5G Xiaomi smartphones: Safaricom officially launched 5G services in select parts of Kenya last week. Customers in 5G-ready zones in the country can access 5G Wi-Fi by purchasing a 5G router and what this also means is that this could be the right time for you to buy a 5G smartphone.
5G smartphones are quite expensive though and Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa has previously cited this high cost as the major factor that had slowed down the deployment of 5G network and sites.
Xiaomi has however been flooding the market with some affordable 5G devices, both mid-range and high-end. A number of them have actually been released this year so you can walk into Mi Store in Nairobi and buy one. Alternatively, Jumia Black Friday is here so you can take advantage of some Xiaomi deals on Xiaomi Store on and grab one.
Below is a list of the 5G Xiaomi smartphones you can buy – both mid-range and high-end.
Redmi Note 10 5G
Redmi Note 10 5G comes with a 6.50-inch touchscreen display. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
The Redmi Note 10 5G runs Android 11 and is powered by a 5000mAh battery and supports proprietary fast charging.
For the cameras, the Redmi Note 10 5G on the rear packs a triple camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary camera; a 2-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel camera. There is a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring an 8-megapixel sensor. The phone is available for KES 26,199 for the 4GB + 128GB variant and KES 28,699 for the 6+128GB variant.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G smartphone runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 on top and features a 6.67-inch full-HD+ Dot Display with up to 120Hz refresh rate and up to 360Hz touch sampling rate. The phone carries an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W HyperCharge fast charging. For the cameras, there is a triple rear camera setup that comes with a 108-megapixel primary sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. The selfie camera is 16-megapixel.
The phone is available for KES 49, 899/
Xiaomi 11T Pro
The Xiaomi 11T Pro falls in the high-end segment of 5G Xiaomi devices. The phone features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) resolution and a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate.
Under the hood, the Xiaomi 11T Pro packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, paired with Adreno 660 GPU. It runs on runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 skin on top, some 8G of RAM and 256GB of internal storage
For the optics, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is equipped with a 108-megapixel triple rear camera setup. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. This 5G phone houses a 5,000mAh dual-cell supporting 120W HyperCharge fast wired charging.
You can buy the phone in Kenya for KES 64, 999.
Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro
These two devices fall under the Xiaomi 12 series that debuted on the world stage in March of this year. These flagship phones feature triple rear camera setups and get 5G connectivity. They are all powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, with the
All two devices get up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
Xiaomi 12 Pro packs a 4,600mAh battery with 120W fast charging support while the Xiaomi 12 packs a 4,500mAh battery with 67W fast charging support.
For the cameras, the Xiaomi 12 comes with a triple rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel primary sensor, 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. Xiaomi 12 Pro also sports a triple rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 50-megapixel portrait sensor, and a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. All two feature a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
Xiaomi 12 with 12+256GB is available for KES 89,599 while you can buy the Xiaomi 12 Pro 12+256 for KES 104, 999.
Which of these 5G Xiaomi smartphones would you buy?