Apple’s iPad just got rivaled in the African market after the launch of Way-C, an Android tablet which came on sale last week in Congo. The African tablet is currently sold in Airtel stores in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire at $300.
“Originally the idea was to design a low-cost computer to bring Internet access to as many people as possible,” Mankou said.
The Way-C comes with a 7-inch multi touch screen that boasts of support for Flash, HD video and 3D games. Weighing 380 grams, it has a battery life of 6 hours, runs the Android 2.3 (Android Gingerbread) and has a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory as well a support for Wi-Fi. Due to its low budget price, though, the device lacks advanced features such as a huge internal space, camera and bluetooth.
As for third party applications, a Way-C android competition will be held after every 3 months where three of the best local content application developers will be rewarded for developing for the tablet’s market.
Despite the Way-C’s recommendations as a low cost tablet, the prices could still go lower considering that feature rich tablets like Amazon Kindle Fire retail at $199. Also, the African market is anticipating for the launch of another tablet WISE TOUCH, in the 1st quarter of the year in South Africa.