Samsung launches the first Tizen smartphone
Samsung’s been busy working on its Tizen platform for a long time now and it’s finally launching the first commercially available Tizen smartphone.
The handset, dubbed the Samsung Z, will make its debut at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, which starts today (June 3rd).
While the Samsung Z doesn’t look quite in the same league as the Galaxy S5 nor is it a low end device like phones on new platforms often are. It has a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 4.8 inch 1280 x 720 display. There’s an 8 megapixel camera on the back, with various shooting modes such as panorama and ‘drama’, while the front of the phone is home to a 2.1 megapixel snapper.
Rounding out the specs there’s 16GB of built in storage along with a microSD card slot and while the phone isn’t quite as high end as the Galaxy S5 it does borrow some of that phones features, with a fingerprint scanner built in, along with a heart rate sensor and Samsung’s S Health 3.0 app. It also has a Download Booster, which combines both Wi-Fi and 4G signals for increased download speeds and an Ultra Power Saving Mode, to help its 2600 mAh battery go even further.
The handset is set to launch in black and gold and features what Samsung describes as a ‘slim, angular design with sophisticated lines.’ It has dimensions of 138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5mm and weighs 136g.
Of course as compelling as the hardware is Tizen is likely to be the main selling point of the Samsung Z. Samsung claims that its operating system delivers ‘fast, optimal performance and improved memory management,’ along with a ‘distinctive home and application layout, for easy access to favourite features and apps.’
Competing with Android and iOS will be no easy task, even for a company as big as Samsung, so it remains to be seen how well the Samsung Z and any future Tizen-based phones will sell, but at the very least it’s a novelty.
The phone will be launching in Russia in quarter 3 before expanding to other markets. There’s no exact word on if or when the UK will see it but we’d expect it will turn up before the end of the year.