With a minuscule reported global market share of 0.2 percent after more than four years of on and off software development work, 18 months since Z1’s commercial release, and a rapidly shrinking supporter roster, you might be wondering why Samsung continues to bet on a seemingly losing horse called Tizen.

Well, according to The Korea Herald, the company’s (extremely) long-term plan of “leaving” Android is still on, and Tizen-powered phones will continue to be unveiled in low-end markets such as India, Indonesia, South Africa or Nigeria.

Yes, that’s phones, plural, as in more than one new model, as in not just the oft-leaked, fully detailed Z2 confusingly following in the Z3’s footsteps. By the way, the Samsung Z2 is almost definitely the “next meaningful innovation” the Korean tech giant finally slated for a formal August 23 introduction in India.

Yet again pictured ahead of its launch in high detail and press-friendly quality, the entry-level 4-incher may in turn be surprisingly followed by a much more capable and powerful Samsung Z9. We have no idea exactly what this is supposed to bring to the table, but the SM-Z930F model number sighted at Zauba points to the aforementioned moniker, as well as above-average specs. Perhaps a 5.5-inch or so Full HD screen, 2GB RAM, mid to top-tier Snapdragon processor?

Sources: Korea Herald, SamMobile, GalaxyClubPhoneArena

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