Ever since Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was confirmed to be heading to Kenya with a price tag of Ksh 100,000, there have been lots of questions about this phone’s valuation.
Many have labeled the price tag as outrageous, but looking at Samsung as a brand, it’s not strange to see a phone coming from the company with such a massive price tag. The question of whether to buy or not can only be answered by the status of your bank account, but if you are looking for a solid alternative that is also available for a cheaper price, the Xiaomi Mi MIX is a great place to start.
Although you’ll miss out on a number of obvious specs and features, the overall performance – and feel – you get from the Xiaomi Mi MIX won’t be so different from what the Galaxy Note 8 has to offer.
While Samsung has been taking all the credits for the designs of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, it’s actually Xiaomi that kicked off all this madness at the end of last year. The Chinese OEM unveiled the Xiaomi Mi MIX as the first phone with close to no bezels and with just weeks before the 2nd-generation Mi MIX 2 makes its debut, Avechi has a Ksh 6,000 discount on the original Mi MIX.
As noted, the phone has close to no bezels, where the bottom of the screen is the only place you find a bezel housing the selfie camera. The rest of the front panel is a massive 6.4-inch display screen with a Full HD+ resolution. Although 0.1 inches bigger than the Note 8, the latter comes with a better QHD+ resolution, but this is nothing the naked eye will notice.
In terms of raw power, the Xiaomi Mi MIX has a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor clocked at 2.35GHz. This is paired with a massive 6GB RAM and for storage, you get an even bigger 256GB unit, but there’s no room to expand it. The back of the Mi MIX has a 16MP lens with f/2.0 aperture, electronic image stabilization (EIS), dual-tone LED flash and 4K video recording. The front gets a 5MP lens for selfies.
Even though the Xiaomi Mi MIX comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, the phone can be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s also possible that Xiaomi will update it to the newer Android 8.0 Oreo, but it could take months before this happens. Keeping the Mi MIX alive is a solid 4400mAh battery unit that supports Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology via a USB-C port.
Like the Galaxy Note 8, the fingerprint scanner is rear-mounted, but unlike Samsung, Xiaomi knows where to place this sensor. You’ll also get features such as Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE dual-SIM connectivity, 3.5mm audio jack and NFC, although the latter might not be so useful to have locally.
For all these, you only need to part with Ksh 62,999, down from the usual Ksh 68,999. This is a good deal, if you ask me. For those who want to be unique, there’s nothing better to make you stand out than a one-of-a-kind smartphone like the Xiaomi Mi MIX. The phone’s raw power will also ensure speedy handling of tasks and no lags even when executing the heaviest of them.
Hit the source link to grab this deal – or maybe the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, which is valued at Ksh 54,999. The rest of the specs remain unchanged.