Google Hopes To Beat China With The Launch Of This $90 Smartphone Intended For The African Market

Google’s VP of product management, Caesar Sengupta, announced the introduction of a cheap smart phone device to Africa in a blog post. The first Android One smartphone for the region was made by OEM Infinix, and launched in Nigeria on the 18th of August, with Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco getting the device “over the next few weeks”.

The handset, called the Infinix HOT 2 (pictured above), runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) at launch, but Google says it will be getting the new Android Marshmallow flavor once that’s released. Users will also get free updates via local mobile service providers — as Google works to simplify (and squeeze) regional data plans to make the device more attractive to its target. The device has an RRP of  $88

Specs wise, there’s a quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM, and models with up to 2GB of memory. There’s also support for dual SIM, and a range of colors: black, white, red, blue, and gold.

Source: Tech Crunch

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