MTN is planning to launch its own branded Android smartphone in South Africa this 2014. Named “Steppa”, it is an affordable high performance smartphone with 3G connectivity and dual SIM capabilities. MTN described the Steppa as the “most affordable high performance smartphone ever”.
The MTN Steppa smartphone sports a 3.5-inch touch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GHz single-core CPU, and a 2.0 MP AF Camera with Video recorder. The device runs Android 2.3.5 (Ginger Bread), which has been modified to include various MTN specific enhancements.
The Steppa is not an iPhone. It’s not a Samsung Galaxy. It’s not meant to be but it offers 3G (a big deal) and Opera Mini, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Talk, Facebook, Twitter, News24 and WhatsApp are pre-loaded on the device.
Specs of MTN Steppa Phone
Below are the features of the MTN Steppa Android Phone
Dimension – 121.4 x 63.2 x 11.8 mm
Display – 3.5″ 320×480 HVGA
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GHz single-core CPU
OS – Android 2.3.5 (Ginger Bread)
Battery – (Standard) Li-on 1,300mAh
Camera – 2.0 MP AF Camera with Video recorder
Network – HSDPA, EDGE/GPRS
Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n), Bluetooth technology v 3.0
GPS – A-GPS
LBS – Google Maps, Navigation(Beta)
Download applications – Google Play Store, AppsFire
Integrated E-mail – Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync
Video – QVGA@20fps / WVGA@30fps, Format: 3gp(mp4)
Music – 3.5mm Ear Jack & Speaker
Android Browser – Opera Mini web browser
Additional Features – FM Radio (RDS), MTN Zone
Will BBM Work on MTN Steppa?
You will be able to chat with BBM on MTN Steppa Android phone once Blackberry launches the proposed BBM for Androids running Gingerbread.
How Much is MTN Steppa Phone in Nigeria and South Africa?
The price of MTN Steppa phone in South Africa will be around R499, making it a sub- $50 smartphone. Hence, the price of the MTN Steppa Android phone in Nigeria will be around N8,000.
So, cheap huh?