Update [July 20, 2018]:
The Tesla 9.1 Lite started selling in the country a while back exclusively via Kilimall. Weeks later, the device is now available on Jumia Kenya. At launch, the handset had a price tag of Sh 16,800, but a quick look at Kilimall website this morning revealed some shocking figures – that the Tesla 9.1 Lite is now available at Sh 17,800.
During my review of the Tesla 9.1 Lite, which you can check out below, I was full of good words for this device, be it the design, the features on board, and even performance, although the latter did not wow me that much. For this reason and the fact that Tesla is a company no one has heard of before, I was a little skeptical about the phone’s asking price of Sh 16,800.
Well, it seems Jumia is keen to address this price aspect as the phone is now listed at what I can easily term as the ideal price: Sh 13,999. It’s likely that this price change could be a result of the ongoing Jumia Anniversary Deals, so make sure you jump to the offer while the promo lasts (it ends on July 29th).
The continuing relationship between the Kenyan and Chinese governments means that we won’t be short of products originating from the latter in just about every sector of the economy anytime soon. In fact, the number of Chinese products, more so Android smartphones, that are flooding the market is alarming and given the Asian country’s technology standards, this is one area the show is always going to be lit.
One company that is taking advantage of this relationship coupled with the growing smartphone market in Kenya is Tesla. Some of you might have heard of the name, but probably in relation to something else. Or maybe not. But here, we are Droids and the talk is about Android.
Dubbed Tesla 9.1 Lite, this is so far the company’s high-end offering in the Kenyan smartphone market and honestly, it’s my first to come across. We got lucky to get one unit for review (watch out for it soon) and while I’ve had the device for a couple or so days, I’ll spare my views for the final review.
It’s never easy to break into a new market, more so a market like Kenya that is mainly controlled by price. However, we all know that one can hardly go wrong when it comes to the sub-Sh 20, 000 category, including the buyer. And this is where you find the Tesla 9.1 Lite smartphone.
From my early impressions with the phone, it fits in well. It has a good design that is complemented by the 18:9 display screen, a fingerprint scanner, a dual-lens camera that is increasingly looking gimmicky the more time I spend with the device, a 2800mAh battery, and supports fast charging technology via a USB-C port. And yes, you also get a 3.5mm audio jack.
At Sh 16, 800, you will not only receive a brand new Tesla 9.1 Lite smartphone, but also a bunch of freebies that include a Tesla-branded T-shirt (black cotton), water bottle (black) and wristband (black or white). Usually, these products would set you back Sh 1, 176, Sh 1, 000, and Sh 500, respectively. There’s also a promotion that can hand you a Sh 1, 000 discount using the code TESLAPROMO, but the area for entering the promo code was greyed out on the checkout page, at least for me.
The Tesla 9.1 Lite is available in one flavor of Grey, but note that the freebies are limited to availability of stock.
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