The VMK Elikia is a budget Android smartphone “designed” in the Congo. It has also been reported as the first African designed smartphone. That sounds wrong, if you ask me. What happened to Pliris Mobile’s Blaze and Blaze+, both of which we are told were designed here in Nigeria and which have been around for several months? Perhaps we need to ask more detailed questions?
Anyway, the Elikia is specified with a 650 MHz processor, and my first reaction was, “No way!” I have reviewed a number of budget Android smartphones here, including the Samsung Pocket, Huawei U8180 Gaga, and LG E400. Each of these devices sport a 800 MGHz processor, and performance isn’t anything remarkable. Someone mentioned to me that all these devices run smooth. I think that it is possible to hold that opinion only if one has never used anything more capable – like the Pliris Blaze+, HTC One X, or Samsung’s upper Galaxy range.
Anyway, I have my doubts about how well a 650 MHz processor will run on an Android smartphone. However, Elikia does have 512 MB RAM, which is twice what the Pocket and Gaga offer, and about 50% more than what the Optimus E400 offers. Perhaps that will make up for the lower clocked CPU and produce good enough performance? In all probability, only a proper review will tell.
If you are interested in more specs of the VMK Elikia, it runs Android 2.3.6 gingerbread, has a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 pixels resolution, capacitive display, a 5 megapixel camera, 126 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, and a 1,300mAh battery. Not a bad package in all.
What do you think? Do you give a 650 MHz processor on Android any chance? Would you recommend such a smartphone if the price is right?
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