Samsung Launched Tizen OS Powerd Z1 with 4-inch Display Android Apps Support At Rs 5,700
“Along with the ability to run native Tizen-based applications, this smartphone would also be able to support Android apps”
Korean electronics brand Samsung has announced the launch of its first ever Tizen-powered smartphone, the Samsung Z1 for the Indian market. The device comes with a budget price tag of Rs 5,700 at which it aims to offer choice to first-timers and others who don’t want to go the Android or Windows Phone route. The phone will also come bundled with offers from Reliance and Aircel, providing 500MB 3G data for free over a period of six months.
The smartphone comes with its own dedicated app store courtesy Samsung, and in addition, also boasts compatibility with Android applications thanks to the integrated Android app support for Tizen OS. In addition to this smartphone, Samsung already has a number of smart devices running Tizen including the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2review) and the NX series of cameras. Since it’s one of the main supporters of Tizen, more smartphones at varied price points are expected from the brand in the future.
As far as the hardware specifications for this new device go, the Samsung Z1 features a 4-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels based on PLS (Plane-to-Line or In-Plane-Switching) technology for better colour reproduction and contrast. The device runs Tizen v2.3 which also comes with support for QT applications such as Nokia Drive. This dual-SIM phone boasts of a 1.2GHz dual-core Spreadtrum SC7727S processor with Mali 400 GPU under its hood which has been paired with 768MB of RAM for taking care of processing needs. It houses 4GB of internal memory which can be further increased to an additional 32GB using a microSD card. The phone is powered by a 1,500mAh battery.
For imagery, the handset offers a 3MP fixed-focus primary camera with an LED flash at the back, while a VGA snapper sits at the front for video calling and selfies. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and A-GPS, along support for 3G networks.
After Bada, Samsung has invested a lot of time and resources in Tizen and it’s expected that the Z1 would be able to create a new league of smartphones for the users globally. However, the fate of Tizen still hangs in the balance as this is the first smartphone based on the new platform and we’ll have to see how well the device performs. Until then, watch this space for more updates on Tizen OS and the Samsung Z1.