The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Elikia, Africa's First Smartphone

Last week, we brought you Africa's first tablet, Way-C made by VMK Technologies.

At the end of 2012, the Congo-Brazaville company went further to produce Africa's first Android-based smartphone, Elikia, which means hope. The 3.5-inch screen Elikia is an entry-level product meant to give users upgrading from feature phones a smartphone experience.

It has a high-quality design of curves that give it a timeless and elegant look that makes you forget it is an entry-level handset. And the curves give it a sexy feel in the user's hands.

Specs

The phone has 512MB of RAM and a 650MHz processor. It runs Android Gingerbread (2.3.6) as the Operating System, which simply means unlimited access to mobile apps, although its 126Mb internal memory can be a limitation. The good news is the memory can be upgraded up to 32Gigabytes using a MicroSD.

Elikia also has a 5-megapixel camera at the back and 0.3 megapixels at the front. Its autofocus makes taking photos and shooting videos easier; plus sharing them on social media is just a click away. Taking self-portraits is also made easy with the front camera, which can also be used for video calls. And for your listening pleasure, it has an FM radio.

Connectivity

It features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which enable connecting to other devices and sharing files a simple task. Its Wi-Fi hotspot functionality allows you to transform your Smartphone into a wireless router. It can serve up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, like laptops, sharing its mobile data creating your own platform.

Retailing at $170 (approximately Shs 450,500), Elikia is on sale in West and Central Africa and online gadget stores in France.

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