Samsung Z announced as world’s first Tizen smartphone, coming in Q3
So many years have passed since we first heard about Samsung working on a Tizen-based smartphone that we were honestly starting to doubt that something like that would ever see the light of day. Yet here we are, and here it is – the Samsung Z.
Funnily (whether intentionally or not), the Korean company chose to use the last letter of the alphabet to name its first ever Tizen handset. The Samsung Z looks like a Samsung and Tizen looks like Samsung’s newest version of TouchWiz, its UI overlay that sits on top of Android. That said, the Z is a lot less curvy than Samsung’s most recent Android offerings. On the other hand, its back cover is made from faux leather, with a finish that’s reminiscent of that seen on the Galaxy Note 3 while not being 100% identical.
The Samsung Z has a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor (that can only be either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or the Snapdragon 801), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, IR remote sensor, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Tizen 2.2.1. Its dimensions are 138.2×69.8×8.5 mm, and it weighs 136 grams. It will be offered in black or gold.
The first ever smartphone to run Tizen will become available in Russia sometime during the third quarter of this year (July-September). Other markets will get it afterwards.