First African-designed Smartphone Launched


Verone Mankou
Verone Mankou

A smartphone and tablet said to be the first designed by an African company have been launched.

The products, designed by Congolese entrepreneur Verone Mankou, are manufactured in China.

His company VMK’s devices run Google’s Android software. They will retail at $170 (£105) for the smartphone and $300 (£185) for the tablet.

“Only Africans can know what Africa needs,” said Mr Mankou at the Tech4Africa conference in Johannesburg.

“Apple is huge in the US, Samsung is huge in Asia, and we want VMK to be huge in Africa.”

Technology blog Smartplanet reports that the tablet offers wi-fi connectivity and four gigabytes of internal storage. Its name, Way-C, means “the light of the stars” in the local Lingala language.

The smartphone has rear and forward facing cameras and a 3.5in (8.9cm) screen.

There are plans to sell the devices across 10 other West African countries as well as Belgium, France and India.

Mr Mankou said he hoped to launch a cheaper tablet for students next year.



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6 thoughts on “First African-designed Smartphone Launched

  1. Man you giving Africa pride. Way to go. i can’t wait to explore the features of the smart phone and tablet.

  2. I hope you will set up the industry in Congo not china so we join you in designing more tablets

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