5G is set to pick up pace in the country this year with Safaricom leading the way. The telco is planning to launch a public rollout of 5G in Kenya and currently has 200 test sites across the country in various towns including Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega and surprisingly, also at Amboseli(Ol Tukai).
Smartphone manufacturers have started launching 5G-powered devices in the country and Infinix is set to announce its first 5G device.
The smartphone will be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G processor and will presumably be called the Infinix Zero 5G, an upgrade over the recently launched Infinix Zero X Pro that runs on MediaTek’s Helio G96 chipset.
Last year, we had a sitdown with Mike Zhang, Infinix’s Country manager and he talked about what the company was up to and what the future holds for Infinix right beyond smartphones. One key announcement he shared was that they were testing a 5G phone that was scheduled for launch in late 2020 but looks like we could see a commercial device ready for sale later this year.
We expect the device to also have 8GB of RAM[with 3GB Extended RAM] and 256GB of onboard storage.
Other features we think the Infinix 5G smartphone will have will probably be similar to the Infinix Zero X Pro such as the 108MP triple camera setup.
We expect Android 11 and XOS 7.6(Upgradeable to Android 12 and XOS 10), 45W fast charging and a 5000mAh battery.
It is still unknown if Infinix will rollout this device in the upcoming Note 12 lineup early this year or the Note 13 lineup later in the year. Infinix might as well wait until the end of the year when it launches the Infinix Zero 11 series. My bet is on the latter.