Safaricom has sold more than 600,000 NEON phones in 2019

Safaricom has announced that it has sold more than 600,000 Neon smartphones in 2019, making their devices the MOST POPULAR AND AFFORDABLE smartphones in its retail shops across the country. The explosion in the Neon’s popularity comes after Safaricom revamped its lineup in April 2019 to introduce the most affordable 4G smartphone in the country at KES 3,999.

“We introduced the Neon Smartphone range to cater to customers seeking quality and reliable smartphones at an affordable price. The devices are especially designed to appeal to first-time smartphone users and have been received quite well, emerging as our most preferred smartphone range,”said Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom.

Neon smartphones are precisely tailored to offer an optimum combination of screen-size, battery capacity, device storage, camera, and phone memory at low prices. In addition, the devices are similarly engineered to deliver superior connectivity offering fast data speeds off Safaricom’s countrywide 4G network.

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Here are the prices of the Neon Phones:

Neon Lite (4G and VoLTE)KES 4,999
Neon Nova LTE (4G and VoLTE)KES 4,599
Neon Ray (4G and VoLTE)KES 3,999
Neon StormKES 3,349
Neon Kicka 4KES 3,199 (Masoko only price)

In recent months, Safaricom has partnered with Google to deliver an optimized variety of Android known as Android Go edition on the Neon devices. Android Go edition helps Neon smartphone users control their data usage by managing which apps can use data through the “Data Saver” feature and compressing data through the Chrome™ browser.

Google’s advanced compression algorithm  uses 40 percent less data to displat search results. This configuration of the Android OS is optimized for entry level devices and comes with a tailored suite of popular Google apps.

The Neon range of Smartphones are available under Safaricom’s Maisha Ni Digital campaign through the firm’s more than 50 shops across the country, Safaricom dealers, and online at

Besides being the most affordable 4G devices in the country, the Neon range are also the most affordable VoLTE capable devices in Kenya.

Read this post on activating Safaricom VoLTE. VoLTE should support Video calls too, but this seems to be present only on Samsung devices. Though we’ve tried video calling on Samsung devices to no success.

Safaricom Neon Nova Specifications and Price

Safaricom Neon Nova Specifications and Price in Kenya
Size5.2 inch HD
PlatformOperating SystemAndroid 8.1 GO Edition
Internal8 GB (microSD (dedicated slot up to 32GB))
Support2G, 3G, 4G
BatterySize2500 mAh
FeaturesmicroUSB, Bluetooth 4.0
PriceKES. 5,999
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