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    August 19, 2015

    MTN and Google bring Android One to Africa with the HOT 2

    Google’s Android One project is aiming to bring cheap Android devices to developing countries all around the world. The first Android One phones hit the market last year in India, and has since then expanded to other territories.

    Now, Google has brought the first Android One smartphone to Africa in conjunction with MTN, called the Infinix HOT 2. The device is now available in Nigeria where it is retailing for N17,000 (around R1,100), as well as online in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco. No word has come of plans to expand to other countries.

    Even though this device is really cheap, you do get some real bang for your buck. The Infinix HOT 2 comes with a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. In addition, you’ll find a microSD and dualSIM card slots running down one side of the phone. Photography-wise, there’s an 8-megapixel primary camera paired with a 2-megapixel forward facer, and the whole thing is topped off with a 5-inch HD screen and a 2,200mAh battery.

    That spec list is very impressive for the price point, but it is nowhere near the target Google have set themselves. Earlier this month, Google said they will be refocusing Android One to get their low-cost Android devices to what they refer to as the “$50 sweet spot”, which is nearly half the price of the HOT 2.

    Would you buy this device if it came to SA? Let us know in the comments below.

    Source: Google

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    • Jordan 23 Sizwe

      A Big YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Louis Coffey

      Hi Theunis re : Nokia/Microsoft Lumia devices , as you say Microsoft must push their own OS but they need to understand that Windows 8.1 & now Windows 10 has to appeal to smartphone buyers.Look at Win 8 in the PC world , it is the most maligned Windows ever , it caused huge damage & loss of market share .So Windows 10 has a lot riding on it.
      Amongst others I also have a Lumia smartphone with the latest 8.1 denim update

      • Devon Britton

        Windows 8 wasn’t nearly as badly executed as Vista…

        Most of the criticism around Windows 8 stemmed form small minded consumers who panicked because there was no more “Start” button. As a power user I had no issues with Windows 8 at all…and Windows 10 is streets ahead of any other OS I’ve used.

        I’m moving from Android to a Windows device when I upgrade so I can leverage the platform fully…

    • Louis Coffey

      I would definitely buy a “Surface phone” The closest they’ve come to offering a premium device is the Nokia Lumia 930 . A brilliant phone and remember the Lumia 1020 with 41 mega pixel primary camera !! The new Lumia 640 & 640 XL also excellent value .