Samsung Z launched, the world’s first Tizen-powered smartphone
Samsung has announced the Samsung Z, the world’s first smartphone running on it’s own, much talked about, Tizen operating system platform. The device is said to start shipment in Russia from the third quarter of this year onwards, and is said to be available on show at the Tizen Developer Conference from 3 June in San Francisco.
Having been in development for nearly three years, Tizen shares the same Linux ancestry as Android, but favours apps written in HTML 5 rather than Java. Even though many companies have backed the operating system, it has struggled to make its way into an actual end-user device, that is, until now.
Samsung claims that the Tizen OS will allow faster start-up time, immediate multitasking capabilities and faster Web browsing on the Samsung Z. It will also come with an Ultra Power Saving Mode which will allow the device to stay operational even at minimal battery levels.
Specs wise, the Samsung Z is a 4.9-inch device with a HP Super AMOLED display and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD and fully supports for 2D and 3D graphics. Other features include an 8MP main shooter, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, LTE, NFC, IR sensor and a 2,600mAh battery.
The device also has a fingerprint sensor in the home button, and a heart rate monitor on the back, just like the current Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S5. Overall, the device is good enough to compete with some high-end smartphones, but it remains to be seen over time whether the Tizen platform will appeal to users now familiar with Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones.
“Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs,” said DJ Lee, President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing Office, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively.”
The device will some in black and gold colour options, whilst pricing details are still unavailable. Given that the Samsung Z will be the first Tizen smartphone, it makes it pretty hard to put our finger on a price range, but it would seem that Samsung is currently targeting emerging markets with this device.