Partnership with Microsoft for 4Afrika initiative
Microsoft and Huawei today revealed a new smartphone designed specifically for launch in Africa. The phone, dubbed the Huawei 4Afrika, will be the first in a series of devices designed for Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, which aims to bring technology to the continent in more affordable means.
The phone is geared towards students, small businesses, developers, and first-time smartphone owners residing in Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Spec-wise, the phone will be an offshoot of the Huawei Ascend W1, and features “a 4-inch 480 x 800 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, front and rear-facing cameras, and 4GB of internal storage—all squeezed into a 10 millimeter-thin case.” The phones will run Windows Phone 8 and come preloaded with customized apps built by African developers.
“We believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa and that access to technology—particularly cloud services and smart devices—can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International. It’s a market that’s rapidly evolving and in need of strong support from tech giants, so hopefully Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative will pay off in the long run.
(via windows Phone blog)