Nigeria-based mobile phone solution provider, Debonair Devices Limited, said it will soon launch its Bamboo D700 tablet in the country, and then in 17 other African nations.
The Bamboo D700 tablet, which is a product of a long-term research is the first tablet computer built specifically for emerging markets.
According to Debonair CEO, Adebola Omololu, many of the tablets currently selling in Nigeria and other emerging markets were developed to suit the needs of western and established markets with prices ranging from $400 to over $5,000.
Omololu also added that these tablets have little to offer the developing economies in terms of helping them to find solutions to peculiar problems.
Bamboo D700 tablet is therefore hinged on the need to solve the problems being faced by developing economies, using contemporary Information and Communications Technology tools, the company said.
Due to the challenges of steady electricity, Bamboo tablets have been developed to run on the optimal combination of the right Computer Processing Unit speed, memory size and battery type to provide the longest lasting tablet computer device on a single charge,” Adebola said.
The Bamboo D700 comes with both radio and TV features that allow user watch terrestrial television without any additional hardware. It also comes with dual-SIM slots so that users can use one SIM card for data plans and the second SIM-slot for voice calls at the same time.
To support growing businesses, the Bamboo tablet has special features to support small and medium sized businesses such as a pre-loaded retail point of sale terminal. Other featured apps include those tailored for youth unemployment, female empowerment, growth of small & medium scale business, government: security, education, agriculture and local content.
Debonair has also partnered Airtel for the sale of the Bamboo D700 at the rate of N49,950.00 ($305).