Google has been working on getting budget smartphones powered by Android to as many people as possible while guaranteeing them timely updates and a smooth experience under its Android One program. We’ve seen Android One devices roll out in several markets in Asia, the Middle East and some have even been able to make their way to Europe. After all those worldwide tours, it is now Africa’s turn.
Google has partnered with Infinix and carrier MTN to make Nigeria the first country on the continent to get an Android One device with the official launch of the Infinix Hot 2.
The Infinix Hot 2 (model X501) is the successor to the popular Infinix Hot which is almost always out of stock on Jumia thanks to high demand as a result of its favourable pricing (about $70). The Infinix Hot 2 which features a glass back as can be seen from the above image, will have a 5 inch HD (720p) IPS display, a 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, 16 GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), an 8 megapixel main camera and a 2 megapixel selfie camera. There will be two variants of the device, a standard one with 1 GB RAM and another “premium” one with 2 GB RAM. The device will run on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. We guess it should be one of the very first to make the jump to the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow when it is finally available.
The device will be available in a range of 5 colours: gold, black, red, blue and white. Only the 2 GB Infinix Hot 2 will come in gold though. It is immediately available for sale in Nigeria via online retailer Jumia. Customers in 5 other African countries namely Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Morocco can also order the device online through Jumia.
The Infinix Hot 2 goes for a recommended retail price of $87 in Nigeria and is expected to start at $100 in Kenya.