Tizen handset spotted in the wild

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Last year, we were lucky to hear about developments in the Tizen world maybe once or twice a month. But the arrival of 2014 has really seen Tizen taking on a higher profile, and as we anticipate the coming launch of its first commercial hardware, more and more Tizen news has been coming out of the woodwork. Yesterday we checked out a possible render of a Tizen handset, though we had a few reservations about just how legitimate it might be. Today we follow that up with an in-the-wild shot of some more Tizen hardware, and this time with a lot more certainty that we’re looking at the real deal.

Yeah, it’s as blurry as they come, but this still appears to be a Samsung Tizen phone we’re looking at. This is reportedly the company’s model SM-Z9005, which you may remember from its codename Redwood and its status as a developer model. So while this may not be the specific hardware that helps introduce Tizen to the public, consider it a blueprint that will almost certainly inspire Samsung’s direction there.

Separately from this find, we get a little update on what’s taking Tizen so long to launch. A rumor suggests that SoC choice may be playing a big role there, and specifically with regards to Qualcomm and its Snapdragon chips. Qualcomm’s lack of involvement with the Tizen Association may be driving Samsung to go with its own SoCs, or even one from Intel. Making that switch, and finding a non-Qualcomm solution that still supports LTE, could be precisely what’s causing these delays.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter), Indonesia Tizen (Google Translate)
Via: phoneArena

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