Samsung Z2 Starts Selling in South Africa, Still No Date for Kenyan Unveiling


South Africa became the first African nation to get a Tizen-powered smartphone when the Samsung Z2 was launched there earlier on.

The device will be available through mobile network operator Vodacom and cost 1,099 rands (an equivalent of Kshs 8,000) locally. From comments made by Samsung Electronics East Africa mobile boss Simon Kariithi recently, the Z2 is expected to go for about Kshs 6,000 in Kenya.

The Samsung Z2 arrives with support for LTE networks out of the box. Other specifications are as listed here.

South Africa joins India which was the first market to get it. Samsung is expected to launch the device in Kenya and Nigeria next on the African continent. In Kenya, the official launch date remains unknown since the August 26th date we expected has since passed.

Last Friday, the local Samsung team conducted a Tizen Developer training at the Nailab in Nairobi in preparation for the eventual launch. The training was intended to introduce local developers to the Tizen platform and let them familiarize with it since Samsung is keen on having local apps on the Tizen app store.