Lava, an Indian phone manufacturer, has officially entered the Kenya market. The phone manufacturer officially introduced its affordable smartphone line to the country yesterday saying that this is part of its aggressive business expansion in international markets. Besides Kenya, the company will also expand to Nigeria, Ghana and Sudan.
Some of the company’s phone are already available in Kenya through offline retail stores and online through Jumia. These are bound to shake the entry level market segment that is currently dominated by the Transsion Group. For the consumers, the more players there are, the better it is as prices will definitely come down while still getting the best features. In the end, you are guaranteed the best value for your money.
In Kenya, we will be getting the Laval Champion, Lava Iris and Lava Z series. These are different categories from feature phones to smartphones.
The Lava Champion is the company feature phone line-up. You may be wondering why have a feature phone in 2019 but the truth is this is a very huge market as not everyone is able or willing to buy a smartphone. Under the Champion series, we have the following devices.
Lava Champion A1 available for Ksh 1,200
Lava Champion C1 available for Ksh 1,500
Lava Champion N1 available for Ksh 1,800
Next we have the Lava Iris series that in Kenya will be made up of devices that cost less than Ksh 10,000. As the company makes its way to Kenya, it will bring the Lava Iris 42 and Iris 51. The Iris 51 is already available on Jumia for Ksh 6,499 and below are some of its key specifications.
Display Size: 5.0 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1080 pixels
Storage Space: 8 GB, can be expanded to 64GB
Android Version: Android 8.0 Oreo, Android Go Edition
Main Camera: 8 MP
Selfie Camera: 5 MP
Battery: 2500 mAh battery
The Lava Z series
The third series is the Lava Z. Here we have devices such as the Lava Z1, Lava Z81, Lava Z91 and Lava Z50 Pro. The Lava Z81 is already available on Jumia for Ksh 12,000 for the 2GB version and Ksh 14,000 for the 3GB version. Below are some of the other specs of the Lava Z81.
Display Size: 5.7 inches with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels, HD+
Processor: 2GHz MediaTek Helio A22
Storage Space: 16 GB, can be expanded to 128GB
GPU: PowerVR GE8320
Android Version: Android 8.1 Oreo
Selfie Camera: 13MP
Battery: 3000 mAh battery
The Lava Z1 and Z92 will be available in Kenya as from next week, The Z81 is the one you can buy right now.