Competition among businesses is always a good thing, especially if the customer ends up as the major beneficiary. This is the exact case as at the time of this writing, where Jumia is locking horns with Avechi in a bid to win over the growing Kenyan online market.
The two entities are among the few trusted go-to platforms for online smartphone buyers, but it appears Avechi is ready to do everything possible to lure online shoppers from Jumia, which has now established itself as the leading online retailer in the country.
To do this, Avechi is selling you the flagship Xiaomi Mi Note 2 at almost half the price the same phone is listed on Jumia. Where buying from the former will set you back Ksh 51,499, the latter has slammed a price tag of Ksh 92,069 on the same phone. This is strange, but it’s just how things work. For those who have no idea of the existence of other retailers in the country and only know of Jumia, well, you have your price. As for the group that enjoys doing vast online research before making a decision to buy a smartphone, you are the luckiest.
Just to bring you up to speed, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a high-end phone that was released late last year. The phone was seen by some as the potential heir to the throne left behind by the faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It has an identical design featuring an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch AMOLED display screen that matches what was used on the Note 7, but the resolution is a bit lower at 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is more powerful than the Note 7 and in fact, the hardware on board can only be equaled by what is found on the OnePlus 3T, another phone released in late 2016. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC clocked at 2.35GHz and as you already know, this is mated with a massive 6GB RAM and a monstrous storage of 128GB, but there’s no room to expand it (as if you needed to).
On the back of the Mi Note 2 is a 22.5MP camera that features an aperture of f/2.0, electronic image stabilization (EIS), PDAF, a dual-tone LED flash and 4K video recording. As for the selfies, the phablet has a decent 8MP lens with the same aperture and also throws in autofocus alongside support for 1080p video recording.
You need not to worry about the battery life because the phablet ships with a huge 4070mAh unit that is not removable and is supported by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology via the latest USB Type-C port. As you’d expect from a flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.2, Infrared, NFC, 4G LTE as well as a 3.5mm audio jack, among other goodies.
The software you get out of the box is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but Xiaomi has confirmed that the device will be receiving an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Considering that it’s less than a year old, the Mi Note 2 should also receive an update to Android O later this year or sometime next year.
So, the big decision rests with you the buyer. Will you buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 from Avechi for Ksh 51,499 (which is actually the recommended price) or opt for the outrageous Jumia, where the same phone with the same design, specs, features and software is priced at close to Ksh 100,000?
You can make your pick from the two links below, but also feel free to let us know what you think about these two entities’ prices for smartphones in your comments below.