January 18, 2017
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Smartphones From MWC 2016 Likely to Hit the Kenyan Market

Mobile World Congress concluded just the other day and we saw amazing tech being announced. Well, now that most of the excitement has died down, it is time we face reality and look at what we’ll actually get to see in Kenya and what we’ll just have to admire from the other side.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

    The great design from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge variant returns this year with the S7 and larger S7 Edge. The Edge will be more attractive to most due to it’s unique design but these are two great phones that will definetely hit the kenyan market.
    Read More: The Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available in Kenya on March 18

  2. LG G5

    Arguably the best designed phone of 2016, the LG G5 will definetely hit the Kenyan market. We have no exact date but one way or the other, this phone will be available locally sometime this year.
    Read More: LG unveils its 2016 flagship smartphone, the LG G5

  3. Sony Xperia X, XA, X Performance

    We saw a major shift in Sony smartphones at the MWC, after they announced the Xperia X series which was later confirmed to be a replacement of the Xperia Z series. With a new design (kinda), new camera and new build material at play, we can’t wait to see how these new devices hit the road.
    Read More: Out With the Old, In With the New: End of the Xperia Z Series
    As usual, Xperia smartphones always make it to Kenya and this will likely be the case with the Xperia X series. No dates confirmed either but be on the look out for these devices.
    Read More: Sony Announces Xperia X, XA and X Perfomance at MWC

  4. HTC Desire 530, 630 and 825

    The HTC Desire 526, 626 and 820 series did pretty well here in Kenya. You can hardly pass a day without seeing either of these devices and I bet you their successors will make it here as well. They look like decent phones and I like their new design.
  5. Lenovo Vibe K5 and K5 Plus

    We have not seen that many Lenovo phones around but Safaricom has been doing a good job bringing them in and we can be 80% sure the new Vibe K5 and K5 PLus might just hit a safaricom shop near you soon. All I can say is these are decent mid-rangers I just hope they will come at a decent price tag.
  6. Alcatel Idol 4, 4s and Pop 4, 4+, 4s

    Alcatel made announcements of some decent mid-rangers at MWC. We saw an announcement on the Idol series with the Idol 4 and 4s.
    Read More: Alcatel Idol 4 and 4s Specs
    There were also announcements on the Pop series with the Pop 4, Pop 4+ and Pop 4s being made public. We can be certain that these devices will be available locally some time this year.
    Read More: Alcatel Pop 4, 4+ and 4s Announced
  7. Xiaomi Mi5

    We saw Xiaomi make the Mi5 public in a move that is meant to leave a dent in the share markets of big wigs such as Samsung and Apple. This phone’s biggest selling point is the price and the camera. Avechi has been selling some Xiaomi devices and even though Xiaomi was to officially enter the kenyan market, we are yet to see their official distributor spring into action. All we can do now is hope Avechi comes to the rescue and stock this phone.

All the above mentioned devices are great phones in their own respect. Personally, I am most excited about the LG G5, Xperia X Performance and the Xiaomi Mi5.
We have more interesting announcements from MWC that we covered in other posts, you can have a look at them.

Read More: What the  Mobile World Congress  2016 had to offer.

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