Mara Group of Rwanda has released first “Made in Africa” smartphones named Mara X and Mara Z which will give a boost to the country’s ambitious plan to become a regional technology hub.
Mara X and Mara Z run on Google’s Android operating system and these devices are priced at RWF 175,750 ($190) and RWF 120,250 ($130) respectively.
Mara Group is the first company in Africa to manufacture the smartphone on its own from making the motherboards to the sub-boards during the entire process.
Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar says that the plant had cost $24million to build and it can produce 1,200 phones in a single day. While the prices of Mara X and Mara Y are much higher but the company is targeting customers that are willing to pay more for quality products.
Mara X has a 5.5-inch HD+ LCD display powered by the Mediatek MT6739 chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. It comes in Single and Dual-sim support, it has 13MP (f/2.0) Rear and 5MP (f/2.2) Selfie camera. It has a 3,500 mAh removable battery with Android Oreo 8.1 (Go Edition) running with Google Assistant.
Mara Z has a 5.7-inch HD+ LCD display powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. It comes in Single and Dual-sim support, with 13MP (f/2.0) Rear and 13MP (f/2.2) Selfie camera. It has a 3,075 mAh non-removable battery with Android Oreo 8.1 running with Google Assistant.