Hot on the heels of bringing the cheap VF340, VF543 and VF546 cellphones to market, Vodacom today announced the launch of South Africa’s lowest cost Android smartphone.
The VF845 is a slimline touchscreen device which Vodacom promises will place the world of Android apps into the hands of tech-savvy consumers. According to Vodacom more than 70 000 applications have been developed for the Android platform so far and more are being added daily.
The phone’s list of features include a 2.8 inch QVGA (320×240) 262k colour touch display; GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity and 3G Internet connectivity. It is tailor-made to deal with essentials including The GRID, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, according to Vodacom.
Vodacom says the device runs on the “latest” Android Operating System, Éclair 2.1.
The VF845 will retail at R1399. Rivalling devices include the HTC Tattoo (around R3500) and HTC Dream (around R4600) but these competing devices haven’t officially received updates to Éclair.
“Yet again we’ve been able to leverage the power of Vodafone to bring something unimaginable just a few years ago. This kind of functionality and design has never been available before at anything near this price. Android is a stunning platform which has become a favourite amongst developers worldwide and means that owners can never get bored with their VF845,” said Mark Taylor, Managing Executive: Terminals, Financials and Online Services for Vodacom SA.
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