When we think of tech, we usually think of Europe, America, or Asia. That should be no surprise considering the amount of development that is found in those areas of the world. Well, here’s a little surprise from somewhere we didn’t think to look. VMK, a Congolese electronics company, is almost set to release its Android tablet – which has been developed and manufactured in Africa.
They’ve already release some images on the Internet, and drummed up quite a bit of interest for it. They’ve been a bit sparse on the more technical details, though. According to the company’s CEO, this is a bit of precaution to avoid any intellectual property being poached. Even the images have been mysterious, with no picture of the tablet in action, only pictures of the chassis.
Still, it looks to be a pretty solid piece of work and not vaporware. With all of the interest that it’s garnered, the company is also hoping for some additional funding for its development. This is understandable considering that its pretty hard to get things off the ground in a place like Africa. Anyway, the details for the tablet aren’t all that sparse. We do have some basic specs. Mainly, it has a 7″ Display and is powered by 1.2 GHz CPU. It will be running Android 2.3.3 and is backed by 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. For Internet capabilities, it uses WiFi b/g/n. Aimed at developing nations, of which the Congo is one of them, it will probably end up priced very cheaply – which is what Android is all about.
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Its nice to read articles like this about developing countries making their mark in the tech world.
Technology has the potential to be the great equalizer. Look at how it has changed the nature of work these days. I expect tons of developing countries to get involved, and it’s great to see.