We are seeing an increase in the number of smart phones that are custom made for the African continent. Today, Huawei has released a new Windows Phone smart phone in Africa in collaboration with Microsoft. This release is part of Microsoft’s 4Africa Initiative. Africa is becoming a good attraction for consumer electronics companies, especially the ones manufacturing smart phones.
The Huawei 4Africa, yes, that is the name of the smart phone, has been designed keeping in mind the students, business people, developers, and first time smart phone users in mind. The smart phone has been extensively customized for the local population by developing apps specifically developed for the African consumers and developed by African developers.
Not just that, the Windows Phone Market Place has another small app store inside it which delivers apps specifically for the African consumers. The Huawei 4Africa smart phone will be released later this month in seven countries which include Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. The smart phone, as you can see from the image, is designed with a bit of style in mind, and will be made available in four different colors: blue, red, black, and white.
So, what does the smart phone contain under the hood? You will find a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor under the hood during all the heavy weight lifting. The smart phone also has a 4 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with two cameras, one in the front and one at the back of the phone, and also has 4 GB of internal storage. All this packed in a sleek 10 mm casing.
If you are worried about the battery backup, you should not be. The company says that the smart phone can go as long as 420 hours on standby without a recharge. That is almost two weeks straight. But you might be wondering why these companies are going to Africa. Well, Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, says:
We believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa and that access to technology—particularly cloud services and smart devices—can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness.
Source: Windows Blogs