Samsung Z1 announced as the company’s first Tizen smartphone
After hearing lots or reports, rumors, and even leaks in the past, for the longest time, the Samsung Z1 announced today is indeed the company’s first Tizen phone. Back in December we knew to expect it this month, but with no exact release date; however, today, it becomes official. There was a lot of speculation behind the phone (and Samsung’s move), with the general consensus being that Samsung is testing the waters with its own OS, Tizen, in its move to have a backup plan and/or try to reduce its dependency on Google’s Android mobile platform (which it leads, by the way, in terms of market share among Android device manufacturers).
For the moment, the Samsung Z1 has been announced only for India (a country where lower-end, budget phones are very popular), where it will go for NR 5,700 (roughly $92), in White, Black and Wine Red.
The platform of choice is Tizen, which Samsung calls a “lightweight platform”, and, as such, “the Samsung Z1 delivers a faster boot time and quick access to apps, along with enhanced web performance to offer users faster page loading times with decreased data usage.”
The Samsung Z1 features modest specs, including a four-inch WVGA screen, 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable), and a pair of 3.1MP/VGA shooters for back, and front, respectively. Everything is powered by an 1,500mAh battery, while the usual suspects include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, and GPS. Of course, being a Tizen 2.3 phone, we can’t really judge its internals or compare them to Android devices.
Source: Samsung Mobile