It was late 2008 when Zinox signed the collaboration agreement with Intel to provide low cost, yet, quality notebooks in the Nigerian market. Little did Zinox know that it was planning a rocket take off. Zinox brands of Zinox Smart Start and Zinox Classmate have become game changers for Stan Ekeh’s company. They are meeting the needs of students, professors, students and scholars today.
It was that period that Zinox broke the hurdle and got admitted into the Intel Champions Club where it could do PC business in Africa and beyond. Ever since, Intel has supported and Zinox brand has improved in quality. Intel, accordingly, certified the brands.
While Zinox Smart has survived with its expanded versions, the classmate is no more available in the vendor’s store.
Zinox Smart Plus
-N270 CPU+ chipset (1.6Ghz Atom Processor)
– 10.2″ inch screen
– 1GB RAM
– 160G HDD
– 6 cell battery
– 1.3mega Pixel Webcam
– Laptop bag in black color – Application Software: CMPC software solution stack comprising classroom mgt, Access mgt, theft deterrent, computer mgt. (Intel); School Nigeria software, Encarta 2002, Office 2003 image, Acrobat and win zip etc.
– Operating System: Win XP Home (SP3) – ULCPC.
Looking at Zinox, getting that Intel’s certification was the turning point in its business. It is largely what has helped it to separate itself from Omatek. The prestige that comes with Intel partnership was enough to help it ride the public sector where we estimate more than 70% of its profits come from. None of the local PC brands are very successful in the consumer market, because, despite the local assembly, they are comparatively expensive. But through public sector, they do hit it once in a while.