Samsung’s Z1 Tizen phone sells over a million units, with new models on the way

Even when you’re a smartphone giant like Samsung, it’s no easy task convincing shoppers to try their luck with an unknown mobile platform. But that’s just what Samsung’s been doing with Tizen, and after a bumpy start, the company managed to finally get a phone out to market, with the introduction early this year of the Z1. With over 100,000 sales in the first month, the Z1 looked like it might actually be a solidly performing model. But would that pace keep up over time, especially with the arrival of new Samsung handsets? Six months from the phone’s release, it looks like we can say “yes,” as the Z1 hits over a million handsets sold.

Granted, that figure’s still low compared to the tens of millions of Galaxy S models Samsung might hope to sell in a given year, but for a phone running an unproven platform, and especially one part of a project that had seen as many delays and false starts as Tizen, it was easy to get pessimistic about the Z1’s chances for success. Nonetheless, the phone has proven to be a hit in developing nations, and even reached the number-one best-seller spot in Bangladesh for the first quarter of the year. But the biggest market for the Z1 is still India, which accounts for a million sales alone.

This clear demand for the Z1 is prompting Samsung to release a new gold color option for the phone, and the company intends to continue its Tizen ambitions with the launch of newer models in the months to come. Will they manage to repeat the Z1’s success? Time will tell, but given what we’ve seen, we’re feeling quite a bit more optimistic than we were just six months ago.

Source: Reuters

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