Congolese tablet, smartphone enter market

The first Congolese-designed tablet and smartphone are set to be marketed internationally from this month.

The products, designed specifically for Africa and produced in China, are brought to market by Congo’s VMK, headed by Congolese entrepreneur Verone Mankou. The company has unveiled a touchpad – the Way-C – and a smartphone – the Elikia (meaning ‘hope’ in Lingala).

The smartphone is priced at 85,000 FCFA by two large mobile phone companies in Congo, Airtel and Warid and other distributors like Burotop Iris and various galleries selling phones in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. 

 In addition to these commercial points of reference, customers can find product within the confines of the French Institute of Congo (IFC). Other cities will follow suit soon. Marketing will begin this month, says the company.

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