24 January 2013

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.


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.


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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