Xiaomi set to launch Kenya’s most affordable 5G smartphone, the Redmi Note 10 5G

Smartphone brand Xiaomi, through its local distributors, is set to unveil two smartphones, the Redmi Note 10S and the Redmi Note 10 5G, in Kenya on Friday, June 25th.

The launch event will be held virtually and streamed on the Xiaomi Kenya Facebook page from 11.30am.

There will be free smartphones being given away during the live online launch.

The Redmi Note 10 5G is set to become the country’s most affordable 5G smartphone.

5G network connectivity is available in various parts with the country as the country’s leading mobile network operator Safaricom continues its 5G rollout, albeit on a trial basis, across the country.

At launch 3 months ago, Safaricom’s 5G network was available in a handful of towns in Western Kenya and a few spots in Nairobi. This is set to change in the coming months as the telecommunications company targets increasing its 5G sites from the current 15 to 250 by year’s end.

During the inauguration of Safaricom’s 5G network, only a handful of devices were said to be supported. These were the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Huawei P40, Nokia 8.3 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 series.

As one can easily note, those are ultra-high-end devices beyond the reach of many Kenyans and only accessible to a select few. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 5G is expected to bridge the gap and be a viable option that exists for those looking to take advantage of the availability of high-speed network connectivity in the country without breaking the bank.

We do not have the device’s pricing at this time – those are the details we will get to know during the launch – but we expect prices to start at just over Kshs 20,000 for the base model.

The Redmi Note 10 5G comes in 3 variations: 4GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage, 4GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage and, 6GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage.

The Redmi Note 10S, on the other hand, also comes in 3 variants but with a catch: more memory. The various configurations are as follows: 6GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage and, 8GB RAM + 128GB onboard storage.

Both devices are part of Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program.

Other specifications of the two devices are as captured below:

Redmi Note 10SRedmi Note 10 5G
Dimensions and weight160.46 x 74.5 x 8.29 mm, 178.8g161.81 x 75.34 x 8.29 mm, 190g
Display6.43-inch HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels, 409 ppi) AMOLED DotDisplay6.5-inch HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) DotDisplay with 90Hz refresh rate
CameraSelfie camera: 13MP
Main camera: 64MP wide-angle + 8MP ultra-wide-angle + 2MP macro + 2MP depth
Selfie camera: 8MP
Main camera: 48MP main + 2MP macro + 2MP depth
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G95MediaTek Dimensity 700
Memory6/8GB RAM, 64/128 GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)

*8GB RAM is available with 128GB variant only
4/6GB RAM, 64/128 GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)

*6GB RAM is available with 128GB variant only
Operating SystemMIUI 12.5 based on Android 11Same
Battery5,000mAh Same
Network3G, 4G3G, 4G, 5G (on both SIMs)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-CSame + Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC
Colour optionsOnyx Gray, Ocean Blue, Pebble WhiteAurora Green, Nighttime Blue, Chrome Silver, Graphite Gray
OthersFingerprint sensor (on the side), IP53 splash water and dust resistance, Hi-Res Audio certification, IR blasterFingerprint sensor (on the side), Hi-Res Audio certification, IR blaster

The Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Note 10 5G launch in Kenya follows the unveiling and subsequent local availability of other Redmi Note 10 series devices namely the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro, back in April.

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Xiaomi’s local distributors are backing all the devices in the Redmi Note 10 series with a 25-month warranty, a measure of how confident they are in them.

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