Sunking, the Pay-Go Solar giant is now selling tweaked Samsung smartphones on credit.
In efforts to take advantage of the growing demand for 4G Smartphones, the company is now selling the Samsung A01 and Samsung A3 core Smartphones in installments.
So ideally, Sunking Smartphones are Samsung Smartphones with Pay-Go software that allows customers to pay as they use them.
The arrangement is similar to the pay-go solar home systems model, where customers acquire the gadget and pay in easy daily installments.
And so we will refer to them as Sunking Smartphones. The two starters are now available in Kenya.
To get us started, below are the main features and prices of the new Sunking Smartphones.
Sunking A01 Smartphone Prices
Whereas the same smartphone is available in the market in cash, Sunking sells it in installments.
If you would like to get Sunking’s A01 Smartphone, you are expected to part with a deposit of Ksh. 2500.
You will get the smartphone and then pay the balance in easy daily installments of Ksh. 60, which translates to Ksh. 420 per week.
If you opt for the installment plan, you will have paid a total of Ksh. 15,860 at the end of the loan period (252 days).
Sunking A01 Smartphone Features
At Biashara Place, we reveal the finest details behind the hyping that comes with the new Sunking Smartphones, just like we do for every other new product in the market.
You will certainly need this in making decisions on whether to go for these Lipa pole pole smartphones or go for a smartphone in cash from the nearest store.
We will also do a thorough comparison between these Sunking Smartphones and other lipa pole pole smartphones such as M-Kopa and Dlight.
For instance, what additional features would you get for choosing Sunking’s Samsung A01 instead of the Dlight M200 that currently sells at an almost similar price?
In other words, are the additional features deserving compared to the additional cost?
We also have several comparative reviews to help you understand how the newly released smartphone compares with other mid-range smartphones from different companies.
A 5.7″ HD Infinity-V Display
Just like every Smartphone producer, Samsung is keen on enhancing the smartphone experience for people who like watching videos or playing games.
A better screen means users can Game for several hours, stream videos, or do more all at once.
The Infinity-V Display’s mini camera notch creates a v-cut screen for a bigger view and an immersive experience.
Apart from the screen size, the Samsung A01’s Infinity-V Display also features an impressive resolution and brightness.
The display is of the LCD type, with good contrast, rich hues, deeper black levels, and wide viewing angles.
LCD displays are the most used type for mid-range smartphones available in Kenya.
The display has good brightness levels for videos, games and is readable under direct sunlight.
A 3,000mAh Battery
A battery rating of 3,000mAh serves normal android phone users just fine.
Though people who travel a lot will always find it necessary to juice up a few more times, the battery is still sufficient for streaming your favorite movies, listen to music and capture the best moments.
The battery also makes it possible to browse the internet with 4G speeds for several hours after a single recharge.
2.0 GHz Octa-Core Processor
In efforts to facilitate faster open times for apps, smoother gameplay and quicker photo editing, the new Sunking smartphone has a bumped Octa-Core processor.
If you are looking for a mid-range smartphone for heavy tasks such as photo/video editing, playing heavy games, and streaming videos, consider adding Sunking’s Samsung A01 to your preference list.
The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon processor, generally faster than Mediatek, but not as fast as Qualcomm and Huawei’s Kirin processor types.
Generally, the Samsung A02 processor offers good overall performance, and you don’t expect any lag even when playing the most demanding games.
Dual Rear 13MP Camera
The Sunking smartphone features a 13MP main camera with a 2MP depth sensor and a 5MP selfie camera.
Of course, there is a lot of hype surrounding smartphone cameras with companies trying to outdo each other with megapixels.
You however need to look beyond and if possible behind these hypes. Be careful to note that more megapixels alone will not give you better images.
The Smartphone’s front camera gives you an assurance of awesome selfies every time, without the need for any edits.
Sunking’s Samsung A01 has a 5MP front camera that makes your selfies stunning, plus the much-needed Selfie focus that gives a background blur that makes you the star of the picture.
And with the selfie timer, you can make sure you get the right pose before the shutter clicks.
