Samsung, as expected, launched their cheapest 4G LTE smartphone in the Indian market called as the Samsung Z2.
The smartphone is priced at Rs. 4590 and will be initially available to purchase from paytm and later on will go on sale on other online as well as offline stores. The Samsung Z2 is the successor of the last year’s Samsung Z1 which was also based on the Samsung’s own Tizen OS.
Samsung has also stated that the smartphone will come with the Reliance JIO free 4G Data and Voice bundle for 3 months with the purchase of Samsung Z2. Samsung stated “Enjoy the world of non-stop music, videos and video calling with complimentary access to unlimited 4G voice and data for 90 days*” by Jio.
The star sign indicates the offer is limited period and will be withdrawn later on but no date is specified by Samsung. Readers would be aware that Reliance JIO has already started giving free sims to all mobile users who have a 4G LTE smartphone.
Note – To use voice over the Reliance JIO 4G network your smartphone need to be a VOLTE enabled device, most high end smartphones comes with VOLTE but some budget phones lack the Volte feature. Non-Volte smartphones will not be able to make calls over the JIO network but will be able to use data if the handset has LTE.
The Samsung Z2 doesnot have the Android OS but runs on the Tizen OS 2.4 developed by Samsung. You can read about more details and feature of Tizen OS here.
Samsung gets more control on the pricing power with it’s own OS and also Samsung wants to popularize the Tizen OS hence have kept the price for the smartphone very aggressive.
While Android is the supreme as far as the OS adoption goes there are more attempts like Tizen being made to challenge Android or more importantly to have a different user experience for the consumers.
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The Key features include an S Bike mode from Samsung and a money transfer App which allows you to do a instant money transfer to any bank.
The device is powered by Quad Core Spreadtrum processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and comes with 1 GB Of RAM.
The smartphone comes with basic specs but have good connectivity options like VOLTE/4G LTE/ 3G and 2G. Interestingly this is also the cheapest smartphone from Samsung which supports VOLTE (voice over LTE) and 4G data connectivity too.
The smartphone has a 5 Mega pixel rear camera and there is a basic 0.3 MP front VGA camera. The Samsung Z2 comes with 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 32 GB using a micro sd card.
The Samsung Z2 comes with 3.97-inch display and FWVGA resolution of 480*800 along with a 1500 mAH battery capacity. The smartphone is available in black and red wine color options and sale will start on 29th Aug 2016 on paytm.
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