Africa’s first homegrown Android tablet to launch next month

Posted In Android, Tablets - By Ryan On Monday, August 1st, 2011 With 2 Comments

VMK Gingerbread Android tablet

Congolese technology house VMK has set out to prove that not all tablets are created equal, and that Africa is capable of producing technological solutions that answer a global need in a local way. The tablet, running Android Gingerbread, will house a 1.2GHz processor, 4GB of memory and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Android 2.3.3 device sports a decent spec for its price bracket. VMK’s CEO, Verone Mankou, is looking to take the product to market at a price point that’s a quarter of the iPad 3G and just half of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. That’s some heavy discounting for a device that couldn’t have been cheap to develop, build and distribute. Mankou is seeking further funding to be able to take his invention to international markets after launching in Africa.

Congo VMK Gingerbread Android tablet

VMK seems confident in their product – so confident that they’ve even held back images of the front of the tablet, to protect against copycat devices from popping up before they’ve had a chance to sink their teeth into significant market share. And who can blame them? Android is the hottest platform on the continent and tablets are the golden geese that many manufacturers are still struggling to position properly. Competition is fierce. Just ask RIM – their Playbook has had a rocky reception to say the least, even from Blackberry fans.

All things being equal, the market should respond positively to the VMK tab. Not just because it’s proudly African but because (if it delivers on its promises) it’ll put 21st century technology in the hands of millions of consumers who would otherwise never be able to afford the price tags usually attached to tablets.

About - With at least 20 phones tucked away in drawers around the house and office, Ryan is a buy-to-try mobile consumer and loves playing with new handsets. Right now he's stuck on the iPhone 4.

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  1. Howard says:

    Where are these going to be sold? Is there somewhere where we can find more information?

  2. Jason says:

    I'm not sure what the exact plan is for distribution. Contact the guys for more info at <a href="; target="_blank"></a&gt;

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