Googleâ€™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 â€œ$50 sweet spotâ€, which is nearly half the price of the HOT 2.
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