MTN has announced plans to launch an affordable Android tablet, which it calls the MTN Steppa Tablet, for R999 during the last week of November 2014.
The pre-paid offer will include 200MB of data per month for 12 months.
Contract options are being considered, MTN said, and any other deals will be announced closer to the launch.
MTN announced the original MTN Steppa towards the end of 2013, saying that it wanted to shake up the South African smartphone market. It launched in early 2014.
Mike Fairon, MTN South Africa’s head of products and solutions, said that the Steppa gave subscribers whose devices had previously only supported 2G their first 3G experience.
This resulted in a 3-fold average increase in data consumption among these users, Fairon said.
Tablets offer a different kind of value proposition, such as education and productivity applications as well as media consumption, Fairon said.
For this reason, and because of the success of the Steppa, MTN wanted to offer a tablet which lower-income earners in South Africa could afford, Fairon said.
Some of the key specifications of the MTN Steppa Tablet are summarised in the table below.
|Specifications||MTN Steppa Tablet|
|Operating System||Android 4.4|
|Display||7″ WSVGA (1024×600)|
|Dimensions||191.6 x 118 x 9.8mm|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 200|
|Mobile data||HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps)|