Xiaomi has finally released the Pocophone F1 in the country in partnership with online retailer Jumia Kenya.
Initially, the phone was slated to arrive on the first day of November 2018 but it didn’t. Xiaomi Kenya appeared to be ready to begin selling the Pocophone in early December but later changed the date to December 18th, and then changed again to December 19th. Well, the latter has finally materialized and as of this writing, you can grab the 6/64GB variant, the only option available for now, at a fee of Sh 32,999.
This is the best price you are going to pay for any device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The Pocophone has also made highlights with its impressive camera and it gets even better when it comes to the promising 4000mAh battery unit. Even better is that Xiaomi has already released the stable version of Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top, but that’s not all the Chinese vendor has for you during this festive season.
If the Pocophone F1 proves to be a little too costly, there are two other options for you – the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Android One-based Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. The former is a slightly improved version of the Redmi Note 5 that is also selling via the same retailer while the latter is a watered-down version of the Mi A2. Where the Redmi Note 6 Pro costs Sh 22,999, the Mi A2 Lite will set you back Sh 16,599.
Here are the full specs of the three phones:
|Category||Pocophone F1||Redmi Note 6 Pro||Mi A2 Lite|
|Dimensions and weight||155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm, 182g||157.9 x 76.4 x 8.3 mm, 182g||149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm, 178g|
|Display||6.18-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ (1080x2246) LCD||6.26-inch 19:9 FHD+ (1080x2280) LCD||5.84-inch 19:9 FHD+ (1080x2280) LCD|
|Camera||Main: Dual 12MP + 5MP|
|Main: Dual 12MP + 5MP|
Front: Dual 20MP + 2MP
|Main: Dual 12MP + 5MP
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Memory||6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage||4GB RAM, 64GB storage||3GB RAM, 32GB storage|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie||Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie||Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G LTE||2G, 3G, 4G LTE||2G, 3G, 4G LTE|
|Extras||Quick Charge 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Infrared face recognition, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, etc||10W (5V/2A) charging, 3.5mm audio jack, Fingerprint (rear-mounted, Bluetooth 5.0, microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||10W (5V/2A) charging, 3.5mm audio jack, Fingerprint (rear-mounted, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Color options||Graphite Black||Black||Blue, Gold|
|Price||Sh 32,999||Sh 22,999||Sh 16,599|
Xiaomi Kenya had revealed that the Mi Max 3 would be part of this launch, but the phone is nowhere in the online shop. We’ve reached out to them about this and we’ll get back when we get the info.
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