Xiaomi was to make its way into Kenya late last year but that did not happen probably because Mi-Fone has threatened to sue the Chinese manufacturer if it launched its devices in the country. Mi-Fone own the rights to the ‘Mi’ branding that Xiaomi uses on some of its devices.
We now have information that Xiaomi may be coming to Kenya after all even with the possible lawsuit. This is according to TechMoran, the publication reports that the company will be launching the Redmi 2 & Mi 4 in Kenya next week. The company will be launching these smartphones through its distributor, Mobile in Africa. It is still not clear which retailers it will use or if it plans to flood the market through different retailers.
It is also not clear if Xiaomi and Mi-Fone has reached an agreement as information on this is still scarce. We will know more about this next week when the devices are launched in the country and I just hope that this will not be another empty promise from the company.
Xiaomi coming into the country brings some competition to the market that has been dominated by Samsung, Tecno, Infinix and the likes. It will be a good thing to see a new company which has a very good reputation globally make its way over here. Xiaomi’s devices are reasonably priced even though they have some decent specs.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has a 4.7 inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space. There is a 2GB variant which has 16GB of internal storage space.
At the back, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 has an 8MP camera with LED flash while at the front sits a 2MP camera. The Phone has a 2200 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 4 Specifications
The Xiaomi Mi 4 on the other hand has a 5 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space.
At the back it has a 13MP camera with an 8MP one in front. For the battery, it has a 3080 mAh non removable unit.
For those who don’t already know, there are some retailers who are selling Xiaomi phones in Kenya but the company has never had an official launch here. This might just be the first and brings some much needed competition. We will know more about this next week!