Update [April 16, 2019]: With Q1 gone, Xiaomi Kenya now says the promised Mi Home store will be unveiled in May 2019. The company is still not giving us a specific date, but its nothing unusual here.
1st Mi Home in Kenya… with ALL Xiaomi Products (Smart-Phones & Smart-Home devices)
May – 2019!
— Mi Kenya (@Xiaomi_Kenya) April 11, 2019
According to Xiaomi Kenya, the Mi Home store will, other than smartphones, house products like Mi TV Box, Mi Bands, Amazing Fits, Vacuum cleaners, Smart switches, Smart lights, and Bluetooth speakers, among others. I hope the Mi TVs causing waves in India will also find their way to the first Sub-Saharan Africa Mi Home store sooner or later. The original article continues below.
Over the past several months, Xiaomi has been all over many tech news outlets in Kenya for the good reasons and there is even more good news, at least for those in Nairobi.
In addition to online presence, a physical presence is necessary to take on the Kenyan gadgets market and Xiaomi seems to be learning fast. To make it easier to access their products and services offline, the Chinese vendor plans to open its first Mi Home store in Kenya in Q1 2019. The shop will reportedly be located at Sarit Center in Nairobi’s Westlands.
We hear you loud. And we take all the positive points home.
We won't disappoint this market. Good things coming real soon including the 1st Mi Home in Kenya next quarter.
Keep it locked. #XiaomiOnUltimateBF
— Mi Kenya (@Xiaomi_Kenya) November 23, 2018
For now, Xiaomi phones are easily available countrywide thanks to the partnership with giant online retailer Jumia Kenya. However, with online shopping still reserved for a few brave souls thanks to the potential heart attacks that are likely to follow soon after unboxing some of the devices these retailers send to consumers, some Kenyans have obviously found it hard to join in the Xiaomi hype.
While it might take some time for more Mi Home stores to open countrywide, there sure will be more. However, according to unconfirmed reports, Xiaomi phones will soon begin selling offline across the country through Safaricom shops. Those in the capital city can also grab any Xiaomi device offline by visiting their offices located at Bihi Towers (5th floor), where there is also a service center.
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