Proudly South African smartphone manufacturer, Mara Phones officially launched the first smartphone manufacturing facility in the country on Thursday, 17 October 2019. The plant – located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – was possible thanks to a R1.5-billion investment by Mara Phones as well as support from the local government.
According to a report by My Broadband, Mara Phones aims to “deliver high-quality smartphones at affordable prices for South African consumers, and it has started by manufacturing two products – the Mara X and Mara Z”.
Here are six things you should know about the Mara X and Mara Z:
- The Mara Z comes standard with a 5.7-inch screen while the Mara X has a 5.5-inch display, both devices sport the same screen resolution of 1,440 x 720.
- Both smartphones run using Google’s Android 9 OS, the difference is that the Mara X opts to run the “Go” version of this software instead.
- When talking about chipsets, the Mara Z has a more impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 CPU in comparison to the Mara X which has a Mediatek MT6739 chip.
- Both devices sport a 13MP rear camera – making them identical, however, the front-facing camera of the Mara Z boasts a 13MP lens compared to the Mara X’s 5MP selfie camera.
- Both devices are available to purchase from the Mara Phones website – the Mara X goes for R2,999 while the Mara Z is priced at R3,999.
- The smartphones come in three colours – Black, Gold, and Silver.
Edited by Jenna Cook
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