Samsung launches first Tizen-powered smartphone in India

By: | Published: January 15, 2015 12:13 AM

Samsung on Wednesday launched its long-delayed first Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1, for Indian...

Samsung on Wednesday launched its long-delayed first Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1, for Indian consumers, a major development in the tech giant’s aim to build a software ecosystem to rival Google’s Android.

The Z1, which is an entry-level smartphone priced at R5,700, has decent specifications. It comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 786 MB of RAM and sports a 4-inch WVGA display. Along with a rear camera of 3.1 megapixel and a VGA selfie camera in the front, the Z1 sports Bluetooth module 4.1, a USB 2.0 and GPS. Although the camera may not seem much but the company has promised greater image output capability.

As the Z1 runs on Tizen, the user has to settle with the Tizen app store which has over a 1,000 apps which includes the more popular ones like Twitter, Facebook, among others. Delays in a Tizen smartphone launch undermined confidence and dissuaded third-party developers from creating software applications needed to populate a Tizen ecosystem.

The Z1 will go on sale in India on Wednesday for R5,700, targeting first-time smartphone users, the firm said in a statement.

Hyun Chil Hong, Samsung India CEO and president, said, “The phone was developed in India and so we are releasing it here first.” Z1 buyers will also get free data from Indian mobile operators Reliance Communications and Aircel for six months, as well as free music and video content worth a combined R1,750 for the first six months of the purchase.

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