AfriOne has launched its latest smartphone into the Nigerian market. The phone, Cygnus X came as bait in the company’s quest to win more market space in Nigeria.
The phone came with a large 6.53-inch-high resolution water drop full display with Lumia Gradient cover. It is powered by a strong octa core 2.0 Ghz processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory for a smooth and fast multitasking switch operation and supports up to 256GB expandable storage. Cygnus X came under the Cygnus series, and is designed with customers’ satisfaction in view.
Among the exciting features of Cygnus X are a high-end AI camera with 20mp selfie camera and rear dual 20mp plus 2mp camera, a 4000mah battery capacity, facial unlock ID, finger sensor.
The brand manager, AfriOne Nigeria Limited, Bunmi Yagba said the new designed was produced with customers’ satisfaction in mind.
“Cygnus X is making its debut in the market and we are confident it will meet our customers’ needs that will be a delight experience for them and satisfy the users in many ways. It is one phone that consumers will enjoy and they won’t regret owning it,” she said.
The phone also came with attractive price, at N44, 600, it is affordable to attract end users with low budget.
Sahir Berry, CEO AfriOne Nigeria Limited, noted that affordability together with features that will meet modern trend is a way to ensure customers’ satisfaction.
“Customers’ satisfaction remains our key focus while maintaining upgraded technology, quality and after sales service across the nation through our wide network of Service Centres which is our key strength by servicing our customers on any post sales challenge they may face with a minimum Turn Around Time,” he said.
Berry also stated that the company is expanding its market share with music accessories through the introduction of ‘Afrione Beats.’ A range of music gadgets rolled out to target the youth; they include Bluetooth speakers, headsets, wireless ear pods, earphones, power banks etc.
Yagba also disclosed the company’s vision to localize and expand the use of cutting-edge technology for manufacturing in mobility space in Nigeria. She said the vision when implemented in the near future will create job opportunities for the Nigerian youth.
AfriOne Limited was incorporated in 2016. It’s the first mobile device, tablet PC assembly plant in Nigeria under the brand name AfriOne is Situated in Lagos in a 20, 000 sq.ft. factory. The company is equipped with sophisticated lab for testing and quality control. The brand has partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria under the N-power umbrella.
In April 2017, the company was inaugurated in Lagos as the first phone assembling plant in Nigeria, with the capacity of producing 300, 000 products in a month on its four production lines.
Upon its inauguration by the former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, the managing director Contec Global, Rohen Berry, said that the firm will not only serve as a tech corporation, but also as education center for entrepreneurship empowerment for Nigerian youth.
“In adherence to the AfriOne and Contec Global in-house Agenda, young men and women have the opportunity to be involved in product development and strategic management programmes.
“We are tangibly investing in Nigeria’s future through AfriOne, while providing a valuable skill set to its workforce that will facilitate continued innovation in Nigeria’s emerging markets,” he said.
Over the past two years, AfriOne has produced many brands of phones and increased its workforce beyond the 5oo it used to be. Sahir revealed that the company will soon extend its space of work to assemble computers, an addition that will make room for further opportunity of employment.
However, the challenge remains lack of capacity to go beyond assembly to manufacture the actual components needed to produce smartphones in their entirety. But Sahir said that plan is underway to facilitate the production of the components in the near future.
“For now, we import components to assemble the mobile devices, but that is going to change in the nearest future, even closer than anybody anticipated. For instance, the plastic battery cover of the phones can be produced right now in Nigeria, and we will start there,” he said.