Samsung got June started by launching the Samsung Z, its first Tizen smartphone to be positioned for commercial release. This announcement had been a long time coming, and the hardware we got to see sounded pretty decent, with a modern chipset and even the same heart rate sensor found on the flagship Galaxy S5. But the Z wasn’t always what we were expecting the first Tizen phone to be, and long before its arrival we had our eyes out for the Samsung ZEQ 9000. While that phone never managed to find a home on carrier shelves, we finally get a chance to check out some detailed pics of what may be the same model (if not a close cousin) today, as the FCC publishes some photos.
Far more than the Samsung Z, with its unusual (for Samsung) squared-off design, the ZEQ looked like it would be right at home with Android-running Galaxy models. We were expecting the phone to come to Japan as model SC-03F for NTT DoCoMo, but early on in 2014 the carrier put its plans on indefinite hold.
These images come from an FCC filing dating back to December of last year. Normally we only see the certification paperwork initially, with a hold placed on the publication of pictures and user manuals. In most cases, those go public long after the hardware has officially launched, meaning by the time the FCC releases them they’re old news. In the case of phones like this one, though, where release plans are ultimately canceled, they can offer us a look we might not otherwise get.
What do you think, compared to the Samsung Z? Are you a fan of the look Samsung ultimately chose, giving its Tizen lineup a littler personality of its own, or do you think the company should have stuck with the classic Galaxy design you see here?