Meet the Tizen Smartphone That Samsung is Bringing to Kenya and Other African Markets Soon



There was an interesting unannounced guest at this evening’s local version of the global Samsung Unpacked event where we got to see the Galaxy Note 7 unveiled: a pre-release Samsung Z2.

For those not in the know, the Samsung Z2 is the Tizen smartphone that Samsung will soon be introducing in a number of countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Of interest to us is the fact that it will also be the first Tizen smartphone in the African market with Samsung said to be keen on releasing the device in at least 3 African countries at first: South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

When news trickled in hinting that the device was coming to Africa, they intimated that South Africa was going to get it first. Maybe that will be the case since we don’t know about the South African market and what Samsung’s plans are down south. But we do happen to know a bit about our locality. The Samsung Z2 will be unveiled in Kenya on August 26th.


Here are a few more images from our first hands-on with the device:

The Samsung Z2 is a bit smaller as can be seen from the above images with a 4-inch AMOLED display, dual-SIM and other entry-level specifications like 1GB RAM. Samsung is clearly targeting the low-end market segment in Kenya where it has had to cede some ground to budget Chinese smartphones from brands like Tecno and Infinix.

Our interaction with the device was brief and as such we couldn’t ascertain all the features it packs but since we have a few days before we get to see it launched, it won’t be long before we know all about it.

We are yet to know the device’s price but it we don’t expect it to stray from what we have come to expect from budget smartphones.


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