Samsung finally Releases Its First Tizen-Powered Phone For $92
After a lot of speculation, Samsung has finally released its very first phone, which will use Tizen operating system. This new OS is uncharted waters for the company, who has made a name for itself by releasing quality Android devices.
The device dubbed as Z1 is only available in India for the time being. I guess based on its popularity, Samsung will determine its market expansion. The phone is available for 5,700 INR or roughly $92.
Z1 is affordable and packs a decent set of specs. The phone comes with a four-inch WVGA PLS screen for all your viewing needs. It is powered by a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor, however what’s a bit disappointing is that Z1 has only 768 MB RAM. I was expecting it to be at least 1 GB.
It has a rear camera of 3.1-mega pixel, while the front cam is VGA. Z1 is currently using 2.3 version of Tizen OS and comes with 4GB of internal storage. However, if 4GB isn’t enough for you, use a Micro SD card to extend it to upto 64GB.
Similar to most of other phones released in India, Z1 can accommodate two SIM cards at a time.
Considering the “unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers,” CEO of Samsung India, Hyun Chil Hong, said the company has also put special focus on content with Joy Box package in Z1, which will offer users with a set of free movies, music and more.
Joy Box will let users watch around 80 live TV channels and stream/download over 270,000 songs. All that content require is bandwidth, which is being offered by operator Airtel. Z1 buyers using Airtel will get 500MB free 3G data for the first 6 months.
Though 500 MB will hardly last for a week but still, something is better than nothing.
The Z1 will compete with low-cost Android phones in India, but the lack of compatible apps and services on the newly-born Tizen platform might play to its disadvantage.
However, it’s early to say anything about the success of this first Tizen phone as the operating system is still in its development phase. We’ll have to wait for the Z1 to roll out and see how Indian market embraces this phone.