Powered by UNISOC 28nm WCDMA platform SC7731E, Mobicel Astro runs Android™ Oreo™ (Go edition) with 512MB RAM + 4GB ROM, featuring 4inch WVGA LCD, 1400mAh battery and 2M+5M camera. The model will be exclusively supplied for South Africa’s leading network operator MTN.
SC7731E is a highly integrated chipset platform that supports WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and GSM/GPRS/EDGE dual-mode modems. SC7731E integrates 1.3 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex™-A7 processor and Mali T820 MP1 3D graphics accelerator. It also integrates BT, WIFI, FM, GNSS and cellular RF. UNISOC SC7731E has dedicated architectures and algorithms for low-power ASIC design and power management, as well as independently developed noise calibration and cancellation techniques.
“We are excited to partner with Mobicel™ to launch the first UNISOC SC7731E based smartphone, providing users all over the world more innovative choices and premium smart experiences," said Mr Adam Zeng, Global Executive Vice President of Unigroup and CEO of UNISOC. "As one of the global leaders in the chipset design industry, UNISOC has always been an innovator and a difference-maker in the development history of SoC. UNISOC SC7731E platform, with its high-efficiency performance and advanced technology, can fully meet the growing demands of global WCDMA market, thereby helping customers to realise easier accessibility to competitive smart devices."
“Technology is a force for change and an enabler for growth – and more specifically, mobile technology, as it connects people and delivers opportunities quite literally into the palm of your hand. It was this vision that took Mobicel from selling refurbished handsets to heading up one of the country’s biggest players in the cellphone market,” said Mr Ridhwan Khan, Founder and CEO of Mobicel. “We are honoured to partner with a leading company like UNISOC and we are confident to satisfy the South Africa market with competitive handsets powered by SC7731E.”
As a core subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, UNISOC is a leading fabless semiconductor company committed to the independent R&D of core chipsets in mobile communications and IoT. Its products cover mobile chipset platforms supporting 2G/3G/4G/5G communication standards, RF chipsets, wireless connection chipsets, security chipsets, TV chipsets, and image sensor chipsets. With more than 4,500 staff, 14 R&D centers and seven customer support centres around the world (as of Jan 2018), UNISOC has been one of the top three mobile baseband chipset suppliers in the world, the largest pan-chip provider in China, and the leading 5G communications chipset design company in China.
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Mobicel is a technology company that embodies the typically South African characteristics of independence, resourcefulness and innovation, positioning itself as a hero for South Africa’s cellphone users and continuing to thrive in a fiercely competitive market. In 2007, Ridhwan Khan (CEO of Mobicel) established Mobicel based on his passionate belief that South Africans deserve better. This founding vision took Mobicel from refurbishing used handsets to being one of South Africa’s biggest players in homegrown cellular technology.