Hong Kong, China <19 October 2020> – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Mexican electronics manufacturer LANIX announced the LANIX U340, the first KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in LANIX’s mobile lineup, designed with an excellent combination of performance, functionality, and cost.
Available starting October 15 for $729 pesos ($34 USD), the U340 gives users access to internet connectivity and 800+ popular apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and Google Assistant, while remaining more affordable than even budget-oriented smartphones.
According to the GSMA, the lack of affordable mobile devices is a key barrier to digital inclusion, especially in Mexico where 31% of people remain disconnected from the internet. The LANIX U340 pairs familiar feature phone hardware with smartphone-level capabilities, including 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with powerful apps for learning new skills and connecting with friends and family, bringing mobile internet connectivity to a wider population in Mexico.
“Our partnership with LANIX has created an ideal mobile device for Mexico,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Google, YouTube, and Facebook make up the top three most popular web services in Mexico, and the KaiOS-enabled LANIX U340 gives users access to these and other useful applications right out of the box, while keeping it cost-effective for Mexico’s disconnected population.”
“Our passion is in bringing technology closer to people,” said Benjamín Aguilar, CEO of LANIX. “We’re excited to work with Kai as part of that goal, creating our first smart feature phone in an intuitive and easy-to-use device for even the first-time internet users.”
The LANIX U340 is now available through authorized retailers. It’s powered by the Mediatek MTK6572 and features a 2.4” QVGA screen, 256MB RAM, and 512MB of storage upgradeable to 128GB via microSD. Slim and lightweight, the KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone also has a 1.3MP rear camera and is available in both black and blue.
About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135 million devices shipped in over 150 countries. Kai’s mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.
LANIX is a Mexican technology company with 30 years of uninterrupted operation, dedicated to the manufacture and commercialization of personal computers and mobile phones. Lanix brand is well known for its high quality products and for following global standards, it is recognized as one of the most reputable brands in Mexico.
Lanix has a modern structure that combines high technology and a high standards manufacturing process, with passionate and capable people, offering a wide range of technology options without limits.
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