It feels like we’ve been waiting – well, pretty much forever (or, more accurately, a couple years now) – for Samsung to release a commercial smartphone running the new Tizen OS. Sure, there’s been developer hardware, and non-phone devices running Tizen, but we’ve been craving a proper handset – one people will actually go out and buy. The word’s been that MWC might be our chance to see what Samsung has to offer, but until then, at least one Tizen phone appears to have made an early showing at the FCC.
The model in question is Samsung’s SC-03F, a device identified last month in log files as being a Tizen phone. It looks like it will have a 720p display, which the hardware’s dimensions suggest will be somewhere around the 4.7 to 5-inch range.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that this particular Tizen phone will get much international attention. The band support is focused clearly on Japan, and you won’t get much mileage from the phone elsewhere; that fits with what we’ve been hearing about this being a model for Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, and with the ISDB-T mobile television support we see present.
So, while this particular Tizen phone may not end up on store shelves near you, it’s still evidence that we’re nearing the arrival of this hardware, and we’re sure that other devices will arrive to satisfy international demand.