Google has collaborated with Infinix, MTN and Jumia to bring Android One smartphones to Africa. The first Android One smartphone to be available in Africa is the Infinix Hot 2 and would be available in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Ghana.
The device is available in the six listed countries above from online retailer – Jumia for each country; in Nigeria the recommended retail price (RRP) is N17,500 (USD$88). MTN comes into play by offering 1GB of data for N500 for a year.
Like all Android One smartphones around the world, the Infinix Hot 2 runs the latest version of Android – Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and would receive Android Marshmallow as well as other updates directly from Google for the next two years. The updates would be according to Infinix’s schedule.
Moving to the specs, the Infinix Hot 2 features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD), powered by a quad-core Mediatek processor clocked at 1.3Ghz paired with either 1GB RAM (or 2GB RAM for the premium model) and 16GB space of internal storage.
On the back there is a 8MP camera with LED flash, a front facing 2MP camera and there is a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 32GB. Connectivity options includes – 3G, Bluetooth, FM Radio and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The Infinix Hot 2 measures 145 x 71.86 x 8.8 mm in dimensions and is available in five different colour options – Black, Blue, Red and White; with Gold being reserved for the premium model which also has 2GB RAM.
Commenting on the launch of Android One in Africa, Google Rep, Caesar Sengupta said,
“Nearly one year ago, Google introduced the Android One program in India. Today, six African countries — with combined populations of 379 million people — join the ten countries where partners have already released Android One phones. We’ve been thrilled and humbled by both the progress and the work that’s left to do. But we look forward to continuing our work with partners on Android One and in the Android ecosystem more broadly to ensure that users have great phones with the latest Android innovation.”
Source: Google Africa