The Mara phone. Rwanda’s first smartphones ready for the African market

Mara phones, a subsidiary of Mara Group owned by Ahsish Thakkar becomes the first company to locally produce smartphones from Africa. The company estimates that they will be able to produce 1,200 smartphones a day and 2million devices yearly to be sold in Rwanda and abroad. They are in talks to ship devices to Neighbouring Kenya, Congo and Angola. No mention of Uganda. Presumably due to the trade tensions between Uganda and Rwanda.

The factory, so far, makes two phone models the Mara X and Mara Z retailing for Ugx 480,000 ($130) and Ugx 700,000 ($190) respectively. 

Mara x

The budget smartphone of the company comes with 3gb Ram, 32gb storage. The phone also comes with rear fingerprint scanner setup. The Rear camera is a 13 Mega pixel with Auto Focus that supports slow motion video, HDR, Night mode during low light photography and portrait mode. Front camera is also 13 Mega pixels which supports Portrait mode and face unlock . It also comes with a 720p LCD 18:9 5.7″ Display, The company claims this to be a next generation display HD+.

Mara X will come with Android 9.0 Pie straight out of the box with Google One. It will also come with both Snapdragon and mediaTek variants. It also comes with 3000mAh battery which mara claims will last upto 8hours on screen time. Fast Charging With the superfast Mara Turbo Charger, charge up to 50% battery power within just 30 minutes. Don’t let your battery stop you, charge it with Mara Turbo Charger! It’s not known weather the phone comes with USB C or the older USB 2.

Mara Z

The Mara Z has a 5.7 inches HD+, Qualcomm® MSM8940 Snapdragon™ 435, Octa-core ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz Processor, Android™ 9.0 Pie, 32GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM, Front Camera 13MP, Back Camera 13MP, 720×1440 pixel resolution. Mara Z has no technical differences with Mara X as per the specifications listed on their website and will come pre loaded with Android 8.0 with Android Go.

The Mara phones are available to preorder from here:

You can read more about the Mara Z phone here:

It will be interesting to see how they beat the competition from Samsung and Transsion Mobile in the Affordable smartphone market space. Transsion owns Itel, Tecno and infinix in Uganda. Samsung already providing budget smartphones in A20, A30s and the M10s. Xiaomi also recently entered this market with the Redmi series with the budget phone to beat at the moment the redmi note 7.

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Ayella Brian