What’s the great comeback story of 2015? BlackBerry delivering arguably its most exciting phone in a long while with the Android-running Priv? Maybe, but when we turn our focus to BlackBerry’s own mobile platform, we spot another possible contender: back in November, Tizen edged past BlackBerry as the number-four globally ranked mobile OS. Samsung’s initial expansion into Tizen phones may have proved to be much rockier than Tizen’s spread across the company’s wearable line, but little by little, we’ve been seeing Tizen show some real growth. We heard that growth could finally propel the platform towards European smartphone audiences, with rumors suggesting that Z3 sales were on their way to Europe. Now we’re learning a little more about those expansion plans, including some of the nations that could get their hands on the Z3 first, as well as an update on Samsung’s timetable.
From the report, it looks like the Z3’s expansion into Europe could get underway as soon as later this quarter. That Q1 timeframe is listed as a possible start date for Z3 sales in some 10 markets across Europe, and specifically we hear that Russia could get the Z3 on its shelves particularly early in the year.
In addition to those Russian and other European sales, the Z3 is expected to also come to Indonesia, again as early as later this quarter.
We haven’t yet heard anything about possible Z3 pricing in these new markets, though in India the smartphone sells for what works out to about $125. Without the allure of a major platform, will that low price be enough to convince shoppers to give the handset a shot? Based on Tizen’s recent growth, we wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few consumers end up checking out this rising player in the OS game.
Source: Digi Times