Sure, the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 are extremely exciting smartphones, but when they cost about as a monthly salary they only realistically appeal to the well-heeled techie.

Which is why news that Samsung South Africa will be launching the Z4 handset locally has us incredibly excited.

The specs of the handset are low, but so is the price at R1 499.

For that price you get a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage capacity which can be upgraded with a microSD card. All of this is powered by a 2 050mAh battery.

Camera duties are handled by a 5MP sensor at the back and a 5MP sensor at the front. Both cameras have a flash included.

Curiously, unlike its premium Galaxy S range of smartphones, the Z4 won’t be running Android. Instead users will get to experience Samsung’s Tizen operating system.

“Giving an effortless mobile experience, the OS is clutter-free, and boasts an intuitive interface making it easy to understand and use. Because it is lighter than competitor OS’s, it makes for a faster operating time and longer lasting battery,” Samsung said in a statement.

We love a good cheap and cheerful smartphone and we’re excited to see what Samsung is bringing to the table with the Z4.

The Z4 is available in stores right now.

[Correction 15/09]

The original version of this story incorrectly stated the name of this handset as the Galaxy Z4.

Following publication of the story earlier this afternoon we were informed by Samsung’s local public relations firm the handset was actually known as the Z4. We apologise for any confusion caused in this regard.

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.