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GDM-MB10: how is the first cell phone made in Cuba | Digital Trends Spanish


It took six years to develop with the GDM project the first two cell phones manufactured in Cubathanks to the support of Chinese inputs: these are the GDM MB10 and GDM P4R with Android system and which were announced in 2021, but which went on sale at the end of September 2022.

They have a very traditional design, in addition to polycarbonate finishes. On the front, both models have opted for a notch to house the selfie camera. And there is one detail that is remarkable: the GDM MB10 has a fingerprint reader.

This last model is the only one that is marketed: for a cost of 16,537 Cuban pesos and 50 cents (a little more than 688 dollars).

History indicates that in 2016 started the GEDEME plant for the manufacture, initially, of tablets and laptops. Already in May 2021, the general director of the company, René Cano Díaz, announced the final stage of the first cell phone prototypeconformed –according to him– with an architecture designed for the conditions of Cuba, “with software and systems developed by Cuban institutions”.

Even after a pilot test of 6,000 copies, the GDMs would come out, in a second phase, with a native operating system, NovaDroid, which has been developed, since 2013, by the Free Software Center (CESOL) of the University of Computer Sciences (UCI). A system that, being open source, is easy to modify without relying on foreign licences.

“An operating system made by Cubans and for Cubans, which focuses on the needs and technological conditions of the country and which, at the same time, is safe”, affirmed Yurisbel Vega Ortizdirector of CESOL.

However, they use Android 10.

Let us see the features of both phones:

GDM P4R

GDM MB10
Dimensions and weight 157.7 x 75.7 x 8.8mm. 168 grams. 157.7 x 75.7 x 8.8mm. 168 grams.
Screen 6.22″HD+ with a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels and a 19:9 ratio. 6.08″HD with resolution 1280 x 600 pixels and 18:9 ratio.
Processor MediaTek Helio P22 with ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU. MediaTek Helio P22 with ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU.
RAM 4GB. 3GB.
Storage 64GB 32GB.
Rear camera 13 megapixels.
0.3 megapixels.
8 megapixels.
0.3 megapixels.
Frontal camera 8MP 5MP
connectivity WiFi, Dual SIM 4G, headphone jack, Bluetooth 4, GPS and MicroUSB. WiFi, Dual SIM 4G, headphone jack, Bluetooth 4, rear fingerprint reader, GPS and MicroUSB.
Drums 3400mAh. 3200mAh
Operating system Android 10 Android 10
Price to be confirmed to be confirmed

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