Samsung’s third Android Go smartphone, Galaxy A2 Core, coming to Kenya

In keeping up with the many Android Go-powered smartphones hitting the Kenyan market, how about another one from Samsung?

The Samsung Galaxy A2 Core will be the company’s third smartphone running on Android Go to be available in the Kenyan market in a month’s time.

The device will follow the Galaxy J2 Core, made available in Kenya late last year and the Galaxy J4 Core, the first new smartphone from the Korean brand to go on sale in the country this year.

However, with Samsung folding the Galaxy J budget smartphone series into the Galaxy A series, the next Android Go smartphone from the company was obviously never going to be a Galaxy J, like its predecessors.

The Samsung Galaxy A2 Core is unannounced globally but expected to run on the already-dated Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition).

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Additionally, since device makers are at liberty to customize the Android Go experience to their own tastes, it will also run on the old Samsung Experience software instead of the brand new OneUI that Samsung has been rolling out to older (and more capable) devices since January and is available on newer ones, including the other members of the 2019 Galaxy A lineup.

Documentation on the device available on Samsung’s website indicates that it will have both single and dual-SIM variants with both variations supporting memory expansion through a microSD card.

It will also join the Redmi Go in helping make 4G LTE mainstream while also staying conscious of the need to save on resources with emphasis on a data manager as well as other features like Samsung Max and Smart Manager.

At Kshs 8,100, the Galaxy A2 Core will be the most affordable 2019 smartphone from Samsung in Kenya, taking over from the Galaxy A10 unveiled today and which is going for Kshs 12,000.

It will join other Android Go smartphones we have seen released in the local market in recent weeks. There is the Redmi Go from Xiaomi’s subsidiary Redmi, the Infinix Hot 7 and the Nokia 1 Plus. The trio go for between Kshs 5,000 (discounted) and Kshs 10,000, making them the go-to 2019 devices for entry-level smartphone buyers, a crowd that Samsung is also after with the Galaxy A2 Core.

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