It’s not dead yet. We mean the Tizen based smartphones. What started off as a possible rival to Android and iOS met with so many roadblocks that some of us thought we won’t ever see a Tizen based smartphone. Well, Samsung has managed to get one out in the wild and has announced the first ever Tizen OS smartphone, the Samsung Z1 which was just launched in India. Samsung has launched the Z1 at Rs.5700 (~$92), which is a hotly contested price segment in this part of the world.
The Samsung Z1 comes with some mediocre specs – a 4-inch WVGA display, powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable) and runs on Tizen OS 2.3. It carries a 3.1MP camera on the back and a VGA front facing camera, as budget as you can get. It does come with dual-SIM and 3G connectivity though.
Let’s take a detailed look at the specs of Samsung Z1
- 4-inch WVGA (800×480) PLS display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Spreadtrum SC7727S processor with Mali 400 GPU
- 768MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB with microSD
- Tizen OS 2.3
- Dual SIM
- 120.4×63.2×9.7mm; 112 g
- 3.1MP rear camera with LED Flash
- VGA front-facing camera
- 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS
- 1500mAh battery
Clearly, the likes of Moto E, Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Asus ZenFone 4 and Honor Holly will eat the Samsung Z1 for breakfast. Ironically, as someone who started the hardware specs game, Samsung was forced to talk about the experience instead. Hyun Chil Hong, President and CEO, Samsung India Electronics, said:
The smartphone market in India is rapidly evolving, with many consumers using their device as their screen of choice for content including videos, television programs and video games, as well as a range of apps. We have customized the Samsung Z1 to meet these unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers for a personal and reliable mobile experience.
The Z1 will come with free access to Club Samsung which has over 270,000 songs and over 80 live TV channels. It also comes with free access to Hungama music for three months and free nexGTv and Box TV subscription for three months. Samsung is stuffing in a lot of freebies to lure the customers its way. And of course, Samsung is banking on its extended reach of offline retail and customer support, something which all the above mentioned competitors are missing.
Tizen has been around for a long time now, but without much success. Samsung has toyed around by trying to use Tizen in place of Android on Smartphones and Smartwatches before. Recently, the company announced that almost all its smart TVs from 2015 will run on Tizen. Samsung is expected to launch a lot of Tizen based non-smartphone devices in its effort to push Internet of things (IOT).