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Submission + - First Africa - Designed smartphone launched (

Taco Cowboy writes: A smartphone said to be the first designed by an African company has been launched.

The phone, called "Elikia", which means “hope” in the local language, has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 512 megabytes of RAM and a 650-Mhz processor, and runs Google's Android software.

The phone, although designed in Africa by Africans, will be manufactured in China

It will be retailed at $170.

Additional source from BBC —

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Leveraging always beats prototyping.