Who still uses flip phones these days? Maybe there is still demand for it, if not why would anyone bother to still keep making them. Gionee has just unveiled a dual screen flip Android phone – the Gionee W909. Priced at approximately $620, see the specs this phone packs:
Two 4.2-inch 720p LCD displays
Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chip ,Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali-T860 MP2 GPU.
4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, with microSD card slot.
5 MP/16 MP camera combination.
Android 5.1 Lollipop (Amigo UI)
USB Type-C port
2,530 mAh battery.
This phone would be available first in China, before a possible release in other regions.
Users still love the 4 inch compact iPhone. The iPhone 5s sold in droves and statistics say that people have refused to upgrade to the newer “bigger” models. I personally had to rant about this. Apple probably thought it wise to launch the same 4 inch phone, but with upgraded specifications. Below are the features:
A9 and M9 chips same as the iPhone 6S.
12 megapixel camera with Retina front-facing flash, Live Photos and 4K video
Apple Pay support.
Hands-free Siri commands.
Faster LTE and 802.11 AC Wi-Fi speeds.
The iPhone SE is priced at $399 (£359) for the 16 GB model and $499 (£439) for the 64 GB model.
Sadly the phone doesn’t have support for 3D Touch. But then, Apple claims that the phone performs 3-times faster than the iPhone 5s. The battery is also said to be way better this time. What do you think of the iPhone SE?
nTel is almost here!! The rejuvenated NITEL is already keeping it’s promise of launching next month. In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, CEO of the new company, Mr Kamar Abass, revealed that the company has made its first Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) call. This happened in Lagos yesterday.
NatCom Development and Investment Limited (full name for nTel), claimed the test VoLTE call was made around 3.30pm at their new Tier III Data Centre located on Lagos Island. The VoLTE calls were enabled over a carrier’s high-speed data network instead of on a (regular) voice network.
”This crystal-clear, high-definition VoLTE call was made via an ntel SIM card and is set to be a significant differentiating factor for ntel, as it progresses with the roll-out of Nigeria’s largest Advanced 4G/LTE network due to be launched shortly.
”The successful test call is a confirmation that the key network elements are now in place to support the full commercial launch of premium integrated voice, video and data services over 4G/LTE.
”ntel network is built on the 900/1800 Mhz which are the most efficient propagation frequencies for the deployment of 4G/LTE technology,” the statement quoted Abass as saying.
ntel is looking to work with Nigeria’s other mobile operators and international partners in order to handle cross-network VoLTE calls.The service is expected to be launched first in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt soonest.
This clearly sounds like way better service than what we’re used to. Let’s see how this turns out.
The deluge of smartphone brands invading Nigeria continues to grow. AG Mobile is an African brand ODM (original design manufacturer) of feature phones, smartphones, and tablets. The brand has operations in eight African countries already and will be launch in Nigeria tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
The company was founded in 2007 in South Africa as AG Cellular, and rebranded to AG Mobile in 2014. Countries where AG Mobile already operates are: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Cameroon witnessed the launch of its first 4G LTE network when MTN launched its 4G network on the 17th of December, 2015. Initial roll-out for the service covers Yaoundé, Douala, Bamenda and Buea on the 18th of December. Early bird subscribers in Yaounde are reporting download speeds of up to 66.99 Mbps.
As part of 4G launch activities, MTN Cameroon is offering Free 4G data and SIM. The network is also selling 4G MiFi for 34,900F and the LTE-compliant Smart Mini L860 smartphone for 57,900 CFA Francs (approx. US$ 96). 4G coverage will be extended to other parts of the country over time by the Y’hello network.
October 1, 2015 is a remarkable day in the life of every Nigerian. The date reminds us of our Independence anniversary and so much more this country has yet to achieve. Talking of achievements, Nigerian smartphone maker Orbra will launch some devices on that day for Nigerians.
Information we have so far is that 3 devices will be launched: a wearable, a smartphone and a tablet. Most notable is the Orbra Eve 2 – an Octacore Android Smartphone with 3GB RAM and… *closes mouth*covers face*.
Today marked the beginning of a new era in the life of TECNO mobile. Earlier today, they launched their latest flagship device, the TECNO Phantom 5 a.k.a “the best smartphone of the year 2015”. The event took place at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria, and here’s all the scoop of what happened.
The event started very late (Nigerian time). MC of the day, Jonathan Hanson controlled proceedings, very hilarious guy I must say. MD TECNO Nigeria, Mr. Chidi Okonkwo gave a welcome speech, followed by PR Manager TECNO, Miss Hanane Karroumi. Next were speeches from heads of regulatory bodies: SON (Standards Organisation of Nigeria) and CPC (Consumer Protection Commission).
Mr. Jesse Oguntimehin, Digital Media Manager at TECNO, took to the stage to formerly introduce the new device discussing the design details, Camera, and Sound. We got to learn more about the phone. The camera has fast capture, and phase-detection. The front camera also has 78 degree wide angle, among other things.
Later on, Manager, Activations & Events, Mr Attai Oguche came on stage to cover further details of this device. This included the super smart fingerprint scanner, Ultra-Power Saving mode, 4G LTE, etc.
