Samsung Tizen developer handset surfaces on eBay


As we gear up in anticipation of Tizen’s inevitable commercial launch, we’ve been having more and more chances lately to check out some of the platform’s hardware. On Monday we had that render, followed by an in-the-wild shot on Tuesday. The latter we were told showed Samsung’s model SM-Z9005, and that’s the very hardware we return to focus on today, upon the discovery of an eBay listing for the Tizen smartphone.

A little confused at what you see? That’s understandable, because we’ve witnessed two distinct looks for hardware claiming to be model SM-Z9005. Last fall, we learned about SM-Z9005 as a Tizen developer model, and video from a hands-on with that phone (embedded below) reveals this same look – as if the phone is in a light gray bumper case, but this one appears to actually be part of the handset’s body. That contrasts with the sleeker look both in that render (which is supposed to be another model anyway – the 9000) and in Tuesday’s candid shot.

That either means that SM-Z9005 is being re-tooled with a more consumer-friendly look prior to a commercial launch, or that the Tuesday pic could actually be another Tizen model.

Oh, and before you think you’re going to snatch-up an early Tizen handset: the eBay listing was closed early.

Source: eBay
Via: Blog of Mobile!!

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!