Ugandan company to launch Mara X, an Android One smartphone by mid-2018

Ugandan-based Mara Corporation Limited is set to release the Mara X, an Android One smartphone for the African market in the second quarter of 2018.

The Mara X is expected to run the latest operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo, will get two years of OS upgrades and with the latest innovations from Google, including Google Assistant. With unlimited high quality photo storage from Google Photos and a carefully curated set of pre-installed apps, the Mara X wants African users to have enough space for the apps they love. With regular security updates and in-built Google Play Protect, Mara X is poised to be among the most secure devices available.

“The Mara X is a device that people can have fun with, learn with and use to build a better future. Africa is seeing a new generation of entrepreneurs looking for mobile technology to help run their businesses, and the Mara X will work for them to pursue greater heights. Our continent is expected to have over 700 million smartphones within a few years, and that connectivity will truly transform lives.” — Mara Corporation Founder, Ashish J Thakkar.

Mara Group began as a small IT business in Uganda, and has since expanded to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that it is today, employing over 14,000 people across 25 African countries and three continents.

The company is also focused on building a digital e-commerce ecosystem to meet the evolving needs of consumers across Africa by investing in key e-commerce enablers like financial technology, social media, last mile logistics and now the Mara X.