The Kenyan-assembled smartphones were finally unveiled yesterday. The devices feature the NEON branding that has become synonymous with Safaricom under its Maisha Ni Digital Campaign.
The first time we heard of these devices was back in 2017-2018. Remember the Neon Kicka and the Kicka 4?
Well, these devices will now be assembled locally thanks to a joint venture between Safaricom, Jamii Telecommunications and Chinese firm Shenzhen TeleOne Technology.
The first devices to come out of the local assembly plant are the NEON RAY ULTRA and the NEON Smarta. You’ve probably seen the devices already selling locally, this is because some units had already been released to the market.
From today though, the devices will be available countrywide at Faiba shops and dealer stores as well as Safaricom shops and Masoko online platform will retail from KES. 7,499 ($50).
We got our hands on the NEON RAY ULTRA, which we should be unboxing this week. It’s a slight upgrade from the Neon Smarta. In the meaning, below are the specs.
|NEON RAY ULTRA|
|Display Size||6’5 inches with 60Hz,|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Resolution||1600 x 720p, 280 dpi|
|OS||Android Go Edition|
|Internal||2GB RAM, 32GB ROM|
|Rear Cameras (Triple)||8MP Main|
|Selfie Camera (Single)||5MP Selfie,|
|SIM||Single (Safaricom locked)|
|Battery||3750 mAh non-removable
USB-C ( charging only)
|Features||TE, WiFi 4, (No 5Ghz, 6GHz), VOLTE|
Inside the package, you have the following:
- NEON RAY ULTRA itself
- a charger
- USB-C cable
- A pair of headphones
- A quick start guide
- A warranty card and
- A protective case.