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Samsung Z becomes the first Tizen-based smartphone
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Samsung Z becomes the first Tizen-based smartphone

So much for Samsung backing off the Tizen platform. The Korean giant has just announced their first Tizen-based smartphone: the Samsung Z. The device is a relatively mid-range affair, but still packs some very nice hardware elements amongst the less exciting ones. The biggest ''selling'' point is, however, that it runs on Samsung's proprietary operating system, Tizen, and not Android.

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This is Samsung's first commercially available Tizen smartphone: the Samsung Z. / © Samsung

The Samsung Z will feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display (1,280x720 pixels), with an unnamed quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. There's a 8 MP main camera and 2.1 MP front-facing camera with a 2,600 mAh battery to keep things going. You'll get 16 GB internal storage with microSD expansion options and Cat 4 LTE connectivity. There's also a few items from the Galaxy S5, including fingerprint scanner, Ultra Power Saving Mode and Download Booster. Stylistically, Samsung has differentiated their design a little, going for a Sony-ish square footprint with curved sides as they meet the leatherette-look plastic back we've already seen on the Galaxy Note 3.

AndroidPIT Samsung Z screen rear
Samsung has tried to differentiate stylistically, but remain true to Samsung design guidelines. / © Samsung

In the announcement on Samsung's official blog, they seem to take quite a few pot shots at Android, making a note of pointing out that the Samsung Z will offer the ability to browse the web faster, utilize apps more effectively and deliver ''fast, optimal performance with improved memory management.'' They also mention smoother scrolling and improved rendering performance. There's a lot of comparative statements going on there, and it's obvious that Samsung are pitching Tizen as better, faster and smoother than Android. Could this be the start of a platform war? I for one am interested to see how the Samsung Z goes in the marketplace.

The Samsung Z will be available in Russia in Q3, 2014 with other markets to follow. It will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco on June 3rd.

What do you think of the Samsung Z? What are your thoughts on the future of Tizen?


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  • "Stylistically, Samsung has differentiated their design a little, going for a Sony-ish square footprint" and they appropriately named it "Z". They should have gone with Tz instead, sounds better, it reminds you of Tizen and is original (although not really creative :D).

    • Haha, good catch! I didn't even notice. I'm a little surprised they didn't come up with a new series name (like Galaxy for Android), but maybe it's just because Samsung Z is ''closer'' to Samsung...

  • I think it makes sense for Samsung to push Tizen in markets that aren't as reliant on Google (like Russia), but I really wonder how it would work if they tried it in the US or Europe. Considering Samsung's market share they could certainly make it happen (ie give birth to a new OS player overnight) if they decided to switch all future Samsung devices over, but it'd cost them sooo much market share they'd never do it. Still, we like competition!

  • android started it all therefore that is where I'll stay root it if you don't want google apps on it droid

  • I like it and hope it does well! I am looking forward to having my sdcard support back. I would love to see the Note line run Tizen. I really like android but google is smothering it.

  • Feeso Jun 2, 2014 Link to comment

    so does that mean it will not be able to run APk files?

  • Remember Bada?

  • Well this is going to be interesting! :)