Nigeria’s number one e-commerce platform and a major competitor in the African online marketplace, Jumia.com.ng would begin retailing Chinese number two smartphone maker Xiaomi exclusively in Nigeria and a wide range of other African countries.
Jumia who are currently getting ready for the biggest sale of the year Black Friday, slated for 26/27 of November 2015 would be exclusively unveiling two of Xiaomi’s devices tomorrow according to an insider in the online vendors base. The duo of Xiaomi Mi 4 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 would be the first of Xiaomi’s devices to officially land in sub-Saharan Africa.
The deal which is coming courtesy of Mobile In Africa – MIA – exclusive rights to distribute Xiaomi phones in Africa, and an ensuing exclusive deal with Jumia which would see Jumia sell the phones to Nigerians EXCLUSIVELY, and online only.
While it was always known and inevitable that Xiaomi, the second biggest mobile vendor in China valued at well over $45 billion will be coming to Nigeria and Africa, what we never knew was when? Thankfully, we would be seeing a few of Xiaomi’s devices in Nigeria, just in time for Black Friday on 27th November.
Making a few notes on the developments, Jeremy Doutte, who is the CEO of Jumia Africa said;
We have seen such a strong appetite for quality smartphones in Nigeria that we look very much foreward to providing consumers with more high-end smartphone options at incredible prices.
The two devices which would be debuting soon on Jumia are both budget friendly low-end and high-end devices. The devices will each carry a price tag of 29,000 Naira for the Redmi 2 and 56,000 Naira for the Mi 4.
The Redmi 2 is a well-built 4.7″ device which sports dual cameras (8MP main shooter and 2MP selfie snapper), the device runs on Qualcomm’s snapdragon 410 Chipset, with it’s quad-core CPU’s clocked at 1.3GHz on each core. Asides that, it features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM, which is expandable via a microSD. Of course, the device is Android powered and runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, 4G LTE and a pretty powerful 2200mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 on the other hand is a pretty swell device. Built around a 5-inch screen, the innards feature Qualcomm’s snapdragron 801 chipset with quad custom Krait CPUs clocked at 2.5 GHz on each core, 4G LTE, Quick charge, dual cameras (13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM, and a massive 3080mAh battery among other specs.