Thursday, January 27, 2022

realme 6 to be first under 30k smartphone with 90Hz display in Kenya

realme Kenya has announced they will be bringing three new devices to the Kenyan market. This comes days after launching the realme C3 which they’ve held flash sales for, claiming to have sold 600+ units within two hours of announcement. The new devices that they’re bringing are:

  • realme 6
  • realme C11 and the
  • realme band

The realme 6 features a 6.5 inch FHD LCD panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and supporting 90Hz refresh rate. There’s upto 8GB of RAM, a 64MP main camera, a 16MP selfie camera, a 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging, all powered by the Helio G90T. realme says it will be the most powerful 64MP device under KES. 30,000. Yes, the specifications read almost exactly like the upcoming Infinix Zero 8 so I am very excited to see the competition in pricing.

Realme 6 Official Specifications Kenya

There’s also a realme 6 Pro with a Snapdragon processor. However, the company hasn’t mentioned so we may never see it launch locally.

The realme C11 is a budget device with a 5000mAh battery, and 6.5-inch display. It will cost just KES. 9,999. This means Xiaomi needs to style up and properly market their Redmi A-series like the Redmi 8A and the new Redmi 9A. The realme C11 has 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a Helio G35, and a dual rear camera setup.

Realme C11 Kenya

The realme band on the other hand is a smart fitness band in the same line as Xiaomi’s Mi Band series. It has a colour display, a heart rate monitor, sports monitor, sleep tracker among other features. The company hasn’t mentioned the pricing of this device, but give it is already on sale elsewhere, we estimate a price point of around KES. 2,500.

Realme smart fitness band Kenya

realme is a brand under BBK Electronics which also owns OPPO, Vivo, iQOO and OnePlus. According to Counterpoint’s second quarter global smartphone shipment report, realme, has become the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone brand for four consecutive quarters, and with a year-on-year growth rate of 11%, it has become the only global smartphone brand which achieved double-digit growth.

The realme C3 which was their introductory device in the Kenyan market will cost KES. 13,999 officially. However, through flash sales on Jumia before 18th August, one can pick the device up for as low as KES. 11,999. Remember the model in Kenya supports 3 SIM cards.

The company says that the launch of the three extra devices will increase the presence of realme models in Kenya as it positions itself to sweep across one of the most competitive markets in Africa. The new devices will be launched on August 25th and information will be available on realme’s social media platforms.


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