Samsung releases first Tizen smartphone

After several delays, Samsung has finally launched its first Tizen-powered smartphone, the simply named Samsung Z. Designed to replace the Android OS on their smartphones, Tizen is Samsung’s own operating system designed to give Samsung independence from Google.

It seems to have the same faux-leather back as the Note 3
It seems to have the same faux-leather back as the Note 3

The Samsung Z comes with a 4.9-inch, 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor (probably the Snapdragon 800), 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD card support, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera, LTE, NFC, IR sensor, 2600mAh battery and version 2.2.1 of Tizen.

These specs are mostly mirroring the Galaxy S5, save for the obvious drop in display resolution from 1080p to 720p, as well as the lower resolution camera.

The Samsung Z also has a fingerprint sensor in the home button and a heart rate monitor on the back, which first debuted on the Galaxy S5.

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There doesn’t seem anything particularly new or appealing (especially the lack of apps) about the Tizen OS as of now but Samsung does promise fast performance, quick multitasking and high quality web browsing experience. The UI is somewhat similar to the one on the new Galaxy S5.

The phone will initially launch in Russia in the third quarter of this year, and will make its way to some of the other markets later.

What do you think of the Samsung Z and Samsung’s move away from Android?

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