Xiaomi is a top-selling Chinese brand that many in Kenya might be less familiar with, but the OEM produces some of the most affordable yet so powerful smartphones in the market right now.
At some point, the company was nicknamed the Apple of China due to the close resemblance of its phones to Apple’s iPhones, but this title might have be been lost thanks to the entry of other players such as Oppo, whose phones are quite identical to iPhones.
Nonetheless, Xiaomi has camped in Kenya for quite some time now and so far, you can find a bunch of Mi and Redmi phones on leading online retailers in Kenya, be it Jumia or Kilimall. But if you are after the best deals on Xiaomi phones, look no further than Avechi, a top retailer not just in Kenya, but also ships to the entire East Africa, but you might also be lucky to get the phones at better prices on the aforementioned retailers.
So, which are the best Xiaomi phones available in Kenya priced at under Ksh 20,000? Read on.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Released in November 2016, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is a great budget phone available for just Ksh 11,340. This gives you a phone with a decent build, a compact 5-inch HD display screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB RAM. The storage is 16GB with room to expand it, but if you need a bigger 32GB, you’ll have to shell out Ksh 13,999 to the price of the 16GB variant, although the rest of the specs remain unchanged.
These specs include a 13MP back camera with f/2.2 aperture, AF, LED flash and 1080p video recording and the front has a 5MP lens with the same aperture. There’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box alongside a heavily customized MIUI 8 skin on top and for the battery, you get a decent 3120mAh unit that is not removable. The Redmi 4A also comes with 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-SIM support, but misses out on the fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi Redmi 4X
In November 2016, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi 4 in China, but a few months later in March this year, the phone received another variant dubbed Xiaomi Redmi 4X. These phones can be hard to differentiate, especially since they have a lot in common, but it’s the specs under the hood that put them apart.
As you may have guessed, the newer Xiaomi Redmi 4X is more powerful than its predecessor thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC mated with either 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB RAM. Other than these, the rest of the specs remain unchanged for the two Redmi 4X variants. The phone ships with a 5-inch HD display screen with Gorilla Glass technology on top.
For the cameras, you get a 13MP lens on the back with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, LED flash and 1080p video recording. The front gets a 5MP sensor with a slightly smaller f/2.2 aperture and support for 1080p video recording. This Xiaomi Redmi 4X has Android Marshmallow out of the box, but an update to Nougat is on the way. You also get a huge 4100mAh battery unit, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-SIM connectivity, although the second SIM slot also doubles as the microSD card slot.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X
Another great piece of creation from Xiaomi is the Redmi Note 4X. Like many other Xiaomi phones, this one comes in several variants and it’s very easy to get confused. The good side of the story, though, is very specific with what is on offer here.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X packs a full metal design with a 5.5-inch 2.5D screen and under the hood, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC mated with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. If these are not your type, you can grab the 4GB/64GB variant for a slightly higher price tag, though.
For the optics, you have a 13MP lens on the back with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash and 1080p video recording. The front has a 5MP shooter with the same aperture and support for 1080p video recording. Similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 4X, the Redmi Note 4X has a huge 4100mAh battery unit that is charged via a microUSB port. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which is upgradable to Nougat, but the update is not yet available.
The Redmi Note 4X can be yours for a decent price of Ksh 17,600 on Kilimall.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro
If you can manage to stretch your reach just a little bit, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is a great option at Ksh 19,799. The phone ships with a 5.5-inch 1080p display screen and a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor mated with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can also be expanded using a microSD card.
The camera on the back has a 16MP lens with features such as PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and Full HD video recording while the selfie shooter has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture and 1080p video recording as well. The battery is huge at 4050mAh and supports fast charging technology via a microUSB port.
The software on board is Android 5.1 Lollipop, but an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is available for download over the air. You also get features such as 4G LTE, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-SIM connectivity.
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