Rwanda’s Mara Group have launched two smartphones, describing them as the first “Made in Africa” models and giving a boost to the country’s ambitions to become a regional technology hub.

The all new Mara smartphone will compete with the like of Samsung, whose cheapest smartphone costs 50,000 Rwandan francs ($54), and non-branded phones at 35,000 Rwandan francs ($37). Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said it was targeting customers willing to pay more for quality.

“This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa,” Thakkar told Reuters after touring the company alongside Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

Companies assemble smartphones in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria and South Africa, but import the components, he said.

“We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” he said. “There are over 1,000 pieces per phone.”

The plant had cost $24 million and could make 1,200 phones per day.

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Mara Group hopes to profit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a pact aimed at forming a 55-nation trade bloc, to boost sales across Africa, Thakkar said.

The agreement is due to begin trading in July next year, aiming to unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc. But it is still in the very early stages and no timelines have been agreed for abolishing tariffs.

Kagame said he hoped the phone would increase Rwanda’s smartphone usage, currently at around 15%.

“Rwandans are already using smartphones but we want to enable many more. The introduction of Mara phones will put smartphones ownership within reach of more Rwandans,”

Mara X Specification

Mara X
Mara X
Display Type IPS LCD
Size 5.5″ HD
Resolution 720*1440 (18:9)
Protection Gorilla Glass
Platform Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo GO Edition
Chipset MediaTek MT 6739
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU PowerVR GE8100
Memory RAM 1GB
Internal 16GB
External Expandable storage via MicroSD
Network Technology 4G LTE with VoLTE and ViLTE, VoWi-Fi
SIM Dual SIM
Camera Main 13 MP with phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front 5 MP
Battery Size 3500mAh
Type Li-Ion
Colors Black, Gold, Blue
Features Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), Dolby Audio 5.1
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Mara Z Specification

Mara Z
Mara Z
Display Type IPS LCD
Size 5.7″ HD
Resolution 720*1440 (18:9)
Protection Gorilla Glass
Platform Operating System Android One
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU PowerVR GE8100
Memory RAM 3GB
Internal 32GB
External Expandable storage via MicroSD upto 256GB
Network Technology 4G LTE with VoLTE and ViLTE, VoWi-Fi
SIM Dual SIM
Camera Main 13 MP with phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front 13MP
Battery Size 3075mAh
TypeLi-Ion
Colors Black, Gold, Grey
Features Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), Dolby Audio 5.1, face unlock

Mara X and Mara Z Price And Availability

The Mara X cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and Mara Z cost 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.

At the moment, Mara X and Mara Z are available in Rwanda, South Africa and Dubai, however, if you wish to get one for yourself you can easily order for any of the device from the company’s official website.

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Source: Reuters

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