Xiaomi smartphones launching in Africa

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi will launch its Redmi 2 and Mi 4 smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa during September 2015, Forbes reported.

Mobile in Africa was appointed as sole distributor for the region, and the company’s president RJ van Spaandonk said they are setting up online stores in 14 countries.

Van Spaandonk is executive director at Core Group, which is the official distributor for Apple and Nintendo in a number of Sub-Saharan countries.

Mobile in Africa’s strategy to set up online stores around the continent mirrors Xiaomi’s online approach it uses in China.

Earlier this year, Xiaomi made headlines with its claim that its Mi Note Pro smartphone would take on the iPhone 6.

According to Forbes, the Mi Note Pro is not one of the devices that will be available at launch.

Instead, Mobile in Africa will bring in the Redmi 2 at a recommended price of R1,999, and the Mi 4 at a recommended price of R3,999.

The key specifications of the devices are listed below.

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi 2 Xiaomi Mi 4
Dimensions 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm
Display 4.7″ 720p (720 x 1280) 5″ 1080p (1080 x 1920)
Rear camera 8MP 13MP
Front camera 2MP 8MP
Internal memory 8GB 16/64GB
Expandable memory microSD
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 2.5GHz Qualcomm 8X74AC
Graphics Adreno 306 Adreno 330
Battery 2,200mAh 2,080mAh
Network LTE LTE / 3G
SIM type Dual SIM Single SIM

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