Tecno Launches $25 KaiOS 3G"Smart Feature Phone" In Africa

Tecno is selling the T901 3G smart feature phone running KaiOS.

Tecno is selling the T901 3G smart feature phone running KaiOS.

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KaiOS, the operating system that powers 110-million smart featurephones, has launched a new $25 handset with device maker Tecno.

Significantly, and unlike other feature phones which still use voice-centric 2G, the new T901 runs on 3G, meaning people will have a much faster data experience.

The keypad-based handset has popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter and Google Assistant; and has built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

The T901 can take two SIM cards, has a 4-inch QVGA display and a 1900mAh battery which enables 25 days of standby time and up to 19 hours of calls. It has a front and rear camera, and built-in flash.

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. 

Calling it a significant milestone for both companies, KaiOS Technologies CEO Sebastien Codeville says “the digital divide in Africa remains large, and we’re thrilled to be working with Tecno to eliminate it". 

Tecno Mobile managing director Stephen Ha said the increased data speed means better calls and less interference than 2G, while the T901's inclusion of Google Assistant means people can user their voice to operate it.



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KaiOS, the operating system that powers 110-million smart featurephones, has launched a new $25 handset with device maker Tecno.

Significantly, and unlike other feature phones which still use voice-centric 2G, the new T901 runs on 3G, meaning people will have a much faster data experience.

The keypad-based handset has popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter and Google Assistant; and has built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

The T901 can take two SIM cards, has a 4-inch QVGA display and a 1900mAh battery which enables 25 days of standby time and up to 19 hours of calls. It has a front and rear camera, and built-in flash.

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. 

Calling it a significant milestone for both companies, KaiOS Technologies CEO Sebastien Codeville says “the digital divide in Africa remains large, and we’re thrilled to be working with Tecno to eliminate it". 

Tecno Mobile managing director Stephen Ha said the increased data speed means better calls and less interference than 2G, while the T901's inclusion of Google Assistant means people can user their voice to operate it.



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