According to a report by The Guardian, Lenovo Nigeria and Slot Systems have partnered to operate the first ever brand retail store in Nigeria.
The store is set to be located at the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos and will cater for Lenovo laptops, desktops, All-in-Ones, smartphones and accessories.
In a bid to provide customers with an outlet with their favourite Lenovo products, Lenovo has committed to the Nigerian market and its customers.
At the unveiling, Lenovo and Slot Systems announced an in-store promotion that rewards customers with free gift items for every purchase they make at the store.
For the last three years, Lenovo has cultivated a partnership with Slot Systems for the purpose of making products accessible to Nigerians around the country through a trusted dealership.
According to the report, Manoj Rajasekharan, Smartphones Business Lead at Lenovo Technologies West Africa welcomed the retail store stating that Lenovo Moto would serve as their flagship smartphone. He said “Lenovo Moto will serve as our primary smartphone brand and our Sales and Marketing investments will be behind it.”
Zuri smartphones roll out in East Africa
Hong Kong-based mobile device manufacturer Zuri has revealed that it has partnered with Despec in order to roll-out its latest devices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The company revealed that the four devices to be rolled out include the Zuri C41, C46, C52 and S56.
Vikash Shah, CEO at Zuri, stated: “East Africa represents a significant growth opportunity for Zuri, with demand for smartphones increasing across the region. We are confident that Despec will enable us to build strong routes-to-market across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Zuri is fully committed to building its brand presence in East Africa and DESPEC is the perfect partner to help us achieve this.”
When looking closer at the specs of each device we found that the 4.0-inch Zuri C41 smartphone features a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor, which is assisted by 512 MB RAM, and is available in white or black. The 4.5-inch C46 is similar in specs and features a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor, 512 MB RAM, and an 8 MP camera.
The C52 is a 5.0-inch device that features a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and an 8 MP Camera. The last device to be brought into East Africa is the Zuri S56. The 5.5-inch S56 features a 1.4 GHz Octa-core processor, 1 GB RAM, dual-SIM capabilities, and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Riyaz Jamal, CEO at Despec, added that: “We are pleased to add Zuri smartphones to our portfolio and believe the brand has a bright future in East Africa. Channel partners and consumers are looking for smartphone brands that stand out from the crowd. We believe the Zuri message, branding and image – coupled with the quality of the devices – will allow us to build strong sales across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.”
Oppo to invest EGP 100 million in Egypt’s smartphone market
Egypt is receiving a boost to its stalled smartphone market, where pricing of top end smartphones have left the vast majority of the population on the outside of the sector. The announcement from Oppo Electronics will see massive investment in the North African county and aims to boost both production and jobs for the sector.
Oppo announced it would be putting EGP 100 million into the country’s smartphone market. According to Oppo’s Executive Director Sky Lee, the target is to hire “1,000 Egyptian employees.” For a country where unemployment rates remain staggeringly high, the push for new jobs should help boost the IT sector even further as it comes out of political uncertainty in the country after nearly four and a half years of unrest.
Lee added that there was a “possibility of establishing a factory in Egypt” with the condition that the company achieved “determined sales rates in the country.” He did not add what those “targeted figures” need to be.
For Egypt, however, the move is likely to be met with positive reactions as jobs have become hard to find and the IT sector, after nearly a decade of forward movement up to 2011, has found it hard to maintain its push.