Huawei set to launch dual-SIM smartphones, tablets this year

Huawei Devices, a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, will launch dual SIM smartphones this year. So far, dual SIM phones have been at the low end and Huawei hopes to be the early mover in this segment, according to its top officials.

“We have the prototype ready and are testing it. This will be a dual stand-by model. We are working on the battery aspects,” said P Sanjeev, director, sales terminal.

Huawei has been studying the dual-phone usage trends and also the smart phone usage. It will integrate the best of both features, it says. So far, dual SIM phones focused on using extra airtime. The dual SIM smartphones will also aid in data consumption, he said. Its research and development centre at Bangalore is working on improving the battery life for these phones.

This apart, it is in the process of tying up with an education partner. The students and young professionals who enroll for the diplomas or other courses (offered by the partner) will be able to access the course content on Huawei handsets and tablets.

“The education partner will give the content. We will offer links on the device to the content.The third partner will be the mobile operator who will provide the data packages,” he said adding that it is hopeful of touching one million students who enroll in online courses in three years.

Huawei, which launched three smartphones in Hyderabad, will also launch three tablets in the third quarter this year. “Though the pricing is not fixed, at least one model is likely to be priced below Rs 20,000,” said Anand Narang, marketing director. “The netbook market is shrinking and tablets are getting popular. We will look at 7-inch or ten-inch sizes for tabs,” he said.

Huawei will shortly lau­nch its own experience centres and exclusive outlets,” he said, adding that it will, for now, sell through multi brand outlets.

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