Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Huawei 4Afrika by Microsoft and Huawei Unveiled
To tap into Africa's growing market, Microsoft and Chinese phone maker Huawei have teamed to launch a smartphone for Africa. The handset which runs on Windows Phone 8 was unveiled today in five African cities and is the first of several smart phones Microsoft plans to develop for the continent as part of the new 4Afrika Campaign.
The phone will be available in seven countries Kenya, Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa later this month.
Huawei 4Afrika Features
A 4-inch, 480X800 Display
Dual-core, 1.2-GHz Snapdragon processor
OS: Windows Phone 8.
Front- and rear-facing cameras
A 10mm-thick case
Internal storage: 4GB
Standby: 420 hours
The phone is pre-loaded with custom applications designed by African developers for the African market.
The 4Afrika Campaign
The three year initiative
Microsoft is working with the Kenyan government and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to come up with affordable wireless broadband using a pilot TV white space technology and solar-powered base stations.
Dubbed 'Mawingu', the low-cost high-speed broadband uses radio frequencies with the project being initially targeted at Nanyuki and Kalema.
Among other things lined-up is the unveiling of an online hub in later in the year for small businesses, providing them free services and domain registration.
How does this smart device compare with the cheap android phones currently retailing in Africa?