Silk Smartphone, a Kenyan Innovation


sl3-firstSynergy Innovations, an innovative Kenyan company has created a new smartphone which ‘they say’ will offer top level performance at a fraction of the price of models currently in the market. Synergy Innovations developed its SILK Patriot phone model, promises that its offering will give users unparalleled performance at an affordable cost. SILK stands for Synergy Innovations Kenya Limited.

“We designed it ourselves and put so much work into it,” says Michael Asola, the company’s Chief Operations Officer. “We wanted a phone that filled a niche in the market and with the SILK Patriot I believe we achieved this. The phone is targeting the mid-market range and will spot a 5.5 inch screen and 8 megapixel camera,” said Michael Asola -Group Operations Director of Synergy Innovations Limited Kenya.

The phone’s operating software like most phones currently, operates using Google’s Android KitKat .“Our phones will come with applications that are custom-made for this market. We have an agreement with a local online news portal to have their app on our phone, we also have a social networking application called Yielloh that will be preinstalled.” Asola explaines.

According to the company, their works will benefit Africa in terms of sustainable development and changing of perspectives through the unparalleled quality service dimension.

”We strive to enrich phone dealers and mobile consumers to achieve success and sustainable growth for their businesses through our mobile devices. We also endeavor to offer unparalleled quality service and meet all the needs of our clients. As Synergy Innovations Ltd, we aim at empowering Africa economically, socially and morally.”

Silk phones are based on a ‘slide and lock’ technology. The device does not have any soldering in it. Components are connected by strips. “So if you have a problem with your camera for instance you can easily disconnect it and stick another one in and without much need to reach for a solder. Assembling and even repairing the phone becomes very easy and quick,” Mr Asola explained.

“It took more than a year to design the phone. Then we had to identify a factory that could assemble it. We went to ShenZhen, China which serves as factory to the world to get an assembly plant. We then subjected the final product to heat and drop testing before deciding that it was ready for the market.” The phone will be available for purchase through their website and various online stores.