Tecno mobile and Infinix Mobile dominance of the mobile phones market in Nigeria could be on the brink of shrinking as Xiaomi has just officially launched its product in Africa‘s most populous country, and while it might seem this is coming late, it is clear Xiaomi‘s offering would pose a threat to Tecno and Infinix empires.
Xiaomi Redmi sub-brand announced the budget Redmi 7 and Redmi Note 7 in the country at an event held in Lagos Nigeria on Wednesday. The RedmiNote 7 has been around for a while, though it’s been barely a month since the brand first unveiled the Redmi 7 in China and now launched in both Nigeria and India.
Xiaomi has priced the Redmi 7 with 2GB RAM + 16GB storage configuration at ₦42,000 and will be available via Jumia Nigeria starting from April 29, while the variant with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration will sell for ₦47,500 Naira and will go on sale starting from May 6 via Slot and Pointek. There is a third variant with 3GB/64GB configuration that is expected to be available on May 6 at ₦52,000.
As for the Redmi Note 7, you will have to part with ₦GN 66,900 for 4GB+64GB configuration, and as much as ₦75,500 for 4GB+128GB configurations. And much like the Redmi 7, the Redmi Nite 7 base variant with 3GB+32GB will go on sale online via Jumia from April 29, while the 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB versions will be on sale through offline channels from May 6.
Xiaomi also brought a third device to the country – the Redmi Go, although it wasn’t part of the Wednesday event, the Redmi Go is already selling in the country via Jumia priced at ₦22,000.
For the Redmi 7, Xiaomi went all-plastic with the ‘Aura Smoke’ design, though you may be deceived to believe it’s made of glass and metal at first glance, it, however, features an oleophobic coating on that back panel that should help repel smudges.
Not only that, the device has a P2i nano-coating making it splash proof. Powered by a 4000mAh battery, the Redmi 7 is fronted by a 6.26-inch HD+ waterdrop notch display, is powered by Snapdragon 632 SoC with up to 3GB of RAM. There is a twin camera set up at the back consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera with LED flash along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for capturing depth information in portrait shots, while it has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.
The Rredmi Note 7 is at the moment Redmi‘s bestseller, selling over 4 million units since it was first launched till March 29 all thanks to its spectacular dual camera which uses a Samsung 48MP ISOCELL sensor and Xiaomi’s AI for post-processing, its 4000mAh battery with quick charge 4, and of course its Snapdragon 660 chipset.