Back in May, we got wind that Vivo smartphones were officially coming to Kenya. This wasn’t the first time we were hearing of such news, however, this time around the stone seemed to be actually rolling.
To add to this news, Vivo, through its Senior VP announced that the company’s Y-Series phones would be making their way into a couple of new markets – Kenya and Nigeria included. “The Middle East and Africa markets are important to us and we will tailor our approach with consumers’ needs in mind. The launch of Y-series is just the beginning. We look forward to bringing our other widely popular products beyond Y series to consumers in the Middle East and Africa very soon,” said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President of Vivo.
Vivo, which currently holds the position of the world’s 5th best-selling smartphone brand has already been selling the Y-series (Y12, Y15 & Y17) in the UAE and Morocco. In its expansion plans, Vivo targets selling phones in Kenya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Starting off with the Y-Series is a strategic move to help the company gain traction in the budget smartphone segment which is the fastest-growing part of the smartphone industry. Typically, the Vivo Y-Series boasts of a waterdrop notch display with 89% screen-to-body ratio, triple camera setup with AI customizations and an attractive design dubbed magical colour fusion which is basically the use of gradient colours – something that we have already seen on other devices across the board.
Here are the Vivo smartphones we should expect to see soon:
|Vivo Y12||Vivo Y15||Vivo Y17|
|Display||6.35" (720p)||6.35" (720p)||6.35" (720p)|
|Memory||3GB RAM + 32GB Storage / 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage||4GB RAM + 64GB Storage||4GB RAM + 128GB Storage|
|Processor||Octa-core Helio P22||Octa-core Helio P22||Octa-core Helio P35|
|Main Camera||Triple 13MP + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (depth sensor)||Triple 13MP + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (depth sensor)||Triple 13MP + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (depth sensor)|
|Price||Approx. Kes.18,000||Approx. Kes.20,000||Approx. Kes.25,000|
Unfortunately, there’s no mention of an expected date of arrival and “soon” could mean anything between a week to a few months away, so just be patient.