Posted on May 12, 2019

Vodafone Qatar continues to mark 5G milestones, with news that the Company will be the first in the region to make highly anticipated 5G smartphones available to its customers.

Vodafone Qatar will open pre-orders for a limited number of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G starting Tuesday 14 May. The news was unveiled at Galeries Lafayette Doha, Vodafone Qatar’s exclusive partner for the smartphone’s pre-order and collection phases. Sheikh Hamad Abdulla Al-Thani, Vodafone Qatar’s CEO handed the first locally available Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G to Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman & President of Ali Bin Ali Holding that operates Galeries Lafayette Doha, in the presence  of  Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice Chairman & EVP of the Group. Intertec Group, the sole distributor of Xiaomi in Qatar was represented by its Managing Director, Mr. Abdulla Khalifa Al-Subaey and Divisional Manager, Mr. Asraf NK.  

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G is powered by the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform featuring the Snapdragon X50 5G modem with integrated transceiver and Qualcomm Technologies' RF Front-End solution, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile experiences. The smartphone’s elegant black exterior is coupled with its unique slide function for quick-fire selfies and videos with no notch full display screen. With each purchase of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G priced at QR 3,999, customers will get a Galeries Lafayette Doha gift voucher worth QR1500. In addition, customers who sign up to Vodafone Red Me and above postpaid plan will get several benefits including free valet parking for 12 months.

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Pre-orders will be taken on the 1st floor of Galeries Lafayette Doha until stocks last from 10am to 3pm and from 7:30pm to 1:00am. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G will be on display and Vodafone staff will be on hand to answer any questions. “Since the launch of our 5G network less than a year ago, we have been the region’s 5G pioneer and are driving 5G forward. We’re delighted that people in Qatar will be amongst the first in the world to enjoy the 5G experience on a 5G smartphone. We’re proud of our partnership with Galeries Lafayette and Intertec to launch the cutting edge Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G,” said Sheikh Hamad Abdulla Al Thani, CEO, Vodafone Qatar.

Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman of Ali Bin Ali Holding said: “As a brand, Galeries Lafayette is a trendsetter and all about exclusivity. It is a great opportunity for Galeries Lafayette Doha to cooperate with Vodafone Qatar in unveiling this landmark upgrade in mobile network technology in the country. We are glad that Galeries Lafayette Doha is the place where, for the first time in Qatar and in the region, mobile phones with this latest technology is being made available to the public. We commit to keep this pioneering spirit alive and introduce many firsts for the people of Qatar.”   

Since switching on its 5G network in August last year and receiving the spectrum license to operate 5G commercially from the Communications Regulatory Authority in January this year, Vodafone Qatar has already deployed 5G in dozens of locations across the country including Al Waab, Abu Hamour, Al Azizya, Al Mamoura, Al Rayyan, Katara Cultural Village, Salwa Road, Souq Waqif and Umm Salal Muhammed.

The Company has also marked several milestones- recently Vodafone Qatar made 5G technology commercially available to its customers with the launch of - Vodafone GigaHome- the latest innovation in home internet solutions.  Last month, it made the first live local and international 5G calls using a 5G handset in the region. The Company also announced that it entered into a strategic agreement with Huawei to significantly expand and enhance its entire wireless network infrastructure including a largescale 5G technology rollout.