SILK Mobile [see details here] is a new mobile phone brand by a Kenyan company, SILK. The company makes feature phones and smartphones. At least that is what we know so far. Other devices include portable chargers/powerbanks and Bluetooth speakers. We’ve had with us the Patriot 55, its first smartphone.
Here are specifications of the device:
- 5.5-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels)
- Snapdragon 400 processor
- 4 GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card)
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 MP main camera; 2 MP front-facing camera
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 2,150 mAh battery
- 3G, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
The design, as you can see from the photo above is quite nice though the device is a bit bulky. It is all-plastic. The user interface is quite dated (it is a mashup of Holo and a Froyo-esque theme) Android and several apps that are bundled are not ready. The internal storage is quite limited though they compensate for this by giving you a free 8 GB memory card. Then there’s the elephant in the room: the price. The phone goes for Kshs 25,000.
This is one of the first smartphones designed by a Kenyan company and we would definitely love to see more from them.
Here are some screenshots so that you can see up close the UI
Deal or no deal? What can be done better?