At the end of May 2019, Vivo confirmed to Gadgets Africa that they had set up shop in the country and were looking to officially start selling smartphones in Kenya.
A few months later and the company has gotten things rolling with the very first Vivo smartphone selling in Kenya being the Vivo Y15.
The Vivo Y15 has a selling price of Kes.22,000 and is available at various retailers across the Nairobi. The device is a mid-range phone that does pack quite the specs but will similarly face tough competition is quite tough. But on to the device itself, here’s what you get:
- Display: 6.35″ 720p
- Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
- Processor: Helio P22 (Octa-core)
- Cameras: Triple 13MP + 8MP + 2MP and a 16MP selfie camera
- Battery: 5000mAh
The biggest selling point for the device is the massive battery, which is literally best in class. We have not used the phone but from our experience with other phones, the Vivo y15 should last through two days of busy smartphone usage without any trouble.
The company has also announced a promotion to go with the launch of the new phone, with the first 300 customers getting unnamed “great prizes”. The buyers will get a scratch card, which will either win them some cashback from their purchase, 50% off on the second Vivo device or gift hampers.
Finally Y15 is in shops near you at KES 21999, with great prizes to be won for the first 300 buyers. Buy, get a scratch card and stand a chance of winning:
1. Cash back
2. Half price offer for 2nd device purchased
3. Gift hampers#vivoSmartphoneKE#PoweredByYouthKE#NowInKenya pic.twitter.com/vK2ETuYXkG
— VivoKenya (@Vivo_Kenya) August 13, 2019
Should You Buy a Vivo Smartphone?
While a small number of you might actually know what Vivo is, a larger percentage have never heard of the brand. Well, the brand is owned by the same company that own OPPO and if numbers make you feel better, Vivo is among the top 10 best selling brands in the world, actually, to be more precise, it was the sixth best selling vendor with a total of 27 million smartphones sold between April and June 2019.
So yes, you should have nothing to worry about Vivo smartphones, aside from the fact that the likes of Huawei and Samsung probably offer better value.
Where to Buy the Vivo Y15 in Nairobi
Here’s a list of authorised Vivo dealers:
- Zetort I Centre
- Smarthub Moi Avenue
- Trends – Tom Mboya
- Ken Wire – Kenyatta Avenue
- Simba Prudential- Wabera street
- Mobile Connect – Kenyatta Avenue
- Bright Technologies – Kimathi street
- Inforchoice – Mama Ngina