In recent times, Xiaomi has been quite busy selling its name to Kenyans who haven’t heard much about the company by launching several of its budget, midrange, and high-end phones in the local market. Back in March, we reported about the company’s launch of the Redmi 5 Plus in the country through Jumia Kenya and today, it’s about what the Chinese OEM calls “the camera beast.”
Thanks to a product page that has recently been published by Jumia, we can confirm that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with AI dual camera has landed in Kenya. You’ve probably heard a thing or two about the Redmi Note 5, but here’s the thing: there are up to three variants under the Redmi Note 5 tag. Two of these phones are sold in India as the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The two phones are [basically] exclusive to the Indian market, but the former is the same phone that was launched in Kenya as the Redmi 5 Plus.
Following the launch of the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India – a phone that is also available for purchase via Avechi Kenya – Xiaomi also launched a new device in China and christened it Redmi Note 5 AI dual camera, which, essentially, is a slightly modified version of the Redmi Note 5 Pro sold through Avechi Kenya – and India.
Here are the specs of the Redmi Note 5 AI dual camera beast:
- 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (1080×2160) LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
- 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM or 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM
- Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
- 13MP front camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 9
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, MicroUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, Quick Charge 3.0, Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, AI, etc.
In China, the Redmi Note 5 AI dual camera has a price tag of CNY 999 for the base model and CNY 1,299 for the 4/64GB variant. There’s a 6/64GB variant in China, but this one is unlikely to come to Kenya. When converted, these price tags translate to about Sh 15,000 and Sh 20,000 for the 3/32GB and 4/64GB variants, respectively. But of course, there’s no guarantee these price tags will be retained for the Kenyan market, because, well:
We have got 2 variants;
3 + 32 GB
4 + 64 GB
— Mi Kenya (@xiaomi_ke) June 28, 2018
While Jumia has already published the product page of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI dual camera, the phone is not yet available for purchase. Although we don’t have an exact date, the fact that the product page is live means availability is imminent.
We’ll update this post with pricing and availability details when we get them. Meanwhile, you can check out some of the best smartphone and tablet deals available during the ongoing Safaricom Open day via the link below.