“Totally Cuban” cell phones with Android are outdated and very expensive

Cuba is following the path of Venezuela  by creating “its own phones.”


These are the GDM MB10 and GDM P4R models , which went on sale this September.

This project materializes after years of development. Already in 2016, Cuba began plans for a tablet and laptop plant. In 2021, new “totally Cuban” cell phones were announced.

“Operating system made by Cubans”

These work with Novadroid described as “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”, according to the words of Yurisbel Vega Ortiz, director of the Center of Free Software (CESOL) of the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI).

This system, which has been developed since 2013, is far from being “totally Cuban”, since it is a customization layer mounted on Android 10 .

Yes. Cuban cell phones arrive with an outdated version of Android , taking into account that Android 13 was introduced in 2022 .

Specifications of Cuban cell phones: very bad for the price

These two cell phones have the MediaTek Helio P22 processor , typical of mid-range cell phones launched two years ago.

The better equipped GDM P4R has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 13MP main sensor and 8MP front camera.