Samsung’s Android Go smartphone starts selling in Kenya for Kshs 10,500

Samsung’s Android Go smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, is now available for sale in the country through Samsung’s own brand stores, Safaricom retail shops and other authorized dealers across the country.

According to a statement from the company sent this morning, the Galaxy J2 Core is available for Kshs 10,500.

The device’s local availability comes just a month after it was announced globally and went on sale immediately in Malaysia and India.

As noted earlier, the Galaxy J2 Core packs a 5-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front, Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 chipset, 8GB internal storage, a 2,600mAh battery and 4G LTE network connectivity. As is the case with Android Go smartphones, its memory is limited to just 1GB.

Given that Google does let device makers to alter the Android Go software to their liking, buyers of the Galaxy J2 Core can expect to find Samsung’s Ultra Data Saving feature, a hallmark of its Galaxy J series devices, onboard.

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As can be noticed with that pricing, while the Galaxy J2 Core obviously means a lot to Samsung as it is the first time in a long time that the Korean device is throwing its hat in the ring with an Android-related program led by Google, its pricing could be what undoes it.

This is because for the J2 Core’s asking price, given its feature set as highlighted above, is likely to come across as over-priced. For the same amount of money, one is not lacking in alternatives from competitors such as Tecno, Infinix and HMD Global who already have several Android Go-powered smartphones in the Kenyan market.

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