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Kenya’s latest smartphone breaks price barrier

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Kenyan mobile device manufacturer Tecno launched two new models of Android-powered smartphones into the Country’s mobile market at a price that makes them amongst the cheapest devices available.

The dual-SIM M3 model makes use of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (image: Tecno)
The dual-SIM M3 model makes use of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Image source: Tecno)

The dual-SIM M3 model makes use of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will retail for only $103.

In terms of computing, it is powered by a 1.0 gigahertz dual core MediaTek processor, high speed 3G, a 5 megapixel back-facing camera with flash and 512 MB of RAM.

It also features a FM radio, a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera and 4 GB of internal storage, which is displayed on a 3.5 inch touch screen.

According to website CIO, “the D1 features similar specifications as the M3, but spots a 2.6 inch display in addition to a physical keyboard. The 4 GB internal storage is also not split into two. Up to now, almost all phones retailing under KSh. 10,000 have shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an almost 3 year old release.”

At a retail price of $137 for the D1,  the two models are the most cost effective smartphones in Kenya operating on the most recent version of Google’s operating system.

Tecno was the first dual-SIM mobile phone brand to hit the market in Africa, and according to the company, their “mobile phones have been highly favoured by consumers due to their high quality, powerful recreational function, high-performance in Internet experience and an excellent service support network.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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