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Mara S review

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Honest Mara S review and price in Rwanda. Mara S is a budget smartphone made in Rwanda. It is the third product after the middle-end products Mara Z1 and Mara X1. Mara S price in Rwanda is USD 45.00 or approximately KES 5,000.

Mara S general review

The Mara S has considerably low capabilities compared to the other brands by the same company. For instance, its screen is smaller at 4.95’’ display and is slightly thicker and heavier weighing 204.8g. Comparatively, the Mara Z1 weighs 183g while the Mara X1 weighs 156g.

However, it runs on the latest Android 10 GO edition making it a safe use and giving the options of running the latest apps on Google Play Store. It uses the Mali 400 Quad-Core Processor.

The Mara S review of the removable 1850 mAH battery doesn’t compare well with the other two phones, we are not sure why the company decided to downgrade its production. It is worth noting that the other two phones are out of stock at the time of writing this article and there is no communication about further production of the series.

The manufacturer promises a great battery performance of 8 hours talk-time and an incredible 390 hours standby.

The phone does not have the fingerprint or Face ID security features available on the other Mara series.

Storage and camera

Still Mara S offers great storage with the 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM expandable to 128GB with the microSD slot. You may find this storage better for music and video, as the 5MP rear camera and 2MP selfie camera is not so convincing for someone who expects better photos. But that’s what you get at that price.

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At least you will have a great 2560*1920 resolution.

Probably the Maraphones punched well above its weight when t started with a high end product before getting a footprint in the market. Chinese phone maker Transsion penetrated the market with low end Tecno and Infinix phones which had greater functionality and now they are in the top ten best selling phones in Africa. Mara could have followed cue.

However, for anyone on budget, this may be a good buy. Mara S comes in three colour ranges of black, champagne, and red.

Mara S specs at a glance

OSAndroid™ 10 (Go Edition)
ChipsetMediaTek 1.3GHz Quad-core, MT6580M, Cortex-A7 GPU: Mali 400
Dimensions and weight139*67.5*10.05mm 204.8g
Memory1GB RAM, LPDDR3 8GB ROM, EMCC (Expandable to 128GB)
MultimediaAudio Formats: AMR/MP3/WAV (Supported) Video Formats: MP4/3GP/AVI/H.264 (Supported) FM Radio
SIM + TFDual SIM (Micro SIM) SIM1 + SIM2 + TF
Network and Connectivity2G network 900/1800, B1/B8 WCDMA network 2100/1900/850/900 B1/B2/B5/B8 Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, Micro USB, 3.5mm Earjack Location: GPS
Battery1850mAh Li-ion (Removable) 5V 1A Charger, Micro USB 2G-15 hrs, 3G-8 Hrs- Talk Time 390 Hrs Standby
SensorsGPS, A-GPS, Proximity, G-Sensor
Display4.95″ TN FWVGA+ display 960*480 pixel resolution 18:9 screen ratio, 80° viewing angle(H/V) 2 points touch, 2D Glass
CameraScene mode, Night mode, Portrait, ISO Front Camera: 2MP, F1.8 Aperture Rear Camera : 5MP, 2560*1920 resolution, double LED flash, F1.8 Aperture

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