At the end of July this year Orange Uganda became the first carrier to launch mobile LTE that enabled users not only use data modems but also get most out of their 4g enabled smartphones phones. In an event today, Orange in collaboration with Chinese handset maker Huawei have officially taken the wraps off the first LTE phone, the Huawei Ascend G526.
In our recent LTE survey we found that Orange was the best LTE carrier and in the usual Orange tradition during the event we had hands on and demo experience with this LTE device from speedtests to video streaming. We all know techjaja staff are fans of speed tests and we managed to squeeze out 31Mbps download speeds, i wonder what you would be using all that speed for in a mobile phone.
The event was graced by Hon Vincent Bagire from the ICT Ministry who commended Orange Uganda for its innovations and gave testimony on the fact that Orange was the among the first company to lay fiber in West Africa that drastically improved communications and connectivity to the internet in that region. In his speech, the CMO of Orange Uganda Mr Damien emphasized that Orange is an innovative company and together with Huawei managed to partner and come up with another first.
Getting to know the phone
The phone features a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, Android Jelly Bean and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Additionally, it enjoys a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing cam, as well as a 1,950mAh battery and WiFi Direct support. The LTE variant that will be on sale in Uganda is the L22 version which offers the compatible frequency for this LTE region.
The phone, which measures 133 x 67.5 x 9.9mm, is actually rather comfortable to hold in the hand. It’s about par for the course when it comes to midrange handsets, with a slick plastic back that curves inward on each side so as to hug the edges. A 3.5mm jack can be seen up top while the power and volume buttons are on the right. Tragically, the micro-USB
charging port is located on the upper left side of the phone, which is an incredibly awkward place when you’re trying to use the device whilst it’s chained to an outlet.
Many more phones can connect to the LTE network
Orange Uganda is proud to also announce that even if they had not launched any LTE phone officially they have had an avalanche of subscribers bring their own devices like the Samsung Galaxy s4 (i9505), HTC One (n801), Lumia 1020, 925, 920 and 820 to be connected to their LTE network. Enjoy the phone gallery below or hit the nearest Orange shop to try it out but it will cost you at least UGX 899,000 to get yourself one.