Zinox one of the pioneer computer hardware companies in Nigeria over the weekend announced its entry into the tablet space with its Z-pad range of tablets consisting of 3 devices—2 running android Jelly Bean and one running Windows 8.
Rather than use the usual “made in Nigeria” marketing pitch, the chairman of the Zinox group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh toes a different line with the Z-pads, “We cannot afford to give Nigerians anything less, so we are partnering with FoxConn” then goes on to stress that Foxconn has been delivering World class hardware for a bit. In case you don’t know, Foxconn is the hardware manufacturer, behind Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad, the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii amongst other high profile devices.
There’ll be 3 Z-pad models, a 7-inch V5, a 10-inch V6 and an 11-inch V7. The V5 and V6 would ship with android Jelly Bean 4.2 and feature dual-core processors, capacitive, multi-touch displays at 1280×800 resolution (making that 215ppi and 151ppi for the v5 and v6 respectively) with support for stylus input, dual cameras, and 8000mAh of battery. Both would be available as Wifi only and mobile network capable models with support for 3G and 4G.
The 11-inch Z-pad will come with Windows 8 pro and Office preinstalled, running on a 4th gen iCore 3 processor clocked at 1.8Ghz and 4GB RAM. They would also have a detachable keyboard bundled with the device.
As for what differentiates the Z-Pad from other established international brands, Dr Ekeh’s response is simple. Local content. “We went through all the relevant international certifications, but the strength that differentiates us from others, iPad , Dell or HP is our local content. When you power it, you will see that we have already embedded with it the Nigerian centenary history.”
Sources: Digital Sense News and Nigeria Communications Week