VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $one hundred seventy worth, quick monitor for apps

VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps

Congo-based mostly VMK has been blazing a path for cellular units in Africa: its Approach-C pill proved that the continent might go its personal approach with out leaning on Asia or Europe. The corporate promised a number of months in the past to deal with the identical hole with smartphones, and the result’s right here within the type of the Elikia (“Hope”). The hardware will not shake the mobile world’s foundations with its three.5-inch (and 480 x 320) show, 512MB of RAM, a 650MHz processor and each 5-megapixel rear in addition to entrance VGA cameras, however that is not the purpose — at $one hundred seventy US off-contract, it is far more inside the attain of Congo residents, and it even makes use of the unofficial Holo Launcher to convey a style of Android four.zero to what’s actually Android 2.three beneath. There’s additionally a minor revolution in app buying. As Google Play will not take Congo’s bank cards, VMK has its personal app retailer and pay as you go present playing cards to provide the nation an identical expertise. You will need to signal on to native carriers Airtel, MTN or Warid to make use of an Elikia within the close to future, however we’re hoping the telephone expands its attain and ranges the enjoying area.

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