First Egypt-made smartphone open for pre-booking

Egyptian Silicon Industries Company (SICO Egypt), manufacturer of the first Egypt-made smartphone, announced the opening of the pre-booking of its new Nile X phone, which will be officially launched in the second half of January.

In a statement on Monday, SICO Egypt said that customers inside and outside Egypt can call the company’s call center via hotline 19242 to register the pre-booking orders for the phone which costs LE4,200. The company said that customers who pre-book the phone will have the priority to obtain the first batch made available.

President of SICO Egypt Mohamed Salem said that the company’s call center has received tens of thousands of calls to book the new phone and inquire about its price, specifications and availability.

He pointed out that the company also offers the opportunity to pre-book various models for its mobile phones, starting from LE200 to LE4,200.

Salem explained that these models include Mini 3 for LE200, Plus 2 3G for LE850, Plus 2 4G for LE1,000, Diamond 2 for LE2,000, and the Nile X for LE4,200 pounds.

The first ever Egyptian-made smartphone was presented last month at the 21st session of Cairo ICT – a regional technological trade fair – in New Cairo, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi present for the unveiling. Sisi was handed the phone from Telecommunications Minister Yasser al-Qadi.

The launch of the product was delayed last month after the shipment of batteries was stolen. The company said that the shipment was coming to Egypt through the coastal port of Damietta city but that the 15,000 batteries contained in the shipment had been stolen.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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