By Stephen Schenck | January 27, 2014 1:07 PM
January has not been the best month so far concerning new of the upcoming Tizen platform. We’ve heard bad news about plans for just where Tizen hardware might be sold, bad news about carrier interest in the platform, and bad news for anyone hoping to see a Tizen phone arrive before summer. The only saving grace has been seeing invitations go out for a Tizen MWC event, confirming that progress is still moving forward to one extent or another. Today, our Tizen coverage gets the jump-start it has sorely needed in the form of a leaked render for what may be among the first commercial Tizen smartphones.
This ZEQ 9000 (with that ZEQ bit apparently pronounced “Zeke”) reportedly comes equipped with some pretty darn decent hardware. That includes a 4.8-inch 720p display and a Snapdragon 800 SoC – the screen may knock the handset back a few places from being really top of its class, but this is still a far cry from the sort of hardware we see when we’re talking about platforms like Firefox OS or Sailfish OS. As for the phone’s dimensions, expect it to have a profile that’s just a smidge smaller than the Galaxy S 4.
The OS itself may ultimately be the hard sell, but if this is really the caliber of hardware Samsung intends to introduce the world to Tizen with, it just might have a shot. Of course, pricing is the Achilles’s heel that killed many a launch, but based on what we know about Samsung’s plans for which markets it wants to use to introduce Tizen, we’re hopeful that the ZEQ 9000 could be comfortably priced.
Of course, this is all assuming that this render (and accompanying info) is legit in the first place. On first glance, this image looks the part, though if we had to be picky (and oh, how we do love being picky), there’s something just the slightest bit off about the application of the speckled pattern around the phone’s face. Especially in the vicinity of that hardware home button, it just doesn’t line up quite right – if that’s evidence of fakery or something else, we can’t say.