Which is the first Sri Lanka made smartphone? (Hypro or Octa)

Since the announcement of the Hypro phone, media reported that Hypro is the first-ever made in Sri Lanka smartphone. However, there are some discussions in social media and forums that the first Sri Lankan made phone existed before the Hypro.

A Sri Lankan company Hypro Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and South Korean Lodule International Ltd have signed to assemble and manufacture mobile phones in Sri Lanka. Hypro phone would be on the market by December 2021 and it may launch in Christmas. The smartphone would use 4G technology and it would cost about Rs. 30,000.

If you look back, there is a Sri Lankan phone with the name, Octa. The Octa says “Octa is a brand of smart communication devices, including mobile phones and tablets, designed and manufactured in Sri Lanka”. It is a sub brand of EWIS (E-W Information Systems Limited). If you visit buyewis.lk website, you can buy OCTA Lite for 2000.00 Sri Lankan rupees (note, OCTA Lite is not a smartphone). Unfortunately, Octa phones are not in the market, and octa.lk website also is not live, but still you can explore more about Octa phones via its instagram and Facebook pages.

However, you can find more about octa.lk via a web archive which has records from 2016 to 2019. From the archive Octa says “OCTA product range is also produced in our local production plant, giving our dealer network a unique advantage of having unrestricted access to spare parts, ensuring quality aftercare service and solutions for our consumers and creating an extra edge for our one-to-one warranty offer and island wide coverage”.

There are some Octa smartphones, keypad phones, tablets, etc. Notability, Octa Jazz (EWIS-E43), Octa Nero and Octa Buddy were Sri Lankan phones.


Octa phone and forthcoming Hypro phone are not completely dependent on domestic technology and manufacture. It is clear that Hypro relies on South Korean. Octa’s full details are not available unless EWIS would reveal them. Are they purely made in Sri Lanka smartphones?

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  1. First Sri Lankan phone is Octa. BTW, Octa and Hypro are not fully domestic as they depend on developed countries.

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