Android smartphone under R1 000 for South Africa

Android smartphone under R1 000 for South Africa

Dec 19, 2013

2014 is looking good for those who want an affordable, high-performance smartphone, according to MTN, which plans to launch the Android-based Steppa device at well below R1 000 early in the New Year.

Mike Fairon, GM of products, services and innovation at MTN, said that the Steppa is not an ultra-low-cost smartphone but a high performance smartphone with 3G connectivity that is within reach of many consumers who currently aren’t able to afford a smartphone.

MTN described the Steppa as the “most affordable high performance smartphone ever” and looks set to draw even more South Africans into the smartphone arena. With a range of pre-installed applications, the Steppa also offers a guide to assist users new to smartphones.

According to Fairon, MTN has designed the new phone based on Qualcomm’s Reference Designs (QDR) after assessing MTN what users do on their smartphones, and aiming to meet user requirements.

The MTN Steppa smartphone offers a 3.5-inch touch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GHz single-core CPU, and a 2.0 MP AF Camera with Video recorder. It runs on Android 2.3.5 (Ginger Bread), which has been modified to include various MTN specific enhancements. MTN says both the hardware and software used for the Steppa are designed for a great user experience.