TECNO, a top three handset vendor in Africa, has announced the launch of the first KaiOS powered 3G smart feature phone, the T901.
It might look like a throwback to the 1990s for some, but the T901 is a very important and significant step for emerging markets. With the new device TECNO and KaiOS are increasing their commitment to closing the digital divide by bringing users who were previously inhibited by device affordability online for the first time.
Moreover with heightened concerns, due to the US trade embargo against Huawei, over the future availability of Android OS on the Chinese giant’s smartphones and the announcement of its own Harmony OS, there is every reason to keep all options open for future handset operating systems.
KaiOS is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, a category almost invented by the company. KaiOS enables a new category of affordable smart feature phones that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience. It supports 3G and 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC.
KaiOS-enabled phones come with popular apps and services like WhatsApp, the Google Assistant, Facebook, YouTube, and Google Maps, as well as a store for apps called the KaiStore. The new device comes embedded with both a front and a rear camera with built-in flash light, which enables clearer photos even at night and in other dark environments.
The T901 is in addition equipped with a range of core features essential for emerging markets including a hybrid dual-SIM slot which can support two SIM cards and with 512MB +256MB memory for more spaces to save users precious memories. It boasts a 2.4-inch QVGA display with 240x320 pixels resolution, and a powerful 1900mAh battery which enables 25 days of standby time and up to 19 hours of non-stop calling. The new device will be available in three launch colour options: gold, blue and black.
“With the arrival of T901 powered by KaiOS, users gain access to apps such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Maps, and others on an affordable TECNO smart feature phone for the first time. The phone also supports GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G, with significant network speed growth and better anti-signal interference performance as well as faster signal reception in call mode than those in 2G. T901 also comes equipped with the Google Assistant, allowing users to operate the device with their voice. With all these features, TECNO is practicing our commitment to allowing the consumers to reach beyond their current limitations and uncover a world of possibilities.” says Stephen Ha, Managing Director of TECNO Mobile.
“Launching with TECNO is a significant milestone for both our companies,” adds Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “The digital divide in Africa remains large, and we’re thrilled to be working side-by-side with TECNO to eliminate it. Visit any African city and you will understand how important TECNO is on the continent, with stores on nearly every corner; we can’t wait to see the KaiOS-enabled T901 show up in all of these outlets.”