The Nigerian IT firm, Orbra, which started out making tablet computers have slowly transformed themselves into a brand with a wide variety of mobile tech devices, spanning – smartphones, tablet computers, power banks, and most recently – a smart bracelet.
During the product launch earlier this month, the company released the 2nd generation of its entry level smartphone – the Avalanche 2, a follow-up to it’s tablet computer – the Inferno Tab 2, in addition to a new product line – the Orbra smart bracelet. I have already given you a recap of the Orbra 2015 launch event. In this article, I showcase the gadgets that were launched at the event.
How smart is Orbra’s bracelet?
It is a light, waterproof, easy to wear bracelet that works like most smart watches, but with a key emphasis on fitness. During the launch of the device, the company’s CEO stated that the device emerged as a result of a recent trend – more Nigerians being conscious of their health and fitness levels.
The bracelet is able to count the wearers steps, figure the distance covered, know the amount of calories burnt, and can even remind the user of things like: the need to drink water, or simply notify the wearer if they have been sitting for too long. In addition, the wearable can track the quality of the users sleep.
Orbra’s bracelet works with devices running iOS 7 or above, in addition to Android devices running 4.3 jelly bean or later. The company launched it in a variety of colors, however it is easily customizable as the straps are interchangeable. The device renders notifications with a slight vibration, one that is light – so it doesn’t startle the user. The device also has a recognition system which triggers the display to wake, when the wearer raises their hand to get a glance.
In addition to the stated functionalities, the device also works as a wristwatch; it tells time with the inbuilt clock. Furthermore, PIM (Personal Information Management) features are built in; as a result, the smart bracelet can notify users of phone calls, sms, even calendar appointments. It also supports media oriented features so it can be used to play or pause music; in addition to serving as a remote for your phone’s camera.
Orbra’s smart bracelet costs =N=7500. The reason for this entry price, according to the CEO of the company, is as a result of its usefulness health wise – the company wants as many Nigerians as possible to own one.
The 2nd generation Avalanche
The Avalanche 2 is the follow up to Orbra’s original Avalanche. The device is 26% lighter at 130g, while being 8.8 mm thin. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and comes with 1GB of RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, but the company ships the device with a 16GB micro SD card included. The device reminds me of an Infinix Hot 2 a lot, except that it a bit bigger and thicker. It has Gorilla Glass to provide reinforcement to its 720P, 5-inch, LCD screen.
Orbra claims the Avalanche 2 can perform 90% over other devices in its price range. The device possesses a quadcore processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. On the photography front, there is a 5MP snapper for the selfie conscious, and an 8MP camera on the back capable of taking interpolated pictures. Orbra rates the 2400 mAh battery as capable of producing 10 hours of 3G talktime and 90 hours of standby.
The smartphone has some neat tricks, such as – a Nigeria-centric keyboard that includes the Naira sign. The keyboard lets users type in the 3 major languages – Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. There is also the ability to launch apps using gestures. The Avalanche 2 is priced at =N=25,000, but also sells with the smart bracelet, as a combo, for =N=30,000.
The Inferno 2 tablet
The second generation Inferno tablet is a slimmer, sleeker device then it’s predecessor. It runs Android 4.4 Kitkat and has a 1200 x 1920, 7-inch screen. It has an octa-core processor and the battery is rated at 3400 mAh. It is pretty comfortable to hold. Like the company’s other device, it also has the Nigerian keyboard inbuilt.
The Inferno 2 has 16GB of internal storage and is shipped with a 16GB micro SD card. It has 2GB of RAM. It is priced =N=55,000, but can be purchased with a smart bracelet combo for =N=60,000.
Where to buy
All Orbra products can be purchased from Orbra’s online shop, from GTBank SME market hub, Next Cash ‘n’ Carry, or Emab Plaza in Abuja.
IB ‘Hi Beezle’ Sam-Epelle is passionate about smartphones and mobile technology; a solution provider; critical thinker; entrepreneur; the founder, Grand-Monumental Ink.