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One million HMD phones sold in M-Kopa Kenya

09. 06. 2024 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Reviews / Exact time: BST / Print this page

The Kenyan retailer M-Kopa reached the one millionth HMD phone sale in which the Nokia C22 and C32 smartphones were offered to customers, making HMD Global the number one phone manufacturer in the East African country.

Jean-Francois Baril, co-founder, president and CEO of HMD Global Oy, and founder and managing partner of Ginko Ventures said: I am extremely proud of our partnership with MKopa, which has achieved the first million HMD smartphones, the C22, C32 and the new HMD Pulse Pro, manufactured in Nairobi and sold in Kenya. We were the first phone manufacturer in Kenya... and the number one smartphone manufacturer in Kenya.

Good job done by MKopa and HMD team

The Nokia C22 phone was released by Nokia in February 2023. It has 2 GB MB of memory. The resolution of its camera is 13 Mpixel. Its display size is 6.5 inches.

Recently, Nokia expanded its range with two new entry-level smartphones, the new products are named C22 and C32. The devices are designed to meet basic user needs, but at the same time, according to the manufacturer, we can expect an excellent operating time thanks to them.

Alain Lejeune Chief Operating Officer at HMD Global said: Proudly celebrating this week 1 million HMD smartphones manufactured in Kenya since setting up the factory 18 months ago. And more importantly, these smartphones are made affordable to most people in Kenya thanks to our partner M-KOPA, which is offering a micro financing scheme - supported by HMD softlock. With this, premium HMD smartphones such as Pulse Pro are now available for as low as 95 KES per day ($0.7/day), changing the lives of many people.

Accessible device financing is probably the only way to effectively bridge the digital gap that is getting wider in the past few years, as purchasing power has been decreasing and the cost of smart devices increasing.

And as a matter of fact we see demand for device financing growing very strongly all over Africa. And our softlock solution, which is now recognized as the industry-best, is being deployed in more markets there - very exciting times for HMD in this fast developing continent :)

The outer cover of both novelties complies with the IP52 rating, which means that they can withstand splashing water and dust. The Nokia C32 is the first device in the manufacturer's C series to boast a 50-megapixel primary camera, but let's not get ahead of ourselves! Let's start with the display, which is a 6.5-inch, HD+ resolution, slightly rounded LCD panel covered with 2.5D glass.

The Unisoc SC9863A chipset works inside the device, which can be accompanied by 3 or 4 GB of RAM, plus 64 or 128 GB of storage, depending on the chosen package, which can be expanded using a micro SD card. Part of the internal storage space is occupied by the Android 13 (Go Edition) operating system running on the device, the manufacturer has promised a two-year security update for the phone.

On the back of the Nokia C32, there is a 50-megapixel primary image capture module, which offers night mode, portrait mode, and Auto HDR, and a 2-megapixel...macro sensor has also been added. The front camera is located inside a drop-shaped sensor island and has a resolution of 8 megapixels. The module provides a face recognition function, which will be able to identify the owner of the smartphone even in a mask.

Inside the phone is a 5000 mAh battery, which is compatible with 10-watt charging, and according to the manufacturer's promises, it can operate the device for up to 3 days on a single charge. Among other things, the long operating time is the merit of a battery-saving management based on artificial intelligence.

The Nokia C32 can be purchased in pink and charcoal gray colors at an average consumer price in selected stores.

The characteristics of the Nokia C32 and C22 are basically the same, but there are some differences. For example, the back panel is made of plastic instead of glass. The chipset, display size and resolution are the same, but there are differences regarding the cameras. There is a 13-megapixel main camera on the back of the mobile, which is accompanied by a 2-megapixel macro unit. The front camera, on the other hand, is still 8 megapixels and capable of facial recognition, just like the other model.

Although the chipset is the same, the RAM and storage configurations are also different. The Nokia C22 can be selected with 2 or 3 GB of RAM, in both cases with 64 GB of storage, the internal storage space can also be expanded this time. A battery with a capacity of 5,000 mAh has also been squeezed under the cover of the smartphone, which can be charged with 10 watts and also promises the same in terms of operating time.

The device runs Android 13 (Go Edition) operating system. The Nokia C22 is available in stores in Midnight Black and Sand Brown.

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