Update: A Samsung official has reportedly confirmed the Z1 handset for a January 18 launch in India. While earlier reports suggested a delay in Samsung’s expected Tizen-based Z1 handset launch in mid-December, now the new report claims the launch date of the smartphone in India has been confirmed.
The Samsung Z1 was revealed by the official to be set for online, as well as retail availability through the ‘existing sales network. The Samsung Z1 is also said to be set to reach China in February and Korea in H1 2015. Samsung, however has not given out any official details on the smartphone’s availability and launch as of now.
Recently, one leaked slide showcasing the Samsung Z1, and two screenshots of the Tizen OS appeared online. While the first OS screenshot shows the home screen, the second image shows the handset’s phonebook. Notably, a report last month tipped that the handset will run Tizen v2.3 out-of-the-box.
Z1 is expected tofeature a 4-inch WVGA (480*880) display with a pixel density of 288ppi. It will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor paired with 768 MB of RAM and will run on Tizen OS 2.3. The phone will come with a 3 megapixel camera rear camera and VGA front facing camera. Samsung is also expected to offer Club Samsung 2.0 service, through which it will offer localized music, videos, TV shows and other content to lure in Indian audience.
Earlier: Samsung Z1 Tizen smartphone to arrive in India this month : Details
Date- Dec 1 ,2014
Samsung Electronics plans to launch a new sub-$100 smartphone running on its Tizen operating system in India this December. Samsung is expected to hold a press conference on December 10 to launch its Tizen smartphone, to be called the Z1. The device passed FCC certification in October.
Z1 will feature a 4-inch 480p display with a pixel density of 288ppi. It will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM and will run on Tizen OS 2.3. The phone will come with a 3.2-megapixel camera. Samsung is also expected to offer Club Samsung 2.0 service, through which it will offer localized music, videos, TV shows and other content to lure in Indian audience.
Samsung had initially planned to launch a Tizen smartphone in Russia in the third quarter but scrapped the plan. The firm said at the time that it wanted to further enhance the ecosystem behind Tizen. Only a handful of devices, including the firm’s smart watch products currently run on the platform.
The Z1 will be competing directly with Android One smartphones and soon to be arriving Micromax ‘Yu’ branded smartphones running on Cyanogen.
Earlier: Samsung’s Tizen-running Smartphone SM-Z130H spotted at the FCC – Details
Date- Nov 1 ,2014
The SM-Z130H, Samsung’s first low-end Tizen phone, has just been spotted undergoing certification at the FCC. According to the FCC filing under FCC ID “A3LSMZ130H”, The Samsung SM-Z130H is a dual-sim smart phone. The device will come with support for GSM 850/1900, Wi-Fi 802.11b and GSM 850/1900 bands. The Samsung SM-Z130H measures 103mm in height and 51mm in the width. Its physical diagonal size is around 105mm (4.0 inches).The device’s approval by the FCC is an indication that its release of the Samsung SM-Z130H is eminent.
Last month, the leaked Zauba International shipping manifest had shown that Samsung shipped 150units SM-Z130H of these units from South Korea to India for R&D and Evaluation purposes, which is a fair amount for an R&D unit to continue its work with. Lately, the various parts 2 Tizen based Smartphones the SM-Z130H & SM-Z130E were shipped to India every couple of months or so, but this was one of the largest shipments so far.
This Smartphone will run Tizen Lite, which is a version of Tizen that has been developed especially for lower powered Smartphones as it only requires 256Mb of RAM, 512Mb ROM and also supports HVGA and QVGA screens. Tizen is gaining momentum as it is being used on the Samsung NX1 Smart Camera and also the Samsung Gear S Smart Watch.
There is no news about the delayed Samsung Z at the moment. Samsung had decided to cancel the launch of the Samsung Z (SM-Z910F) at the Tizen Developer Summit Russia 2014 in July this year. The official reason given was that the Tizen ecosystem was not strong enough to support the launch of a flagship Tizen device at that time.
Couple of months back, Google had announced a list of their hardware partners who are expected to launch Android One smartphones in the next phase and Samsung was not a part of it. So, it is expected that at a price point of $100, Samsung is planning to compete with Android One with the help of Tizen based devices.