Today, at the Cape Town International Communication Technology Exhibition in South Africa, China Mobile and African telecom operators MTN Group, US operating system vendors KaiOS and Chinese chipmaker Unisoc released the world’s first 3G KaiOS smart feature phone.
In a joint statement, the companies said the new product will allow customers to upgrade from a feature phone with only voice and text capabilities to a fully connected handset with fast, 3G internet. The KaiOS already powers close to 50 million smart feature phones globally. It has overtaken iOS as the second most popular mobile operating system in India (based on data usage).
The 3G KaiOS smart feature phone will initially be available from MTN in Nigeria and South Africa followed very shortly by the other MTN operations in Africa as well as the Middle East. The new product will retail at USD 20-25, which is relatively affordable compared to the price of other devices across the African continent.
The phone is powered by the Unisoc SC7731EF chipset with up to 256MB RAM and has a 2.4-inch screen. It will provide fast internet access through Wi-Fi and 3G; Bluetooth connectivity and GPS for navigation, the Google Assistant and other smart services, the KaiStore for apps and localized content, dual cameras, as well as music and video streaming services. It is powered by a 2000mAh battery and dual SIM support. It will be available starting from the first quarter of 2019.
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