Google, Infinix to launch low cost smartphone in Kenya

Infinix Hot2 smartphone
Infinix Hot2 smartphone. PHOTO/FILE
US internet giant Google is set to launch a low-cost smartphone in Nairobi next month as it seeks to cash in on the growing demand for devices in the local market.

The company, in partnership with Infinix Mobility, will introduce the Hot2 smartphone as part of its global Android One programme.

The device will be sold exclusively through e-commerce platform Jumia.

Android One, which made its African debut in Nigeria, will also be available in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Morocco.

The Infinix Hot2 phone, which targets the lower end of the market, is priced at about Sh8,950 – although the official local price is yet to communicated.

The device comes with a quad-core MediaTek processor, dual SIM slots, front and rear-facing cameras, a FM radio tuner, and 16 GB internal memory.

The standard version, with 1GB memory, is available in black, white, blue and red, and the premium version (with 2GB memory) is available in gold.

The Android One programme began in India last year and is now in an additional six African countries.

Google is targeting users with limited connectivity and will later in the year unveil an offline feature of video app YouTube. The feature will enable users to take videos offline to watch later during short periods of low or no Internet connectivity.