We learnt that you can store up to 10 separate fingerprints that can unlock the phone, and that the price will be N69,900. There are also bundled data offers with Etisalat and Airtel when one buys the phone. Music stars M.I and Chuddy K were also present at the event, though they didn’t perform. TECNO in collaboration with M.I are launching a Karaoke Music competition which will begin later this year.
Everyone of them posed with the phone for a photo session. See the Short Black dude 🙂
Innjoo has just launched two new devices in Nigeria. In a glowing event yesterday at the University of Lagos, they unveiled the Innjoo Halo and the Innjoo Fire Plus. Just like in the teaser, they mentioned the devices will be focused on delivering high battery capacities.
Robert Liang, Innjoo MD
So far so good (on paper) the two phones look good on paper and we hope the real life experience will be good as well. The Innjoo Halo (pictured above) sports a 5-inch screen, Kevlar back, Android 5.1 Lollipop and 3200 mAh battery, see it’s full specs HERE.
Innjoo Fire Plus
The second device is the Innjoo Fire Plus. This one has finely curved arcs 2 GB RAM, 13 MP/5 MP wide angled selfie camera, and 3600 mAh battery. See it’s full spec sheet HERE.
The Innjoo Halo is priced at N14,000 while the Innjoo Fire Plus is priced at N27,600. Both devices will be available for pre-order on Jumia.
Robert Liang, MD Innjoo Nigeria had this to say:
“These two models are born for the Nigerian market”
“People are making the switch from feature phones to smart phones while they now have to charge their phones once or twice a day, instead of once a week. But InnJoo Halo and Fire Plus will give it a change”
Quite an audacious claim there!! 🙂
Hopefully we’ll get a review unit soonest and break it down just the way you like it 😉 Meanwhile, see Adekunle Gold performing on stage yesterday.
Information reaching us hints that Innjoo is preparing to launch two devices in the country next week. The event is said to be tagged: Power in Nigeria. In simpler terms, this implies that both devices will carry huge batteries that would last days of use, probably like the Gionee M series.
Details of the new devices are under wraps, this includes both specifications and pricing, but we know their names will be called InnjooHalo and Innjoo Fire Plus. Pictured above is a teaser for one of the devices. The event is scheduled to hold on the 2nd of September, and trust us to attend and bring you all the juicy details.
Recall sometime ago, Innjoo had issues with NCC that made them close shop for weeks. Let’s hope they’ve prepared well this time to avoid stories that touch.
Press release from Globacom:
Globacom on Tuesday, January 11, blazed another trail in the country as it launched the first 4G LTE network in Nigeria. Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a revolutionary Fourth Generation Mobile Technology which enhances the data transfer rates delivering unmatched mobile broadband experience and highest data speeds and reliability.
LTE is the next step from 3.5G & High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) for many users not only those on the GSM technology curve but also for others too, such as CDMA and WiMAX and is touted to offer the path-breaking 4G experience for consumers.
It presents an unimaginable opportunity to deliver lightning fast data speeds in excess of 100Mb/s uplink and 50Mb/s downlink. As such, it will revolutionize deployment of data centric applications, High Definition Video Streaming, HD-Video bridging, Interactive Multiple Gamming, E-Health Care etc.
An elated Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel, told newsmen that though people could already browse the internet or send e-mails using HSPA-enabled systems and send or receive video or music using G phones, the experience with LTE would be even better.
“It will further enhance more demanding applications like interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced games or professional services, enable more Nigerians to be on top of their game and thereby ruling their world”, he added.
“For our subscribers, LTE offers the key benefits of performance and capacity”, he said, adding that with its speed and reliability, LTE, more than any other technology, already meets key 4G requirements. He expressed happiness that Globacom was leading the way in introducing another transformational experience in Nigeria as “we have always been in the forefront of providing tools of business success for Nigerians”.
4G-LTE is designed to be backwards-compatible with GSM and HSPA, incorporates Multiple In Multiple Out (MIMO) in combination with Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) in the downlink and Single Carrier FDMA in the uplink to provide high levels of spectral efficiency and end user data rates exceeding 100 Mbps. It is also backed with major improvements in capacity and reductions in latency.
The Globacom GCOO also said that there were over 24 networks in the world which had already adapted and launched 4G-LTE networks across the world. “It’s the state of art technology and we will now connect the demanding corporate customers and high data users through the latest 4G-LTE wireless broadband connection to Glo 1 and then the rest of the world,” he noted. He further said that the company was being proactive in meeting the mobile broadband need of its growing subscriber base. “As the data dependence and applications grow, the need to deliver higher speeds on wireless would continue to grow,” Jameel stated.
He disclosed that, by 2012, an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide would have access to broadband services and that nearly two-thirds of this number would be mobile broadband consumers who would be served by LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks. He said Globacom was committed to bringing all such latest and best technologies available in the world to Nigeria.
Mr Jameel recalled that Globacom led the way in the introduction of cutting edge technology and services in Nigeria. Prominent among the innovations which Globacom pioneered are the Per Second Billing, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Magic Plus, Glo Direct, Glo Mobile Internet, Glo Fleetmanager, M-Banking, Glo Mobile Office, Africhat, Glo Foneplas, all running on a superior 2.5G network at roll-out. The company also introduced Blackberry to Nigeria long before others began to join the train and equally pioneered 3.5G commercial roll-out in the country.