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

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



11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

10. mrsun22

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Why phonearena don't alow download picture?

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

8. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 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.

7. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Great, providing more jobs for Africa!

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

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...

4. WaitWhat

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 31, 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

1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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?

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.

5. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Oh I see... Alright.

9. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

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