Xiaomi Mi A2 was unveiled towards the end of July 2018. But it took up to October for Xiaomi Kenya to begin selling the device locally. By this time, Avechi Kenya, a name that became synonymous with Xiaomi devices even before the company officially entered the market, had already stocked the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.
As if repeating last year’s narrative, those who wish to grab the device locally will be glad to know that Avechi Kenya has Xiaomi Mi A3 listed on its website. Just to be sure, we’ve reached out to know if the phone is actually in stock and available for immediate shipping and we’ll update this post when they get back.
Xiaomi Kenya is opening a new Mi Store in Nairobi CBD today. I’m not sure why the company balked at this great opportunity to launch the Mi A3 in the country. Instead, there’s some hype around the Mi Band 4 and Mi TV Box S, among other devices.
But if last year is anything to go by, we could be facing a significantly long wait before Xiaomi Kenya officially starts selling the Mi A3 locally. Their first priority is Europe, Asia (India) and then Kenya later on, God knows when.
Other than the downgraded screen resolution and RAM on the 128GB model, most of what Xiaomi Mi A3 has is an upgrade over the Mi A2. Fans will be happy to see the return of the 3.5mm audio jack and microSD card slot, but truth be told, these features are under threat.
Even better is that the Mi A3 now has a huge 4030mAh battery that when combined with the power-sipping 720p AMOLED screen, this thing should last forever on a single charge for moderate users.
You can check out the rest of the specs below.
- 6.088-inch AMOLED HD+ (720×1520) display screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC
- 4GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
- Tri-lens 48MP + 8MP + 2MP main camera
- 32MP selfie camera
- 4030mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie (Android One)
Avechi Kenya wants Kshs 24,999 for the base model of 4/64GB. The high-end 4/128GB model goes for Kshs 28,499. These figures are exclusive of delivery costs, which may vary depending on your geographical location.
If either storage option costs a little too much for you yet you badly want the Mi A3, Avechi has made arrangements with Aspira Kenya to offer monthly installment payments. You can pay in three, six or nine, or twelve monthly installments.
We don’t know if this same price will prevail when the Mi A3 officially arrives in Kenya, but yea, we won’t be surprised if it does. This is especially since there are reports that a beefier Mi A3 Pro is in the works.