In January, we reported how we got the chance to force Huawei and Safaricom to give us a chance to view the S7 and the U8150 IDEOS gadgets. Both gadgets were shown at the last Safaricom open day at Sarit Centre. Huawei personnel confirmed that they were talking to Safaricom and Orange to see if the operators would subsidise the market and sell it below the $300 price which Huawei was speculating it would go for.

Safaricom seems to have managed to convince Huawei to be the exclusive operator selling the gadget in the country but there is a problem with the pricing. The company advertised the Tablet on Monday Daily Nation paper. At Ksh 34,000 ($403) that device is way too expensive for any wanna be device. You know that this IDEOS S7 is in the league of the funny Elonex Tablet. In fact they are very much the same in feel and even specs. They are not even in the league of Samsung Galaxy Tablets. They are way below there.

First on specs the IDEOS S7 uses the resistive touchscreen which is not as sensitive as the Galaxy Tab’s capacitive touchscreen. The mediocre features were meant to keep the device price below the $300 mark. The protective casing is way below standard. I saw the gadget running Android 2.1 in December but it seems that it has already been upgraded to 2.3 by the time Mobile World Congress was on.

Now the Elonex Tablet has been on Sale in Nigeria through Kalahari Nigeria for an equivalent of Ksh 25,000. That is the price you should buy an IDEOS S7. You cannot buy this Tablet for more than $350 at most. Best Buy sells the Tab at $269 which if I use the DHL Easy Shop service through BorderLinx, I will still bring the tablet to Kenya at $363 cleared through KRA and shipping paid.

  • kri1987s

    It is always a Safaricom strategy to cash in on the fan boy’s eager itchy fingers. Later on, probable during easter you will see a price reduction dubbed “massive sale”. The strategy has always worked with their phones that hit the market overpriced by up to 30 per cent.

  • Vincent Mureithi

    Very good analysis..

  • CampuStore

    The version of S7 you mentioned is the old one same as that sold in BestBuy store. There is a new version S7 equipped with capacitive screen, 512 MB ram and built-in 3G and SIM card slot. Do you know how much will it cost in RSA? You can take a close look at the Huawei IDEOS S7 here: http://www.campustore.net/huawei-s7. or go to the store buy latest version S7 and accessories: http://www.campustore.net/tablet-accessories/huawei-ideos-s7-accessories.html/