Lite brings up the rear at R5 999.


Huawei P20 set at a glance

 

P20 Pro

P20

P20 Lite

Display

15.4cm

14.7cm

14.8cm

Processor

Octa-core

Octa-core

Octa-core

Camera

40 megapixel

20 megapixel

16 megapixel

Sound jack

No

Yes

Yes

RAM

6GB

4GB

4GB

Fingerprint reader

Front-mounted

Front-mounted

Rear-mounted

Battery

Li-Po 4000 mAh

Li-Po 3400 mAh

Li-Po 3000 mAh

Weight

180g

165g

145g

Price

R15 499

R12 999

R5 999

Worldwide smartphone sales to end users by vendor in 2017 (thousands of units)

Vendor

2017

Units

2017 Market Share (%)

2016

Units

2016 Market Share (%)

Samsung

321 263.3

20.9

306 446.6

20.5

Apple

214 924.4

14.0

216 064.0

14.4

Huawei

150 534.3

9.8

132 824.9

8.9

OPPO

112 124.0

7.3

85 299.5

5.7

Vivo

99 684.8

6.5

72 408.6

4.8

Others

638 004.7

41.5

682 915.3

45.7

Total

1 536 535.5

100.0

1 495 959.0

100.0

 

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