Made in Rwanda smartphones boost tech hub ambitions

Rwanda’s Mara Group has officially opened its manufacturing facility and launched two smartphones it described as the first completely made in Africa smartphones.

The phones, first announced last year, run Google’s Android operating system and include the Mara X ‘the phone for everyone’ with 5.5” HD+ display and the Mara Z with an octa core processor and 5.7” HD+ display.

The phones are described as the first high specification, affordable smartphone manufactured in Africa, and cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.

Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said that other companies in Africa assembled smartphones using imported components, but Mara manufactured and assembled the entire device.

Hoping to boost the country’s ambitions to become a regional technology hub, Mara Phones says it is committed to enhancing and enriching the lives of the people of Africa both by manufacturing in Africa to enable job creation, and also by making the smartphone more affordable to all, contributing to business and development on the continent.  

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