The 4Afrika is Microsoft’ initiative to help improve the global competitiveness of the continent of Africa, and the software giant has partnered with Huawei to bring Windows Phone to African market. Called Windows Phone 4Afrika, the handset is basically a customized version of Huawei’s Ascend W1. Designed for Africa, the phone features “a customized Store in Store with a variety of applications and exclusive content including those built and designed by Africans for Africans”.
The 4Afrika Windows Phone features a 4-inch 800×480 IPS LCD touchscreen with Zero-gap Touch technology, and a 5 Megapixel auto focus camera and a VGA front-facing camera. The phone sports a 1.2Ghz dual-core SnapDragon S4 MSM8230 processor and Adreno 305 graphics chip. Its 1730 mAh Li-Polymer battery is able to provide up to 420 hours of standby time and up to 560 minutes of talk time on 3G, thanks to the unique power saving technologies Huawei built into the phone.
Huawei’s 4Afrika Windows Phone will be available in Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa towards the later part of the 1st Quarter 2013. The handset will come in blue, black, white and red colors.