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Some of the Smartphones Launched in Kenya in August and what to Expect in September

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August saw a number of new phones launch in Kenya. The month also saw realme officially enter the market with three new devices. Having more devices on the market is always better for the end users as there are more options to choose from and this hopefully translates to better prices and value for money.

There are phones that were announced in August but are yet to launch in Kenya and we expect those to be available locally as from September.

With most of the phones listed here, I have included their prices and links to where you can buy them. Prices change from time to time so you should also look around to try to find the best price you are comfortable with.

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Phones Launched in Kenya In August

realme C3

The realme C3 was officially unveiled in Kenya earlier this month and this was the first smartphone from realme to launch in the country. This phone is available in stores starting from Ksh 13,000. This is not the cheapest phone from the company as that title is taken by the realme C11.

Realme c3
Realme c3

Even though the realme C3 is not the cheapest, it is still a good device that might help propel the company to the list of top smartphone brands in Kenya. Have a look at some of its key specifications below.

  • Display: 6.5-inch ; 720 x 16o0 pixels
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70
  • RAM: 2/3/4GB RAM
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh

Also Read: The realme C3 Specifications and Price in Kenya

Vivo Y30

vivo Y30
vivo Y30

Vivo also launched a new smartphone in Kenya this month. The vivo Y30 was launched exclusively on Jumia where it is currently available for Ksh 16,999. At this price, the Y30 will be competing with the Redmi Note 9 Series, Infinix Hot 7, and even the Tecno Camon 15 series as well as the Huawei Y7p.

Have a look at its specifications below.

  • Display: 6.47 inches IPS LCD  display with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels
  • Processor:  MT6765 Helio P35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128 GB internal storage; expandable
  • Cameras: Quad: 13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, 8MP front-facing camera
  • SIM: dual SIM
  • Battery: 5.000 mAh battery
  • Android:  Android 10.0; Funtouch 10.0

Also ReadThe vivo Y30 Specifications and price in Kenya

The realme C11

realme C11

The second smartphone from realme to launch in Kenya this month is the realme C11. This phone was launched together with the realme 6 and is available in stores for Ksh 10,000. This phone directly competes with the Remi 9A as they share so many specifications and are both priced at Ksh 10,000.

Here are its specifications.

  • Display: 6.5-inch ; 720 x 1560 pixels
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35
  • RAM: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear cameras: 13MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh

The realme 6

realme 6 in kenya

The most expensive smartphone from realme available in Kenya at the moment is the realme 6. This was unveiled together with the realme C11. Even though the realme 6 was unveiled together with the C11, it will officially be available in stores as from September 2 for Ksh 29,999. You will be able to get it through Jumia and most other smartphone retailers countrywide.

Have a look at its specifications.

  • Display: 6.5-inch ; 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB RAM
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear cameras: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP+ 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh

Huawei nova 5T – Green

The Huawei nova 5T is not a new smartphone but earlier in August the company introduced a green variant of this phone in the country. The phone comes with the same specifications as the original nova 5T that we saw in Kenya earlier this year.

Huawei Nova 5T green
Huawei Nova 5T green

The new nova 5T is available at Ksh 33,500. Below is a look at its specifications.

  • Display: 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution
  • Processor:  HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • GPU:  Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM: 6/8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB internal storage, no SD card slot
  • Cameras: Quad: 48MP + 16MP + 2MP + 2MP rear cameras, 32 MP front-facing camera
  • SIM: dual SIM
  • Battery: 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android: Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9

Smartphones Launching in Kenya in September

As for the smartphones launching in Kenya in September, we have a handful of them as you will see below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series

Unveiled to a global audience back in August, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will finally make its way to Kenya. The exact date is yet to be confirmed but it should be within the month, probably the first half of the month.

The Galaxy Note 20 series comes in two variants, the standard Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. Below is a look at the specifications of the standard Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra specifications

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Display6.7-inch AMOLED Infinity-O, FHD+ resolution
60Hz refresh rate
6.9-inch AMOLED Infinity-O, WQHD+ resolution
120Hz refresh rate
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990
Storage128/ 256 GB No microSD card support128GB, 256GB or 512GB microSD card support up to 2TB
RAM8GB12GB
Battery4,300mAh battery4,500mAh battery
CamerasRear: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP


Front: 10MP
Rear: 108MP + 12MP + 12 MP


Front: 10MP
Video8K at 24fps8K at 24fps
SecurityIn-display fingerprint sensor (Ultrasonic)In-display fingerprint sensor (Ultrasonic)
ColorsMystic Gray, Mystic Green and Mystic BronzeMystic Black, Mystic White and Mystic Bronze
Dimensions & weight75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3mm
192g (sub-6GHz only)
77.2 x 164.8 x 8.1mm
208g
PriceFrom Ksh 107,000From Ksh 137,000

The vivo Y1S

vivo y1s

Vivo Y1S is the second smartphone that the company will be launching in a matter of 2 months. The company had plans of launching this phone before the end of August but they have not done that so we are expecting to see it in September. This will be an entry level phone as you can tell from its specifications below.

  • Display: 6.22 inches IPS LCD  display with a resolution of 720×1520 pixels
  • Processor:  MediaTek Helio P35
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32 GB internal storage; expandable
  • Cameras: 13MP back, 5MP front-facing camera
  • SIM: dual SIM
  • Battery: 4,030 mAh battery
  • Android:  Android 10.0; Funtouch OS 10.5

Infinix Zero 8

Infinix Zero 8 kenya

The Infinix Zero 8 will be launched in Kenya in September and the date set so far is September 7.  This is the company’s camera centric device for 2020 and we are expecting it in Kenya then. The phone comes with a dual front facing camera setup that I have used for a few days and I love it so far.

The back cameras are also good especially the night mode. The phone isn’t just about the cameras as it comes with some very powerful internals.

  • Display: 6.85 inches IPS LCD  display with a resolution of 1080 x 2460 pixels
  • Processor:  MediaTek Helio G90T
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128 GB internal storage; expandable
  • Cameras: 64 MP + 8 MP + 2MP + 2 MP back, 48 MP + 8 MP front-facing camera
  • SIM: dual SIM
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh battery
  • Android:  Android 10.0; XOS 7.0.0

Tecno Camo 16 Series

Tecno is also planning to launch new smartphones in Kenya in September. The company will be launching the Camon 16 series. This is the successor to the Camon 15 series that we saw in the country not so long ago. Not much is known about the Camon 16 series at the moment and for that we will have to wait a little longer. All we know so far is that it will come with a 64MP main sensor at the back.

Infinix X1 Smart TV

Infinix TV
Infinix TV

Even though this is not a smartphone, I had to mention it. Infinix is planning to launch its smart TV series in Kenya in September. The Infinix X1 TV series will be the company’s first line that should be as affordable as Vision Plus TVs.

Also Read: The vivo V19 Review – The Upgrade we Wanted


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Editor at TechArena. I cover all things technology and review new gadgets as I get them. You can reach me on email: kaluka@techarena.co.ke
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