Following the launch of South Africa’s first smartphone factory, the Rwandan company, Mara Phones, are making their Mara X and Mara Z smartphone available for order to South Africa with free delivery for a limited time only.
His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa inaugurates the official launch of Mara Phones manufacturing plant in Durban, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa 🇿🇦 #MadeinSouthAfrica #MadeinAfrica #MaraPhonesSA #ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/JTDkCxHuFj
— Mara Phones (@MaraPhones) October 17, 2019
The manufacturing plant is a R1.5-billion investment by the company with the support of the South African government.
“The investment in South Africa by Mara Phones with the support of the Government of South Africa has already created almost 200 jobs, of which over 60% are women and over 90% are skilled, unemployed youth,” said Mara phones in a statement.
Now, South Africans are able to buy phones from the company’s website.
Both phones are in partnership with Google’s Android One program. Both run the latest version of Android with the Mara X running the simplified “Go” version. This lightweight version of the operating system was designed for cheaper devices that have 1GB of RAM or less.
The Mara X has a 5.5-inch screen, Mediatek MT6739 chip, and 5 MP selfie camera.
The Mara Z has a 5.7-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 CPU and 13 MP selfie camera.
These small differences are represented in the price, with the Mara X costing R2,999 and Mara Z costing R3,999.
Image: Mara Phones/Twitter