Huawei to launch Windows smartphone in Africa

Huawei WindowsMatthew Reed, principal analyst for Africa and the Middle East at Informa Telecoms & Media stated that the availability of new data services has contibuted to the expansion of the mobile market in Africa. (Image source: Brücke-Osteuropa)Huawei has joined forces with Microsoft to introduce a low-cost Windows Phone 8 smartphone across seven African markets

The Huawei 4Afrika smartphone is expected to be available by the end of the first quarter in Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa, set to retail for an estimated US$150.

The new smartphone features a four-inch 480x800 display, dual-core 1.2GHz snapdragon processor, 4GB of memory and both front and back cameras. 

“Africa's mobile market continues to grow robustly, driven by competition among mobile operators, the availability of new data services and strong economic growth on the continent,” stated Matthew Reed, principal analyst for Africa and the Middle East at Informa Telecoms & Media.

“And substantial opportunities for further growth remain, because the rate of mobile penetration in Africa is the lowest among major world regions and fixed networks are under-developed or absent across much of the continent.”

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