If you are looking for a pocket-friendly smartphone in Kenya to capture all those memorable moments in pictures and videos, Sunking may have the best deal for you.
Sunking A01 Full Specifications and Price in Kenya
|Release Date||December 17, 2019|
|Price in Kenya||17,620|
|Dual SIM||✅ Yes|
|Sim Size||Nano + Nano SIM|
|Sim Type||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Touch||✅ Yes, with Multitouch|
|Size||5.7 inches, 81.6 cm2|
|Screen to Body Ratio||~ 78.8%|
Design & Memory
|Card Slot||✅ Yes, up to 512 GB|
|Dimensions||146.2 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm|
|Weight||149 g (5.26 oz)|
|OS||Android 10, One UI 2|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)|
|Core Details||4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53|
|Browser||✅ Yes, supports HTML5|
|Rear Camera||13 MP, f/2.2, 28mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, AF|
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
|Video Recording||1080p @30fps|
|Flash||✅ Yes, Quad LED|
|Front Camera||5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12µm|
|Front Video Recording|
|Size||3000 mAh, Li-ion Battery|
|Standby Time||21 Days|
|Music||AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, OGG Vorbis, WAV,MP3, Midi|
|Video||H.264, H.263, MPEG-4|
|FM Radio||❌ No|
|Document Reader||✅ Yes|
|GPS||✅ Yes with A-GPS|
|Fingerprint Sensor||❌ No|
|Face Unlock||❌ No|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||✅ Yes|
Sunking A01 Smartphone Advantages
|Beautiful Images||The Dual rear camera with Flash and enhanced blur, zoom produces clear, beautiful images. You can also use Live focus to experiment with the background blur before or after taking the shot. The Depth Camera softens the surroundings and brings your friends’ faces to the front.|
|High-Resolution Screen||Enjoy Superior picture quality on a wide 5.7″ screen, convenient for browsing, watching movies and gaming tasks.|
|High-Resolution Camera||Zoom into images easily without sacrificing your picture quality. Enjoy larger output sizes, suitable for large prints and display on high-resolution screens.|
|Large Screen||Enjoy a theatre-like experience that enables you to do more and see more. Make good use of your smartphone for video streaming and productivity apps such as document viewers.|
|Slim||Slimmer phones are easier to carry and look more fashionable.|
|Responsive Touch Screen||The Capacitive, MultiTouch screen offers a more interactive experience.|
|Supports Full HD Video Recording||This gives you a detailed video file that can be comfortably edited. trimmed down or cropped out in a software package elsewhere, without losing the video quality.|
|Selfie Camera||Take Quality Selfies with a 5 MP front camera that supports video calling.|
|Has Face Unlock||Unlock your phone instantly by simply holding it to your face. Face Recognition technology grants mobile access for you alone to ensure your personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.|
|Supports 4G||Enjoy faster download speeds and 10 times faster internet experience than 3G.|
|Faster Octa-Core CPU||Octa-Core means you enjoy the services of 8 CPU cores, which means the ability to carry out several advanced tasks simultaneously without slowing down the smartphone. Faster load times for apps makes the smartphone more capable and efficient.|
|Enough RAM||More RAM means your smartphone can handle several applications at the same time. The 2GB RAM ensures that your phone will never run out of memory. It enhances your phone’s multitasking capabilities by facilitating multiple requests from several apps, all at the same time.|
|More Internal Memory||Enjoy the freedom of storing more songs, videos and pictures with the 16GB internal memory, plus the ability to install and run more apps.|
|Supports External Storage||For a seamless entertainment experience, download and store large videos and music files on a memory card of up to 512GB.|
|Supports VoLTE||Make quality voice calls over a 4G network, which are far much better than 2G or 3G voice calls.|
|Supports WiFi||You can connect to wifi hotspots in your area to experience a superior internet experience.|
|Supports WiFi Hotspot||It allows you to use your internet connection on your wifi-enabled laptop.|
|Has Face Unlock||You can quickly unlock your phone using your face.|
|Has A 3.5mm Headphone Jack||Having 3.5mm Jack enables you to connect to a large number of other devices (such as speakers, headphones) having 3.5mm Port.|
Sunking A01 Smartphone vs. Dlight M200
Apart from Sunking, Dlight also sells smartphones on credit, with the Dlight M200 Smartphone being the best-seller for the company.
