Wearables technology company, Omate has announced its collaboration with Congo based telecom Startup, VMK.

Through this partnership, VMK will assemble the crossover model of the Omate Racer smartwatch, Omate Racer x VMK. The assemblage will begin by May at the VMK factory in Brazzaville, Congo.

According to Laurent Le Pen, CEO at Omate, “we are delighted to bring our expertise to offer affordable smartwatches in Africa. Omate’s mission is to connect the World through a wearable experience and this strategic partnership with VMK is another manifestation of our commitment.”

VMK will assemble a limited edition of the Omate Racer x VMK which pushes notifications for Android and iOS and the regular version of the smartwatch which pushes notifications through Bluetooth low energy from iOS7 and Android 4.3.

The smartwatch is said to support over-the-air updates for apps and the battery is touted to last five days in standby time.

Both versions of the smartwatch will be available by June 2015 and will cost $99.

The smartwatch will be distributed through VMK’s stores in Africa, which are currently only available in the Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast. However, the company is said to have plans to extend its reach to five other African countries within this year.

Lulu Fadoju Author

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