Phone maker Mione unveils new smartphones in bid to narrow Uganda's digital divide

Phone maker Mione unveils new smartphones in bid to narrow Uganda's digital divide
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Mione, a Dubai-based phone manufacturer, with an assembling plant in Mbale City, in Eastern Uganda has launched two smartphone brands, U1 and Joy 9, to further increase the penetration of smartphones in Uganda.

The two phones were launched by the minister of Information, Communication,

Technology and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and the State Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives David Bahati in Kampala.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr.Baryomunsi hailed innovations being made Mione and expressed his delight at the impact such milestones are making on the Ugandan digital growth picture by global standards.

He also emphasized on the government’s willingness to continue supporting such innovations.

“In a special way, let me appreciate the growing friendship Uganda and China share, which has given birth to so many market innovations like the phones being launched today. These strides symbolize the growing spirit of what a partnership between the countries can do and also how strategic partnerships

towards a common goal can be very powerful. This new innovation shows how much our country is willing to embrace what is revolutionary and bring development closer to her people," Baryomunsi said.

“While we pursue excellence in innovation, I urge different dreamers and innovators in Uganda to look at this as an inspiration that they too can create work  that will change the world, because our end goal all together is to view Uganda from the world spectrums as a beam that lights technology intelligence which will bring in more investments and promise a bright future for our motherland.”

The State Minister for Trade, David Bahati praised the work done by Mione by making Uganda their country of choice to showcase new creative and strong transformations in the world of science.

He urged Ugandans to embrace  buying locally produced products like phones.

“Let us appreciate the efforts of investors like Mione and others have chosen us as their home for business in Africa, by buying the products they introduce. To the investors, thank you for choosing Uganda. The belief that you have in us is what inspires us to keep doing better, and we as the government of Uganda are fully committed to supporting anything that grows what science and technology we create here," Bahati said.

Announcing the phones, Ben Yu, the Mione Brand Representative in Uganda said the launch of these high quality and pocket-friendly smartphones is a big step towards supporting the government’s vision of empowering millions of Ugandans to embrace technology and accomplish more in life.

He also appreciated the immense support that the government has rendered to Mione to establish a phone factory in Uganda.

“These devices are a culmination of extensive research, pioneering technology, and a deep understanding of the evolving needs of our users. Our U1 phone,  is a testament to our commitment to affordability without compromising on quality. It is a smartphone that elevates and empowers users with essential smart features and functions giving them a new experience of connectivity, a new way to capture and celebrate the fun world around them and share with friends and family,” Yu explained.

“The Joy 9 is designed to offer an immersive user experience, unparalleled performance, and a stunning stylish design that gives users the confidence and pride.”

Features of each phone

Among other features, the U1, boasts of 108MP+VGA AI Dual Rear camera and 6.82 HD +MH Punch Hole Display that gives you breath taking visuals.

In addition, it comes with a 5,000mAh large battery, a 12GB Ram and 256GB storage and is

powered by Helio G85 MediaTek chip.

Globally, it can be got at the equivalent of shs687,000.

The Joy 9 features a 50MP+VGA AI Triple Rear powerful camera, a 5000mAh battery that enables you the owner to use it all day and a side mounted fingerprint unlock to ease the lives of those that enjoy browsing with one hand.

It comes with 8GB ram and 128GB rom and is powered by a T606 chip.

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