Wednesday, 6 February 2013


For those that didnt know, Africa is one of the most rapidly

growing technology markets in the world. So it comes as no

surprise that Microsoft and Huawei have announced a new

Windows Phone designed just for Africa called the "Huawei

4Afrika," part of a new Microsoft initiative called "4Afrika


"Designed specifically as an affordable option for students,

small businesses, developers, and first-time smartphone

owners, the Huawei 4Afrika with Windows Phone 8 will make

its debut later this month in seven countries: Angola, Egypt,

Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa,"

Microsoft stated in an official blog post. The phone is available

in four different colors: blue, red, black, or white.

What about specs you ask? It has a 4-inch 480 x 800 display,

dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, front and rear-facing

cameras, 10mm case, and 4GB of internal storage. "According

to Huawei, the phone delivers a whopping 420 hours of

standby time (that’s a tad over two straight weeks, folks)

thanks to its built-in power-saving technology," Microsoft adds.

This isn't the first Windows Phone to hit Africa, just the first

from Huawei. This phone is special because it features custom

apps created by African developers for African consumers and

has a market-specific store within the larger Windows Phone

Store for downloading locally-relevant apps and content. "We

believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa

and that access to technology—particularly cloud services and

smart devices—can and will serve as a great accelerator for

African competitiveness," Microsoft mentioned in a statement.



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