OPPO Kenya has started selling its latest smartphone, the OPPO A71, in the country.
The company had earlier promised to introduce the device in the Kenyan market in “mid-September” but that was not to be seeing as it is that we are now wrapping up the month.
The OPPO A71 packs a 5.2-inch 720p display and is one of the very first OPPO smartphones to ship with Android 7.1, Nougat, out of the box. Of course, the Nougat is all wrapped up in the company’s colourful iOS-like Color OS overlay.
Specifications of the device are as captured here.
The device is available on sale countrywide through mobile network operator Safaricom’s retail shops where it goes for Kshs 19,990. The Safaricom partnership means that one of the A71’s features, the dual nano-SIM card slot, is most likely scaled down to just a single SIM slot since the telecommunications company usually doesn’t dabble in dual-SIM devices.
The pricing is pretty much in line with what the device goes for in the Asian market where it has been available so far.
Buyers of the device get a free 16GB memory card as well as a free protective cover.
The A71 has gone on sale in a week where another impressive mid-range smartphone from a Chinese device maker, the Android One Xiaomi Mi A1, has also gone on sale through retailer Avechi Kenya.
The OPPO A71 goes head to head with Infinix’s Note 4 Pro which goes for a similar price and has far more impressive features (read our review). Another device within its radar is the impressive Nokia 5. Will it be able to outdo them and, being OPPO’s bottom-of-the-barrel device, help it grab the much-needed market share?