Orange, France’s largest telecommunication company has partnered with Google to launch a cheap $30 4G smartphone in Africa this October called Orange Sanza touch.
Orange believes that over 520 million people in Africans don’t have access to the internet covered by mobile broadband, simply because smartphones and mobile services are too expensive to buy.
The Sanza Touch is a 4G Android phone and it features a 4-inch’ screen, 8GB memory, and a 1750mAh battery, offering over 4 hours battery life while streaming videos. When launched, they will serve as an affordable alternative for high-end smartphones with 4G Internet spectrum.
When launched, each phone will come with airtime for calls, SMS, and data bundle. It can also be paid for in installments as it comes with an application that supports this — Payjoy.
Orange Sanza touch Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
- 4G bands: LTE
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE
- Announced: 2020, October
- Status: Available. Released 2020, October
- Dimensions: mm
- Weight: g
- Build: Plastic
- Colors: Black
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Android 10 (Go Edition)
- Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Size: 4-inches
- Resolution: 480 x 960 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio
- CPU: Quad-core, Cortex-A5
- RAM: 1 GB
- Internal Storage: 8 GB
- Memory Card Slot: microSDXC (dedicated slot)
- Main Camera: MP camera, LED flash, [email protected] video recording
- Selfie Camera: MP, Face Recognition, @30fps video capture
- Radio: FM Radio
- Audio 3.5 mm jack: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Sensors: accelerometer
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- Bluetooth: Yes
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
- USB: microUSB b2.0
- Battery Type and Capacity: Non-Removable Lithium-Ion 1750 mAh
- Charging: 5W standard charging
Orange Sanza Touch Price and Availability
From October 2020, the Sanza Touch smartphone is expected to be available with a bundled mobile data plan (voice, SMS, data) at around US$30 (₦11,505).
It will be sold in most of Orange’s markets in the Middle East and Africa, starting with Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, and Madagascar.
Few months ago, we got reports that Orange is planning to establish its presence in Nigeria and South Africa. It will be a great addition to the network space.