It took Samsung quite a while, but they finally launched their Tizen OS smartphone on the market and brought it to Indian customers at the beginning of this year. Besides the fact that it has a different operating system than what most mobile devices are powered by these days, the handset also comes with a very appealing under-$100 price. And it seems that this has been the success recipe for such emerging markets as India and Bangladesh.
New reports are saying that the South Korean company has managed to sell more than 100, 000 units in India since launch and around 20,000 in Bangladesh, Thus, this means Samsung has shipped more than 120, 000 devices since the beginning of the year. Besides the price and the multitasking feature of Tizen, Samsung also bundled some special offers with the purchase, such as live TV, free music and movies.
As a reminder, you should know taht the Samsung Z1 Tizen sport a 4-inch 480×800 pixel display, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Spreadtrum SC7727S processor paired with 768MB of RAM. It supports 3G, dual SIM capabilities, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS and 802.11n Wi-Fi, and runs Tizen v2.3. There’s just 4GB of internal memory, but you can expand it up to 64GB via microSD. The device has a 3.1-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing snaper, and packs in a 1500mAh battery.
Samsung is also looking to launch the Z1 in additional markets, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. If the device will keep on scoring good sales, there are big chances for Sammy to consider bringing it to more ‘mature’ markets, such as Europe or, who knows, maybe even the US.