After being delayed for several times, say hello to Samsung’s Tizen smartphone – the Samsung Z1. As rumoured, the Korean company has just launched its Tizen-powered smartphone in India, and is available for purchase immediately in the country.
The Samsung Z1 is an entry-level smartphone, which is why it’s launched in India, the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia Pacific. It features a 4” WVGA display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage. Other specs include 3G connectivity, 1,500mAh battery, 3.1MP rear camera, VGA front camera, dual-SIM support, and runs on Tizen 2.3 out of the box.
The specs definitely does not impressed, especially when compared with Google’s Android One project. However, Samsung says that the device has a fast boot time, great performance and battery efficiency, thanks to its “lightweight Tizen platform”.
On top of that, the company will also offer a “wide range of free entertainment content spanning across categories such as music, movies, videos, mobile TV and radio. Samsung will launch a free entertainment package called “Joy Box”, whereby they will give users access to music, TV and movies. In addition to that, the Z1 will offer free access to premium content like stream and download from over 270,000 songs, and watch over 80 live TV channels.
The Z1 was originally scheduled for late 2013 but was postponed. It was set for release again in 2014 but got delayed again. Just when we thought that Samsung will never use Tizen OS on a smartphone, the company decided to launch it in India for a relatively affordable price of 5,700 Indian rupees – that’s about RM330.