Safaricom last week officially launched its 5G services in selected parts of Kenya with customers in 5G-ready zones able to access 5G Wi-Fi services by buying an enabled router.
The move has opened the way for individuals and businesses to start considering acquiring the 5G Wi-Fi services as well as purchasing 5G smartphones to access the faster internet.
At the launch, however, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa lamented over the restrictive high costs of 5G smartphones that was hampering distribution of 5G network and sites in Kenya.
To bridge this gap, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been introducing into the Kenyan market a variety of affordable 5G phones in the mid-range and high-end segments.
You can walk into a Mi Store in Nairobi and purchase a host of Xiaomi 5G devices or you can take advantage of the Jumia Black Friday to get some irresistible deals in the Xiaomi Store.
Here is a list of Xiaomi 5G smartphones you can buy in mid-range and high-end segments:
Redmi Note 10 5G - 4+128GB
It comes with a 6.50-inch touchscreen display, is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, and 4GB RAM alongside 128 GB of internal storage space.
It runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12, is powered by a 5000mAh battery and supports exclusive fast charging.
It comes with a triple camera setup on the back featuring a 48MP primary camera (macro); 2MP camera (wide) and a 2MP camera (depth). The front selfie camera has an 8MP sensor.
You can purchase the 4GB+128GB for Sh26,199 in Kenya while the 6GB+128GB variant retails at Sh28,699.
Redmi Note 11 Pro plus 5G - 8+256GB
This 5G-enabled device runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 with a 6.67-inch full-HD+ Dot Display and comes with up to 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate.
The smartphone phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC, which is backed by up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage space.
Its 4,500mAh battery supports a 120W HyperCharge fast charging system.
The phone packs a triple rear camera setup with a 108MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide shooter and 2MP macro shooter, as the front flaunts a 16MP selfie camera.
You can buy this 5G device in Kenya at Sh49,899.
Xiaomi 11T Pro - 8GB+256GB
This beast of a high-end Xiaomi 5G device comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate.
It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, with Adreno 660 GPU and runs on Android 11 added to MIUI 12.5 skin, 8GB of RAM and an internal storage space of 256GB.
It comes equipped with a 108MP rear triple camera setup and a 16MP selfie camera.
It has a fingerprint sensor mounted on the side, is powered by a 5,000mAh dual-cell battery backed by a 120W HyperCharge fast-wired charging.
You can purchase the 5G device at Sh64,999 in Kenya.
Xiaomi 12 & Xiaomi 12 Pro
These two smartphones under the Xiaomi 12 series were unveiled globally in March 2022 and feature the triple camera setup at the back.
Both are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, with up to 12GB RAM and internal storage space of 256GB.
The Xiaomi 12 comes packed with a 4,500mAh battery and supports 67W fast charging while the Xiaomi 12 Pro is powered by a 4,600mAh battery and support 120W fast charging.
The Xiaomi 12 has a triple camera setup at the rear, a 50MP primary sensor, 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor.
Xiaomi 12 Pro is also packed with a rear triple camera setup, a 50MP primary sensor, a 50MP portrait sensor, and a 50MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, added to a 32MP selfie camera.
You can buy the Xiaomi 12 Pro 12GB +256GB in Kenya at Sh104,999 and the Xiaomi 12 Pro 12GB+256GB at Sh104,999