Samsung rivals: Africa launched its own smartphones

Africa decided to keep up with the more “experienced” China, Korea and the USA and began producing its own


What kind of smartphones

The first models were Mara X and Mara Z, which run the Android operating system.

They cost 175,750 and 120,250 Rwandan francs($190 and $130) respectively. This is not cheap for Africa, but the manufacturer is confident that there will be wealthy buyers for smartphones and, as a result, Mara X and Mara Z will compete with Samsung gadgets.

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The first deliveries of smartphones are planned to be made to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Who produces

The production is carried out by Mara Phones from Rwanda. A plant was built here especially for this purpose, which cost $24 million. It is capable of producing up to 1,200 units of smartphones per day.

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“We were the first to undertake the full cycleproduction, including motherboards and smaller components. In total, over a thousand parts are required to assemble one smartphone,” says Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar.