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VMK elikia smartphone and Way-C tablet, designed in Africa, hit the market

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VMK elikia smartphone and Way-C tablet, designed in Africa, hit the market
Entrepreneur Verone Mankou is putting the Republic of Congo on the map of technology nations. The first editions of the entry level Android smartphone and tablet are rather nicely designed.

The tablet, called the Way-C, which means, "the light of the stars," is a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1.2GHz processor, has 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of storage and an 800x480 display. There is also microSD storage support up to 32GB. Wi-Fi is on board too, 802.11b/g. Providing the power is a 4200mAh battery which VMK says will give you about 6 hours of use. Indeed, by current cutting edge standards, it does not get the heart beating, but the design is not unpleasant to look at.

The smartphone, called the elikia, which means “hope,” is also pleasing to the eye. Its appearance does not exude entry level, but that is what it is. The phone is built around a 3.5-inch, 320x480 display, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 650MHz processor, has 512MB of RAM with 126MB of storage. Thankfully, there is microSD support for the elikia as well. Wi-Fi is on board (802.11b/g/n) as is the device's ability to be a hot-spot. The 1300mAh battery should be good for up to 9 hours of talk time.

The Way-C tablet will run $300 and the elikia costs $170 without a contract. In addition to the Republic of Congo, these two devices are available in 10 other African nations as well as France, India and Belgium.

via: Mashable




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posted on 31 Dec 2012, 06:14

1. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I like the tablet's design. Needs fresher version of Android.

Somebody please let me know why I don't see JB running on less powered devices. Is there any technical constraint?

Because those are the machines which are in dire need of lag correction. So why put ICS/GB?

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 06:54

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


JB needs lots of RAM and Good CPU : Project Butter, interactive Notification Center, Google Now... need resources to run.

You should read about JB to know more.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 07:34 1

5. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Oh I see... Alright.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 16:51

9. yowanvista (Posts: 298; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Not true, JB 4.2 can flawlessly run on underpowered devices like the i9000, it's the manufacturer's fault in the end. Their laziness is to be blamed.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 06:43 1

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nice, but unfortunately Africa is a territory that full of blackberry and Nokia... Ios and android stand no chance due to their high loyalties...

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 07:32

4. WaitWhat (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


Not exactly. BB and nokia thrive here because they are mostly affordable, otherwise, nobody really desires them. Everyone here knows ios and android are the best, but they are always $1000+. That's why ZTE and huawei are expanding really fast, because they bring us affordable androids

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 08:11

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The phone looks like Acer made it...i forgot the model number but it comes with the Ferrari version too...
Not bad Africa... Everyone's making Tablets and Phones like it's a backyard tool ensamble.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 09:15

7. Mozarrt (Posts: 294; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Great, providing more jobs for Africa!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 09:29

8. lolwoot (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Beautiful design both of them, and if VMK can slap dual core inside both of these device, better reaolution, plus with competetive pricing, can do some serius dent to chinese replica's phone sales.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 19:36

10. mrsun22 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Why phonearena don't alow download picture?

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 08:49

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Why don't you know the power of the 'right'click?

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 20:57

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


The design is actually really nice for a lower end phone. I wish the new company some luck. I was wondering when Africa would get into this whole business HEAVILY dominated by Asia.

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