First commercial Tizen hardware arrives, but it’s not quite what we’ve been waiting for


After getting our hopes up that Samsung might just be ready to introduce us to the first Tizen smartphones, we recently got word that the company is once again slowing things down, and we shouldn’t expect the first commercial Tizen handset until sometime next year. Sure, we’ve seen a good share of developer-focused hardware, but that’s hardly the same thing as a refined mass-market product. We were all ready to settle in for a nice, long wait, when today we get word that not only is Tizen-based hardware arriving this year, but it’s already gone up for sale. How did we miss that?

It turns out there’s a very good reason this device didn’t raise more eyebrows, as we’re not looking at a Tizen smartphone, but something more akin to the Galaxy NX. That’s right; the first Tizen model to go up for sale isn’t a phone at all, but a digital camera.

The Samsung NX-300M has been selling since October, but it’s only coming to light now that its software package is Tizen at its heart. Sure, this doesn’t give us the best opportunity to really evaluate the platform and its capabilities, but it’s still heartening to see that Tizen development hasn’t full-on stalled, and that Samsung can and will deliver Tizen-based devices.

If you’re curious, the NX-300M has a 20.3MP APS-C sensor, 3.3-inch (rotatable) OLED display, and sells for about $840.

Source: Tizen Experts
Via: Engadget

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