Let’s have a quick look at the two smartphones, comparing their inner features and their prices.
The Dlight M200 Smartphone runs on the Android 9 operating system, while Sunking’s Samsung A01 runs on Android 10.
Of course, there are several benefits that come with a newer Android Operating System.
These benefits are however not enough to tilt the scale either way when making smartphone choices.
Dlight M200 is powered by a MediaTek processor, while Sunking’s Samsung smartphones run on the Snapdragon processor.
On matters of performance, Snapdragon processors have better performance in multi-tasking, handling heavy and intensive tasks such as gaming and video streaming.
Simply said, the Samsung A01 is actually more decent than Dlight M200 thanks to the Snapdragon 439 chipset.
What this means to you is that the A01 operates quickly enough for the most part.
A Dlight M200 user will experience lags when quitting apps and launching the camera than even a Sunking A01 user.
Of course, more recent budget phones comfortably beat both the Samsung A01 and Dlight M200 with their more advanced processors.
2. RAM and Internal Storage
If you are running away from the problems that come with smartphones featuring 1GB RAM, you would actually be safer with Sunking A01 Smartphone than Dlight M200.
Why? Because Sunking’s Samsung A01 comes with 2GB RAM, while Dlight M200 comes with 1GB RAM.
Another advantage of the Suking A01 over Dlight M200 is the 16GB Internal memory it offers.
I mean, that’s good enough for several Music folders, Movies and Games to keep you entertained.
Plus the expansion slot will accommodate an extra 512GB.
If you are running away from tiny smartphone screens, both the Samsung A01 and the Dlight M200 smartphones may not be your best landing points, both with screens less than 6 inches.
With a screen size difference of 0.5 inches, one would need to consider other features before making a final decision about the two smartphones.
And on matters resolution, Samsung A01 has HD resolution (720 x 1600 Pixels), while Dlight M200 has less than HD resolution
Generally, screens with higher resolution levels are more costly, probably the reason you have to pay more than 4k extra coins to get the Sunking smartphone.
For this reason, it’s always important to weigh your needs against your budget.
If you are looking for a smartphone mainly for better pictures and selfies, then the Sunking phone suits you better than Dlight’s M200.
A01 features a 13 Megapixels main camera and a 5 Megapixels front camera for selfies.
On the other hand, the M200 by Dlight comes with a 8 Megapixels main camera and a 5 Megapixels selfie camera.
8MP for selfies is just fine for any smartphone user, unless you are looking for super-quality selfies.
5. Battery Capacity
Although the battery rating is just part of the story, it’s obvious that a 3,000mAh battery is a fair deal, but not good enough for heavy smartphone users.
Although 3,000 may sound way too low compared to the modern-day 5000 batteries, it’s still good enough to sustain the 5.7-inch screen.
The screen’s appetite for power is normally more than that of all the other I/O components combined.
Powered by a 3,000-mAh battery, the Sunking A01 phone can last all through the workday with mild usage.
And by mild usage I mean watching videos, snapping photos, and browsing the web for a few hours.
2500 mAh for Dlight M200 is still good enough to sustain the smartphone for close to 6 hours.
The Dlight M200 smartphone is obviously cheaper than Sunking’s Samsung A01.
If you are looking for a cheap smartphone on credit, Dlight would be a better choice, with affordable daily installments of Ksh. 50.
|Sunking’s Samsung A01||Dlight M200|
|Total Price (Ksh)||17,620||14,000|
|Daily Payments (Ksh)||60||50|
|Loan Duration||252 Days||233 Days|
|Display Size||5.7 inch||5.5 inch|
|Operating System||Android 10||Android 9|
|RAM||2 GB||1 GB|
|Internal Memory||16 GB||16 GB|
|Dual SIM||✅ Yes(4G)||✅ Yes (4G)|
|Face Unlock||✅ Yes||❌ No|