Tizen-based Samsung Redwood GT-I8805 confirmed. Cheap Galaxy Star Duos available now
Samsung has repeatedly informed the world that Tizen OS smarthpones would be launched this year – sometime in the third quarter.
Now, one of the company’s first handsets based on the new OS has been confirmed. It’s the Samsung GT-I8805, codenamed Redwood. According to its UA profile, the GT-I8805 features an HD (1280 x 720) display and LTE connectivity. Sadly, there’s no way of telling what the handset looks like. Perhaps it will resemble the old Bada flagships smartphones (Wave II S8530 and Wave III S8600) – since Tizen incorporated the Bada platform. In any case, we’ll probably have more details on the I8805 pretty soon.
Japan-based Fujitsu and NEC are planning to release Tizen handsets, too, but only starting 2014 (and probably only in they home country).
In other Samsung news, the ultra-cheap Galaxy Star Duos (pictured above) is available now – at least in India. Retailer Infibeam is selling the Galaxy Star Duos for only 4,990 INR, meaning about $90. For that kind of money you get dual SIM capabilities (obviously), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 3 inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, 2MP rear camera, 1GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4G B of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1,200 mAh battery.