Huawei to launch new Android handsets in South Africa

As Huawei faces increasing challenges from the United States, Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa has announced that they will soon be launching new smartphones to the South African market which will still be supported by Google.

According to a press release, the company plans to launch the new Nova 5T (which is already available in Malaysia and the Philippines) and Y9 S to South African consumers before the end of 2019. The company says that the Nova 5T is part of their new trend-setting series of phones and comes with five AI cameras – a 48-megapixel quad AI rear-facing camera setup and a 32-megapixel selfie camera. The Y9 S is an upgrade on the recently released Y9 Prime 2019, which will have “an enhanced design and even more innovative technology”.

Huawei has also reiterated its commitment to continue using the Android operating system on all its smartphones. “Huawei wants to maintain one standard and one ecosystem for our smartphones,” notes Likun Zhao, VP for Huawei Consumer Business Group Southern Africa. “Huawei’s first priority, as always, is the experience of our users and giving them excellent quality products.”

No official announcement has been made by Huawei regarding the news that the upcoming Mate 30 series will not be able to use Android.

Nova 5T specs:

Display6.26-inch FHD+ TFT LCD (IPS)
CPUKirin 980 Octa-core (with Dual NPU)
GPUMali-G76 720 MHz
Operating SystemEMUI 9.1 (Atop Android 9)
CameraRear Camera:
48 MP (f/1.8 aperture AF) + 16 M (f/2.2 aperture FF) + 2 M (f/2.4 aperture FF) + 2 M (f/2.4 aperture FF), supports autofocus (phase focus, contrast focus)
Front Camera:
32 MP, f/2.0 aperture, supports fixed focal length
Battery3 750mAh
SensorsAmbient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gravity Sensor
Hall Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.