Huawei has become one of the most prominent smartphone manufacturers in the world, outperformed only by the two smartphone giants Samsung and Apple. As the company’s influence continues to grow outside of China, Huawei recently inaugurated its new offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and to mark the occasion the company ran a campaign offering 300 Huawei Y6 smartphones for the very low price of one peso per unit.
The Huawei Y6 is an entry level smartphone introduced in July 2015, and the handset normally costs somewhere around 3,400 Argentine Pesos, which translate to roughly $221 at today’s conversion rate. However, to mark the occasion of opening new offices in Buenos Aires on Friday, Huawei has decided to offer 300 Y6 units for the low price of 1 peso per device, or the equivalent of roughly 7 cents. Argentinians who wanted to participate in the campaign had to pre-register their interest online, and reportedly roughly 35,000 pre-registrations have been recorded for the total of 600 possible spots. Indeed, there were 600 spots in the line and only 300 smartphones on offer, meaning that only 50% of the people that have been picked out of the 35,000 registration have been lucky or quick enough to walk home with a 1 peso Huawei Y6 in their pockets. The first person in line to receive a nearly-free smartphone said that “it was tough being here for three nights, sleeping on the street, on the ground, with no more than a thin blanket in this infernally cold weather” so hopefully the efforts have paid off. In any case, the campaign came to an end and the 300th person eligible for the 1 peso Huawei Y6 has picked up the device before 7 a.m. local time.
The Huawei Y6 was released in July 2015 and is equipped with a 5-inch IPS LCD display featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC accommodating four Cortex-A7 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.1 GHz and an Adreno 304 graphics chip, 1 / 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage expandable by up to an additional 256 GB via microSD, an 8-megapixel camera coupled with a 2-megapixel front-facing sensor, and Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. The handset is backed by a 2,200 mAh battery rated by the manufacturer for up to 300 hours of stand-by.