First 'Made in Africa' smartphones launched in Rwanda

By Chanice Jennike - 08 October 2019Views : 907

Rwanda’s Mara Group have launched two smartphones on Monday.

The new smartphones, the Mara X and Mara Z, have been described as the first “Made in Africa” models. 

Both models will use Google's Android system.

The Mara X and Mara Z will cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.

Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar told Reuters that the new smartphones are targetting people who are willing to spend more for quality. 

"This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa." 

He went on to say, "We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process. There are over 1,000 pieces per phone."