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Being the owner of a Xiaomi phone I am always amazed at how well the device performs compared to my friends’ more popular brands like Samsung and Huawei. In fact when it comes to value for money Xiaomi has no equal in my book.
The Redmi 5 is an amazing phone I have written much on in the past. Normally when you want to buy it online you will have to part with $177 dollars on Gearbest. As part of Gearbest’s Mid-Year sale you can get the device for only $129.99 plus $1.03 shipping costs to your local Post Office.
How Good is the Xiaomi Redmi 5?
If you somehow missed my early gushing on the superpowers of the device here are the specifications:
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB ROM
- Dual SIM
- 12 MP rear camera and a 5 MP selfie camera
- Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 custom ROM i.e. Android 7.1.2. Xioami quickly delivers patches and updates to its ROM unlike other phone makers who either don’t bother or are slow
- Snapdragon 450. Yes you can play the Android version of the FIFA franchise games on this with no problem
- A massive 5.7″ display that comes in a 18:9 ratio and 720p resolution
- A 3300 mAH battery which will give you about a day and a half of charge with about 6-9 hours of on screen usage
- LTE (4G) connectivity and the usual WiFi
- A fingerprint sensor
- Colour Rose
How to buy
Buying is easy just click on this link to visit the Gearbest page for the phone page. Click on Buy now, go the the Cart and check out. If you have not yet created an account you will be asked to do so. You will need an account in order to keep track of your order. You can make the payment using a Visa Card or MasterCard that can make international payments.[Update]
The Ecocash offer has expired. You are free however to buy the phone at this discounted price using your own card as mentioned above.
If you don’t have one I can help you make the purchase using Ecocash. Please note this is a limited offer on a first come first serve basis. As soon as I run out of funds the Ecocash offer expires. To take advantage of the offer follow these steps: Get in touch via WhatsApp on 0772 473 953 If I give you the go ahead send $178 (the USD equivalent of the $130) to the same number Send me your address and legal name I will promptly make the order on your behalf Once the device ships I will send you the tracking number
A small matter of duty
Phones are liable to pay duty of 25% plus VAT of 15% . You will be asked to pay this at the Post Office when you go to collect the phone. The Post Office will also charge you $10 handling fee for delivering the phone to you. All these amounts can be paid using swipe/Ecocash.
Is buying a phone online worth it?
The local prices of phones with these kind of specifications is around $500 while the total cost for buying online will be way below this depending on how you get the USD. One thing to note is when buying a phone locally is that the people selling it to you went through the same thing including duty payment so really buying online is always cheaper.
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