Safaricom to start stocking Motorola smartphones soon, including the new Moto C

Safaricom will soon take stock of and start selling Motorola’s latest smartphones in Kenya.

The smartphones will be from the high-end Moto Z lineup, the mid-range Moto G to the entry-level Moto C.

The Moto C is a recent addition to Motorola’s Android smartphone lineup having been announced in May. The device has just been unveiled in India over the last few hours.

The Motorola Moto C is a 5-inch entry-level device with an FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) display, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage (expandable), a 5-megapixel camera at the back and a 2-megapixel sensor on the front, a 2,350mAh removable battery and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The LTE variant of the Moto C packs 16GB internal storage.

The Moto C also has a bigger sibling, the Moto C Plus which packs a similar 5-inch display but with a higher resolution, HD, a bigger 4,000mAh battery unit, an 8-megapixel camera, LTE and the same quad-core MediaTek chip found on the standard C model, MT6737.

Motorola’s other devices, the Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto G4 Plus have been on the market since March when Lenovo, Moto’s parent company, re-introduced the Motorola brand in the Kenyan market.

Back then at that launch, Lenovo East Africa regional manager Shikha Monga promised us that the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, which had just been announced a few days earlier at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain, would be hitting the Kenyan market “after May”.

Well, May is gone and it’s now June and it looks like she’s keeping her word.

The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, alongside the other Moto devices, are expected to become available in Safaricom shops across the country starting next week so look out for that in coming days.

The Moto G5 and G5 Plus, which only became available in various markets in April, pack 5-inch and 5.2-inch full HD displays respectively. Other specifications of the two devices are as outlined here.

UPDATE: The Moto C Plus is selling in the Kenyan market at a recommended retail price of Kshs 14,000 through Safaricom.

Emmanuel Chenze

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