Chinese smartphone hero Xiaomi is coming to Africa. Known for their impressive flash sales and being more popular than Apple and Samsung in China, Xiaomi should be a welcome addition to the continent.

Reports indicate that Mobile in Africa (sole distributer for Africa) won’t be bringing the flagship Mi Note Pro to Africa just yet. You can expect some basic Android phones with decent build quality and almost certainly a clone of a more well known brand phone.

Prices look set to range from R2000 to R4000 for something just above entry level. It will be interesting to see if these prices last as Mobile in Africa has links to Core Group and they have been known to inflate costs quite a bit.

Xiaomi has built a reputation in China for making really decent phones at affordable price points. If this carries over to Africa they’ll definitely be one to watch out for in the future.