TECNO has announced the launch of the latest 3G smart feature phone T901, the first TECNO device running on KaiOS, the mobile operating system for feature phones. The entry-level is aimed to help in closing the digital divide by enabling people – previously inhibited by high cost of devices – to buy and use internet-enabled phones and come online for the first time.
Even through the price is yet to be disclosed, the T901 will be available in three color 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.”
T901 is equipped with a hybrid dual-SIM slot which can support two SIM cards and with 512MB +256MB memory for more space to save the user’s files. It boasts a 2.4-inch QVGA display with 240×320 pixels resolution, and a 1900mAh battery which enables 25 days of standby time and up to 19 hours of non-stop calling.
The device comes embedded with a front and a rear camera with built-in flash light, which enables clearer photos even at night and in other dark environments.
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 various popular apps and services like WhatsApp, Google Assistant, Facebook, YouTube, and Google Maps, as well as a store for apps called the KaiStore.
Established in 2006, TECNO Mobile has a wide product portfolio featuring smartphones, tablets, and feature phones and a presence in around 50 countries globally. In 2017, TECNO achieved a sales volume of more than 43 million units.
KaiOS Technologies‘ flagship product, KaiOS, is a mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 100 million devices shipped in over 100 countries. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like WhatsApp, the Google Assistant, YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps, and Twitter.